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Sunday
May242015

Drift Stealth 2 - Smaller is better 

Drift have been kind enough to send me over their latest, cheapest and smallest action camera - the Drift Stealth 2. In the video below you can see my full review.

After using this camera for a few weeks I can now say that it has supplanted the Contour Roam as my favourite helmet mount action camera. The mounting system is more flexible (it allows tilt), the camera is smaller, lighter and performs much better in low light.

In my opinion the Drift Stealth 2 would be an excellent commuter camera for cyclists - the three hour battery life, water resistant case and recycled video function make it idea for this purpose.

Downloadable sample clips are available here.

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Reader Comments (37)

If I ever visit England I feel obligated to eat at Yo Sushi.

May 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi Mat, great video review as always, good looking cam this one. Is it me, or is it still a bit pricey?

Great stuff though

Thanks for listening.

Daz

May 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Mat,

First class review...good looking camera this one, as it has similar specs to a Möbius how would you say the video quality compares between the two.

May 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

Daz - everything would be better if it was cheaper - but that said, this is still cheaper than other cameras with a rotating lens and gives better results, so I'm happy with that.

May 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Klippie - It's been so long since I've used a Mobius, I can't really remember the video quality - however this Stealth 2 camera is really all about the rotating lens, mounting system, three hour battery life and water-resistant case...so even if the Mobius is sharper (which I suspect it might be) - this is a more suitable helmet camera.

May 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sadly, this little beauty has no microphone output like its big brother.

May 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSpinnaker

Another great video Matt... Looks a bit like your going for a slight change of style to your vids...?

IMHO don't change too much and they don't have to be too long... Short and regular as your other commitments allow... You really deserve to make a paying career out of this work. I

love the combination of professionalism and dry wit ... I've seen so called TV Pros do a lot worse... And I don't think I've ever heard you say "basically" ;-)

Good luck!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobB

Mat,

Great review! Thank you for pointing out that the battery is NOT removable! This is for me personally the most important reason for not getting the drift despite its amazing 3 hour recording ability. Non-removable batteries are also the reason why I don't buy iPhones. ;)

June 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDocDragon

I love your YouTube site been watching it for years. And always looking forward for the next one.

I wonder if you thought about doing some camera gimbal you be interesting.

Thanks for all your entertainment tonight I'll be enjoying it.

Thanks Mike

June 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Halloran

Hi Mat, and thanks for the helpful review. However, about 12 mins in, you recommend not using the Drift as an in-car dash-cam using its internal battery alone. In that case, how would you go about using it as a helmet cam that would avoid the frequent battery recharging issue you raised? Or have I missed something?

Cheers
Nigel

June 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRafflesNH

Yes - Dashcams are constantly charging -all the time you are driving a car, the power is going into the battery -because the the USB lead is connected to the lighter socket in the vehicle. A helmet camera gets charged whenever you plug it in to a charger - in my case at most this would be just once a week.

June 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
Again about that dash cam feature - does it work without an external power source? The Drift web site is very ambiquous about that feature and only describes the the Car DVR mode this way: "The camera turns on when power is supplied via an USB port and records footage in a continuous loop style."

Can it be used as a helmet dash cam? In other words: can the "continuous loop style" be triggered without an external power supply?

I'm looking for a traffic cam/dash cam for bike use and I recently discovered your very professional and useful reviews. A big thanks! Of course I should ask this question from the manufacturer directly, but somehow I find your valuation more reliable. And this comment field is easier to find. Of course if you have any recommendations, I would gladly listen. Surely a few hours battery capacity without a spare possibility is a nuisance, but I can live with it.

August 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJuha

Hi again,
I just got access to the Drift Stealth manual, which says: "Setting the Car DVR to ‘M’ (manual) allows the user to use this feature while manually starting the first loop by pressing ACTION.This is ideal for users such as cyclists where external power is not often used". Apparently it fully answers my previous question.

Anyway, my praise for your great reviews still apply! I hope you continue to examine and review these kind of gadgets.

August 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJuha

Hi,
I agree with the author's opinion about this camera, but I have to add that it is also good as an action camera. I mount it on the helmet and speed down hill slopes :) It's so small and aerodynamic that I don't feel I have it. My friend uses even two Stealths simultaneously to have nicer footage.

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hi, after watching your review on the Drift Stealth 2 I purchased one for £149 from my local motorbike dealer. I have it mounted on the side of my helmet. I find the video quality is great but as you say the audio isn't good, in fact when on the move it's terrible due to the wind. I tried putting a small piece of insulating tape, 2 layers over the mic hole and that has done the trick. It has cut out the wind noise which was spoiling what is a good headcam.
Thanks for your review.

