Contour Roam 1600 Camera

Tough point-of-view HD camera for sports videography

  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera


  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera

    after use - one tough customer

  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera


  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera


  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera

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  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera

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  • Contour Roam 1600 Camera

    waterproof to one meter

Item #: 8061600

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Our take on the Contour Roam 1600 Camera

by Woody Sherman

Lean into that turn

How do you communicate "gut-wrenching" in a moment? Or the feeling of the wind blasting your hair back? How about the G-forces going into turn 3?

Contour Roam 1600, helmet-mounted

The Contour Roam 1600 HD on the downhill run

You could use a lot of words, but it's not always easy to get across your personal perspective. You might have some neat still or video shots from the spectator seats, shot by a helpful friend. That's a bit better, but... how about showing them what you see with shots from the Contour Roam 1600 HD camera? We're positive it will have your audience moving, or maybe cowering in their seats as they take every turn with you. It fits almost anywhere, and shoots luscious full HD video with a big-sky wide angle.

It's waterproof

It's waterproof to one meter

Ready for action

This compact, aluminum-clad bruiser won't shy away from the rough and tumble. It's waterproof up to 1 meter, and is built to resist dust, dirt, and vibration. It features a rotating lens with a 170° viewing angle — just the ticket for detailed, color-faithful images that showcase the entire scope of your surroundings. It shoots three flavors of HD (including an intriguing "tall" aspect ratio, 1280 x 960), and has a 5-megapixel stills mode that shoots continuous images at variable rates.

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To help this camera go through everything you'll put it through, Contour offers two included mounts, and a wide array of available accessories, including robust waterproof enclosures. You'll appreciate the convenience of a microSD flash memory port — especially as it supports capacities up to 32GB.

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  • captures HD video in 1080p/720p/"HD tall" resolution (1280 pixels vertical x 960 pixels horizontal)
  • waterproof to 1 meter
  • built-in battery
  • built-in tripod mount
  • snaps 5-megapixel still images
  • can snap pictures every 1/3/5/10/30/60 seconds to limits of memory card/battery
  • records to microSDHC cards up to 32GB (not included)
  • 170° wide-angle lens rotates up to 270° for properly aligned video no matter where you mount the camera
  • custom six-element glass lens
  • built-in mono microphone
  • includes camera, rotating surface mount, profile mount, and USB cable
Technical specs:
  • built-in battery provides up to 3 hours of operation fully charged
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC (cable included)
  • 1-5/16"W x 2-3/16"H x 3-15/16"D
  • weight: 5.1 oz. with memory
  • warranty: 6 months
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
LCD Screen Size (inches) N
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count ---
Effective Pixel Count for Video ---
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing No
Filter Diameter N/A
Optical Zoom N x
Digital Zoom N x
Night Imaging No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 3 hours
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills ---
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output No
Mic Input No
Weight With Battery (ounces) 5.1
Width (inches) 1-3/8
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 4
Parts Warranty 180 Days
Labor Warranty 180 Days
Image Sensor Warranty 180 Days
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What's in the box?

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  • ContourROAM HD camcorder
  • 39" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB 2.0 on the other end)
  • Self-adhesive right profile mount
  • Self-adhesive rotating surface mount
  • Camera leash
  • Rubber lens cover
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Contour window decal

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Overview: The ContourROAM is a compact, High Definition video camera designed for shooting in extreme conditions, even underwater. The camera comes with two mounts, a profile mount and a rotating surface mount, for hands free recording. It also has a built-in standard tripod thread. The ContourROAM has a rugged aluminum body.

Rotating Lens: The camera is equipped with a 170° super wide-angle lens. The lens can be rotated 90° in one direction and 180° in the other to accommodate a wide variety of shooting angles. A rubber lens cover is included to protect the lens when not in use.

Simple Controls: The ContourROAM has a large, sliding switch on the top of the camera. When pushed forward, the camera powers on, beeps once, and begins recording. When pushed back, the camera stops recording, beeps twice, and powers off. The Record Status LEDs turn on and off to indicate when the camera is recording. The Status Button on the back activates a Laser Line (to indicate the orientation of the lens and aid with leveling the camera), and turns on the battery and memory status LEDs (Green: 50% or more capacity, Yellow: 20%-50% capacity, Red: 20% or less capacity).

