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Drift X170 Action Camera

by Drift

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  • RF Wireless Remote Control
  • 1.5" Color LCD Screen
  • 170 degree Wide Angle Lens
  • Multi Sport Mounting
  • Hands Free Video and Photo
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Product Details

User's Guide [401kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2.5 x 8.8 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002VJAZ8K
  • Item model number: X170
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,236 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 9, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Are looking for high quality video without the hefty price tag and massive system requirements of HD video? Look no further than the Drift Innovations X170 Helmet Camera. It’s loaded with features that many of its pricier counterparts lack – like an LCD screen for lining up the perfect shot and an RF remote to shoot shorter clips, saving precious storage space, batteries and edit time. In fact, the Drift X170 is the only helmet camera under $600 that offers both an LCD screen and RF remote.

The Drift X170 offers a whopping 170 degree field of view. The ingenious thing about a 170 degree field of view is that the camera captures your peripheral vision, giving a realistic perspective of speed.
The Drift X170’s intuitive operation makes it easy to use. And your Drift X170 includes multiple mounting options.

When it comes to features, value, and high quality resolution, the Drift X170 is impossible to beat!

Product Description

The X170 Action Camera is the newest all-around helmet camera with everything that you need to capture your extreme sports videos and photos! It offers high quality video (720 x 480 pixel), 5 mega pixel photos, a 1.5" color LCD screen for playback, a 5m wireless RF remote control, a 170 degree wide angle lens, which can be rotated through 300 degree, and much more!The X170 is easily mounted onto your head, goggles, helmet, handlebars or just about anything with the wide range of mounts included in the box. Once mounted, the lens can be rotated through 300º into the perfect position to ensure an upright picture. Now that you’re ready to go simply use the wireless remote control to start and stop your videos or to take photos. Alternatively recording can also be started and stopped directly from the camera.Once you’ve captured your on-board video and photos you can easily play them back or view them on the built-in color LCD screen to show your friends or for training purposes. Play it onto a TV with the AV cable or download easily to your computer with the USB cable, both of which are included with the X170.Extremely rugged, fantastic image quality and brilliant value for money! The X170 Action Camera comes highly recommended by the specialists in this field. Great for all types of action sports including skiing, snowboarding, motorsports, mountainbiking, and many more

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Amazing HD quality and very good microphone!!!
Srivatsan Sridhar
The camera has no night vision capability so it's for daylight shooting only unless you have a good secondary light source.
R. Pasquini
Once this happens, it will not withstand water and dirt.
Sebastin Garrett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By V. Stevens on May 24, 2010
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Length: 3:41 Mins
This is a quick overview of the Drift x170 (shot with a cell phone camera) and some sample videos taken with the X170 in the first couple of weeks I owned it.

As I point out in the video, the build quality of this camera is great: the battery & media door clips shut solidly, and the rotating lens feels very firm, and doesn't budge after you set it where you want it. Also the clip that holds the camera into the various mounts works well, and is easy to remove when needed.
The car scene in the video was helped out with a third party suction cup mount, which went onto the X170 no problem (Delkin Devices DDMOUNT-MINI.) All the other times I've shot with the X170, the included mounting options were excellent, and held fast wherever they were mounted.
The battery life is great as well, with two AA's lasting through several hours of video. With a 16 Gb card and just two AA's you can shoot nonstop for around 3.5 hours.
The best point for me to make about this camera is the price. Any other wearable, mountable action camera would cost $300+ but for under $200 you can shoot some really fun videos, with almost no learning curve.

If I had to be critical, I would point out that it doesn't shoot 720p. It does 480p (30fps) and with such a wide angle lens (170 degrees, of course) you aren't really filming the details of a scene anyway.

Ultimately, it's a great value, requires almost no accessories, and is tons of fun.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Pasquini on July 19, 2010
Pros:
1. The camera is so light it almost feels like a piece of styrofoam.
2. The built-in LCD display allows playback anytime without a computer and helps line up shots properly.
3. Loads of mounting options let you securely attach the camera to a helmet, seat post, handlebars, or almost anywhere else.
4. Runs on inexpensive AA batteries rather than special battery packs that are expensive to replace. I get 4 hours of continuous recording from two AA Energizer Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries in warm weather.
5. Wireless remote control lets you start and stop shooting without fumbling for buttons when the camera is on top of your helmet.
6. I pedaled a bicycle for miles through a rainstorm with this camera on top of my helmet and it kept right on working.
7. The camera has a huge field of view (170 degrees wide) so it captures peripheral vision too.

Cons:
1. The picture quality is good for action but not detail. I shot a video in AVI format on a sunny day less than 10 feet away from the back bumper of a stopped car. The resolution is too low to discern the license plate number, even after using the sharpening filter in GIMP on a still frame from the video.
2. I use the camera ten times per week to record a bicycle commute of 20-40 minutes. I find 1 or 2 times in every 20 shoots the camera randomly stops and restarts itself at least once during an attempted continuous shoot. Thus a 20-minute video shoot might actually come out as two files with 10 minutes of video in each, minus several seconds of time in between. I have yet to miss out on anything important but the problem reduces my confidence in the camera getting every shot.
3. The sound input has limitations when the camera is moving.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anne Northrup on May 8, 2010
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My husband and I bought this camera after using one while cat-skiing in British Columbia. I love the fact that it's compact and low-profile, so it doesn't get snagged in the trees. Most of the other cameras we looked at didn't have an LCD screen or remote control. The screen is really important because I wanted to make sure we're getting the shot we want rather than getting home to find out we were shooting snow or sky all day. For cold weather, AA lithium batteries last longest. I really like the fact that the Drift takes AA batteries, because we didn't need to worry about finding a custom battery in the backwoods of Canada! This camera is simple to operate and phenomenally priced. I'm getting one for my husband for Father's Day so we can both shoot video at the same time. I highly recommend this camera!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brent Proulx on February 10, 2011
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I have been using my Drift X170 camera now for about 6 months and have noticed a few very good things and a couple of not so good things.

First, the good. It's shape is perfect for mounting on a helmet as it is more streamlined than the GoPro, and thus less likely to wobble around due to hitting tree branches or from wind resistance. The battery life is phenomenal; I have been using Energizer Lithums and have gotten 8-10 hours of constant recording out of it before I needed to change the batteries. The screen on the camera is great for reviewing what you recorded and the menu interface is simple yet effective. For the price, the video quality is great though if you want to watch your videos on a large screen, definitely upgrade to the HD model as the X170 does pixilate on screens bigger than about 10 inches. Having 3 different mounting options is great but I wish the system was more secure; its not that the camera will fall out of the base, but that the base could fall off the mounting surface (e.g. helmet). I basically had to use industrial strength velcro reinforced with duct tape to keep the camera from falling off any of my helmets (motorcycle, mountain bike, snowboard). When mounted to my handlebars, the shake was too intense to view the recording, thus I have no option but to mount it to my helmet. The final positive is the remote control; this is an awesome feature that makes it so much easier to use when engaged in non-stop activity.

Now the negatives. I have noticed that in cold weather (below 40 degrees) the Drift X170 will randomly shut itself off after about 30-45 minutes and will not turn back on. This makes it nearly impossible to record snow-based activities for a long period of time.
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