Drift HD170 1080p Action Camera Review



drift hd170 mounted on bern helmet

Newly Added Night Mode Demo Video

Box Opening Video


I was privileged and lucky enough to receive the newly released Drift HD 170 Camera from Drift Innovation a few days ago. The minute the camera arrived from the UK, I opened the box, took some preliminary products shots (included in this review) and, the following morning at 7 am went out for a mountain bike ride to test the capabilities of the camera and to capture some test footage. Most of my weekend was spent testing the camera followed by another early Monday morning ride (test) in an effort to get some footage during the nice morning light.  I’m excited to share with you my thoughts and initial impressions in the following Drift HD170 Review.

What is included in the Drift HD 170 BOX

  • HD170 Action Camera
  • Remote Control
  • Handlebar Mount
  • Goggle Mount
  • Head Strap
  • Helmet Mount
  • Universal Clip
  • Velcro Strap
  • Industrial strength Velcro adhesive pad
  • HDMI Cable for play back on TV
  • USB Cable for downloading to your computer
  • Lithium Battery
  • Quick Guide to get you started

Are you curious to see what comes in the box with the Drift HD170 Action Sports Camera - we were… so we opened it up!

Drift HD 170 Features

  • 1080p High Definition Video Resolution (also records in 720p and WVGA)
  • LCD Screen.  1.5” Color TFT
  • Video and Photo Capture
  • Digital Zoom (in 720p and WVGA mode)
  • Expandable Storage -  SD Memory Capacity up to 32GB
  • RF Wireless Remote Control for Hands Free Video and Photo (16 ft, 5m range)
  • 5 Megapixel Still Photos with Photo burst Mode
  • 170° Fully Rotatable Wide Angle Lens
  • Built-in Microphone & Speaker
  • Rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • User Friendly Control Panel
  • Waterproof to 1.7 ft (0.5m)
  • Multi Sport Mounting (Package includes Handlebar Grip, Goggle Mount, Helmet Grip, Head Strap, Velcro Strap and Universal Mount)
  • Standard 1/4” (8mm) camera (tri-pod) thread great for use with after market mounts such as RAM
  • User Friendly Control Panel (menus) in 7 Languages
  • 1 year manufacturers warranty

Initial impressions

The Drift HD 170 is extremely easy to operate with only a few buttons, a large 1.5” color LCD screen and easy to follow on-screen indicators and menus. I was up and running in seconds without having to look at the instruction manual.

Being able to review and change the settings right on the spot was a huge relief - a definite luxury denied by other HD helmet cams such as GoPro HD or Contour HD, which do not have built in displays.  Setting up shots could not have been easier and the ability to review footage on the fly was priceless.  Given the many different mounting configurations we wanted to test, this was a life saver.

Below you will find some earlier footage demonstrating the LCD and some of the menu options and functions. Keep in mind this video was shot for the Drift X170 (SD model) however the functionality of the HD170 is very similar.


Another impressive feature is the 170 degree wide angle rotating lens, which gives users a lot more flexibility when mounting the camera. The camera doesn’t always have to be mounted upright; it can be mounted sideways or upside down with an easy twist of the lens, post-production flipping, or the use of conversion mounts is no longer necessary.

I found myself rotating the lens back and forth as I switched between the different mounting configurations on my bike and ended up with upright footage every time -  sweet! (well, every time I did not forget to rotate it back that is). The lens can be rotated into any position through out the full 360 degree range, compared to the Contour HD lens which can only be rotated within 180 degree range or the GoPro which does not have a rotating lens (although they are just about to release a firmware update which will allow the users to flip the image vertically).

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Lens rotated to 90 degrees when the Drift HD170 camera is helmet mounted.

 


During most of my shooting, I found myself using the included remote control.  Even though the well positioned stop / record button is easily accessible from most mounting locations, I ended up using the remote quite often, especially when the camera was mounted on the top of the Bern helmet. The remote control - with a range of 16 feet (5 m), allows for some seriously “remote” mounting options.

drift remote control
Remote Control included with the HD170 Action Camera


Another feature worth mentioning is the rugged case design. The rubber like jacket surrounding the camera gives it a bit extra impact protection while keeping the elements out. The camera is waterproof up to 0.5 m (1.7 feet).

rugged case of the HD170
Drift HD 170 in its rugged case made out of hard rubber like material.


Before I dive into the details here are some quick Pro’s and Con’s of the HD 170 Camera:

Pros

  • Outstanding Video Quality
  • 5 MP Photo Capable (incl. Digital zoom)
  • LCD Screen
  • Remote Control
  • Long battery life
  • Ease of use
  • Flexible mounting options
  • Date & Time Stamp

Cons

  • Not capable of 60 fps shooting
  • No record indicator on the remote control
  • Not waterproof when using external microphone
  •      
  • Camera size a bit on the bulky side

 


The Details

Mounting Options

Unlike some point of view cameras, the Drift HD 170 comes standard with a wide range of mounts.
Included in the box are the handlebar / seat post mount (tubular mount), helmet mount (w/ industrial strength velcro adhesive pad), head strap mount, goggle mount, universal clip and even a wrist mount for the remote control.

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Topping off this impressive mount selection, is a standard tripod thread built into the base of the camera itself - a thoughtful idea that just makes sense.  The threaded camera mount gives you the ability to use many other available mounts.

drift hd170 tripod mount drift hd170 ram mounted drift hd170 mounted using ram atv mount
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Battery and Power

While the Drift X170 came with alkaline AA batteries batteries - which only lasted for about 1.5 hours, the Drift HDX170 Action Cam comes with a rechargeable 1110mAh Lithium-ion battery keeping you shooting longer and away from stores buying replacement AA’s.

Shortly after I took my first few video clips with a fully charged battery, I noticed that the battery life indicator showed 1/2 full with was a bit disconcerting. However, I’m happy to report that the battery ended up lasting long after the two and a half hour shooting session was over, despite of having the LCD turned on all of the time. As I write this the battery is still running strong after the display has been on for more than 4 hours. How about that? If that’s not enough, you can put the camera in power saving mode where the LCD screen turns off after moments of inactivity (when you are not pressing any of the buttons).

To recharge the camera, simply connect it, using this supplied USB cable, to any USB charger (automotive, AC outlet, etc..) or plug it into your computer. A blue indicator light will come on while the battery is being charged.

The battery life tests were done with the included 1110mAh battery. The optional expanded 1700mAh battery is a great choice for long days of shooting or when you are working in cold climates.

Video

As to be expected from a 1080p capable camera the video quality of the HD170 1080p is outstanding - a drastic improvement from its predecessor -  the X170 which shot video at mere SD resolution. It’s nice to see individual blades of grass wizzing by, the rubber texture of a bike tire or the shine of a rain drop. In addition to the Full HD 1080p video, the camera is also capable of shooting 720p and WSGA video all up to 30 fps.

One of the common problems of CMOS based cameras is the rolling shutter effect and judging from the test video I tool (while riding next to horizontal bridge railings), the drift HD 170 keeps it to a minimum.

White balance and auto exposure can at times be problematic on wearable cameras but I must say from what I’ve seen so far (and using the default neutral auto exposure setting), the HD170 handles fast changing lighting conditions quite well. If you are expecting to shoot in low light or very bright conditions, the drift cameras offers adjustable exposure settings as well as night mode. If that’s not enough - Manual Exposure Control is available for advanced users.

