Drift HD Review – Smaller, Smarter, A GoPro Killer?

Drift HD Action Camera

The New Drift HD Action Camera!

Thanks for coming to check out my review of the Drift HD action camera from Drift Innovation.

First off, this camera has been flying off the shelves since it was released earlier this year (2011) and goes in and out of stock so click here to check if it’s still available (US and Canada). If it happens to be out of stock, you can always pre-order to reserve yours when they get more stock in. (Australian customers click here)

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However, the good news is that the online vendors are starting to keep up with demand so the Drift HD is are currently available from most online stores.

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What You’ll Learn In This Review:

Further down this page, you will find my thorough review where you can learn about…

  • First Impressions
  • The new features and specs of the Drift HD
  • The existing features that carried over from previous models
  • Videos – Review and Test Videos
  • How it compares to other action cameras
  • Where to buy the new Drift HD online at the best price (for USA, Canada, UK and Australian customers)

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Now, on with the review…

Drift HD First Impressions…

Drift HD review

Smaller And Better

After a long anticipated wait, Drift Innovation are finally releasing the “GoPro Hero killing”, compact sized action camera called the “Drift HD”.

What first strikes you about the new Drift HD is the size. It’s just a quarter the size of the regular sized Drift HD170 Stealth and Drift HD170. But it looks smaller than that. It can easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Drift Innovations had hit cameras with their previous products, the HD170 and HD170Stealth which set the standard for HD action cameras, but they did receive some flack because of the big and bulky size.

But you can’t blame the Drift HD for being too bulky. It’s got all the same awesome features of the HD170 Stealth but 25% smaller in size and weight.

GoPro cameras have always been a favorite for their tiny size and quality video, but GoPro’s future is now under sever threat because this revolutionary new, palm sized Drift HD is making waves and is looking to become a big hit in the market.

The new small size is by far the best improvement we can see right off the bat, but it’s not only the smaller size that this new mini action camera has going for it.

New Features of the small “Drift HD”

While they’ve maintained many of the old awesome, unique features and specs that Drift Innovation cameras are famous for, they’ve introduced a handful of new improved features to make this one their best yet.

  • New compact design – 25% smaller and lighter than previous models (4.1 inches long and 4.23 oz)
  • Replaceable lens cover – in case of drops and breakages, it’s easy to replace
  • Can take 9MP still photographs – unique to Drift HD
  • New goggle strap design (for less movement)
  • Screw-on back panel – interchangeable for better water resistance
  • External mic jack – internal mic is also still there
  • HDMI output for direct TV viewing on HDTV

Other ‘Kick-Ass’ Drift Innovation Features Carried Over From Previous Model

  • Full HD 1080p recording at 25/30 fps
  • 720p 25/30/50/60 fps for extremely smooth slow-motion
  • 1.5″ color LCD screen – for playback and lining up the frame
  • Supports Micro SD up to 32 GB
  • Wireless remote – 5 meters / 30ft range
  • Rotatable 170 degrees lens – handy for unusual mounting positions
  • Lithium battery lasts up to 2.5 hrs of continuous recording
  • Night mode for low light situations
  • Digital zoom (if you need it – but not recommended as video quality decreases)
  • Pairing of remote to multiple cameras – use 1 remote to control all
  • Water resistant – dunk proof, splash proof, dirt, snow resistant (optional waterproof case available)

Short Drift HD Review Video

Check out this quick video to get a brief explanation of the new Drift HD features and get a feel for how it works.

Test Of Video Quality

Comparison Chart- Drift HD Vs. GoPro HD Hero Vs. Contour+ (plus)

Let’s see how the Drift HD compares to the GoPro HD Hero and the Contour+ (plus) – as these are it’s closest competitors now.


Drift HD GoPro HD Hero Contour+Plus
HD Video 1080p / 720p / WVGA 1080p/ 960p / 720p
1080p/ 960p / 720p
Frame Rates 25 / 30 / 50 /
60fps in 720p (25 / 30fps in 1080p)
30 fps in 1080p /
960p / 720p60fps in 720p / WVGA
30 fps in 1080p /
960p (30fps / 60fps in 720p)
Wide Angle Lens 170 degrees in
720p (127 deg in 1080p)
170 degrees in
720p / 960p (127 deg in 1080p)
170 degrees in
720p / 960p (125 deg in 1080p)
Size/Weight 4.1 inches long /
104.14 mm4.23 oz./119.91g
1.6″ x 2.4″ x 1.2″
(42mm x 60mm x 30mm) 6.3oz / 179g including battery and housing
2.3″ x 1.3″ x
3.86″ (58mm 34mm x 98mm) 5.3oz / 150 grams
9 MP / single /
photo burst mode
5 MP / single /
photo burst mode
5 MP / single /
photo burst mode
Memory/Storage MicroSD card up to 32GB SD card up to 32GB MicroSD card up to
Yes (1.5 inch
No (optional
No (optional smart
phone app)
Yes (300 degrees) No Yes (270 degrees)
Yes (5 meters/15
No No
GPS / Bluetooth No No Yes
Waterproof Water resistant
(waterproof case sold separately)
Yes with case (up
to 60 meters with included case)
Water resistant
(optional waterproof case available)
Warranty 1 Year Maker
1 year maker
180 days
Battery 1110mAh
rechargeable lithium-ion
Rechargeable 1100
mAh Lithium-Ion
2 hrs 25 mins (avg) Approximately 2.5
2 – 2.5 hours
Price (US$ prices)
$369.00 for
Standard Drift HD Package
$299.00 for Helmet
HERO and Motorsports HERO
$499.00 for
Contour+ Plus (Bluetooth, GPS equipped)

As you can see by this comparison chart, there are a lot of similarities in these cameras in terms of HD video quality of video and photos. The big differences come with design and useability features.

Drift HD review

What really sets the Drift HD apart from the GoPro and Contour cameras is that it has a built-in LCD color screen, remote control, rotating lens that is replaceable and is super light.

The price is a little more than the GoPro but for $70, you get all those other cool unique features that the GoPro doesn’t have.


As far as mounts go, the Drift HD comes with a handful of various mounts you can use straight out of the box on your helmet, goggles or to stick right on the side of your car or bike.

It also has a screw in thread in the bottom for use with tripods or suction mount (suction mounts sold separately).

Here’s what you get in the box you get…

  • Drift HD Action Camera
  • Remote Control & Velcro Strap
  • Interchangeable Rear Port Access cover
  • Improved Goggle Mount
  • Curved and Flat adhesive mounts
  • Universal Clip
  • Velcro Strap
  • Rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • USB Cable (for recharging and uploading files)
  • HMDI cable (for TV viewing)
  • Drift Innovation Quick Start Guide
  • Use Manual
  • 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Final Thoughts…

The Drift HD definitely is a step up from the previous versions from Drift Innovation. It’s looking to be a real game changer in the action camera market.

It’s now directly competing with GoPro as the world’s best palm-sized compact action camera.

The price of the Drift HD is a little more than the GoPro Hero but for all the extra features, especially the color screen and remote (and the many others), it’s definitely worth the few extra dollars.

Price And Where to Buy The Drift HD Online

As stated earlier in this review, the new small Drift HD camera will be available soon. Stock is now in and Drift HD is available for shipping!

It can be ordered online through PointofViewCameras.com for US$369.00.

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Click Here To Order Your Drift HD (Australian customers)

Australian price is AU$399.00 which includes free express post delivery to your door anywhere in Australia through this retailer.

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Thanks for reading my Drift HD review and I hope you have fun with your new camera!

– Drift Cam