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Drift HD Camera

The new compact, durable, easy-to-use Drift HD camera elevates the point of view camera market to a higher level with the most feature-rich, multi-functional, professional helmet camera available to date.

The size has been reduced 25% resulting in a much smaller camera. Without the excess bulk, the Drift HD is now even more usable than ever, and it still features the 1.5" LCD screen!

Drift has also included an HDMI out port that will allow you to review footage on a big beautifl HDTV screen without having to transfer to a computer first. In addition a 2.5mm dedicated microphone-in port has been added, now you can capture pro quality audio without any hassle!

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Product Description

Introducing The New Drift HD Camera

Drift Innovation HD170 Stealth Camera

Drift Innovation shakes up the action camera scene again with the new Drift HD. Take all the features you have ever wanted in a point of view camera like an LCD screen, wireless remote, HDMI out, external mic port, waterproofing and 1080p video and fuse them all into a pocketable package at a competitive price and you have the Drift HD. Drift took all the great things about their previous flagship the Drift HD170 and infused it with features all their fans have been clamoring for making it the ultimate Drift cam.

The most obvious improvement is the miniaturized case of the Drift HD. It is 25% smaller and lighter than the previous Drift cameras, making it even easier to carry and mount.

Capture your thrilling adventures with extraordinary crisp and vibrant video that automatically pulls your viewer into the action. The Drift HD captures 1080p at 30fps or for extra smooth slow motion video, shoot at 720p at 60fps. A first for any action camera is the Drift HD’s 9mp still photo option. That is almost double the resolution of any other sports cam for extra detail and large prints.

With the extra wide 170° angle lens your videos will be amazingly immersive, it’s literally like grabbing your viewer by their shirt and yanking them into the surroundings. If you are rough on your lens like we are, you will be glad to know the lens is now user replaceable so a rough drop or bad crash no longer means a dead camera.

Drift HD keeps the 1.5” LCD preview screen which is still missing on many other action cameras. See exactly where you are shooting, get creative with your angles. You can adjust camera settings, record and stop, review videos. It’s all super fast and easy with the screen driven menus.

Audio quality is often neglected in the camera manufacturer world. Drift fixes that by including an external 2.5mm microphone connector. Now you can attach professional microphones like the new RODE mic for excellent sound recording.

Impatient to see your just shot video? Plug the new Drift HD directly into your HDTV or laptop via the HDMI out port for convenient video playback.

Along with the new design are new easy to use mounts, this camera easily attaches pretty much anywhere... from helmets to handle bars, snowboards to trees... your imagination is the only limit. Let’s not forget the super handy wireless remote control that can be strapped to your wrist or any of your gear. Quickly start and stop your camera without touching the camera because who wants to get smeared into the ground while fiddling with your camera?

The tiny Drift HD is so jammed packed with pro level features you will be hard pressed to find such a fully spec’d camera at this price. So what are you waiting for? Get the Drift HD and get out there!

Key Features

1080p High Definition Video

Drift HD170 Stealth FPS

The Drift HD from Drift Innovation takes amazing full HD1080p video at either 25 or 30 fps. Get the ultimate resolution and crystal clear video. The Drift HD can also shoot in 720p at 25, 30, 50, or 60 frames per second capturing wicked smooth motion. Play back with super detail or pick out rapid action in slow motion.

Drift HD170 Stealth Full Color LCD

1.5” Color LCD Screen

The 1.5” color LCD screen on the Drift HD is a rarity among action cameras. The LCD screen is a real timesaver. A fast and easy to use menu system lets you make camera settings, frame and preview your videos so you can see exactly what you are shooting. Reviewing your videos in the field without having to attach the camera to a computer or TV means more flexibility in the field. Save time and never have to guess again!

MicroSD Card Support

Store up to 32GB on the HD170 Stealth

Save space while keeping storage high. The Drift HD’s support for microSD cards up to 32gb means never having to worry about running out of recording space again. Store hours of video on a single card, never miss a single “once in a lifetime” action shot again.

Drift HD170 Stealth Wireless Remote

Wireless Remote Control for Hands Free Capture Up To 16 Feet

Chances are you indulge in some pretty dangerous sports. You can’t risk getting injured at high speed while trying to reach your camera’s controls. Acting like a second hand the Drift HD’s RF Wireless Remote Control with large buttons can be attached to your wrist or any gear for fast start and stop operation. With a 5 meter (16 feet) range, you are free to snap superior videos and still photos with no more than the touch of a button.

9 Megapixel Still Photos with Photoburst Mode

Drift Innovation introduces the first action camera with 9MP still photos with the Drift HD. You no longer have to carry a separate point and shoot camera with the Drift HD. Get high quality images suitable for large prints. Preview stills on the convenient LCD screen and get sequential shots using the camera’s Photoburst Mode.

170° Fully Rotatable Wide Angle Lens

Drift HD170 Stealth Rotating Lens

Get a fully Rotatable 170° Wide Angle Lens. A mainstay of Drift cameras, the Drift HD maintains the ultra wide angle of previous Drifts to engulf your viewers into the scene you captured. See everything, show everything.

