Drift HD Action Camera

Price: $199.00
Instant Savings: $50.00
You Pay: $149.00
Product Highlights
  • Shoots 1080p Full HD Video
  • Takes 9.0 Megapixel Still Images
  • Includes Several Different Helmet Mounts
  • External Microphone Connector
  • Playback 1.5" TFT LCD Screen
  • Wide-Angle 170° Fully-Rotatable Lens
  • Micro-HDMI Connector for HDTV Playback
  • MicroSD Slot Supports Up to 32GB Card
  • Night Mode for Darker Conditions
  • Camera Includes Remote Control

The Drift HD Action Camera is a feature-packed and innovative helmet camera that shoots crystal clear 1080p full HD video and can also capture 9.0 megapixel still images. Its compact design and multiple mounts make it ideal for virtually all action sports and it's compatible with up to a 32GB microSD card. The camera features a replaceable lens and a 1.5" LCD screen, which lets you line up shots and review footage instantly. Plus, the lens is a 170° fully rotatable wide-angle lens for mounting the camera at any angle and any position to get the perfect shot. It also features 4x digital zoom and comes with a remote control for easy operation when the camera is mounted on your helmet.

Besides 1080p resolution, the HD Action Camera also shoots 720p HD video and WVGA. It has a micro-HDMI connector for HDTV playback and a 2.5 mm microphone input as well. The camera comes with several mounts, including a goggle mount, universal clip, touch-fastener strap, curved and flat adhesive mounts. A second rear cover is also included to protect the camera when using an external mic or a USB charger. The small, aerodynamic camera even features a Photoburst Mode, which lets you take pictures every few seconds for as long as your memory card and battery lasts.

Maximum Video Resolution: 1080p High Definition
Store video & photos on microSD memory card (not included) with a memory capacity up to 32GB
Shoot video in 1080p 25/30fps, 720p 25/30/50/60fps & WVGA
Still Photo: 9.0 megapixel still photo capture with Photoburst Mode
Digital Zoom: Camera features a 4x digital zoom in 1080p, 720p (30fps), 720p (60fps) & WVGA mode
Lens Angle: 170° fully rotatable wide-angle lens
LCD Screen: 1.5" (3.8 cm) color TFT LCD display
Drift HD Action Camera is water resistant for enhanced durability
Remote Control: Wireless RF with 16.4' (5 m) range for hands-free video & photo
Mounts: Multiple mounting designs, standard 1/4" 20 mm thread
Audio: Built-in microphone & speaker, 2.5mm mono plug input
HDMI: Micro HDMI connector for HDTV playback
Menus: User friendly control panel offers three languages (English, French, German)
Camera
Sensor CMOS
Optics
Focusing Distance 19.7" / 50.0 cm - Infinity
Angle of View 170° (130° at 60 fps)
Zoom Digital: 4x
Recording
System NTSC/PAL
Recording Media microSD Up To 32GB Video/Image
Video Format High Definition
MOV
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
High Definition
MOV
1280 x 720p / 50 fps
1280 x 720 / 30 fps
1280 x 720 / 25 fps
Standard Definition
MOV
848 x 480p / 60 fps
848 x 480p / 50 fps
848 x 480p / 30 fps
Standard Definition
MOV
848 x 480p / 25 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 9 Megapixel (16:9)
Audio Format Not Specified By Manufacturer
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 1.5"
Features
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x Mini-USB
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack No
General
Languages English
French
German
System Requirements Windows
  • XP
    Vista
    7

Mac
  • OS X 10.2 & above
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1110mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.3 x 2.0 x 4.1" / 3.3 x 5.0 x 10.4 cm Camera Dimensions
1.6 x 2.1 x 0.5" / 4.0 x 5.3 x 1.3 cm Remote Control Dimensions
Weight 5.04 oz / 143 g Camera Weight
.67 oz / 19 g Remote Control Weight
Drift HD Action Camera
  • Remote Control
  • Spare Rear Cover
  • Goggle Mount
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Universal Clip
  • Touch-Fastener Strap
  • Lithium Battery
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    DriftHD Action Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Great picture quality (27)
    • Image stabilization (14)
    • Good in low light (11)
    • Great sound (9)

    Cons

    • Poor sound (7)
    • Limited zoom (6)
    • No image stabilization (4)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (17)
    • Travel (13)
    • Home movies (8)
    • Movies/short films (5)
    • Documentaries (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (16), Enthusiast (12), Semi-pro (5), Pro videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than a Hero. If you get my Drift?

