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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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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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Full Drift Stealth 2 Manual 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

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