Drift HD Action Camera

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Price: $199.00
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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 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (24)
    • Great picture quality (20)
    • Image stabilization (11)
    • Good in low light (8)
    • Great sound (7)

    Cons

    • Poor sound (6)
    • Limited zoom (5)
    • No image stabilization (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (15)
    • Travel (9)
    • Home movies (7)
    • Movies/short films (5)
    • Documentaries (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (13), Enthusiast (10), Semi-pro (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25), 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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    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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        • No

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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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          • No

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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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          • Yes

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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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            • No

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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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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Product!

            By 4 wheeler

            from AZ

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                easy to use, great resolution, smooth video no matter how many bumps or vibrations on the trip.
                havent had a chance to check out low light or zoom yet.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Better than the GoPro

                By Claudia

                from AZ

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                Just bought the HD Drift for my son for Christmas. Mounted it to his snowboard helmet for the first time 2 days ago. First of all, the Drift looks gray on his mat black helmet and everyone on the slopes was admiring it. Second, it was easy to use. Not one problem. Third, downloaded the clips and are blown away at the quality. More smoothe footage than a hand held video camera. Best family ski trip footage we have by far!

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                4.0

                amazing little camera

                By David

                from N.H

                Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                This thing takes great video, it is very light and small enough for tons of uses. The battery that came with it does seem to have a charge issue meaning it doesn't really hold one, but I plan on asking for a replacement. All in all very happy with this product.

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                5.0

                Drift HD Fulfills Expectations

                By Geokeys

                from Tempe, AZ

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Small But Clear Lcd

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Motorcycle Vloging

                  Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                  My action cam needs are a bit less than the super enthusiasts, so this cam does a great job for me. I didn't need it to have wi-fi or be controlled from an app like the higher end Drifts and GoPros. The picture quality of the Drift HD is really nice, and with good stability, a 170 degree viewing angle, and movable horizon lens, the camera can be mounted just about any way you like. Wind noise is really high above 20 mph with the internal mic, so I recommend an external mic. The instruction manual gives a VERY basic introduction to the camera and its operation, but the controls are intuitive and can be mastered with a few minutes of button pushing. I would recommend this cam to those who want to do do simple, beautiful videos and don't need all the latest bells and whistles.

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                  5.0

                  simply awesome

                  By adrien60

                  from fort simpson,NT, Canada

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Mic input

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Airplane Cockpit Video
                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                    I use this camera for in-flight video, I like the wide angle that shows the entire cockpit of the plane and the mic input that can record pilot conversation, the video quality is great and the remote is very helpful.

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                    5.0

                    HD Drift

                    By Pete

                    from Central PA

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                      Works as advertised for use on motorcycle and bicycle. Picks up wind noise on moto, so I bought remote mike. Works OK with that. Low light problem I've heard about has been corrected, worked good, adjusted itself, going into shadows. Original battery was bad, would not take a charge. B&H replaced it, no questions asked. Great little camera for the money. B&H is very good to deal with.

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                      5.0

                      Great product!

                      By 2WheeledLogan

                      from Tuscaloosa, AL

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                        Bought this camera to replace my Drift HD720, so I could start motovlogging. Love the Drift product line because of their low profile vs looking like I have an antennae on my head with a GoPro. Picture quality is great, and with the right microphone, sound quality in helmet is great. The bevy of accessories that come with it was great too. Definitely will keep buying Drift products!

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                        5.0

                        Very Good Camera

                        By Yesfilms

                        from St. Petersburg, FL

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • No image stabilization
                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Action

                        Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                        Compact, Good video quality, good features. The built-in mic doesn't capture good sound, but you can use an external mic thanks to the input it brings for it. I recommend this product.

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                        4.0

                        Drift HD Camera

                        By Buzzard503

                        from Florida

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Limited Instructions
                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Drift HD Action Camera:

                        Use for aerial work both inside and outside the aircraft. Light and small allows multiple mounting configurations.

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