    Having used / borrowed Go-Pros several times to film in car shots on rally stages and circuits, I was set to buy one when I was asked to film a short car review for...Read complete review

    Having used / borrowed Go-Pros several times to film in car shots on rally stages and circuits, I was set to buy one when I was asked to film a short car review for a web based magazine. That's when I became frustrated by various aspects of the Go-Pro's design, and bought myself a Drift HD instead to overcome problems I'd faced. The Drift's built in colour screen may be small, but is good enough to allow you to line up your shots. You're not left guessing what you are aiming the lens at. The ability to then rotate the camera within the body to ensure you get level horizons is great. The remote control makes it easy to operate the Drift when it's set on a roll cage or rear window, out of your reach, and there's an audible beep (you can silence it I think) so you know it's operated even when you can't see the signal LED.Essential to me was the ability to use an external mic. I bought a low cost lavalier mic but it does the job and is essential if recording in a convertible car or with the windows open in a tin-top. Also it's real simple to connect into a Peltor comms set in a rally or race car (or aeros aircraft radio which is a forthcoming project). If you are mounting the camera externally, you can reduce the internal mic's sensitivity down to zero and add sound later, or run the external mic to the engine bay so you get engine notes not wind noise. Careful where you run the mic cable - they melt!The settings menus are exactly that - menus you can read. You don't have to memorise dozens of different abbreviations and try guessing if you've set the camera right. It's plain English.The universal tripod / monopod / Gorillapod / ball mount standard 1/4" thread is far more useful than a design specifc to one camera. I can fit the Drift to all my existing SLR stands / equipment.I messed up by ordering the long life battery for the HD 170. It's not for the Drift HD. My mistake, I didn't read the description carefully. Don't do what I did. I also bought the charger kit and thought I was getting a cable to plug into a cigarette lighter in a car and from there into the camera. It's not. It plugs into the lighter and from there to a charger, so you can only charge a battery that's not in the camera. You can buy 12V - Mini USB connectors that would permanently power the camera, elsewhere. Image quality is as good as the Go-Pro, sound quality is up to you to sort out but that's a lot easier with an external mic. I bought a 2.5 male to 3.5mm female adaptor that turns through 90 degrees (on B&H) so you can mount the camera closer to a windscreen than if you used a straight adaptor. Or unplug the mic and you have a 'silenced' camera.I'm not knocking the Go-Pro, they've almost exclusively created the action camera market, and I've used them for years, but I think the Drift HD has been better thought out and is a better 'film-making' tool.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Just ok

    I bought a Drift HD as an alternative to my used and abused,but still working GoPro HD-1.The Drift features I was most interested were the very useful rotating lense,the light...Read complete review

    I bought a Drift HD as an alternative to my used and abused,but still working GoPro HD-1.The Drift features I was most interested were the very useful rotating lense,the light weight(without waterproof case it can still be used in situations that the gopro would need it's case) and sleek design,and the integrated lcd screen.All of these features measure up and made the camera worth buying.
    However,the performance in shadow/shade transition to sunlight/bright conditions is absolutely the worst of any camera I have owned.This camera will be used on my snowboard mount only in bright sunlight,and not overcast or intermittenly bright/shady conditions.

    It takes adequate stills;infact, I have been using it more for that more than anything when at a kids' event or a family gathering.It's inconspicuous and easy to use in that regard.The remote works well within it's range of about 6-7 feet and this feature proved very usefull when I was announcing a bike race and remotely clicking finish line photos-my favorite use for this camera.
    Depending what you plan to use it for this camera can be another useful tool in your bag,but my next sports cam will be an HD2 as the image quality in both video and stills is superior,and from the videos I've seen it is superior in changing light as well.

