Kit review – Drift Stealth 2

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  1. Simon

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    Action cameras are gaining in popularity, especially with the rise in ‘Crash for Cash’ cases, as well as being used to record your special rides and trackdays for prosperity, and the Drift Stealth 2 is up there with the best – it’s a great entry-level action camera and a worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Go Pro.

    The unit is very compact – it measures just 80mm x 42mm x 27mm and weighs 97g,some 40 per cent lighter than the original Stealth. These measurements make it very aerodynamic and sleek; ideal properties when mounting on helmets or bike fairings. The rubber housing feels sturdy enough, and while it doesn’t claim to be waterproof, it feels like it would withstand a drop.

    An industry standard screw hole site at the bottom of the unit for mounting to tripods and other useful features include chunky, easy-to-operate buttons and a dial opening/closing mechanism to access the microSD and the HDMI and USB ports – perfect for keeping out dirt and grit.

    On the side of the camera is a 1.3in screen that shows the menu options, and it’s backlit so you can see it in the dark.

    But the really clever part of this camera is that it comes equipped with a lens that rotates through 300 degrees, which means the camera is always capable of shooting landscape while allowing you all sorts of versatility when it comes to mounting the camera. However, this camera’s field of view is restricted to 135 degrees, compared to the 170m degrees offered by the Go Pro, but Drift claims this makes objects appear cooer and sharper.

    Despite the Stealth 2’s small size it still packs a powerful punch and the battery life is an impressive three hours when shooting 1080p at 30fps. It’s also capable of shooting 720p/60fps all the way down to 120fps in WGVA quality firm slow motion footage. The camera also has Wi–Fi connectivity, which enables it to be paired to a smartphone or a Drift remote control unit – both of which are very useful when it comes to setting up shooting angles – a time-lapse function photo burst and video tagging.

    Mounting couldn’t be easier and each kit comes with a election of curved and flat mounts to suit all surfaces, and there’s even a handy goggle mount.

    The footage itself is superb – colours are crisp and it captures loads of detail, and there’s no ‘fish-eye’ effect at the edge of the frame. The Drift works equally well on trackdays and the daily commute – I’ve used it for instructing on track and it’s small enough to not be an issue while it has enough battery to make a decent commuter companion, recording every detail in the case of an incident. And it’s very competitively priced too.



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