Drift Innovations HD170 Review

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Drift HD170 Camera Full Face Helmet Mount

Drift HD170 Camera Full Face Helmet Mount

Bottom Line
The HD170 is an excellent HD outdoor sports camera, that has 1080p and 720p resolutions, has an LCD screen and a wireless remote, is bombproof, and can take a beating from inclement weather. The very functional LCD screen is used for leveling, camera settings, menu selection and recorded material viewing. The camera video recording can be operated from its own button or from the wrist mounted remote, which was an excellent accessory item that added incredible amounts of functionality and usability. I do wish the camera had 960p for a resolution, since I think it is a nice feature. The menu system was highly intuitive and easy to use, and made any changes and viewing of recorded material a breeze. The mount system is the most stable in the business, but the kits lack of a vented helmet mount is troublesome, since a semi-permanent stick on is the only solution.

Strengths
- Remote control
- LCD screen
- Stable mount system
- Universal clip
- Menu system

Weaknesses
- Lens prone to damage
- Camera body scratches easy
- Lack of 960p
- Lack of vented head mount
- Difficult to adjust pitch on helmet mount
- Portly shape

MSRP: $329.99

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

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Technical Specs:

  • Maximum Video Resolution: 1080p High Definition
  • SD Memory Capacity: up to 32GB
  • Still Photo: 5 megapixel with Photoburst Mode
  • Digital Zoom Support: Yes (in 720p and WVGA mode)
  • Lens Angle: 170° Fully Rotatable Wide Angle Lens
  • LCD Screen: 1.5″ Colour TFT
  • Waterproof: Up to 0.5 m.
  • Remote Control: Wireless RF (5m range) Hands Free Video and Photo
  • Mounts: Multiple Mounting Design
  • Audio: Built-in Microphone & Speaker
  • Menus: User Friendly Control Panel in 7 Languages
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Water Resistance: 0.5m
  • Video resolution: 1080p, 720p & WVGA
  • Video format: H.264
  • File format: .MOV
  • Frames per second: 30 FPS
  • Video format: 16:9
  • Lens Rotation: 300°
  • Recording Angles: 127° in 1080p, 170° in 720p & WVGA
  • White balance: Auto
  • Exposure: Auto / Manual (advanced users)
  • Zoom: Digital x4 (in 720p & WVGA mode)
  • Remote range: 10 ft. range
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Inputs: Optional External Microphone
  • AV Output: HDTV out (cable included)
  • Battery: 1110mAh rechargeable lithium-ion/ Optional 1700 mAh Li-ion rechargeable.
  • Power-Save option saves batteries by powering down the screen
  • Built-in memory: 32 MB
  • SD memory capacity: Supports memory cards up to 32 GB
  • Photo resolution: 5 Megapixel
  • LCD screen: 1.5″ colour TFT
  • Lens focal range: 0.5m to infinity
  • Dimensions: Camera – 133 (L) x 50 (D) x 33 (W) mm / Remote Control 52 (L) x 40 (W) x 13 (D) mm
  • Power: Camera – DC 3.7V / Remote control: DC 3C, 1x CR2032 battery (included)
  • RF: Receiver (Camera): 433.92MHz ISM band / Transmitter (Remote): 433.92MHz ISM band
  • Weight: Camera – 138g / Remote control – 19g
  • Operating Systems: Compatible with Windows XP & Vista; Mac OS 10.2
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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme 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 and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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