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August 26, 2010

The Drift Innovation HD-170 and the GoPro HERO HD

The Drift Innovation HD-170 and the GoPro HERO HD

I’ve always been fascinated by actioncams... or helmetcams, or POVcams, or whatever else you want to call them. Even before they were available to us mere consumers, I used to wonder, What would it look like if you could see what a camera saw, if it were mounted on that model airplane/squirrel’s back/cereal spoon/football, etc? Thus it was that when Drift Innovation released its high-def HD-170 this July, with its swiveling fisheye lens and viewing screen, I wanted to try one out. So I’d have something to compare it against, I also got hold of a GoPro HERO HD – probably the most popular actioncam currently available. I put the two through their paces, and you can see the results in the video that follows.

If you’d like to know more about any of the cameras in this piece, check out my earlier articles on the HD-170, the HERO HD, and the ATC9K.

Added Aug. 27/10: This just in! GoPro informs us that the LCD screen for the HERO HD will cost US$69.

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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2 Comments

I would recommand the Drift HD170, No doubt about that. All the other cameras are pretty over exposed, the Drift is teh one that refect the actual lighting conditions.

Facebook User
27th August, 2010 @ 01:21 am PDT

I have been using my gopro hero HD for months now and have not found any video to be over exposed in many different situations. The video quality is just amazing for such a camera

Todd Sandercock
29th August, 2010 @ 05:54 pm PDT
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