For those inquiring minds here are some additional Optics and Video specifications:

Angle of View: 170 deg. ultra wide angle in 720p and WVGA and 127° in 1080p mode.
Lens Rotation: 360°
Lens Focus:  0.5m to ∞ (infinity)

Zoom: 4x Digital Zoom in 720p and WVGA modes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video Format: MOV (H.264)

Night Mode:

The night mode setting enables the most optimal results when recording in less than ideal lighting conditions, stay tuned for our own videos to come soon looking at and testing night mode in depth, for now, you can see the difference that night mode can make in this test video from Drift Innovation:

Photos

In addition to shooting brilliant 1080p video, the Drift HD170 Action Camera is quite capable of shooting Five Mega Pixel photos. One feature I had no idea existed - but was pleasantly surprised in finding, was the digital zoom. While in photo mode you have the ability of zooming in. Keep in mind that the photo quality degrades with higher zoom levels. All photos are saved in JPEG format.

Actual photos taken with the Drift HD170, Click on thumbnails to enlarge

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One draw back is the fact that you have to go though about 4 menu options (clicks) when switching between photo and video modes.  A separate photo shutter button would have been a welcome addition, but then again - I suspect Drift Innovation intentionally omitted it as an effort to keep the number of buttons to a bare minimum.

Audio

The built-in microphone of the HD170 does a great job of capturing the relevant sounds of what ever action fueled activity you are filming while keeping the effects of wind noise down to a minimum. I noticed that when the camera is mounted to a rigid surface (for example to a bike frame or seat post)  the sound tends to be a bit harsher (brighter) as vibrations get amplified. When the camera is body mounted for example on a helmet, the sound tends to be quite softer. 

Another welcome feature is the Optional External Microphone which can be great for in-car footage or a life saver in high wind situations. The Drift Microphone connects into the AV connector located behind the rear hatch of the camera.

The built in speaker, given it’s small size, does its job very well when playing back the captured footage.

Dimensions & Weight

The Drift HD170 measures in at 5.2” x 2” x 1.3” (133mm x 50mm x 33mm) it’s compact and weights only 4.9oz (138g).
The GoPro HD Helmet Hero measures in at 1.6” x 2.4” x 1.2” (42mm x 60mm x 30mm) and weighs 6.3oz (179g) in its housing.
The Contour HD 1080p measures in at 2.1” x 1.3” x 3.75” (53mm 34mm x 95mm) and weighs a mere 4.3oz (123g)!

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Proportionate size difference between GoPro HD Helmet Hero, Contour HD 1080p and Drift HD170 Action Cameras.
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Proportionate size difference between GoPro HD Helmet Hero, Contour HD 1080p and Drift HD170 Action Cameras.
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Storage & Memory

The Drift HD 170 comes with 32MB of Internal Memory and supports SD cards up to 32GB capacity

Input / Output Connectors

All of the I/O connectors are located at the back of the camera (behind the latched back cover) and include a standard USB 2.0 port for PC / MAC connection and battery charging as well as video HD TV out connector (cable included) for instant playback on your TV.

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PC Compatibility

The Drift is compatible with Windows XP, and Vista, Mac OS X 10.2 and later.

Another nice (and often inquired about feature), is the ability to Date & Time stamp the videos and images taken. While for most people this is simply a nice add on, for others such as Military or Law and Enforcement this is a must have feature.


How about the shortcomings?

No record indicator on the remote control.  In some cases where the camera is mounted out-of-sight or out of audible range it would be nice to tell if you are recording by a visual indicator on the remote control itself.

Camera not waterproof when using External MicrophoneSince the rear hatch has to stay open when connecting external microphone the camera will no longer be waterproof.  Since most people will simply use the built-in microphone, this should not be much of a concern.

Camera size. The Drift is a bit on the bulky side, but hey - the built in LCD is definitely worth the extra bulk.

 


Box Opening


Test Videos

Here is the video I complied from my first test. I exported it in 720p size (1280 x 720), downsized from 1080p to make sure most people can stream it from Youtube and other video sharing sites. Thinking of including the 1080p size soon, just need to figure out best way to export while maintaining reasonable file size and picture quality:


This next video was shot a few days after by Mark Z and a friend on their Vancouver to Whistler drive in Mark friends Civic Si. Find out what happens when you are trying to capture some fast POV footage:

Summary

The Drift Innovation HD170 1080p Action Camera is made for those who demand simply the best. It shoots both high definition videos (up to 1080p) and 5 Mega Pixel Stills - allowing you to capture the action from your unique point of view.

If you are looking for a great quality wearable HD camera with a built in LCD screen, loads of mounting options and a remote control, the Drift Innovation HD170 is a hands down winner.

With the color LCD screen, setting up shots couldn’t be easier. The on-screen menus are very easy to navigate, so changing any video and photo settings is a snap. Plus, the ability to review footage on the fly is priceless. Priced at $329 it offers a lot of value for the money.

A limited supply of Drift HD170 1080p cameras is expected to arrive in late July so Pre-Order Yours today!

Drift HD170 Photo Slide Show

We welcome your questions and comments about this review.

Have we missed anything?  Perhaps there are additional things you would like us to test?

Please leave your comments and / or questions below.

Cheers!
Mike B, PointOfViewCameras.com

 


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Comments

By Francois
24 06 2010 at 01:25 AM

Good morning!

      My name is Francois from Vancouver, Canada. Got myself a Tachyon XC 2010 camera, still in the box, because I was not happy that the camera did not have a viewing screen. Searching other models and found GoPro, but, once again, NO viewing screen. Finally found the NEW Drift HD 170/ Wide Angle/5 MP camera with a VIEWING SCREEN = COOL!!!

My Questions:

1.  I’m into Sea Kayaking and was wondering if this camera would be O.K during Esquimo Rolls practice sessions (upside down in the water) or in some choppy waves?

2. Can it be mounted on a suction cup, the one’s GoPro have for their cameras?

3. Is the remote control waterproof? Great for Sea kayakers, especially when the camera is in the bow/front section of the boat.

4. How long can when shoot with this camera?

Looking upward in hearing from you!

In the mean time, will put my Tachyon XC camera on Craig’s list.


By PointOfViewCameras
24 06 2010 at 12:08 PM

Hi Francois, thank you for your Feedback. Good to hear you will be going with Drift HD170. It’s a much better camera than the Tachyon XC and we have a Vancouver location so you will get the Drift the day they arrive (if you pre-order).

The Drift HD170 is rated to 0.5 so technically it should work. Let us check with Drift Innovation to see how they feel about it. We will get back to you shortly.

Mike


By Damian
26 06 2010 at 04:50 PM

Hi, I’m researching and about to purchase a camera for snow skiing and jetskiing (PWC), the HD170 sounds perfect, the only downfall compared to the GoPro HD is the GoPro has 60fps and this only 30fps (other than this I’m leaning towards the HD170)... what are your thoughts on the comparison between the GoPro HD and HD170 and what difference (video quality) would the 60 v 30fps bring?

Thanks
Damian.


By David Williams
28 06 2010 at 01:08 AM

Love the sound of the new HD camera, particularly the remote function. I have a couple of questions. 
1 For stills, what options are available in continuous shooting/time lapse mode?  (one picture every 2 secs, 10 secs, 30 secs etc…..?)

2 170 degrees is very wide.  Is it possible to set it to something narrower?

David W


By PointOfViewCameras
28 06 2010 at 01:43 PM

Hi Damian,

There will be no difference in video quality between 30 and 60 fps unless you are planning to take 60fps footage and post process it using Cinema Tools or similar application to get the slow motion effect you might have seen on some of the GoPro videos on line.


By Avery
02 07 2010 at 05:42 AM

Thanks for the great review!

