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Review - Drift Innovation X170 Action Camera
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By: Warrick Kernes Email Article
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The Drift Innovation X170 Action Camera is the latest all-round helmet camera to be released onto the market and we would highly recommend it. When it comes to filming extreme sports, it is one of the best we have come across.

This new camera has been designed, not only to take high quality point-of-view photos and videos but also to be perfect for all extreme sports, whether that be skiing, mountain biking or rally driving, and it's available from Action Cameras for just £199.99, so fantastic value for money!

When looking for a helmet camera you want to know that you are purchasing one that can pull out all of the stops and the X170 does just that. It ticks every single box that you could want an extreme sports camera to tick. Here is a list of some of the product's main features:

* The X170 delivers DVD quality video and 5Mp photographs
* These functions can be controlled by a wireless RF remote control
* A 1.5″ screen helps you to line up the perfect shot and to show off your video right away
* Memory expansion up to 8Gb on SD card
* With a wide angle lens of 170º you will get all the action in your shot
* All the mounts that you need are provided, plus it has a metal 8mm mount
* Most importantly a price tag that is not going to break the bank

One of the first things that you’ll notice when taking your new X170 out of the box is the 1.5" screen - something that we consider to be one of the product's most desirable features. We found having a screen on the camera extremely useful for two reasons; firstly you can line up the best angle when mounting the camera so that you don’t get home after a long day out expecting to see brilliant videos only to find that you have been filming blue sky all day. Secondly, and more importantly is watching your videos on the screen with your mates straight after you’ve come off the slope, track, or water.

The wide angled lens also provides great advantages: with previous narrower angled cameras it was difficult to gain perspective of the speed because the lens only saw the track in front of you. With 170º field of view you will not only see the what is in front of you but also the scenery around you. This truly puts the speed in perspective and is the way forward for point-of-view cameras.

This camera may seem a bit backwards as it runs on the older style AA batteries, rather than the rechargeable lith-ion batteries that most cameras use these days. But considering all extreme sports are outdoors would you like batteries that can be quickly replaced or to have to find a wall socket to recharge your battery? We prefer to simply carry a spare set of batteries if we’re heading out for a long time. The guys at Drift Innovation seem to have thought this one through though and have therefore delivered the best solution.

In terms of mounting the new X170, the options are endless, as it has a built-in steel quarter inch thread (8mm thread) so you can attach it to suction mounts and rollbar mounts which are included in the kit. The quick release mount adapter easily inserts into the quarter inch thread securely, which can be used to attach the camera to each of the mounting options available in the box.

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Submitted by Warrick Kernes, Product Manager at Action Cameras. Action Cameras was founded in January 2006 with the objective of bringing the latest developments in helmet camera technology to Europe so that its customers can record and share their extreme sports experiences.

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