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Old 22nd June 2011, 15:15   #1
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GoPro HD vs. Drift HD170 video camera

Here you go for sharing. NOTE: I have no affiliation to either one of these manufacturers.

I'm sure many of you are just like me - in the market for a video camera to mount on the beast and capture some cool driving videos.
I have been thinking about getting the GoPro HD Motorsports but just like Mark Carson mentioned - my issue with GoPro is - no LCD display screen and no remote.

So I did my research. I heard about the Drift HD170 HD video camera so I thought I'd look into it.

This guy that owns the Drift summarized it very well as posted on Amazon dot com.

"I did a lot of research before buying the Drift HD170. Having used a friend's GoPro, I'm familiar with point-of-view cameras.

After using both, I don't know why anyone would buy a GoPro, unless they were using it to dive or for other watersports where the camera is underwater a lot. The Drift HD170 is splashproof, dustproof, weatherproof, and dunkproof which is more than enough for my activities.

The Drift has a remote for turning the camera on and off. With the GoPro, we were always taking our helmets on and off to start or stop recording. More often than not, we'd just let the camera run, which meant hours of editing footage.

When you turn the Drift camera on or off with the remote, there is an audible beep. Having researched all the POV cameras, there isn't anybody that offers that - even the $2000 POV model from Sony.

The Drift camera also has an LCD screen, which is an absolute must-have. Without the LCD screen, you have no idea whether your camera is lined up properly. You can also confirm you got the shot without having to download video to your computer. The best thing about this camera is the crystal clear video. I normally shoot in 720p because I like the full 170 degree field of view. The files sizes are more manageable to edit and upload in 720p, but 1080p is an option for television-quality video. All-in-all, I'm really happy with this camera and for the money, nothing beats it"

Note: The Drift doesnt come with suction cup mount so you will need to buy one separately.
I have the Panasonic suction cup mount and it works great. Click here:

Amazon has the Drift 170 HD for $291.00 here:

An eBay seller has it for $260 including shipping. Here:
There may be even better deals out there like in Craigslist or something.

Perhaps owners of GoPro and Drift can chime in here and share their own personal experience.

Instead of the GoPro HD - I now plan on getting the Drift HD170 next month.

Just thought I'd share the info.

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Old 22nd June 2011, 15:26   #2
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I found a comparison video tests on you tube:

YouTube - ‪Comparison Drift HD170 vs Contour HD vs GoPro HD | Action Cameras South Africa‬‏

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Old 22nd June 2011, 16:24   #3
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Oregon Scientific ATC9K Video Camera

Another competing product:

Oregon Scientific ATC9K

YouTube - ‪Oregon Scientific ATC9K review by Adventure Eye Video Systems‬‏

YouTube - ‪Oregon Scientific ATC9K HD Action Camera Review Surfing Vazon Guernsey‬‏

Price here:
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You might also check out Oregon Scientific ATC9K. It has a remote, and an LCD screen. It is designed as an underwater camera which as you said you don't really need. But the video quality is exceptional. The mounts that it comes with aren't so great, but you can purchase other mounts.
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Dan,

As usual, AWESOME information. I will purchase the HD170, as well. It seems to have overcome many of the challenges of the GoPro.

Thanks Again!!
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I can chime in as a 2-month user of a GoPro (motorsports).

On quick read of these:
http://www.ridergroups.com/blog/prod...camera-review/
Drift Innovation HD170 Camera Review - Action Camera News, Reviews, Videos - PointofViewCameras.com
http://driftinnovation.com/HD170-Manual.pdf


My takeaways:

1. GoPro is smaller and lighter (when you don't use the bomb-proof case, but heavier when you do). Naked GoPro is extremely pocketable.

2. HD170 has a low light mode. GoPro is useless in low light.

3. GoPro has a 60fps recording mode. I use this mode for slow mo playback. It's much more appealing than 30fps. This same feature has bearing in the photo burst (3 in 2sec for GoPro, which is superior). If capture speed matters to you, this is a deal breaker.

4. If you are going under water, the GoPro is the only choice.

5. If you are a time lapse user, the GoPro max is 60sec, while HD170 is 30sec.


While the remote is certainly great, I don't put much stock into that nor the 4x zoom. Here's why:

a. For zoom, let's remember that these are purposed as wide-view devices. Zoom deteriorates picture quality. Why would you ever use it?

b. A remote with a red-light indicating recording would be best. Short of that, "thinking" that you activated record via a remote or the button on the device is pretty similar.

c. Not having a remote (as in the GoPro) simply means you'll likely get used to editing out the first/last segment of your video where you see your hand or face in the shot. You're going to need to learn to edit regardless, so 2 more cuts is not going to matter.

d. Do not think that memory space on your SD card will be a limiting factor (e.g. that storing those extra minutes in the comment above will break the bank). Battery life is ~2hr with these devices. 32Gb memory card is good for 4+hr at 1080 resolution.


Dan, please let us know what you think about whatever you eventually choose. Always value your writeups.

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Awesome info! Thanks for sharing Chowdah!

Couple of points:

1) Yes, I never use digital zoom either. Digital zoom is worthless as the photo and video quality degrades big time.

2) I agree about the red LED recording light. I am surprised their design engineers didnt think of adding that feature.

3) Excellent info about memory size and batter life. Thanks!

I am still leaning towards Drift170.

Will share experiences with Drift170 once I purchased it and have enough time playing with it.

Video editing software:
BTW, I use Sony Vegas Studio HD for video editing. Very easy to use, lots of features and can do a video slow motion or video fast forward.
You cant beat this software for $99.00

Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite Overview

Thanks again Chowdah for the great info.

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I really like the remote on the HD170, but I have been using a GoPro and like it a lot. After looking at the video comparion and running down the specs, I think the GoPro is still the better choice.

I currrently use a GoPro (and FireCam from Firevideo.net) for when I am a volunteer firefighter and we have mentioned the remote option because we might be driving around town and get a call and we can't stop to turn on the camera (so we leave it on and have lots of video to delete and make it a habit of going through it regularly). I haven't really used my GoPro for any of my other activities (M6ing, Diving, etc.), but will soon. With all the different things I do the GoPro definitely meets them all.

With GoPro being around longer and more known it has a lot more accessories available.

I currently use the Micover Stick over to reduce wind noise (works well), Polarized lens insert (Neutral Density) and anti-fog inserts when necessary.

One of the things that I have been debating on doing is getting another GoPro and going to the 3D housing to make some cool videos, especially driving the M6. Also been debating on is the extended battery.

As for Suction cup mounts, I would probably go with a RAM Mount if I buy another suction cup or if I had a different camera. GoPro does offer an LCD back screen if you want it, but will reduce the battery life and really I haven't needed it.

If I were just using it for the M6 I would consider looking at Camsports HDMax, it has the screen and also allows power to it when recording and a few other cool features. (but not as wide of angle).

Just my thoughts on te items. Good luck with your purchase.
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I have the HD 170 and really like the remote method of operation. The extended battery is a great option with the use of a 32GB SD card.
Go Pros are very nice as well. I just chose the HD 170. Look into the Contour HD as well. It too is nice.
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