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Drift HD170 HD Action Video Camera with 4X Digital Zoom
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- 1080p, 730 or WVGA HD setting, 5 megapixel photos from a 170-degree wide-angle lens
- Integrated LCD screen so you can line up the perfect shot, preview footage and share with friends
- RF remote control saves batteries, memory and edit time by making it easy to shoot shorter clips
- The RF remote also safely starts and stops recording without wrestling with the camera on the fly
- Multi Sport Mounting
- Night mode for optimal low-light performance; Digital 4X zoom
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The Drift HD170 action camera is arguably the most feature-rich hands-free video camera on the market. It's loaded with features that many of its high definition predecessors 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 HD170 is the world's first full HD wearable action camera with integrated LCD screen and wireless remote control. The Drift HD170 offers a 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 HD170's intuitive operation makes it easy to use. And your Drift HD170 includes multiple mounting options that would cost $75 when purchased separately through other manufacturers. When it comes to features, value, and high quality resolution, the Drift HD170 is impossible to beat!
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Pros: Color LCD screen, remote control, mounting accessories, protective/non slip outer, lens rotation, 1080/720 HD quality, exposure settings, rca/usb connections, zoom capable at 720
Cons: Could be lighter/smaller (but not a deal breaker), nite shot helps(low lux) but not great, sensitive/unstable picture taking (but dont need it for that)
Battery lasts about 4hrs. No complaints on stabilization (no stabilization function) since everything is shot at wide angle. Highly recommended for Action Sports/Outdoors enthusiasts whos needs video on the move. You will need to go up 5x the price to get anything better than the Drift HD170.
Having the LED screen, even one so small it looks like it belongs on a cell phone, combined with straightforward menus and essentially one button record, this camera is beyond simple. If that does not seem like a big deal, believe me it is. I have found you get the right video the first time, and you never have to think about how to do something - That lets you concentrate on what the real reason you got the camera, to get good video. The idea of the rotating lens is brilliant - it allows you to mount the camera for easy access to the screen and buttons and still get excellent video.
The little touches such as the wrist mounted remote control and the standard camera 1/4" tripod mount to allow RAM and mounts just show that someone was thinking when they designed this camera. Having used a few Camcorders with LANC remotes and Bullets cams in the past, I can say this night and day - those were a pain, this is a pleasure. Even compared to the Go-pro HD I used, this is so much better throughout in the areas I mentioned.
Video recording is why you buy a POV camera, and on this one it's great quality, and using it on my MacBook Pro is so easy, it plays natively and perfectly and the picture quality including stability is as good as my 4x as expensive camcorder/bullet cam setup
I really like having the ability to add an external mike - that was something I always missed on other cameras - and I am ordering one today - hopefully it will be as good as the camera.
After spending a lot of time researching and finally buying this one - I am very happy with it and I would highly recommend it to anyone....
But of course there are a couple things they could do better:
The Battery situation is not ideal. Having a removable rechargeable battery is probably good for the environment, but I am never in an area where its easy to charge it and I hate waiting 2 hrs, so I had to buy a couple high capacity extras rather than carrying some Lithium AA batteries like some of other cameras use - I can buy them anywhere and carry a bunch to shoot all day. Worse than that is the fact there is a no charger included or available? you have to charge the batteries in the camera and you have to do it over USB... So for me to charge up my main and spares, I have to spend the whole day with this camera plugged into my computer and remember to switch batteries every few hours.
You can buy a USB charger, but you still have to plug it into the camera using the camera as the charger and you also have to use cable that was included with the camera.
I should mention you can plug the cable into cigarette lighter USB ADAPTER if you are using the camera in a car or an off road car like I am, but that requires the back of the camera being left open, and you purchasing a "bootie" to go over the back of the camera (that is required for using the ext mike also). I can live with that, but it adds all total another $100 or so to the cost of the camera - its just inconvenient and expensive.
Beyond that, its a matter of taste as to whether you love or hate very wide 170 degree lens on the camera, I happen to like it and buy the explanation their website of why they went with that wide angle. You should compare their videos to other POV cameras with less degrees such as 140 vs 170.
Sure there are a few design imperfections, but overall, You can't go wrong with the HD170, it is by far the best POV out today.
Firstly, the size is huge! It's about 2 or 3 Snickers bars stacked together. Due to it's awkward shape, it makes mounting it quite a nuisance as well. Unlike the GoPro, there are not as many aftermarket parts and a community to support this product, which is worth noting.
The camera itself, however, is not too shabby. The images were clear and HD as advertised. We chewed through memory cards, but the picture was great. Microphone was useless due to mounting it on our heads for the ride. Ended up picking up the Drift DMIC External Mic, but it was all but useless since it required the back hatch of the camera case to be open, negating its water-resistant property.
All in all, it'll get the job done, but I regret not buying the smaller and similarly priced GoPro.