The video quality is top-notch with a 170-degree field of vision. Its rubberised exterior survived being dropped (repeatedly). The Drift HD is 25 per cent smaller than its predecessor at 4 inches, the HD 170 and weighs just 120g — saving you the typical neck strain of supporting a helmet-mounted camera all day. Its torpedo shape — as opposed to the GoPro’s camera shape — makes it less obtrusive when you’ve got it strapped to your noggin or handlebars. It also supports HDMI and USB output, as well as up to a 32GB microSD card — plenty of space for a few full HD videos. The built-in LCD is handy too for quick reviews of what I’d just shot.
This review should have included a POV video of me zip-lining 500m of Sierra Foothill through the treetops. Unfortunately the Drift HD decided to stop recording three seconds in with nary a warning beep (so instead, you get a 17-second clip of me dicking around with it in the car.) It did work pretty reliably throughout testing, but had a weird tendency to stop on its own accord. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker but damn, disappointing.
It’s a great little action cam with a penchant for screwing my directorial vision. It’ll retail for $US370 when it’s released on August 31.