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The Drift HD170 Stealth action camera is the most feature-rich hands-free video camera on the market. It offers innovative features that you can't find in other helmet cameras - like an LCD screen for lining up that perfect shot and an RF remote to turn the camera on and off while it's on your helmet or outside your vehicle. The Drift HD170 Stealth shoots professional quality HD video with features such as 4x zoom, night mode for optimal performance in low light conditions, 170 degree field of view to capture your peripheral vision, and the option to shoot buttery smooth slow motion video in 60 frames per second. The Drift HD170 Stealth's intuitive operation makes it easy to use. And your Drift HD170 Stealth includes multiple mounting options for helmet, goggle and handlebars that would cost $75 when purchased separately through other manufacturers. When it comes to features, value and high quality video resolution, the Drift HD170 Stealth is impossible to beat!
From the Manufacturer
Drift HD170 Stealth Product Features:
The Drift HD170 Stealth is the worlds first sports action camera which films in full 1080p HD and has a built-in playback LCD screen and remote control. This rugged water resistant camera is the first camera that gives people what they want from an Action Camera.
Maximum Video Resolution: 1080p High Definition
SD Memory Capacity: up to 32GB
Digital Zoom: Digital x4 (in 720p/30/60fps & WVGA mode)
Lens Angle: 170° Fully Rotatable Wide Angle Lens
LCD Screen: 1.5″ Colour TFT
Remote Control: Wireless RF (5m range) Hands Free Video and Photo
Audio: Built-in Microphone & Speaker
Menus: User Friendly Control Panel in 15 Languages
Drift HD170 Stealth Contents
HD170 Action Camera
Industrial strength velcro adhesive pad
Component Cable for HD playback on TV
USB Cable for downloading to a computer
Quick Guide to get started
Field of View
Full HD 1080p
1920 x 1080
25 / 30fps
To capture the action in the highest resolution available.
Action HD 720p
1280 x 720
25 / 30 / 50 / 60fps in 720p
60 or 50fps is perfect setting to capture the fastest action. It allows you to render the video in slow motion if your editing software allows for that effect.
848 x 480
50 / 60fps
When space on your card is at a premium and you need to record that last epic adventure.
Still Photo 5MP
2592 x 1944
2, 5, 10, 30 sec
Still Photo or Sequence Mode. A sequence of images can be used for a timelapse video.
Optional External Microphone
Sensor type: CMOS
Video resolution: 1080p, 720p & WVGA
Video format: H.264
File format: .MOV
25 / 30 / 50 / 60fps in 720p or 25 / 30fps in 1080p
Video format: 16:9
Lens Rotation: 300°
Recording Angles: 127° in 1080p, 170° in 720p & WVGA
White balance: Auto
Exposure: Auto / Manual (advanced users)
Zoom: Digital x4 (in 720p/30/60fps & WVGA mode)
Remote range: 10 ft. range
Inputs: Optional External Microphone
AV Output: HDTV out (cable included)
Battery: 1110mAh rechargeable lithium-ion/ Optional 1700 mAh Li-ion rechargeable.
Power-Save option saves batteries by powering down the screen
Built-in memory: 32 MB
SD memory capacity: Supports memory cards up to 32 GB
Photo resolution: 5 Megapixel
LCD screen: 1.5″ colour TFT
Lens focal range: 0.5m to infinity
Dimensions: Camera – 133 (L) x 50 (D) x 33 (W) mm / Remote Control 52 (L) x 40 (W) x 13 (D) mm
Power: Camera – DC 3.7V / Remote control: DC 3C, 1x CR2032 battery (included)
RF: Receiver (Camera): 433.92MHz ISM band / Transmitter (Remote): 433.92MHz ISM band
Weight: Camera – 138g / Remote control – 19g
Operating Systems: Compatible with Windows 7, XP & Vista; Mac OS 10.7
I've had a chance to play around with the new Drift HD170 Stealth camera for a few weeks now and made a quick video just to show a few things I've tried with it. What makes it "stealth," I guess, is the new sleek black design (the casing of the unit is made from a durable black rubberized plastic). The bright orange face of the older model did likely call some attention to itself, and for some uses (i.e. stealth uses) that's a drawback. While the older model's bright colored face made it look fun, I think I do prefer the solid black and can see why they opted for it. The feature that makes this camera really stand out from other similar POV or "extreme sports" cameras, though, is the onboard LCD screen, that allows you to see what you are going to be capturing on the spot, so you can arrange the camera just as you like; it also allows you to go through the menu on the spot and adjust options depending on your needs at the moment. (You can set things up in the menu so that the LCD turns off after a minute of being unused - so as to prolong the life of the battery).