A few outstanding questions that would help prior to a purchase this weekend:

- How is shock stability of the HD 170? How does it compare to the Hero HD and the Contour HD 1080p?

- Roughly, how much (1.5x, 2x, 3x, etc) bulkier is the HD 170 versus the Hero HD and the Contour HD 1080p? Can you provide a picture with all three side-by-side?

- How does the HD 170 handle shooting directly into the sun or bright lights (vertical bars?)? How does this compare to the Hero HD and the Contour 1080p?

- How does lens distortion compare between the HD 170 and Hero HD at 127 and 170 degrees?

- With 1080p videos created on my P&S, I find long pans very hard to watch unless they are extremely slow. Will 60 FPS help this, or is 60FPS only useful for slow motion?

Thanks!
Avery


By PointOfViewCameras
02 07 2010 at 09:40 AM

No problem Avery!

You have some great questions. I quoted them below with my replies.

Q: How is shock stability of the HD 170? How does it compare to the Hero HD and the Contour HD 1080p?

A: They are very comparable. It’s all about how you mount the camera. I found that mounting the camera to your gear such as your bike, airplane, sled, atv (what ever you are riding) provides the most stable platform. When helmet mounting, ensure that the helmet is very stable on your head.


Q: Roughly, how much (1.5x, 2x, 3x, etc) bulkier is the HD 170 versus the Hero HD and the Contour HD 1080p? Can you provide a picture with all three side-by-side?

A: Stand by for side-by-side photo. Keep in mind that the Drift has a built in 1.5 ” LCD screen which ads size and weight.


Q: How does the HD 170 handle shooting directly into the sun or bright lights (vertical bars)? How does this compare to the Hero HD and the Contour 1080p?

A: Did you watch the test videos in this review? My mountain bike one includes quite a few shots into the sun and I didn’t see any vertical lines with the Drift HD170.
VholdR ContourHD also does very well. Watch starting at 3:38 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqsn9FhupGk#t=3m38s
and so does the GoPro HD. Here is a good example at 1:23 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ing-KFDyeY4#t=1m23s
Which cameras did you see the vertical bars on?


Q: How does lens distortion compare between the HD 170 and Hero HD at 127 and 170 degrees?

A: Let me do some more testing and get back top you on this one.


Q: With 1080p videos created on my Point-and-Shoot, I find long pans very hard to watch unless they are extremely slow. Will 60 FPS help this, or is 60FPS only useful for slow motion?
Can you elaborate on this question?

Regards,
Mike B


By Avery
02 07 2010 at 10:04 AM

Thanks so much, Mike! Very helpful.

On the 60FPS question… it may just be a phenomenon of high resolution, but when I do any landscape pans with my Lumix DMZ-FZ35 @ 1080p, I have to go ridiculously slow—else it is almost unwatchable. I thought this might be resolved with a higher framerate, but perhaps not.

Cheers,
Avery


By PointOfViewCameras
02 07 2010 at 10:11 AM

No problem Avery, Perhaps is a problem inherent with point-and -shoot cameras. I have not seen this issue with any of the POV cameras we sell and use. Many of our video include good looking paned shots and most of them were at 30fps rates and 720p or 1080p resolutions

Mike


By Karl
08 07 2010 at 03:43 AM

I see there is a optional 1700mah battery offered.
Were all your tests done with the standard 1100mah
battery???????


By PointOfViewCameras
08 07 2010 at 10:57 AM

@ Karl Yes, the tests were done with the included 1110mAh battery. We will be offering the optional 1700mAh battery as soon as it is becomes available.


By Gage
09 07 2010 at 06:51 AM

1. Do you have any clue when I’ll be able to pre-order or when these will come out?

2. Do you know who well this camera with stands below freezing temperatures for extended periods of time like you would experience with snowmobiling?

3. How easily are the buttons to operate with gloves on?


By PointOfViewCameras
09 07 2010 at 10:16 AM

@ Gage You can pre-order it now. There has been a bit of a delay and we are now expecting the cameras to be available in late July or early august.

Drift is coming out with an optional larger size battery which will be huge help for below freezing temperatures. We are planning to use it for skiing so I hope it works well grin

Should be able to operate the camera with gloves on. You also get the remote control which has large buttons and you can strap that to your writs or to the handle bars of your sled


By Adam
12 07 2010 at 11:42 AM

I’m planning on using a Netbook computer to watch, do basic editing and save video files while I’m on a motorbike trip.  Is this camera & it’s software compatible with Windows 7?


By PointOfViewCameras
12 07 2010 at 11:47 AM

@ Adam The camera records .mov files (H.264, AAC) which is a very common standard so as long as your computer / editing software supports that you are all good to go


By Cristian
28 07 2010 at 06:31 AM

How good is the night mode??? Do you have a video example?


By PointOfViewCameras
28 07 2010 at 09:26 AM

@ Cristian. Haven’t had a chance to test. Stand by for some night footage coming shortly.


By Gordon Sleigh
02 08 2010 at 03:00 PM

I was considering a Vio POV 1.5 but this seems to do everything I need without the hassle of a tethered box. My needs were/are:

LCD screen
Remote
SD recording with high capacity (The VIO only does 8GB cards but will do 6 hours to that card, due to lower res and higher compression though)
Microphone Input

I want a camera for car racing applications, both track and rally racing. Usually this means mounting the camera in an inconvenient location on a roll cage where its not easy to turn on and off, especially when strapped in. Thats where the remote comes in.

The catch is I need something with all day battery life. From VIO reviews they seem to rate 8-10 hours on a set of AAs but the Drift significantly less. Will it record while being charged/powered over the USB port? I can rig in a 12V USB charger to it and run it all day that way if needs be. That would be ideal, actually. (I know this will sacrifice weather sealing, thats not a deal breaker)

Thanks for the review!


By PointofViewCameras
03 08 2010 at 09:18 AM

@David Williams

Hey David, sorry about the delayed reply, must have overlooked it…

In 1080p mode… the HD170 records at 127°, otherwise in 720p or SD mode, it films at 170.


By PointofViewCameras
03 08 2010 at 09:20 AM

@Cristian

Night Mode… not 100% sure how it films, let us take a test video and get back to you… as soon as we make one, I will post it on the blog.


By PointofViewCameras
03 08 2010 at 09:30 AM

@Gordon Sleigh

Q. Will it record while being charged/powered over the USB port? I can rig in a 12V USB charger to it and run it all day that way if needs be…

A. It will record when hooked via USB to charge… unless it’s to a computer.. in this case… no dice. It also films when hooked into the cigarette lighter to charge… pretty cool stuff… so looks like you are all set!

It is a wicked, versatile camera for sure… and it can accommodate an SD Card, up to a 32GB capacity, and
average recording times are 15min/GB @ 1080p and 17min/GB @ 720p…

Hope that helps.


By Gordon Sleigh
04 08 2010 at 05:19 AM

What about SD recording if you don’t need HD? I see in the manual it has an SD mode, is that at the same 30mins/1GB rate of the X170?

Thanks!


By Steve Bennett
08 08 2010 at 07:14 PM

Correction: there is 60 FPS mode.

When you shoot in “SD” mode, it records at 60 FPS: 848x480, 59.940FPS (according to SplashLite). It comes in around 8MBps.

Looks sweet too smile


By PointofViewCameras
09 08 2010 at 03:32 PM

Not the case… The Drift HD170 does not film in 60 fps at all… the ContourHD and the HD Hero do in 720p and SD mode… but its not true of the Drift sadly. Trust me.. I just examined the box, instructions, online posts and the camera itself! haha.


