CNET First Look
Contour ROAMContour has taken their already compact form factor and made it even simpler in their latest entry level camera, the Contour ROAM.
Contour have taken they're already super simple camera form factor and made it even simpler. This is the new Contour ROAM. It's the latest entry level camera from Contour. I'm Antuan Goodwin. Let's talk a first look. Now, the Contour ROAM uses that same sort of bullet cam form factor that pretty much the last three or four Contour cameras we've tested use. It's got a record button on the top and a power button on the back. It pretty much looks just like what we've seen from the previous models but there a couple of changes. For one, where the power button used to be, there's now just a status button. You don't actually ever have to turn this unit on or off. The record button is the power button. So, were previously you had to turn the unit on and then hit record, now you just slide forward and you're ready to go. At the front of the unit, we've got a 270-degree angle rotating lens so you can flip it all the way around or even upside-down if you need too. Instead of the old 128-degree wide angle lens, this one has a 170-degree wide angle lens. That's similar to the one that we saw on the top of the line of Contour Plus. So, with previous Contour cameras, they use a twin laser pointer to help you line things up with two dots. This one uses a single laser but it spreads out into a lying level. So, you-- you actually have fewer lasers but it's a little bit easier to see for short distances. Outback, you got a lock on the back door. You open that up and you have a mini USB port for charging and thinking and a microSD card that's where all your data stored. Overall, it's not a huge change from what we've already seen from Contour cameras but it's a little bit easier to use now that you'll have to fiddle around with is it on or isn't. You just slide forward and you go. I really like that and at $249, it's the cheapest Contour camera that you can get. I'm Antuan Goodwin. We've taken a first look at the Contour ROAM from Contour cameras.