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So Ive been doing a little comparison shopping before throwing my money
down on an HD video camera...very rare for me as Im usually impulsive,
must be old age getting to me.

After reading tons of reviews, watching comparison vids on youtube and
pricing pricing and more pricing, I settles on the Drift HD Stealth


What I liked about it was:

#1 Price- at $209 it was right in the range of the other decent cameras and
the $209 price was a reduction from the original $349 it started out at.

#2 I could pick it up today- no waiting around for internet mail order

#3 Shape-Its more of a bullet shape than the square GoPro, I was also
looking hard at the Contour for this reason.

#4 LCD view and playback- This was the real selling point for me. I want
to see how the shot is lining up. I was suprised the GoPro and Contour
didnt have this although the GoPro is coming out with a new attachment
LCD screen and the Contour uses lasers for alignment.

#5 Charges on the go- I can use my cigarette outlet to keep it powered up.

#6 Field of View- 170 degrees FOV, just enough but not too much.

#7 Attachment- Like most of the cameras in this range, it has plenty of
mounts-handlebar, goggle strap, helmet.

#8 Remote on off switch- It comes with a remote Record/Stop switch that
goes onto a watch strap and wraps around my handlebars nicely allowing
remote control with my left thumb.

Here's a quick video I threw together testing out some position and going
around my block a few times.


Adventure Designs
http://www.advdesigns.net/

Another bonus- In my search I found a new Adventure Motorcycle shop
located in Hayward Ca just a few miles from my house. I was surprised
I had never heard of them before. The guys were super nice and very
informative about the cameras and othe rmore motorcycle specific things.
The do everything local and design their own products. The other brands
they sell are tried and tested before going into the store.

This is the kind of shop I like to support
 

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Forgot a pic of the camera...mine is all black not orange.

 

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I wonder if you hard mounted it on the bike, do you get vibration in your videos?
I have no experience with video cameras except my pocket digital Nikon that takes limited video.
When I made a mount to hold the Nikon to my handlebar, it produced a lot of jitter in the video.

Maybe you could post pix's of your mounting positions.
 

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Great!
Too bad I already have a gopro. I like the charge on the go feature.
 

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Great!
Too bad I already have a gopro. I like the charge on the go feature.
I was on the fence about the gopro, its a good camera, I really like the
footage you've taken and that what inspired me to get my own.

I think its all about the features that suit the individual.

I was torn between AA Batteries and rechargeable too.
On one hand AA Batteries are available everywhere, although for what
I want to do being able to plug it in is good too.

The down side is, when you plug in the charger the access door has to be open.
 

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I wonder if you hard mounted it on the bike, do you get vibration in your videos?
I have no experience with video cameras except my pocket digital Nikon that takes limited video.
When I made a mount to hold the Nikon to my handlebar, it produced a lot of jitter in the video.

Maybe you could post pix's of your mounting positions.
One shot is from the handle bar mount provided (mid left)

Mid Right Forward angle is sitting on my pannier strapped down
Rear angle is on the same pannier strapped down, both angles using their
goggle mount attachment and some straps.

Seems much better that what Ive been using which is my phone camera.
Not too much vibration though but I havent got it up to highway speeds
to check vibs and rolling shutter effect (CMOS...Wikipedia it).

Ill know more tomorrow, gonna try it on the highway and see how it
does in the plane, the prop always causes weird effect on cameras.
 
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