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    4.0

    Excellent Camera for the price

    By Sportster Guy

    from Cibolo, Tx

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Helmet Cam
      • Travel

      Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

      Use the camera as a helmet cam to record our rides on our HD Sportster , gives us a great view of the roads we travel. I personally also use the recordings as a way to better my riding abilities, being able to judge what you did on the road, after the fact, gives you time to judge yourself from a different point of view.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Fun & useful camera for $[$]sale price

      By aldo12xu

      from Toronto, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Time Lapse Photograp
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

      Pretty decent video quality for daytime footage but noisy at night or under low light conditions. I wish the fisheye lens wasn't as extreme but when doing scenery shots with few forground objects it's not as noticeable. I love the interval photography that allows time lapse videos to be created, although I wish it would've been at a 16:9 aspect ratio. The rotating lens is extremely useful and having a mic jack is a nice addition. Was thinking of get a GoPro but at the sale price, Drift HD offers far more bang for the buck.

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      5.0

      GOOD VALUE AND MOUNTING OPTIONS

      By speedorms

      from milan, mi

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Well built

      Cons

      • Lowish Sound Level
      • No image stabilization

      Best Uses

      • Priced Right For Budget
      • Versatile Hdsd Cam

      Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

      good value for the price, and while not their latest designs with more features, is ~$[$]or so less, and seems to work for me. the lack of image stabilization doesnt seem to affect my results.

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      4.0

      Great Value

      By Carl D.

      from Brooklyn, WI

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Travel

      Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

      I primarily use the camera on a Polaris Ranger side by side EV (Electric Vehicle). I wanted to show the Electric version of the Polaris has as much torque as a gas vehicle. The remote and ease of access to offload and charging ports while ensuring water integrity is excellent. For a third of the cost of other cameras, the DriftHD is a great value!

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      4.0

      Excellent Choice for the Price

      By mharleyman

      from Holly Hill, Florida

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Economical
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Simple to use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

          For the price this is a very good POV camera. I got it for my wife to use when driving her motorcycle.
          Image quality is good, easy to down load the videos, simple to use, the only draw back is battery life which is 1- 1 1/2 hours.

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          4.0

          A lot of bang for the buck!

          By Cotton

          from Mesquite, TX

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

            Great little camera! You can shoot video anywhere with super results. It's easy to learn and use. Works great in low light as well as sunlight. The remote control is a plus!

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            5.0

            Awesome camera great value

            By robtdavis1

            from plano

            Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

            Purchased in lieu of Go Pro and very happy with choice. For my needs the price difference made it a optimal choice

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            4.0

            Would recommend

            By Ekimojoe

            from East Texas

            Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

            Video was better than I expected. The LCD screen is worthless in the sunlight. Hard to tell if it is on or off. Remote worked perfect on my motorcycle with it and the camera attached to the handlebar.
            Satisfied with the camera.

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            4.0

            A Must 2 Take UR Ride 2 the Next Level

            By PsychodasAnanda

            from New York City!

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

            • Attachments

            Best Uses

            • Nyc Riding

            Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

            I strap this onto my helmet and ride through NYC. The remote wrist control is great [except for the odd velcro strap. You will need to replace it with one that works].

            Mic is excellent! Pic quality is excellent! Drift customer service is good [battery faulty and they sent another]

            You can feel the quality of the camera. Love the low profile.

            Attachements are adhesive based :( These need serious improvement [a complete redesign]. You will need to devise your own in the interim. Hint: buy an extra goggle base and use releasable wire ties.

            I will buy another and would recommend this to a friend!

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            5.0

            Imazing action Camera

            By Ahmed Said

            from Qatar

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

              For that price the camera is the best.
              excellent video quality.
              I you not need 60fps on full HD dont think and go for this camera.
              Battery life is reasonable

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              5.0

              awesome product

              By Needles

              from San Diego

              Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

              Great price and the quality is excellent. Highly recommend the hd drift to anyone looking to capture their adventure with a sturdy tough camera

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              5.0

              Great camera for the money

              By mx_jeff

              from GA

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Chassis Cam
                • Helmet Cam
                • Helmetchassis Cam

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                I got a Drift because GoPro Hero 2/3 were so expensive. I use the camera for dirt bike trail riding, and it handles my needs quite well. The sound isn't what you'd expect. Ambient noises in front of the camera are mostly acceptable, but anything you say will be barely audible (depending on where you mount the camera).
                Another potential downfall is battery life. I've taken videos that are only about 7-10 minutes long and seen the battery decrease by 20%. You'll need to tell the LCD to shut off while recording or it will go down faster.
                Another pitfall is playback on the LCD. If you have a long video (3+ mins), you'll notice the audio gets out of sync with the video.

