Riding Every Day wrote:roshea wrote:To get in ahead of (or slightly behind) the media-inspired rush I just ordered the Drift Innovation HD170 Stealth from B&H for around $185 shipped ($230-299 locally).
Have you received that camera yet mate? Just wondering if you're happy with it.
From all that I've read that particular model is one of two that I'm considerng. Interested to hear your thoughts once you've got it / set it up etc.
Yes, been using it for a couple of weeks. Shipping from B&H was fast! A few thoughts:
- The camera is a bit bigger than I had envisaged - check the measurements and weight in the specifications to be sure you're ok with it (this applies to all helmet cams!). I won't be putting it on my helmet regularly due to the weight and bulk. Fortunately there are many other mounting options supplied. The NEXT camera I buy will be a real bullet cam, but right now, at least at my budget, they don't have the battery life and resolution.
- Image quality is on smooth sections of road good but I'm having some problems with vibration due to the attachment. If I advance the recording frame by frame (even at 60 FPS), I can see the image shift from one frame to the next. The handlebar mount won't fit oversized (ie current road standard) bars so I've got it attached via an accessory bar, which probably adds to the vibration. The camera has a standard tripod thread on it so I'm thinking of getting something to attach it to the bars directly - something like this should do the trick and remove some of the vibration:
- The main reason I got the camera was as a source of evidence in case of a problem (things on the roads haven't been the same since the Warne incident, though thankfully they seem to be improving slowly). Car number plates are clear when the car passes within a couple of meters and the light is good. Under other circumstances, you'd need to remember the number plate. This might be less of a problem if I can get rid of the vibration mentioned above.
- It's not brilliant after dark. This is likely to be a problem with any helmet cam. You can adjust the exposure up or down and there is also a night mode. Regardless of the setting, things get pretty grainy in low light.
- Sound is poor, as expected.
- The camera has a good selection of recording options and the LCD screen is very useful.
- The rotating lens is GREAT - you can mount the camera in any orientation and still have your picture the right way up. For me, this was probably the biggest selling point of this camera.
- It's easy to use.
- Mine came with a bonus extended battery (nice freebie from the seller), so I haven't used the regular one. With this and a 32GB card, I don't have to charge the camera or clear the memory every day (riding 2 - 3 hours a day).
- Overall, it's very good but not perfect. The larger cameras (such as this one) have more features and better image quality, while smaller ones tend to compromise some of these things. I think this one is as "good" as the GoPro and Contour options; some pluses, some minuses.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.