Drift HD 1080p
Top Line: The new Drift HD is functionally the same as the older version but has a more compact body and an extra back. The new hard underwater case fits only the new version. Drift was among the first to put a viewfinder on a POV cam, and it greatly eases operations. We wish the cam were more responsive to the stiff dive case buttons. The lens rotates 180 degrees, and standard mounts rotate and lock with a ratchet action. The remote control works within about 10 feet and functions nicely. One remote can operate multiple cameras, so check to avoid errors. The new design allows for lens changes, should one become damaged — and that’s a big plus considering the rough treatment POVs get. It boasts a generous 9-megapixel image capability.
Wins: Drift is among the easiest to use due to its viewfinder. The body has easy-access tripod threads on the camera and the case. So did CamOne, but the case threads were occluded by the swivel mount. Rubber armored body is waterproof to shallow depths without the case.
Losses: As much as we liked the operation of the cam, the plastic lens just didn’t deliver the clarity of the other contenders.
Photo Finish: A solid variety of mounting options, the widest field of view and waterproof armor raised its score, in spite of the low video clarity.
In the Box
Ample standards include a remote, extra back for mic access and tripod threads.
The underwater case allows access to functions, but the stiff buttons are barely responsive.