What's struck me is that the real value of this camcorder is its combination of a rugged and durable design with its versatility. It's emphasized for use with extreme sports - but it's useful pretty much anywhere you wouldn't risk another more fragile camera. It's water and weather resistant - not water proof - so you could use it in light rain, maybe even during a hurricane if it was securely mounted, but certainly in extreme conditions where you'd be worried about a standard camcorder.Read more ›
I've owned just about every helmet cam on the market and I even sell the GoPro HD Hero on my site and this is by far the best camera I've owned to date.
The thing I like about it most is the ease of use. The menu is like any other PAS camera instead of hieroglyphics like the GoPro and yes I have the LCD on my GoPro and it's still a pain to use. It does take great video but no better than the drift.
I love that I can adjust the mic on the drift and pretty much turn it off if I want to and I can add a remote mic. I have one but have yet to use it. No more clanking from the mount like the GoPro either.
The battery outlast the GoPro and it seems to have great video compression. Long videos have pretty small file size. I took a 48:00 video and it was just under 3 gig.
About the only thing I don't care for is the helmet mount. I haven't used it yet but it's not that clean of a mount, I do like the GoPro better for that. I wound up putting a RAM ball on mine and that's pretty much all I use. All and all I love this thing.
Camera arrived and straight out of the box had a faulty microphone. Had a play with it for a few days waiting to hear back from Drift Support and found the picture quality to be excellent. Really liked the good clear images and colour was spot on. Although, I soon found that a fully charged battery would drain overnight if left in the camera (even though the camera was switched off).
Thinking I just had a dud unit, and given the quality of picture, I decided to go through the Amazon returns process and had a replacement shipped out.
Amazon were excellent in how they dealt with the return and replacement. No complaints on that front (Drift on the other hand, took more than a week for their Support people to reply to my emails to tell me that it was faulty and then they passed the buck back to Amazon).
Replacement unit arrived today and upon switching it on I notice the picture is absolutely stuffed, making everything look like a psychedelic music video from the 70's. Back to emailing Drift Support. This time I won't wait for a week for their response. If I haven't heard back by tomorrow it's on it's way back for a refund this time.
You really have to ask yourself where is the quality control? Does Drift not test each unit before it's packaged?
Two cameras and two different problems straight out of the box.
It's disappointing because the Drift is the only one of the top 3 (GoPro/Contour/Drift) that offers external mic and reviewing screen facility.
I won't risk another replacement.
Looks like I'll be switching my allegiance to one of the other two brands.
UPDATE: Received a GoPro HD this week and most impressed with the quality of build and the video taken to date.Read more ›
Wanting to document my snowboarding from a POV standpoint gave me a craving for a compact video camera, but which one? The most common video cameras I've seen on the mountain are the Go-Pro, followed by the Contour. The ungainly/delicate appearance of the Go Pro atop a helmet was enough to dissuade me from that particular brand (not to mention the price). On the other hand, the Contour's side-mounted, tubular design offered a more desirable low profile that seemed better suited for my tastes. Researching the Contour led me to discover the Drift HD170 and I found myself spending a great deal of time debating on which of these two cameras to choose. A combination of price and features led me to opt for the Drift HD170. While there are some issues with the Drift camera, I feel satisfied that the right choice was made.
The camera comes with a lot of stuff: several mounting devices (handlebar, head, goggle and helmet), rechargeable battery, USB cable (that allows charging the camera by computer) and a remote control. As with most cameras today, a separate memory card needs to be purchased. While I settled on a 16GB card, the Drift HD170 can handle a 32GB card (SD and SDHC). With options of 1080p and 720p, one may also see the need for more computer storage capacity. Other, not so cheap, add-ons are available for the DRIFT (longer-life battery, external microphone, underwater case, etc.), but I felt the silicon cover protecting the door that houses the battery, computer connection and memory card was the only essential add-on for my needs. My camera arrived the day before a snowboard trip so there was an eagerness to quickly get it ready for use. Opening the box, I was initially a little taken-back by the camera's size, it is little bigger in person.Read more ›
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