September 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Hi, Great reviews. I got a Stealth 2 for my Motorbike, shame about the wind noise but image quality, build quality and size is brilliant.
One question. I'd really like to see you do a review a review on the Innovv K1 motorbike dual waterproof camera kit
http://www.innovv.com/#!the-k1/c3r6
what are the chances ???

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I've just acquired a Stealth 2 (+remote & waterproof case) for use on the back of my Weta 4.4 Trimaran.

It fulfils my criteria of a small, lightweight, aerodynamic, waterproof (+case) action cam with an LED indicator on the front (so you can see it's on) and a remote (+remote) so I don't have to climb over the back of the boat to turn it on.

A few issues and niggles:
1. The USB charger port is different on the camera and the remote (micro USB Vs mini USB - why?) which means an extra cable to carry/loose
2. The LED cover on the front of the camera was loose in the box when I got it (I glued it in place)
3. The LED is obscured by the Waterproof case when it's installed because the front door is black which blocks the light - unlike the TCL SVC200, SJ3000 or Sony which all have clear cases.
4. The remote control can't be used to turn it on - only to set change mode and start/stop video or take a picture once the camera is powered up - and to power it up you have to hold the button on top of the camera for 3 seconds - which seems like an age when you're perched on the back of a boat with little to hang on to.
5. The 135 deg lens is a bit meh when compared with others at 170deg

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul White

I couldn't decide which action camera to buy, but thanks to you review I finally bought Drift Stealth 2. And that was a good choice. Beside the fact it looks amazing, it is also very comfortable. I needed a helmet camera for motorcycle riding and Stealth is perfect for that. Other ones, sticking out, disturbed me and I had strange feeling of something attached to my head. When I use Stealth, I feel as if I had nothing on helmet.

September 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

I have a Stealth 2, any ideas on how to reduce the wind noise?

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I bought the Stealth 2 camera off the back of this review as it seemed to have decent image quality and was weatherproof without an additional casing.
Unfortunately on my first bicycle ride in light rain the lcd panel and lens cap all misted up making the footage useless.

I picked that over a gopro for the weather resistance but ended up with a gopro in a case and I'm resigned to cycling along looking like a teletubby with an aerial on my lid.

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December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKoonlung K1S

Can you please tell me the best helmet camera for under a hundred quid?
I have sent two back as they wont record without saving the recording in 5 minute files but I need them to to record taxi runs for the knowledge, but they seem to save a ten minute clip in two or three 3 or five minute files rather than one continuous one. Can anyone advise please?
Thanks in advance,and live the reviews.thorough and clear

