Drift Stealth 2 HD

Netballman

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#1
Well, after much faffing about and a couple of abortive attempts to do recording on the cheap, I finally bought myself a Drift Stealth 2 - and I'm generally very happy (although I have only had it a few days and used it once properly so far!)

It comes with self-adhesive mounts for helmets (1 flat 1 curved) as well as a strap-on mount for vented (push) cycle helmets. I also bought a remote control unit but more on that later...

The unit itself is very small and light and slots into the mount via a clip which is bolted to the side of the camera and which you can rotate when loosened to align the height. I sorted this in the living room by looking in the mirror and it was a doddle to get right. You can also rotate the lens through 300 degrees to "level" the view, I made a very small adjustment for use on the helmet but the real beauty of this is that you can turn the camera through 90 degrees and still get an "upright" picture - so putting it in the car mounted on the dashboard presents no problems.

The unit has an inbuilt rechargeable battery which is supposed to run for 3 hours. Haven't tested its endurance yet, obviously - but recharging (and data transfer) are done via connections beneath a removeable rear housing USB micro port.

Setup is very simple with a nice menu system which is very easy to use, once you realise how it works. One criticism I do have is that the unit comes with only a simple (and very small print) startup guide, and the far more informative manual has to be downloaded (pdf). Get this and follow the instructions and it's easy to get the settings you want - there are just three keys, one for on/off, one for menu selection, and one to go up and down choices. There are a good range of settings you can adjust from base exposure to size and FPS, and things like loop recording mode which is great for daily riding as it splits recording into chunks (1m -15m) and overwrites the oldest clips when the memory runs out. You can put in up to a 32Mb micro SD card which is good for about 3x the battery capacity in recording time!

On the helmet the camera is secure and I haven't noticed any significant drag effect.

The unit has a side panel LED which is "colour coded" according to the mode you are in , which makes it very easy to see how you are set.

You can pair the unit to a remote, which is a big two-button affair which comes with a strap to attach it to your arm outside a jacket (though it isn;t waterproof, nb!). You can use this to turn recording on and off, switch mode etc and it flashes in matching colour code to the camera so you can easily see what your camera is doing. TBH though I doubt I am going to use it much - I'm not going to be switching modes on the bike or riding with the camera off but on standby to record - and at ?25-odd it's an expensive extra that I'm already wishing I'd saved my money on (the camera itself was just under ?100 on Amazon, rrp double that). It sounds like a good idea but I just wont use it in practice in all likelihood.

Picture quality and view is very good even at 25fps 720 res. Sound however is a bit of a problem - you can set sensitivity low, medium or high but even at low, wind noise is a horrible racket once you get above about 20mph. It picks up voice very well both inside and outside the helmet, so I'm not unduly worried about this, just have to turn down the volume or strip the soundtrack if keeping footage! Stability is good - some have mentioned it can be a bit jerky if helmet mounted (as you move your head) but I haven't found it a problem and I do check my mirrors and look around quite obsessively :blush:

I was hesitant to splash out on a good camera but I am very satisfied with this so far. I'm off for a tour of Devon later this month so will report back again thereafter with an update!

Cheers chaps :wave:
 

JZH

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#2
I have the Ghost HD, which is similar. I like the remote mainly because I can check that the camera is recording without looking in the mirror. And if I do stop/start, doing so with the remote buttons is a lot easier than the camera buttons (at least on mine). FYI, I strap the remote to the clutch master cylinder.

Ciao,
 

Lodge

Registered User
#3
They are the best camera's for motorcycle use, I tried several before buying a Drift, I should of listened to the advice of all the people in the know in the first place, I have the Ghost s which is great but still overpriced imo at ?250, the stealth is far better value and smaller as long as you don't need external mic input for vlogging etc.
good luck with it.
 

ManxVFR

Registered User
#4
Thanks for the review [emoji1360] I've had the Drift HD for a while now, never really been happy with the quality and recently been looking to upgrade, was looking at the Drift stealth 2 HD too and that's looking like the one.
The wind noise on the Drift HD is terrible too, I use an external mic which resolved the issue after trying it in different positions on the bike so I'd suggest getting one of you can - apart from that I've seen recommendations of wrapping the camera in a sock but didn't fancy the idea of having that stuck on my bike or lid ! [emoji23]
 

Nitenurse

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#5
Regarding the remote, I bought some 'industrial Velcro' from Halfords, 1 piece onto the brake fluid reservoir, the other piece onto the back of the remote. Solid as a rock but easy to put on & off the bike.
 

Netballman

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#6
The wind noise on the Drift HD is terrible too, I use an external mic which resolved the issue after trying it in different positions on the bike so I'd suggest getting one of you can
Thanks for the thought but sadly that's one of the compromises with the (smaller) stealth - no external mic capability :bugerit: But unless you actually want to record your voice while travelling at speed it's more a nuisance than a major problem - only relevant on playback. .
 

mickvfr800fiw

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#7
If you cover the mic holes on the back of the camera with a bit of tape , this solves the annoying wind blast white noise and gives you a nice solid sound :)
 

Netballman

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#8
Mick, tried a bit of sellotape over the holes, didn't seem to make much difference. Something more solid needed?
 

mickvfr800fiw

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#9
I found that a couple of layers of gaffa tape Is quite effective .

Although i usually opt to add a piece of awful music to the clip which is marginally better than the wind noise :}
 
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