By PointofViewCameras
09 08 2010 at 03:36 PM

@ Gordon Sleigh

Yes… SD would be the same as the X170.


By 2UpDuc
11 08 2010 at 08:10 AM

Audio.  I am noticing that the audio is not that great.  It is not a huge concern because I plan on dropping in a music file on top of the video.  But why is the audio recording so poor and video so good?


By Gary Diehl
14 08 2010 at 06:59 PM

Were you using an external mike when you recorded the Whistler Road trip?

Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
16 08 2010 at 01:12 PM

@2UpDuc Well, it is a waterproof mic so it is… covered, unlike open mics which can record sound much better… it has issues picking up voice generally even at a high setting, but background noise when riding etc is generally quite descent. But for commentary, etc… it is advised to use an external mic, which there is an input specifically for.

@Gary Diehl , no, in that case there was no external mic… the small space likely assisted in better capturing of sounds…

Although at the beginning, when Mark is speaking to the camera… they are using a GoPro HD Hero.


By Kitty
17 08 2010 at 01:20 AM

Hi!

Have you already test the night shot mode?
This Hd 170 sounds really nice, but we really need to shoot at some low light conditions. So I really look forward to see your test videos about the night shot :D


By PointofViewCameras
17 08 2010 at 12:52 PM

@Kitty - Have not yet created any of our own test videos demonstrating the HD170’s Night Mode, but once the days shorten I promise that we will… I am thinking of taking one out in the city this weekend just to demonstrate it in a few different lighting situation. Will keep you posted…

For now, if you click the deep link from the top of this blog post reading: Newly Added Night Mode Demo Video, you can see a demo video by Drift testing out Night Mode.

Thanks and stay tuned.


By Julie
18 08 2010 at 10:05 AM

Repeating a previous question that I don’t see an answer for:

For stills, what options are available in continuous shooting/time lapse mode?  (one picture every 2 secs, 10 secs, 30 secs etc…..?)

Also, is there a feature to simply take one still at a time, with use of the remote to trigger the shutter?


By john
19 08 2010 at 06:54 AM

good report. pity it doesn’t have a proper external microphone socket. that rules it out for me. i like to do commentaries while i ride/race in enduros :(


By PointofViewCameras
19 08 2010 at 08:35 AM

@Julie - In terms of photo burst mode, the HD170 continuously shoots 5 megapixel photos every 3, 5, 10 or 30 seconds.

In addition, yes, you can take single stills when in regular camera mode - and both the burst and photo modes are usable via the remote.


By Gordon Sleigh
19 08 2010 at 09:27 AM

Got my HD170 from POVCameras last week, great fast shipping!

Any sign of the external mic connector from DI yet? I mailed them but got no response. The audio is absolutely deplorable. Not the end of the world for the videos I’ll be doing, but in no way would the audio this thing produces ever be usable. Shame since the video is so good.


By PointofViewCameras
19 08 2010 at 09:35 AM

@John - Yea, unfortunately the Drift HD170 does not capture the best sound in terms of commentary etc, the best way is to attach an external mic via the AV slot in by opening the back of the case… which negates its waterproof ability…

So… for you, I would likely recommend the GoPro HD Hero or the ContourHD.

What camera do you currently use?


By midtoad
19 08 2010 at 12:35 PM

@David Williams. Yes, it seems you have some control over the time-lapse photo frequency. From the manual: “the intervals available are 3 seconds (default), 5 seconds, 10 seconds, and 30 seconds.”


By Gordon Sleigh
24 08 2010 at 05:29 AM

@POV: As I said, I bought the HD170 from you guys, there is no audio-input cable included with the camera, I’ve heard that it is still pending but there’s no further details. There AV connection is proprietary so its not an off the shelf product.

Have you heard anything about this cable’s release?


By PointofViewCameras
24 08 2010 at 08:35 AM

@Gordon Sleigh - that last response was for John, I neglected to direct it at him…

Apologies for the delayed response to your question, I was doing some sleuthing, but there is not mention of it it anywhere, it is however mentioned in the manual, so we are hoping that it should be out in the fall, with the release of the batteries…

Stay tuned.


By PointofViewCameras
24 08 2010 at 10:07 AM

@Gordon Sleigh - The Optional External Mic is due to be out in Fall for sure… that is the word just got from Drift!


By High Tech Gadgets
27 08 2010 at 12:43 AM

Amongst the features this thing offers, the most important differences I can see with the Drift HD170 would be the external mic input, remote control, and manual iris control.


By Montana
29 08 2010 at 08:15 PM

You have a terrific web site, I appreciate all the info.
Despite that, I have some questions.

1.  I have a full face, flip up motorcycle helmet so I don’t think the “helmet mount” can be located on top.
Will the “suction cup mount” in the Mega Pack adhere to the contoured curves of the back or side of the helmet securely enough to stay put in high winds?

2.  The Oregon Scientific ATC 9K has some nice features, but does its video quality equate with the Drift HD 170?

3.  Why is the “summersale10” 10% discount not reflected in the price at checkout?

4.  Are you located in CA?


By PointofViewCameras
30 08 2010 at 10:31 AM

@High Tech Gadgets

That’s true… plus… the other nice feature over the other HD models is the LCD screen


By PointofViewCameras
30 08 2010 at 10:59 AM

@Montana

Thanks for the love…

In terms of side mounting it to your full face/flip up helmet… I would recommend you use the helmet mount which is adhered via an industrial strength adhesive… with this you can stick it pretty much anywhere on your helmet, without having to use a strap. This was it stays close to the helmet for a bit more aerodynamic function.

The differences between the Oregon Scientific ATC9K and the HD170 in terms of quality, we can’t comment on quite yet as we are going to be testing the ATC9K this week… so we will hit you up with our findings once we have tested it out.

As for the coupon code, you need to apply the coupon code before checking out… and it will not apply to megapacks or open box. That current offer is valid til midnight tomorrow.

We are located in Vancouver BC, but out US warehouse is located in Blaine WA.


By John Taylor
06 09 2010 at 12:42 PM

I am interested in a hd 170. Would this camera be good for waterfowl hunting? Would the audio be o.k. for the operator while blowing a duck or goose call that close to the mic? Would the camera be o.k. for the fast wing beats of a duck or goose?  Would the camera have much pixation after the shot from the shotgun? If there is a better camera out there for waterfowl hunting what would you recommend? Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
07 09 2010 at 10:50 AM

@ John Taylor

Because point of view cameras record at such a wide angle of view, they are not ideal for this application, as a duck flying 100 feet away is literally going to look like a spec on the screen. If you want to capture close up footage, your best bet is to use a digital SLR with HD video capabilities with a tele photo lens attached… I understand however that this is not the best option in terms of following the movement of the foul…

The HD170 does have 4x digital zoom while filming in 720p and SD mode. It will likely experience some camera shake, as it would while attached to a bike… from the movement and shock. However I cannot say for sure as I have not yet viewed a video from the HD170 in a hunting situation, and there is a chance that the force could result in a failed recording.

The best bet for gun mounting is the VIO, as it has a separate recording unit and camera head, plus it is small enough to mount to the barrel with the Double-Hook and Loop Mount it comes with. The downside is, there is not a zoom feature on these cameras.


By Joao Diogo Paiva
08 09 2010 at 02:33 PM

I’m from Portugal.
Do you deliver orders to Portugal, as I’m interested in purchasing a camera from you guys?


