Drift HD170 point of view camera – videos- Lee Lau

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The DriftHD and the GoProHD compare very well against each other in terms of video quality with a slight but noticeable edge to the DriftHD in dark light. The DriftHD reflects just a tad less “rolling shutter” jellovision (see the last scene of the first video where I ride by the vertical lined fence). In short, jellovision refers to a characteristic video effect produced by POV cameras which use the relatively cheap CMOS type sensor when there’s a lot of movement or shaking going on (ie any rough trail). The surrounding scene will vibrate as if you are seeing everything through Saran wrap or as if everything is made out of jello and is vibrating. It explains why a lot of video shot in rough terrain is so shaky.

The DriftHD was also was able to handle changes in light better as seen in the video below.

Note that both videos were shot at 720p at 30fps so both cameras have a 170 degree wide angle view (the DriftHD shoots with a field of view of 127 degrees @ 1080p, 170 degrees at 720p) . In true geek fashion I wore the GoPro on a chest-mount and the DriftHD on the helmet mount at the same time. In terms of minimizing the jello effect and handling exposure ability (in order of best to worst) my opinion in terms of ranking is as follows:

1. Drift HD (best)

2. GoPro HD

3. ContourHD

Comparison of the DRIFT HD 170 HD vs the GoPro HD from Lee Lau on Vimeo.


What I found to be remarkable was the DriftHD’s ability to handle dark conditions. No POV camera (and very few cameras in general) handle the dark light that I often encounter riding in the dense forest of North Vancouver. However, when I adjusted the Drift HD to the maximum possible exposure and used the night setting video quality was acceptable (as contrast to grainy, pixelated, muddy videos from other POV cameras.



Drift HD dark settings from Lee Lau on Vimeo.

About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.

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