We just got some playtime with the ROAM, a new action-minded video camera from Contour. Its strong, no-frills design and 1080p video makes it very competitive with similarly-priced GoPros.
The build quality is terrific. It's just an aluminum bullet, and it's light, compact, and streamline. The 170 degree, rotatable lens pack a serious wide-angle and makes it tempting to point it at yourself while you're doing something stupid (see video). It's incredibly simple: push the switch forward, then it's on and recording. Smart, fast, and saves power. You can get a ton of different mounts for everything from your head to your handlebars to your surfboard. The battery meter lets you know exactly how much juice you have left, and it's got a laser site so you can tell you're shooting straight. It can shoot up to 1080p at 30fps, and it's "waterproof" (like all gadgets should be), rated to withstand 1 meter (roughly 3 feet) for 30 minutes.