Dad's New Action Cam

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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?

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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

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