                All of that is minor in my opinion. For the money, you get:
                - Great Video
                - LCD on the unit
                - Most of the mounting accessories you'll ever need
                - pretty darn good camera

                It hooks right up to your pc for charging and image/video retrieval. Videos are in .MOV format which is pretty universal.

                Is it top of the line? No. But it does everything you need right out of the box.
                I was able to get the camera, a 32gb card, and a spare battery for half the price of a Hero3.

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                5.0

                Great camera + great price = great value

                By Bob

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Travel

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                The video quality is excellent. I love the options of having both video and photo capabilities. The remote makes it easy to start and stop camera without it being located next to you. Perfect size and nice packaging.

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                4.0

                No so good for snowmobiling.

                By FS

                from Michigan

                About Me Casual User

                Pros

                • Audible Remote
                • Comes With Many Mts
                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lens Can Be Rotated

                Cons

                • Battery Life In Cold Temp
                • No image stabilization
                • Wind Noise Is Bad

                Best Uses

                • Warm Weather

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                This is my first action camera and I am very satisfied with the video quality and use of it. I bought it for the price being much cheaper than GoPro. Once I figured the controls out its easy to use. I would not recommend this for cold weather use though. I bought this for snowmobiling and the battery only lasts about 15 min fully charged in 20F weather then it cuts off. I'm going to get extra batteries to resolve this issue or rig up a power cord to it. I'm not sure if I can power and have it recording at the same time. I hear the GoPro keeps itself warm from the heat it puts out and lasts longer in cold weather use. Aside from that its a great cam.

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                5.0

                excellent camera!

                By toby

                from Vermont

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                Great action camera, and an even better price. No issues whatsoever.

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                5.0

                Great up grade from my old Drift X170

                By Bruce

                from NW PA.

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                  Mounted it on top of my car and it works great, a little coll right now for the motorcycle, about -2 degrees out side right now in Western PA. can't wait till spring to see how it works on the bike.I love the 16 x9 picture that fits my big screen TV. The exposure problem has completely disapeard and the HD picture is great, Deliverd very quickly. You have a wind noise problem when it is on top of the car but I purchased the external mic and that solved that problem. Great camera and like I said, can't wait until spring...

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                  4.0

                  Rugged & low profile

                  By sealionness

                  from northern New England

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom
                  • Poor Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                  This camera was a Christmas present. It's a fun camera that is very low profile on a helmet & has a nice number of accessories to improve its range, performance, etc. Great for ski footage & all that good action stuff. I haven't tried the mounts that come with it yet but it's very stable on my ski goggles. Casing is very rugged. Rotating lens is very useful. Picture quality is excellent, though the super wide angle at 1080 tends to flatten a landscape, make figures more distant, and is almost fish-eye. Maybe that's deliberate, since it also helps image stability. The controls are stiff & not easy to get to when mounted. The remote works well. I wish that the zoom could be used at 1080; & I really wish that it could be operated from the remote. Sometimes you just don't want that wide an angle but taking the camera off, changing to 720, & keeping it running so you don't lose the zoom framing is pretty laborious. Other than that a super nice cam for the money.

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                  5.0

                  Drift Action Camera

                  By MrTruck

                  from Denver CO

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Movies/Short Films

                    Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                    I'm an automotive journalist. This is my second Drift. I clamp them under trucks, under trailers, inside truck cabs for YouTube video's and RFD TV. I've used them on new trucks at the Ford Michigan Proving Grounds on Silver Creek torture track and 16 times across Silver Creek on 4 different trucks, they didn't shake off. Drift is built narrower than Go Pro and are already covered in rubber. The lens will rotate 360 degrees. Next I'll buy the Drift Ghost this summer.

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                    5.0

                    Nice camera.

                    By B-man

                    from St. Charles Mo

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                    • None that I can think of

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoor action

                    Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                    I use this for biking and it fits my needs. Great camera for price and enough features for me.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great value, excellent product

                    By Nateskater

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • No image stabilization

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                    Great mounting options and video quality. The playback screen is very useful. I use it snowboarding and love it.

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