Drift HD170 Stealth Built in Microphone

Built-in Microphone plus Microphone Input Options

The Drift HD comes with a built in microphone with sensitivity control but if that is not good enough for you. You have the option to connect an external microphone into the built in 2.5mm port. You can now attach a professional microphone like the RODE portable microphone via a 2.5mm-3.5mm adapter.

HDMI Output

Drift HD170 Stealth Rotating Lens

Get the convenience of immediate output to a high definition screen without converting videos or burning to DVD. The new Drift HD includes HDMI output so you can connect it to a HDTV or computer screen for instant review of your videos.

Drift HD170 Stealth Built in Microphone

Improved External Ports Back Panel

The Drift HD comes with a new back panel that houses covered ports for both USB and Mic-Input. You can charge via USB and input external audio using your own microphone without exposing the camera insides.

Improved Mounting Capabilities

Drift HD170 Stealth Universal Tripod Adapter

Drift HD comes with an improved goggle mount  and is equipped with an integrated  1/4"-20 thread tripod connection, the Drift HD doesn't require any special mount adapter to be used with the wide variety of universal mounts available, including: Drift Mounts, our RAM Mount Kits, or any other standard universal mount. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

Drift HD170 Stealth Lithium Ion Battery

Lithium Ion Battery for Maximum Power

The Drift HD uses a rechargeable Li-Ion Battery saving you from burning through AAA or AA batteries like some of the POV Cameras on the market. Drift includes a Standard Li-Ion Battery for up to 2.5hrs of continuous recording. The batteries can be conveniently  charged through the camera via the included USB Cable or alone with the optional Battery Charging Dock.

1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Drift Innovation has you covered with a 1 year Manufacturer's Warranty. This camera won't leave you high and dry if something goes wrong. So pick up the Drift HD for an Action Camera that provides you with confidence on top of high performance.

What's Included:

  • [1] HD Action Camera
  • [1] Remote Control
  • [1] Port access rear cover
  • [1] Goggle Mount
  • [1] Curved and Flat adhesive mounts
  • [1] Universal Clip
  • [1] Velcro Strap
  • [1] Lithium Battery
  • [1] USB Cable
  • Quick Guide to get started


UPC 609722886871
Manufacturer Drift
Video - Resolution 1280x720, 1920x1080
Video - Sensor Type CMOS
Video - Codec H.264
Optics Lens Type: Fixed Focus 0.5m to ∞ (infinity), glass
Lens Rotation: 300°
Angle of View: 170° ultra wide angle in 1080p, 720p & WVGA
Video Resolution: 1080p at 25 / 30 fps
720p at 25 / 30 / 50 / 60 fps
WVGA at 25 / 30 / 50 / 60 fps
Zoom: 4x Digital Zoom in 720p and WVGA modes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sensor Type: CMOS
Video Format: MOV (H.264)
Exposure Control: Auto or Manual (advanced users)
Audio Microphone: Built-in Microphone or external 2.5mm Mic Input
Speaker Built-in
Photo Resolution: 9 megapixel (3024x2106 px)
Photo Format: JPEG
Photo Modes: Single Shot
Time Lapse at intervals of 2, 3, 5, 10 or 30 seconds
Storage Memory: MicroSD Card, up to 32GB capacity
Remote Type: Wireless Radio Frequency (RF) remote with wrist strap
Range: 16.4' / 5m
Connectors PC Connection: USB 2.0 (data connection and battery charging)
Video Output: HDTV out (cable included)
User Interface Image Display: 1.5" Color LCD Screen
Navigation Controls: One-Touch Start/Stop Record and Power Button, Menu Button, Up/Down Navigation Buttons
Auxiliary Controls: RF Remote Control with Record and Stop Controls
Power and Battery Battery Type: Rechargeable 3.7V 1110mAh Lithium-Ion
Approximate Battery Life: 25°C: 2hr 30min
0°C: 2hr 26min
-10°C 2hr 20min
Charging: Via USB to computer or optional power adapter
Additional Information PC Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista and 7; Mac OS X 10.2 and later
Water Resistant: Resistent to Rain, Snow, Dust, Splash and Dunk using closed back.
Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.1" x 2" x 1.3" (104.14mm x 50mm x 33mm)
Weight: 4.23oz / 119.91g (including Battery)
Warranty: 12 months. Register Here.


Customer Reviews

  1. Sweat!!! Review by Wdwarf

    I use my Drift HD for paintball. It takes a hit and keeps on ticking! You get sweat HD video and Pic easy as pie!!!! Love it!!!! (Posted on 5/24/12)

  2. camera mounting Review by Curt

    love the camera so far , but did not like the mounting for helmets
    I found a mount called the which is an integrated mount. It can be on top or flush mounted with the integration system. I just mounted mine to my skydive helmet and it looks much better and cleaner. POV guys look into these mounts you may like what they have. I ended up getting mine from
    So far so Good. Let the jumping begin. The underwater case works very good for the scuba divers out there. Used mine on several dives and not one issue came up.
    (Posted on 3/10/12)

  3. So Nice ! Review by Luccha

    Love the size, love the menu, love the accessories.
    Cannot wait to ride with it and really test it deaply. (Posted on 3/6/12)

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