Drift HD helmet cam - First look

'Smaller and smarter'

We were impressed by Drift's HD170 Stealth camera when we tested it earlier this year but its bulk meant it wasn't ideally suited to being mounted on a cross-country helmet.

Enter the new Drift HD, which retains its predecessor's best features – 1.5in LCD screen, full HD recording (1,080p at 30fps), 9MP still images, rotatable 170° lens, Micro HDMI output, microphone input, remote control, good weather resistance – but is 30mm shorter (104x50x33mm) and weighs a claimed 120g, compared to 171g for our Stealth sample.

The HD170's screen is a real boon, allowing you to perfectly line up the camera, shoot at some interesting angles and play footage back out on the trails, so with this new smaller, lighter package, Drift could be onto a winner.

It comes with a goggle strap mount, as well as curved and flat adhesive mounts, for £329.99/US$369. The camera is on test with Mountain Biking UK so look out for a review soon. You can view some footage filmed with the previous generation HD170 model below (please note: video file has been compressed):

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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