Selectable Shooting Modes: The ContourROAM can record HD video (H.264) in three different resolutions: Full HD (1920 x 1080p, 16:9 aspect ratio), Tall HD (1280 x 960p, 4:3), and Action HD (1280 x 720p, 16:9), all at 30 frames per second. The camera also records AAC audio from the built-in, multi-directional microphone. The camera is also capable of shooting 5-megapixel still images at intervals of 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.

Note: Changing the shooting mode and adjusting the microphone sensitivity require the camera to be connected to a computer via USB, and using the downloadable Contour Storyteller software.

Waterproof: The ContourROAM has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means the camera is waterproof to one meter in depth. A sealed gasket protects the inside of the camera, so you can shoot video under water, or in the rain, snow. or sleet. A waterproof case (item # 8063330) is available for scuba diving or wakeboarding, providing protection down to 60 meters below the surface.

Recording Media: The ContourROAM can record HD video and still images onto microSD cards up to 32 GB (not included). The camera has no built-in memory. To view your videos and still images, you can connect the camera to your computer and upload them, or remove the microSD card and use a memory card reader. When recording in Full HD (1920 x 1080), a Class 4, 6, or 10 microSD card is recommended.

Note: A 32 GB microSD card is capable of capturing up to 8 hours of footage when shooting in full HD mode.

Battery Information: The ContourROAM uses a built-in, non-removable, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (3.7 volts, 1350 mAh). The battery is charged via a USB connection from a computer (Mac or PC) or other device compliant with USB 2.0 / 1.1 standards. It can also be charged with an optional Contour wall or car battery charger. The battery is charged to about 80% in one hour, and to a full charge in approximately 4 hours. Battery life is approximately 3 hours on a fully-charged battery.

Mounting Options: The camera comes with a rotating surface mount and a profile mount. The mounts have a strong adhesive backing for adhering them to a flat, dry surface. The mounts and camera have a rail-and-groove interface that securely holds the camera onto the mount. A leash, tethering the camera to the mount, is included to help prevent loss in case the camera comes off its mount. Optional mounts are available, including a flex strap mount, bar mount, suction cup mount, and universal mount adapter. Additional rotating flat surface mounts and profile mounts (from the left or right side) are available.

Note: The camera also has a standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount on the bottom.

Contour Storyteller Software: The downloadable Contour Storyteller software lets you watch, edit, and assemble your videos and photos. Once your stories are completed, you can upload them to the Contour Community site, to Facebook or Twitter, embed in your own website, or attach to an email. The software also allows you to set up your camera for your next shoot. You can set the video recording resolution, photo mode interval, audio sensitivity, and lighting. Minimum System Requirements for Storyteller are:

  • Windows: Windows XP SP2/Windows Vista/Windows 7, Quicktime 7 or greater
  • Mac: OS X 10.5 or greater, Quicktime 7 or greater

Note: The camera will also connect to your computer via USB as a generic mass storage device, allowing you to access the video and still image files without the Storyteller software.

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5 out of 5

Awesome Customer Service

Written By Ryan, Washington on Friday, June 22, 2012
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I havent personally used the camera that was sent to me but I have used this camera before and it is sleek and easy to use. The laser configuration is awesome and looks better than the GoPro
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5 out of 5

AMAZING video and super easy to use

Written By JT, Miami, FL on Thursday, February 16, 2012
Outstanding video quality! Love the form factor...very cool and sleek...unlike some of the other "boxy" looking action cams. The laser makes it super easy to line up your shots. One button operation is a huge benefit when you're outdoors. No wasting time or card memory to see if it's ON or OFF. Comes with a 2GB Micro SD (okay not great) but I bought a 16GB Micro SD card. Overall I'm very pleased with this camera.
Form factor, waterproof, easy to operate, true HD video, decent audio
2GB card, you'll want to upgrade to an 8GB or 16GB card.
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