I am a little conflicted writing this review, because Contour doesnt even make this model of camera anymore... but you might find one still for sale (maybe even at a great price) and a lot of the comments here will also apply to the other models, so here we go.
Overall though, I am not disappointed and I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Contour currently makes two models, the $200 Contour Roam-2, and the $400 Contour+2. The cheaper one doesn't have replaceable batteries (recharge through the camera) and has an "instant on" switch, so it's for people who want to capture video on demand, a few minutes at a time or shorter rides only. The expensive one has GPS and replaceable batteries and other bells and whistles so it's for people who want to record everything for the whole time on long rides and then edit later.
The mounts that come with the camera aren't much good for cycling. You need the vented helmet mount and the rubber strap mount. Other possibles are the bike mount (bars or stem) and pole mount (seat stay).
The rubber lens cap doesn't fit very well and you'll lose it within a month. I store my camera in an old sock to keep the lens from getting scratched.
In addition to the basic package, I bought (or received as gifts) two flex straps, a pole mount (for the seat stay), a vented helmet mount, four extra batteries with charger (Wasabi from Amazon), and a 32GB Micro SD card.
The bezel in front of the lens has to be turned the proper direction according to the orientation of the camera - if you do a sideways mount you have to rotate the bezel so "up is up". I painted some extra dots on mine so it'd be extra obvious.
|This is my normal mount.|
The Flex Strap mount comes with two bands, the smaller one is big
enough for a steel headtube but you need the bigger one if you have
an oversized headtube.
Doesn't look a whole lot different from a helmet-mounted lighting system.
The ski pole mount works well on a chainstay. You can
rotate the ball thing to about any orientation.
All of the mounts work by sliding onto those rails at the base of the camera. You can slide it on from either side and it's a nice tight fit but still easy and fast to put on and take off. The pole mount above also has sort of a quick release bit that attaches to a screwed on clamp bit that you leave on the bike.
When you get it right though, it's pretty cool. I can embed the Contour videos onto my blog but you lose the GPS mapping.
Here's the same video on the Contour site with the map included: LINK
The mode switch allows two different recording modes - you might pick highest def for mode 1 and long recording time for mode 2 for example... or video for mode 1 and continuous still photos for mode 2... but you can only program which mode is which while the camera is plugged into your computer... then you can switch between those two modes while you're on your ride.
Here's the link to My Contour Site where you can see lots and lots of little clips I've taken, and you can see some of the highly recommended clips of all kinds of other people too.
The Contour GPS gets a 6 out of 10 on the DiabloScott CycleCam rating scale. One point off for the slightly buggy software, another point off for having to buy all the extra bits like mounts and decent size SD card, two points off for the unpredictable GPS availability.
Why didn't I get a Go-Pro? Mostly just the looks and the attachment options... and the lack of a GPS recorder.
|Dork factor goes to 11|
|It's like a Fred annunciator.|
|Test Photo 1: Screen grab from Contour 1080p video.|
|Test Photo 2: Contour continuous still photo mode.|
|Test Photo 3: Olympus pocket camera photo.|