I'm no techie. When cameras and gadgets come into the office, they go the way of our Cooltech Editor for good reason – he's generally then only guy who knows what to do with them. But one of the immediate plusses of the Drift HD POV Action Camera is that it's easy to use.
It is also incredibly durable and can be put through the ringer without fear of breaking it, making it perfect for first-person POV shoots, particularly the more adventurous like mountain biking, skydiving and other extreme sports.
When reviewing the Drift HD POV Action Camera, my initial goal was to capture POV footage of some trail-running events that I was taking part in, but despite its compact size, the Drift was unfortunately not the right fit for the sport – not from a first-person POV at least.
My first test ended in disaster when I attempted to strap it to the side of my head, because it was never going to be comfortable enough to run with as it pulled noticeably as I ran.
On my second expedition, things went far better after jimmying together a 'rig' of sorts on my pack. While it didn't affect my running, the camera bounced around to such a degree that the footage we did capture was not the best. The quality of the footage was great, but what we captured was too frenetic and would have made viewing uncomfortable.
But while the camera may not be the right fit for first-person runs, it excels in other pursuits.
The package comes standard with a good collection of accessories - goggle/strap mount, RF remote, curve mount, flat mount. The camera is small, incredibly light and aerodynamic - its unique rotatable lens allows the camera to be mounted in any number of positions.
For starting or stopping recording, the remote control is supplied as standard, and makes things a lot easier for the user when mounted on the back of a bike or (no doubt) jumping out of a plane. The remote enables the user to continue moving, while still using the camera.
It is the camera's durability – seriously it will take a hell of a lot to damage it – that ultimately won me over though. I put the camera through the ringer – wet weather, plenty of falls and a lot of dirt – and it kept on ticking. The footage was crystal clear (1080p full HD) and the sound was solid as well.
Additionally, the camera can take nine megapixel stills as well, with a photo burst mode that takes pictures every few seconds for as long as your memory card and battery lasts.
If you're looking for something to capture the more extreme moments of your life, you won't be going wrong with the Drift HD.