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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.

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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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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)

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.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

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