Drift HD camera review

Full HD video capture

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
GBP £249.99 RRP | USD $319.95
Drift HD camera

Our review

Easy-to-use camera let down by its limited mounting options and underwhelming video quality
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This latest camera from Drift offers full HD 1,080-pixel video capture. It also has a handy preview screen on the side that doubles as an easily negotiable menu.

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Mounting options range from 3M sticky mounts to the more secure/useful goggle clip-on number. But we found mounting to heavily vented trail helmets nigh on impossible due to their lack of flat surfaces. This is annoying if you’re the sort of rider who won’t always be in a full-face.

We also weren’t overly impressed by the amount of wind-rush recorded by the exposed external mic or the slightly grainy picture compared to other HD cameras we’ve used. The sound quality is pretty much null and void too.The adjustable 170-degree lens is tidy though, as is the 9MP stills camera and lengthy battery life.

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Coming in at this price point will inevitably bring the Drift up against the ubiquitous GoPro HERO HD. The lack of mounting options and slightly below-par picture quality of the Drift mean we’d probably still opt for the latter.

Product Specifications

Product

Name HD camera (12)
Brand Drift Innovation

Description o Full HD video for creating crystal clear footage o More compact housing, 4.1 inches and 4.23 oz., 25 percent smaller that its predecessor o Rotatable, replaceable lens o Second rear cover to protect the camera when using an external mic or a USB charger o An integrated LCD screen for shot setup and playback o Micro HDMI connector for HDTV playback o A remote control to enable you to film what you want to record, not the boring stuff in between o New goggle strap in addition to curved and flat adhesive mounts, paired with a universal clip for multiple mounting options o Standard ¼″ 20 thread for use with most tripods o A rotating lens so you can mount the camera at any angle and any position to get that shot you are looking for o 9MP still photography; put it in the photo burst mode and you can take pictures every few seconds for as long as your memory card and battery lasts o You can pair the remote control to your camera or any number of additional cameras o A digital zoom function so you can get even closer to the action, or your friend in front o A 2.5 microphone input for external microphones o Optional waterproof case to take your Drift HD to depths of up to 30m o Optional external power pack accessory, taking recording time up to 20hrs