By PointofViewCameras
09 09 2010 at 09:01 AM

Yes, we do ship to Portugal, you just want to be sure to order from our UK store: http://pointofviewcameras.co.uk/


By JT
27 09 2010 at 05:35 PM

Is this camera good for surfing.  I see it says waterproof, but only 1.7ft, never seen that depth stated before… will it survive being submerged in the water on occasion as in surfing?  Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
28 09 2010 at 08:34 AM

@JT - The HD170 is splash proof and weatherproof, but it is not designed to be used in a water environment. This is more meant for wet days, hitting puddles and snow. So, no… this is not the camera you want to use in the surf.

I would suggest the GoPro HD Surf Hero: http://pointofviewcameras.com/gopro-hd-surf-hero.html

or the ContourHD: http://pointofviewcameras.com/vholdr - Keep in mind, with the ContourHD, you will need to conceal it within its waterproof case: http://pointofviewcameras.com/contourhd-waterproof-case.html - if you plan to take it into the water.


By sonya trevor
02 10 2010 at 04:40 AM

We are in Australia, first do you ship to australia.
2nd have you had anyone use it in a drag racing application? we run 8.3sec over the quarter pulling good gees, we need it to monitor a 3in gauge from about 4ft of the roll bar and play it back.

Cheers


By jess
03 10 2010 at 06:13 AM

I have the HD170, but it the screen is stuck on the HD170DRIFT innovation image. It will not turn off unless I take the battery out.

PointofViewCameras is the most helpful site I’ve seen so I thought I would ask the pros.


By PointofViewCameras
04 10 2010 at 09:41 AM

@sonya trevor

This camera would likely work for your intended application as there are many bike and car racing videos using this camera. Also, it has the mounting capabilities you require. You would however want to place your order on our UK store:

http://pointofviewcameras.co.uk/drift-hd170-1080p-action-camera.html


By Greg
11 10 2010 at 10:21 PM

What song (“let’s go where the girlies go…”) is in the Whistler video?


By N1
07 11 2010 at 07:29 AM

Hi I was hoping to take this camera on tour with the army to film combat, and have a few questions….

1. I am unlikely to have access to charge it through mains or a computer but I do have a portable solar charger with various adaptor plugs - will this work?

2. Is it durable enough to cope with rough, hot, sandy conditions during the day and freezing conditions at night?


By Chris
09 11 2010 at 12:40 PM

Hi
Can you delete a video clip right on the HD 170 unit?

Thanks


By fr33rd
09 11 2010 at 11:26 PM

Can you guys do a video comparing the ContourGPS and the HD170. Both have nice features..that’s what makes it difficult to choose. I’m sure a couple videos(different sports and light conditions) would help out with the rest of us sitting on the fence which camera to get right now.
Cheers.


By Ernie
13 11 2010 at 08:51 PM

What protection is there for the lens?  It looks like the lens isn’t quite as exposed as that on the GoPro, but the GoPro is normally used inside its protective case.  The Contour’s lens isn’t as large, and it has a glass lens cover.  But, it looks like the HD170’s lens has nothing covering it.


By Greg
16 11 2010 at 03:08 PM

Looking at the 3 helmet cams you talk about..I plan on using it for snowmobiling..which in your opinion is the best??


By Lisa
29 11 2010 at 04:05 AM

Hi, I need your help!  I want to buy a camera that can be mounted on a motorbike for track race recording. It’s a gift and I want to pay £350 tops.  Is this the one to get or in your opinion is there a better one for motorbikes?
Thanks!


By PointofViewCameras
29 11 2010 at 09:36 AM

@Lisa, this is a fantastic camera for filming motorbike track racking. With several mounts included, LCD and a remote control we highly recommend it for this application.


By PointofViewCameras
29 11 2010 at 09:54 AM

@N1
1. Yes, solar charger will work for sure as long as you can pug in the USB cable into it. We do sell a solar charger as well.

2. Yes, the Drift HD 170 is very durable and able to handle those conditions. We recommend getting the Expanded 1700mAh Li-Ion Battery: http://pointofviewcameras.com/accessories/batteries-chargers/drift


By PointofViewCameras
29 11 2010 at 09:58 AM

@Chris Yes, you can easily delete clips right off the unit suing the preview LCD.


By John
30 11 2010 at 03:28 PM

Would like to know what editing software (if any) that comes with the xd170?  I didn’t notice if anyone else asked this question.  Thanks.
John


By PointofViewCameras
30 11 2010 at 04:54 PM

@John, The HD170 does not come with software, just the quick user guide. You do not need any software to use the camera.


By J.Peter
04 12 2010 at 06:47 PM

Hello,

i would like to ask to lens protection too. How it is protected? I would like to use it for skiing, and i am very novice, and i dont wanna damage my lens fast.

I know GoPro has replacable lens protection. How about drift HD170?

Thanks for answer


By PointofViewCameras
06 12 2010 at 06:42 PM

@J.Peter The lens is extremely durable so you will not have any issues for skiing.


By Matt
07 12 2010 at 02:44 PM

Hi,

1/ Is there a way to disable the LCD screen during a shooting? (to save the battery)

2/ Is there any sound or bip when pressing start or stop recoding?

3/I know would be better to get a 1700mh battery for skiing but is the Drift HD170 will work at -10c ? -20c?

4/I would like to clip the camera on the side of my helmet for skiing but I do not want the LCD to be on the outside part (as I will not use it) is it possible?

Thanks for your great review.
Matt


By Matt
07 12 2010 at 02:49 PM

ouups one more question:
5/ When the Drift HD170 is set in photo mode, is it possible to take picture with the remote?

Thanks,
Matt


By PointofViewCameras
07 12 2010 at 06:25 PM

@Matt Great questions.
1/ - Yes
2/  - Yes
3/ It will work, but we highly recommend the 1700mh battery for cold temps
4/ Not possible since mount is on the non LCD part as most people want to see the LCD
5/ Yes, in photo mode, start starts the photo burst sequence until you press stop.

Hope this helps, glad you liked the review!
Mike


By Pedro
18 12 2010 at 11:32 AM

Hi, I just bought an HD170
Have some questions,
1 - I have Windows 7 on my PC, and it does not recognize the camera, do you have any drivers for it?
2- I live in Portugal and our TV sistem is Pal.
wen i connect the camera to the TV the image is not correct, is it compatible with Pal system?

Hope you can clarify this doubts for me
Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
21 12 2010 at 02:28 PM

@Pedro The camera records .mov files (H.264, AAC) which is a very common format so as long as your computer / editing software supports that you are all good to go.


By Rick Harker
25 12 2010 at 05:40 PM

Hi Mike,
I was seriously going to get a GoPro for street bike riding until watching footage (is that the right word anymore) from riders on the streets. Unfortunately I was greatly disappointed that being able to read number plates from passing cars was almost impossible.
I haven’t seen files from the HD170 on a street scape to make that judgment. Can you shed any light on this for me.

Rick.


By Jeniffer
29 12 2010 at 10:54 AM

Ok; so I am in the market for one of these fab cameras and am getting info overloaded!!! Which one of these (GoPro, Contour, Drift HD’s) is best , do you imagine, for fox hunting on horseback in ireland and screaming cross country (on horseback )  jump insanely massive obstacles? Both activities are done with helmets (we’re not THAT crazy!!) and can be in pretty incliment weather (rain, snow, sleet, the likes). I worry about adaptability to software that can be shared (eg sites like youtube), and need best battery power, don’t care too much about sound b/the only things you’d probably hear are “h S*#$&!” and “WOOOOHOOOOO!!!”. Want the best video quality and mounting options, however, as it is a bit tricky to mount these in such a manner as to really portray the excitement of the sports whilst keeping the camera stable and safe from ground fall!
Thanks for your reviews and input!