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Drift Cameras can’t take the heat of the Sun
Drift Innovations has been taking the customers for a ride, never telling the consequences of leaving the cameras for a few hours in the Sun;
And what is worst not having a designated technician in every country that is sold to check damage cameras with the warranty expire.
On the 2/12/2015 I send my wife with my Drift HD170 that I bought from Action Gear South Africa 3 years ago, what happen is that after it been in the sun for 4 hours did not want to come on again; The person in the office of “Action Gear South Africa” told my wife "nothing we can do sorry".
How the man responsible of the marketing in the office of “Action Gear South Africa” and winner of the “Best Customer Service Award in SA e-commerce” say that to my wife? ; That means that there is no support of the product after is out of the warranty; How such a huge company does not have designated places in every country, where the customers can take the cameras out of warranty to be check, if is worth it to repair it or get a new one; In this moment If a little thing happen to a Drift camera after warranty you have to ditch it and buy a new one, (if you can afford it) even that look like new, not a scratch, just may be a bad contact inside, that what exactly happen to my camera, I send it to a camera guy and this was his quote: Severely contaminated and faulty internal processor circuit and power supply; Parts + Labour. ZAR 2980 around 200 dollars, just what I pay for that camera new 3 years ago. I found the "Aquiles hill" of the Drift cameras, they can't stand the heat! Everybody should know that and must decide in to buy a Drift camera that can’t stand the heat or “Go Pro” because after “Drift Innovations never warn anyone or in the manual of the possibilities of the camera been damage if left in direct sun light, we cannot trust anymore the cameras from Drift Innovations.
Then I have the answer of one of the customer care of Drift innovations:
Adam (Drift Innovation)
4 December 2015, 17:15
Hi Paul,
Thanks for your email, I'm sorry to hear of the problem that you've experienced.
I'm afraid that Action Gear are correct in this case - the HD 170 is now quite an old model, so it's not possible to offer a repair.
Kind regards,
Adam
Drift Innovation
My answer was:
Hi Adam
I will never accept a new camera if they offer it, I’m not complaining for getting a new camera for free, I will make a blog for everybody in the world to know what could happen after buying a “Drift Innovations” product because somehow in 3 years me or anyone could forget the camera on the sun light and the camera won’t work again & without support for cameras out of warranty it will be back to square one, the key word here is "Technical support" of Drift products no matter how old it is.
Somehow I'm glad this happen to my Drift camera exposing a weakness in the Drift Cameras and showing the poor or no support for cameras out of warranty in South Africa and around the World by “Drift Innovations” is my responsibility to advise the people what it been going on.
First there is nowhere to found in the manual of the Drift Cameras that say do not left in the Sun, meaning the HD 170 was never test properly.
Last E-Mail to Drift Innovation:
Hi
Here is the quote of the Camera guy that inspect the HD 170 after 4 hours of sun: Severely contaminated and faulty internal processor circuit and power supply; Parts + Labour. ZAR 2980 around 200 dollars, just what I pay for that camera new 4 years ago. The Drift camera should handle cold an heat, come on is a sport camera or what, how 4 hours of sun can cause such a damage is unacceptable ; "Drift cameras can't stand the heat"; And after Adam from Drift innovations say: I'm afraid that Action Gear South Africa are correct in this case - the HD 170 is now quite an old model. Nice let's see what the owners of the HD170 have to say and what the future buyers of Drift cameras will still thinking of buying a Drift model or will go for any "Go Pro". You should offer a second hand replace camera when this happen, me or anyone else we will not be looking for a new one, my camera was 3 years old and in perfect condition before the heat destroy the internal processor circuit and power supply, that's why I'm so piss off. If you ask what I want: An apology from Action Gear South Africa for just says "nothing we can do" to my wife, (if I was there we will not be having this interaction) then they will search for an old HD170 and E Mail me when they have it ready for me. The loss of potential buyers will be in your hands and I done many Blogs before, so I know what I'm doing. Hopefully now Drift innovations know how to deal with a customer complains when because of the Sun or anything else a Drift Camera out of warranty stop working.
Regards: Paul Mackena
My E-Mail is: urgentdeliveries@gmail.com if anyone has a Drift Camera older than 2 years please let me know, and watch out for the Sun; I recommend get the white silicon protection, it will save your camera absorbing half of the heat while expose to any kind of heat, than the original black colour will absorb 90% of the heat around.

January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Mackena

Does the side screen backlight stay on and the red LED keep flashing all the time its recording? If so, its hardly stealthy is it. Otherwise it looks really good.

I was just about to go out and but a Contour 3 based on your (older) review of that. I then saw the Stealth 2 on Amazon, then came back here to search for a review.

Thanks for this>

October 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Gee

Does the red LED keep flashing all the time its recording? If so, its hardly stealthy is it. Otherwise it looks really good.

I was just about to go out and but a Contour 3 based on your (older) review of that. I then saw the Stealth 2 on Amazon, then came back here to search for a review.

Thanks for this.

PS. Sorry, just watched again and have seen the answers! They CAN both be switched off. I must have been distracted the first time I watched. :-(

October 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Gee

Hi, I've just bought one and looking at the footage it looks as if it's going to be really hard to identify number plates from the film. It's all in 1080p, 30fps but on pausing the film as cars over take me or come at me (on my bicycle, not motorbike) I can't read the registration plates. Do you think anything can be done to make this easier?
I'm going to have to get a micromuff too as whistle into mike is terrible intermittently
Thanks
Shaun

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShaun

Hello I'm going to buy a drift stealth 2 camara please could you telle the best compatible sd card to go with it thanks

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

@Techmoan - Mat, I hope you read this as I need advice asap. My SVC200 got damaged by a stone while on the motorbike. It was a good camera but the FOV of 170 was too much for my needs. I use it to film another rider and discuss positioning etc for riding improvements on safety. The wide FOV makes the subject too small and too distant even when I am only 5m behind.

Now I have an opportunity to look for something more suitable. From your experience and being a motorcyclist as well how do you think the Drift Stealth 2 with 135 FOV compares to the Sony 120 FOV? Or you now of another one with narrower FOV.

The narrower the field the better for me.

Any suggestions from anyone would be greatly appreciated - BTW i am not very keen on the square shaped ones, would be the last choice :-)

Many Thanks
Chris

December 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It's been a long time since I used either so I can't really remember what the FOV like on each...your best bet is probably to look at some of the sample clips. The Sony cameras produce better quality video than the Drift stealth, but are difficult to mount to a helmet.

December 5, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@techmoan : Thanks for coming back to me, appreciated.
I had a look at both clips but not easy to see the difference. By coincidence on one of the clips you were following a motorcycle and it looked OK but cannot make out the distance between you.
I will persevere :-)
Thanks again,
Chris

December 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterchris

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