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You've probably seen those adventure reality shows where people like Bear Grylls, Les Stroud, and other daredevils find themselves in one perilous situation after another. Sometimes you wonder how they will make it to safety. But even more often you wonder how they were able to capture such footage in the first place. Sometimes the footage is captured by an equally nutty cameraman, but quite often the footage is captured using something like Drift Innovation's X170 Action Camera.
While it would be nice to have your own personal cameraman follow your every move, or even have an entire film crew at your disposal, you can get comparatively good results on your own, for not a lot of money, with the X170. TheX170 is a rugged, general-purpose helmet camera that comes with various attachments including a helmet grip, handlebar grip, goggle mount, head strap, hook and loop fastener strap, and a universal mount. These attachments let you mount the camera pretty much anywhere you like and capture video and still photos in the most precarious situations. And don’t worry about a little water ruining your fun because the X170 is waterproof to half a meter.
The X170 Action Camera captures video at 720 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second and you can shoot in either 4:3 or 16:9 formats; you can also capture 5-megapixel still images. The camera also records audio thanks to its built-in microphone. The X170’s 170-degree wide-angle lens can be rotated 300 degrees in order to obtain a level image regardless of how the camera is mounted. A 1.5-inch color LCD and built-in speaker lets you review any footage you’ve captured. An AV cable is included for playback on a TV set, and a USB cable is included for downloading to a computer.
TheX170 can be operated either from the controls on the camera or using a wrist-mounted wireless remote control that works at distances up to 5 meters away. That will come in handy if you want to mount the camera on the roll cage of a dune buggy, on the front fork of a motorcycle down near the ground, or any other location that makes it impossible to reach the camera.
While the X170’s built-in memory totals only 32MB, the camera also accepts SD memory cards up to 16GB. Powered by two AA batteries, the camera weighs about 4-1/2 ounces. It costs $200. The next time you brag to friends about your most recent thrills and spills, you'll be able to show them video that backs up your claims.