Dad's New Action Cam

No votes yet

Christmas is all over and you’ve probably already forgotten what gifts you found underneath the tree.  Socks, underwear and a sweater are just not that exciting anymore, right?  Well my wife bought me the perfect gift this year – an action camera.  You know, one of those little video cameras to film yourself skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving…all the thrill seeking adventures all of us busy dads do in our unlimited spare time. …well sort of.   Let me take you on a quick tour of my latest digital toy…..

Contour Roam Action Cam VideoIt’s called a Contour Roam HD video camera.  Now Contour makes a variety of models and this is the low end version.  The little lady got it off of Amazon for $119 and we also got free 2-day shipping with our Amazon Prime membership.   The other models have more features; speeds; waterproof and whatnot.  All stuff that I did not need nor want.  I just wanted a basic action cam to film rides on my Kawasaki Vulcan 900, or as a dash-cam for road trips in the truck.  So for once I can have proof that even in our small Midwest town the roads are full of idiots.  My wife says to just film myself and that will take care of the biggest idiot driver she knows – what a hoot she is, eh?motorcycle pov

The camera itself it the easiest, most straightforward video camera I have ever used.  Simply slide the record button forward, the camera beeps and begins recording.  To stop recording, just slide the button back and the camera beeps twice and shuts off.  A really cool feature of the camera is an adjustable lens.  Pressing a button on the rear of the camera turns on a laser beam so you can level the camera’s view by just turning the lens.  This way the playback view is not messed up by whatever goofy mounting angle you have from a helmet or handlebars or whatnot.   The camera is adjustable, but only by hooking up the USB cable and running the included StoryTeller software package.  This might be a concern to some of you, but was not a problem for me.

One other thing I plan to use the camera for is to begin filming or taking snap-shots to use in my wonderfully entertaining how-to articles for our Busy Dads website.  Hopefully that will make some of the projects or activities much easier to follow and understand.  Plus there’s the possibility of an award winning viral video and YouTube sensation.  One can always hope, right?

you tube video



What came in the box:

  • Contour Roam Camera
  • Rotating Flat Surface Mount
  • Flat Profile Mount
  • Lanyard
  • USB (PC to Cam) Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User’s Manual
  • Lens Cover
  • Storage Case

Here are the basic specs:

  • Selectable Video Modes
    • 1080p (1920x1080)
    •   960p (1280x960)
    •   720p (1280x720)
    • 20 or 30 Frames/Sec
  • 5MP Still Frame Mode
  • 170 Degree wide angle lens
  • .mov or MP5 file types
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Memory Capacity up to 32G (microSD card)

Here are some features:

  • Waterproof down to 1M
  • Lightweight @ only 5.1oz
  • Super easy to use with a single Record switch
  • Laser Alignment and mode led indicators
  • Charges using the USB cable
  • Can take snapshots or video recordings
  • Depending on what microSD card you use it can handle HOURS of recordings

Add new comment

Mythbuster: Baby Video Monitors

Average: 5 (2 votes)

One of the “mistakes” my wife and I made, we were told, was purchasing a video monitor for our child. The logic was that we’d be glued to the screen with every sound, and we’d constantly see terrible sleeping positions that would prompt us to rescue our child from non-existent harms. Now, with two-plus years of video monitoring under our belt, I couldn’t disagree more. I find myself on the opposite end of the argument – I believe these are an absolute must.

Cool Gadgets for Dad's Car

No votes yet

Although fatherhood has many of its own rewards, the drawbacks may feel a bit discouraging at times. While you once had a vehicle in which you took so much pride, a vehicle where you spent time every day making sure it was perfect, it is now a taxi service for your kids. So, just how can you pimp a ride that has felt the full effects of fatherhood? Spicing up your car can take as little as adding a few cool gadgets that it didn't have before - gadgets that can prove to be not just decorative, but useful too.

Amazon Prime Membership

Average: 3 (1 vote)

amazon primeAbout a year ago, a friend of mine was blathering on about how cool the Amazon Prime membership was and I was mentally rolling my eyes and thinking blah, blah, blah… So a few weeks later I took the time to read up on the program details and decided that since it had a Free Trial option to give it a try. Besides, it couldn’t really be much worse than having a Costco or Sam’s Club membership – right?

Why Mother's Day Matters To Dads

Average: 3 (1 vote)

Dad daughterWith Mother’s Day coming up I am sure most of you guys are making well thought out plans to get your wives a nice gift or trying to make the day memorable… or you’re just winging it like always. Here’s something unique you can give your spouse on her special day, and it’s a gift she will treasure and value for a lifetime.

YouTube Trekking

No votes yet

PC UserEven though I'm usually busy working, I enjoy watching YouTube videos. I get to see exotic places; thrill seeking adventures; how-to videos; music videos; pranks… you name it and I’ll bet it’s on YouTube. I also go there to find out how to do most anything, as the How-To videos are my favorites.  But lately I’ve developed my own version of a YouTube game that I play to pass the time and also expand my exposure to things, places, and people that I normally would not have watched.  I call it YouTube Trekking…..

Recommend to:



Author Information

Last seen: 4 years 6 months ago
Joined: 06/12/2012 - 9:34pm

Dad Blogs