By Jeniffer
30 12 2010 at 07:40 AM

../oh and a P.S.:  in the consideration mix is also the oregon scientific, which I have seen paired with some equestrian vid (though no reviews available, unfortunately). I really do prefer the remote option on horseback but would favor ease of download and compatability as well, since I am NOT a computer whiz and get pretty frustrated with such issues! smile


By PointofViewCameras
30 12 2010 at 12:01 PM

Hi Jennifer, In your case I would go with the Drift HD 170. You will appreciate having the LCD and the remote control.
The included helmet mount work very well and the camera is very easy to work with. Can’t wait to see some of your videos grin


By Greg
01 01 2011 at 04:43 PM

I fly hang gliders and am looking at getting the Drift.  I already have a Contour HD1080p but have not used it yet.  I like the wrist remote (which the Contour currently does not have) but the Contour appears to have a little better video quality (at least the one review I looked at online).  Of course the real proof is on the HD television.  Are there particular settings that would provide the best aerial footage?  Thanks.


By PointofViewCameras
03 01 2011 at 04:20 PM

@Greg. Like Contour Drift HD has an outstanding video quality and the wrist mounted remote comes in hand for your sport. I would suggest filming in 720 p mode which gives the 170° ultra wide angle to capture parts of your glider and everything around you.


By Sebastian
04 01 2011 at 01:45 PM

Wich camera u recomended, Contour, Oregon Scientific, Go Pro or the Drift. I practice and I wnat to use it for Mountain Bike, Windsurf and Ski or Snowboard.
Thank u


By PointofViewCameras
04 01 2011 at 02:59 PM

@Sebastian. All 3 will work well for filming your sports. GoPro, Drift and Contour have more mounting options than Oregon Scientific. Have you read any of the other camera reviews?


By Sebastian
05 01 2011 at 05:54 AM

Hi, thank for your response. I read some reviews and I think I read the GoPro and Contour have mounts or the camera are waterproof (windsurf or surf), but you didn´t mention anything about this for the Drift and I didn’t found any mount for board surface.
So I ask you, for allaround (ski, windsurf, mountainbike, etc) wich camera is the best, considering the price.
Thank you


By PointofViewCameras
05 01 2011 at 02:09 PM

@Sebastian. Drift is working on water proof case but no price or delivery date has been given yet. Contour requires the addition of waterproof case. So if you want to keep the cost down I would go with the GoPro HD. - Mike


By Bill
14 01 2011 at 06:22 AM

Hi Guys….I have a question concerning recording
.When recording… you hi the stop bottton on remote for say 1to2 mins. when restarting to record, will the footage star agian where you left off or dose it cover over what you already recorded. This my sound silly but I’ve never used even a cam corder.  I’m looking to buy a wearable camera for a trip to South America .
( ie) fishing .  I ,m looking at the Drift HD 170 any help would be great thanks Bill


By PointofViewCameras
14 01 2011 at 01:25 PM

@Bill. Hi Bill, Every time you hit start / stop on your remote a new clip will be recorded and the last clip will be saved.

The Drift HD should work great for your trip. How are you going to mount it?


By gavin
15 01 2011 at 11:10 PM

can u when playing back footage on tv or computer fwd or rewind the footage,


By eric
29 01 2011 at 06:53 AM

is there a available sucsion cup mount? i dont see a way to use this for inside/outside a car witht he supplied mounts


By Darian
30 01 2011 at 11:44 AM

Hey,

First off, great in depth reviews and informative comments section. Keep up the excellent work!

I was just reading up and have noticed quite a few comments about the bad sound quality? I will be using my POV for sledding as well as riding my street bike. My biggest concern is that when riding, the wind sound is going to ruin the sound of my sled or bike. I love the remote and the lcd screen but if the sound is crap then its a deal breaker for me.
I would rather put up with the cons from the GoPro, than have to listen to the wind howel over the sound of my sled purr. (And from what I’ve seen, everyone else has figured out how to set the angle right for the GoPro and found their way through the horrble menu on it too)
Thanks for the help!


By PointOfViewCameras
31 01 2011 at 01:05 PM

@ gavin

Yes, just use the Up and Down arrows to skip back or forward in the video.


By PointOfViewCameras
31 01 2011 at 01:07 PM

@eric
You can use the Panavise or RAM Mounts suction cup mount. Both have a 1/4”-20 universal tripod thread that are compatible with the Drift cameras.


By PointOfViewCameras
31 01 2011 at 01:18 PM

@Darian
The Drift mic has a waterproof seal over it which will dampen the audio, so you won’t get much wind noise, but may not hear ambient sounds or speech. If you need to focus audio to your voice or another location, there is the optional External Mic. Plus you can also increase/decrease the microphone sensitivity on the camera: High, Medium, Low, and Off.

Out of the box, the GoPro HD menu takes some time to get used to navigating, but with the new LCD BacPac, you will be able to view the menu in a much more intuitive way and make sure the camera is set up for the perfect angle.


By Jimmy
02 02 2011 at 09:25 AM

I am thinking of maybe purchasing Drift.  Do you know if I can connect audio cable to it so I can connect to my airplane radio/intercom system?


By PointOfViewCameras
02 02 2011 at 03:47 PM

@Jimmy
You may be able to use either the Male RCA Mic-In Cable or 3.5mm Female Mic-In Cable to connect the HD170 or HD170 Stealth to your radio/intercom system.


By Gary
03 02 2011 at 04:44 AM

Do drift have a service centre in the uk in case anything goes pear shaped!! especially if you upgrade the firmware etc….


By Chris
03 02 2011 at 02:00 PM

Fantastic review, (but I’m still undecided on which cam)

I’ll be using it to film from my helmet and attached to the trike (see www.freedomtriketours.com)

It will be used mainly in Mallorca during the hot, dry summer (but needs to withstand heavy continental downpours)

Which cam do you recommend?


By PointOfViewCameras
03 02 2011 at 05:27 PM

@Gary
If you’re having problems with your HD170 in the warranty period and purchased the camera from us, please feel free to contact us by email, live chat or phone and we can assist you with processing a warranty claim. If you did not purchase from us, please contact the retailer or Drift directly to help you out.


By PointOfViewCameras
03 02 2011 at 05:31 PM

@Chris
The Drift HD170 should probably work pretty well for a camera can take handle the toughest weather conditions. If you’re using the Car Charger and/or External Microphone, you’ll want to be sure you use the Rear Cover to protect the camera during the rainy periods.


By yacov porat
01 03 2011 at 06:22 AM

the computer does not recognize the card
is ther a place to downlod drivers?


By PointOfViewCameras
01 03 2011 at 11:36 AM

@ yacov porat
The HD170 is a USB plug-and-play device and does not require any additional drivers. Camera detection issues are almost always hardware related.

If your computer is not detecting the camera as a removable device drive when you click on “Computer” or “My Computer” (or mounting to your desktop on a Mac), there are several troubleshooting steps you can try.

- Make certain you have recorded at least one video on the camera’s SD card. Some computers will not detect the camera if there are no video files stored on the card.

- The SD card must be properly seated in the camera before plugging the camera it into your computer with the USB cable. With the camera disconnected from the computer, remove and reinstall the SD card in your camera, then re-plug the camera into your computer with the USB cable and see if it is recognized.

- Connect the camera to a completely different USB port on the computer. USB ports can be bad or even have variations that can lead to compatibility issues with certain devices.

