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post #32 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 02:36 PM
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Smile contour ROAM 720p @ 60fps

Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Haven't seen one but it has a standard tripod thread in the base of the camera (at least the Roam 1 does) so it could be mounted that way to a strong magnet and then just rotate the lens. Actually this is a really cool idea, if you had a magnet with a hole through it (from a rotating beacon or something) you could make the mount yourself. I've got an old Celica I may end up autocrossing. Would be great to get a roof/hood/fender view of the action.

On another note, anyone here smart enough to know if you could force Roam 2 firmware on a Roam 1 and get the 60 FPS upgrade and the mic fix all in one? Dunno what language the firmware is programmed in but I'm wondering if it's possible to trick the Roam 1 into thinking it can take the new FW. Either that or opening up the 60 FPS feature in the latest versions of the Roam 1 firmware...
i bought mine on ebay and after reading on amazon reviews some dude that flashed the ROAM 2 FW to the ROAM, i decided to try it, and it works awesome but i did got a scare after the flashing the camera wouldnt record and gave me a memory error (keeps beeping and flashing) turned out after flashing the FW you need to format the micro sd xD

but im running 720p @ 60fps with the latest contour roam 2 FW i believe its 2.16

***NOTE: Contour says this voids your warranty and could brick your camera.***

Ill copy and paste the post from amazon reviews:

"Hey friends,

I found a way to install the Roam2 Firmware to the Roam1. Now you have all Roam2 features on the old Roam1

This is how it works:

Go to the contour homepage and download the current Contour2 Firmware V2.16

Download Firmware V2.16 -> you get the file "ContourRoam2.bin"

Rename the file to "ContourRoam.bin"

Plug the ContourROAM1 camera into your computer using a USB cable. Check to see that the Record slider is not in the forward (or ON) position. Once connected, the Battery LED on the ContourROAM1 will turn red and the camera will appear as an external USB device on your computer.

On your computer, navigate to the camera which is mounted as an external storage device.

Copy the ContourROAM1.bin file that you downloaded in Step 2 to the camera's microSD card. Do not put it in any subfolders on the camera's microSD card.

On the microSD card of the camera will be a file called FW_RTC.txt. The file may be hidden and you may need to enable the ability to view hidden files in your computer's settings. Open the FW_RTC.txt file with a text editor application.

Near the top of the file is a line of text that reads `UPDATE_FW:N'. Change the `N' to a `Y' so it appears as `UPDATE_FW:Y' and save the file. This will instruct your camera to update the firmware when it next starts up.

Unplug the camera from your computer.

Press and release the Status Button. The camera will beep and the Memory and Battery LEDs will flash while the update is in progress. When the update is completed the camera will beep again and turn off.

That's it, now you have all Roam2 functions on your Roam1 including 720p with 60 FPS.

If you want, open the StoryTeller App on your PC and check if a Contour Roam2 will be recognized under "Devices".

Check some vids under youtube, username "budschidau". Have fun!

Regards from wonderful Bavaria - Prost!"
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