Drift Innovations HD170 Review

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Camera Features
On the top of the camera is rubberized area that contains the 1.5 inch LCD viewing screen (thin film transistor liquid crystal display), and four buttons that perform various functions, such as menu engagement and on/off, and a speaker. The four buttons, are comprised of a Select button (menu select, on/off and stop/start recording), an Up menu button, and a Down menu button and a Menu button (menu and back page). The speaker gives an indication of the camera turning on and off, and stopping and starting of recording, in addition to a subdued playback of a previously recorded footage. There is a small LED on the Select button that indicates the status mode, green with the camera being on, red when it is in recording mode, and blue when the camera is charging.

Drift HD170 Camera Top

Drift HD170 Camera Top

On the back of the camera is a waterproof latched door that houses the interface and device ports. In the inside of the door are the slots for the rechargeable battery and the SD card, the port for the mini USB to the computer connector (or power charger), and the HDMI connector, which can be used to hook up to a TV monitor or as an input for an external microphone. The main built-in waterproof microphone resides on the right side of the camera.

Drift HD170 Camera Back

Drift HD170 Camera Back

On the front of the camera is the 170 degree FOV (field of view) lens, which can be rotated full 300 degrees, and it has hard stops to prevent excess movement. The wrist mounted remote control unit, uses a Velcro closure strap, and has a large start and stop recording button, and communicates wirelessly via RF (radio frequency).

Drift HD170 Camera Front and Remote

Drift HD170 Camera Front and Remote

The bottom of the camera has a 1/4″ universal camera adapter, which can accept any normal camera mount, but is meant for their proprietary universal clip. The clip and the camera have a male and female notch system so the clip can be adjusted in 10 degree increments in relation to the camera.

Drift HD170 Camera Bottom

Drift HD170 Camera Bottom

Measured Specs


  • Camera – 132.6 grams
  • SD card – 1.5 grams
  • Battery – 26.9 grams
  • Mount – 10.9 grams
  • Remote – 29.1 grams
  • Helmet mount w/ Velcro – 21.6 grams
  • Total – 171.9 grams (camera, battery, card, mount)

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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