I LOVE my Contour Roam2, but the company went out of business for a short while, but is now back in action. They are planning a release of Roam3 very soon! I love the best accessories, the easy to replace lens if it gets scratched, and the audio pickup is AWESOME! The Bluetooth functions are pretty incredible too.
There is a reason it is the camera of choice by Depts. of Fish and Game. If you watch any of those type of tv shows that follow fish and game depts. you'll see one on their shoulder.
Contour doesn't sink as much money into their advertising building hype like GoPro does, but it doesn't mean it's inferior...it's an equally good, if not better, camera at a lower price!
According to this about the return of Contour, there are other players planning big moves in the market like Sony and Garmin.......
Contour cams were/are superior in some ways, not so much in others. Contour and GoPro each leap frogged each other many times on performance and video quality. GoPro marketed the crap out of their cameras and became the generic name for action cameras. In my opinion, that is the primary reason they clobbered Contour in the marketplace. The average person refers to any action camera as a ‘GoPro’ regardless of what it really is. That is a HUGE win in the mind share of the consumer, and one that will be very difficult for any company to overcome.
Yes, anyone going up against GoPro now is really going to have to bring it on ALL fronts. Technology, innovation, marketing, sponsorships, etc. Sony is stepping up it’s game with their new camera they announced at CES, the HDR-AS100V. Garmin and Drift are both in the ring as well, and their current products are better than the last Contour.
They certainly have their work cut out for them, but the competition is good for the consumer!