- Use a different mini-USB cable to eliminate the possibility of a bad cable. The USB cable supplied with the HD170 cameras is a standard USB cable used by many cameras, MP3 players, and cell phones.

- Plug the camera into a completely different computer. This step will clarify if the issue is local to the camera or the computer.

- If you have an SD card reader, remove the SD card from the camera and plug it into your computer with the card reader. If the card is readable, reformat the card, then reinstall the card into your camera and reconnect it to your PC. If the SD card is still not readable through the card reader on your computer, attempt to read the SD card on another computer with the card reader.

If it is still not readable, you likely have a defective SD card. If the card is from us, please contact our Support Team via email, live chat, or phone so we can replace it.


By Ray Bissonnette
16 03 2011 at 06:41 PM

hi;
i bought an eagle 119 hd which is almost identical to the drift. that operating instructions are very basic, can you please answer some questions if your know the answer.
1-in the menu it has EV-+0/+0.3/+0.7 and so on…...
what does that do?
2-in the menu it has white B- Auto/fluorescent/tungsten/cloudy/sunny. what does that do?
3- Effect off/vivid/monochrome/negative/sepia/art. what does that do?
4-format yes/no? what does that do?
thank you for taking the time to answer


By PointOfViewCameras
17 03 2011 at 10:17 AM

@Ray Bissonnette
We don’t carry the Eagle Eye HD119, but this appears to be a copy of the Drift Innovation HD170 camera. Please note that there are a few knock off versions of the Drift cameras which may sell for less but are also made with lower quality hardware.

Based on your questions, I would recommend referring the user manual that was included with the HD119 for a better explanation of the settings but can provide you this basic overview of what each one might do:

EV = Exposure Value. Use the settings to adjust exposure in high/low light conditions.
White B = White Balance. Use this settings to adjust the white balance in different lighting conditions.
Effects = Video effects such as black and white (monochrome), brown tone (sepia), etc. These types of video effects can be easily applied through most basic video editors.
Format = Format the Memory Card. Deletes all files from the memory card.


By ken
20 03 2011 at 05:11 AM

hi, it is written in here:
http://pointofviewcameras.co.uk/drift-hd170-1080p-action-camera-uk.html

what standard order includes,so there is no any SD card inlucuded by default, I am correct? so it means, if I want my order to be compete, to use the camera immediately after getting it, all I need is to order addtitional SD card, all other things to use camera, like battery etc, are included, except SD card?


By PointOfViewCameras
21 03 2011 at 07:32 AM

@ken
You are correct. The HD170 package does not include an SD card, so this would be needed to complete the package. Everything else you need is included in the retail box. You can save big on memory and extra accessories with our Drift HD170 MegaPack.


By Milan
01 04 2011 at 11:57 PM

Hi POVCameras,  I`ve recently bought the drift HD170 & it all works well, but still can`t view the clips on the computer properly.  There is no software that comes in the box, & I`ve followed, the recommended downloads in the manual, but all I get is a stuttering kind of visual display,( those downloads were no better than my windows media player).  Would I need some commercial software?  Could you suggest any solutions?  Cheers,  Milan.


By PointOfViewCameras
05 04 2011 at 10:34 AM

@Milan
The issue could be software or hardware related. If you’re using Windows Media Player, you may want to download the free codec pack from cnet.

For 1080p HD video playback, your computer will need to meet these minimum requirements:

Windows:
  3GHz Pentium D or faster
  1GB of RAM
  Video card with more than 64MB of RAM

Mac:
  2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
  512MB of RAM
  Video card with more than 128MB of RAM

If the stuttering display is evident when viewing the footage on a TV using the included cable, it may be a problem with your camera. If this is the case, please feel free to contact us by email, live chat, or phone and we’ll help you out further.


By wayne
06 04 2011 at 01:11 PM

in your opinion which is the best for dirtbiking/kayaking out of the drift,contour and go pro?


By PointOfViewCameras
08 04 2011 at 09:27 AM

@wayne
All of the cameras are great for both dirt biking and kayaking depending how exactly how you use them.

You’ll want to be sure to use the waterproof case with the Contour camera for kayaking. The GoPro comes standard with a waterproof/crashproof housing. The Drift is water resistant, but you’ll want to be careful not to subserge it until they come out with the waterproof casing.


By cjb
28 04 2011 at 01:13 PM

I see that the HD170 is waterproof to 1.7ft.  I’m looking for something to use for wakesurfing.  I plan on using a suction cup mounted to the boat and also a mono-pod mount when filming the surfer’s perspective.  My question is….if I add some floatation to the mounts/monopod so that the camera does not stay submerged…will the 1.7ft rating be sufficient to avoid damage to the camera?  I’ve seen guys do this with the Go Pro just to keep the camera from sinking to the bottom of the lake if it gets dropped in the water. 

Thanks, and very helpful site.


By PointOfViewCameras
28 04 2011 at 02:48 PM

@cjb
The HD170 was originally touted as being waterproof up to .5m but Drift Innovation has since modified the waterproof rating to weatherproof and dunk-proof but not designed to be underwater for sustained periods of time. For users who would like to use the camera in water sports or for scuba/snorkeling an aftermarket waterproof pouch available that may be suitable for the Drift range. You may also wish to look at using the GoPro with the included waterproof case, the Contour with optional waterproof case, or the V.I.O. POV.HD.


By Sniki
11 05 2011 at 04:30 AM

Now it seems that the pouch is available and waterproof up to 3 m?! but it does yet seem difficult to get your hands on it.
I’m seakayaking and have so far only used the camera in “safe waters”.
Any guidance or advice would be appreciated smile


By PointOfViewCameras
11 05 2011 at 06:59 AM

@ Sniki
Drift just announced the waterproof case on their Vimeo channel and Facebook. We’re just waiting on pricing and availability before we’ll have this listed for pre-order.


By Sniki
16 05 2011 at 11:19 PM

I’ve been trying to get some answers from Drift Innovation with regards to LCD power off function (for increasing battery life) when shooting with camera in sequence mode. No one replies :(
I updated the firmware for the Stealth I purchased and got the LCD power off when shooting video or one photo at a time. In sequence mode, however, this doesn’t work.
Does anyone know?


By PointOfViewCameras
17 05 2011 at 11:53 AM

@ Sniki
From our trials, even with the latest firmware v.1.0.18, the LCD will remain on in photo burst mode even if you have it set to turn off after 5s-5m of inactivity. This is because the LCD screen will come back on anytime the camera the camera starts or stops recording (press of a button or use of remote). Since a photo is being taken ever few seconds, the activity is more frequent than the shortest auto-off setting meaning that the screen will never turn off. We’ll send the suggestion off to Drift Innovation however and hopefully they can look at changing this in a future firmware release.


By Trevor Mealiff
09 06 2011 at 03:31 PM

Hi, great review. I came across this camera in a paramotoring magizine here in Ireland. I have been using another camera for enduro riding, tacyon or something. When skiing a guy made a video with a go pro it was pretty fab, but I love the features of the 170. Screen, rotatable lense and the remote. I plan to use the camera for paramotoring (although weather is crap here in Ireland at the minute). The video driving to whister was pure class, I drove that road back in 2003 alone so it brought back sweet memories of the hostel I stayed in which turned into a strip joint after like 9pm. Since 2003 I have got married and have 4 kids, now into paramotoring for the buzz.. Keep up the good work, obviously I’ll have to buy the camera here in UK


By PointOfViewCameras
10 06 2011 at 10:08 AM

@Trevor Mealiff
Thanks for sharing the video. The HD170 Stealth is available in our UK store and the price just reduced by £30, so it’s a great time to pick one up!


By Ben
08 08 2011 at 04:40 AM

Wow, really good review.

But impressed more than anything by all the follow ups (that have in-turn enriched the review itself)

Good work, I’ll be remembering to use this site again!


By PointofViewCameras
08 08 2011 at 09:02 AM

@Ben
Thanks! We look forward to seeing you again soon smile


By Pete
06 10 2011 at 01:51 AM

Hi I am looking to buy a bullet camers and like the idea of remote control but can you turn off the start / stop beep or as I find that annoying?


By PointofViewCameras
07 10 2011 at 08:49 AM

@Pete
Yes, you can turn the beeping sound off on this and many other POV cameras.


By Michael
15 11 2011 at 03:33 PM

Just wondering what your opinion is.
I will be running a lot of Mud runs/ Obstacle coarse races. I wanted to take videos of my races what camera do you recommend?
Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
18 11 2011 at 10:43 AM

@Michael

You’ll definitely want a camera that has a waterproof case so it’s easy to clean off the mud. We can recommend the Drift HD with the new waterproof case, the GoPro HD HERO or HERO2, or any of the Contour cameras. You can compare video quality between all of the cameras we carry on our YouTube Channel.


By Maaycke
18 11 2011 at 09:16 PM

I´m looking for a camera with a long battery life.. and in temperature around the -30.
Which camera would be good for me??


By PointofViewCameras
23 11 2011 at 11:16 AM

@Maaycke
The new Drift HD’s battery will last up to 2hr 20min at -10°C, if going down to -30 C or F. There is also an optional power pack to give you extended power for the camera.


By Kenny Lopez
22 12 2011 at 02:47 PM

Hi,I am looking for action cam for bow hunting,like the mini drift because of the remote control,remote control is a must. Is there any action cam that is small enough to attach to the bill of my cap? Any recommendations ?


By Steve
03 01 2012 at 03:13 AM

Just bought a Drift HD 170 and it did work but now all I get is a blue light and it won’t turn on, any ideas?


By PointofViewCameras
03 01 2012 at 09:59 AM

@Steve
The blue light should only come on when the camera is charging. Be sure to disconnect it from the power source before turning it on. If you continue to have problems remove the battery and SD card, re-insert then attempt to power on. If you still have issues getting your camera to work, please contact the place of purchase or Drift to assist you with a warranty exchange.


By James A Evans
25 01 2012 at 02:07 PM

I am considering buying the Drift 170 and would be using it for bow hunting. For 30 -40 yard shots, how is the video with 4X Zoom?

Thanks,

JAEvans


By PointofViewCameras
26 01 2012 at 02:26 PM

@James A Evans
The 4x zoom is a digital zoom, not optical, so the video quality is significantly degraded when using the zoom feature.


By Dean
26 02 2012 at 05:34 PM

I recently purchased the Drift HD 1080P.  On my test video, the footage seems to be shaky.  ALmost like it’s stuck in fast forward.  Can anyone help me fix this problem?


By PointofViewCameras
27 02 2012 at 02:42 PM

@Dean
Please make sure you have the latest Firmware installed. You’ll also want to make sure you are using a Class 4 or higher microSD card.


By Johnny Rourke
01 03 2012 at 09:37 AM

To Darian and others,

The Drift HD170 has worse sound quality than GoPro. I love my drift but the sound is a killer. Random background noise and horrible for fast moving vehicles. Check the link to see what I mean with wind sound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii-jMNXao-4&context=C3620612ADOEgsToPDskI2O96tZ4GsTtPkraEtMgza

for the price, go pro is much better


By Patrick
08 03 2012 at 08:53 PM

Just saw this camera and am debating about getting it for bike rides. I haven’t been able to find out how long the lithium battery will last between charges.

I’m looking to use it on 100+ mile bike rides, I would like to know how many batteries I would need for that long of a ride? I’ve calculated it would take about 8hrs with breaks to ride that far.

Thanks

ps…please have option for your verification image to change word.


By PointofViewCameras
09 03 2012 at 02:54 PM

@Patrick
The battery will last up to 2.5hrs depending on filming mode, LCD screen use, and temperature conditions. If you need longer battery life, we suggest using the new Drift Power Pack for up to 20 hours of power for your Drift HD camera.


By Scott
18 03 2012 at 11:18 PM

Hi there appears to be an error in your review. It states lens can rotate 360 degrees. This is not true. If user trys to turn the lens a full 360 it will break. I think documents with camera state 320 degrees from stop to stop. My favorite feature of the drift is the remote.
Picture quality seems to drop off when image is zoomed in. Zoom not available in 1080p mode.
Please explain differences between orange case model and black case model. Mine has black case, and I think it’s a later model. Purchased march 2012. Mine is capable of 60fps in 720 mode.
Regards. Scott. (Australia)


By PointofViewCameras
20 03 2012 at 12:26 PM

@Scott
You are right, the statement about the lens rotation is incorrect in the above review. The lens can rotate a total of 300°. You can see all the detailed specifications on this model on the archived product page <a >here</a>.

The main differences between the HD170 and HD170 Stealth models include body color and 60fps in 720p


By nancy
15 04 2012 at 04:35 PM

I do some serious quading - it is not uncommon to be covered in Mud and lots of puddle splashes. I am liking the talk of the HD 170 and plan to mount it on my handle bar - Is it durable enough to handle mud?? Of coarse i would rinse it off and not wipe it off but hope the grit will not cause problems??


By PointofViewCameras
16 04 2012 at 10:43 AM

@nancy
The HD170 is weather resistant and should be able to handle mud. To limit exposure to water as much as possible and make cleaning a breeze, we recommend you use the waterproof pouch to further protect the camera in extreme conditions.


By damann
19 04 2012 at 08:50 AM

I have the same stutter problem trying to edit the footage in Final cut pro. My system exceeds the minimum requirements.
The company doesn’t have an email on their website.


By PointofViewCameras
19 04 2012 at 02:14 PM

@damann
When editing in Final Cut, you’ll want to convert the H.264 footage recorded by the Drift camera to Apple ProRes before importing.


By W tykoliz
06 07 2012 at 12:17 PM

Can the hd170 be used as a security cam with live feed to a tv

Thx

W


By PointofViewCameras.com
09 07 2012 at 01:59 PM

@W tykoliz
The HD170 includes a Component Cable forn playback on TV. The new Drift HD supports live streaming via HDMI.


By Nader Awad
10 07 2012 at 05:58 PM

HI,
I wanted to get a camera for surfing and skiing, but I also wanted to mount it on my light headset when I operate.( I am a surgeon).
The field when I operate is quite small, ~ 10-15cm at a distance of about 75 cm.

Do any of the camera lenses allow you to narrow the field sufficiently to do this?

Thanks


By PointofViewCameras.com
11 07 2012 at 10:58 AM

@Nader Awad
Most of the POV cameras on the market today are designed with a wide field of view in order to capture action shots making the perfect for surfing and skiing. While they can be used in an indoor setting, they may not be best suited for use as a camera for recording surgery.


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25 07 2012 at 08:11 PM

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By PointofViewCameras.com
31 07 2012 at 12:58 PM

@mardye
The song is “Tonight” by the Titto Deville Band.


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By Ephraim
26 11 2012 at 05:29 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the review.

Does the Drift have an App for viewing via an iOS or Android?


By PointofViewCameras
26 11 2012 at 09:43 AM

@Ephraim
The newest Drift HD Ghost is Wi-Fi Enabled to support the Drift App.