Action cameras have become an increasingly common accessory for adventure sports enthusiasts across the world. The evolution of action camera technology has made them suitable for just about any sport or application, no matter how extreme.
Two modern action cameras that attract a lot of attention from extreme sports fans and video camera purists alike, are the Drift HD and Replay XD 1080. Both of these cameras boast full 1080p recording (the highest quality available) and enough features to keep the most tech-savvy users on their toes.
Replay XD 1080
The Replay XD action camera is rugged, small, sleek and lightweight, and with full 1080p HD (high definition) recording and a 135 degree fish-eye view lens, the Replay packs a punch well above its weight.
For such a small piece of kit, the Replay boasts an astonishing amount of technology under the bonnet. As well as full HD recording, the Replay can capture 5 megapixel stills, with an automatic image capture feature, which will take pictures at predefined times; every 1, 3, 5, 15, or 30 seconds. There’s also the option to record at 720p at 30 or 60 fps (frames per second) for post-production editing purposes.
The Replay has been designed to withstand the toughest of conditions; shock proof, weather proof and a rugged aluminium housing make it impact resistant and ready for anything you throw at it. The Replay has a built-in battery, which will allow you to record for up to 122 minutes.
Arguably the Replay’s biggest appeal is its size and weight. It weighs only 81 grams and boasts a super-sleek rounded bullet shape, which makes it ideal for mounting just about anywhere on a user’s body or equipment, virtually unnoticed. The Replay also comes with heaps of accessories and mounts which make it ultra versatile and adaptable to any sport.
This camera is the latest model in the Drift range and offers 1080p HD recording, a 170 degree wide-angle lens for capturing stylish wide-angle shots and even a remote control for simple usability.
Like the Replay, the Drift also has the option to film at up to 60fps at 720p and offers an automatic image capture feature. However, the Drift’s still image functionality is slightly superior, at 9 megapixels.
The Drift is slightly bigger than the Replay and weighs just shy of 120 grams (less than a smartphone), but is still compact enough to go unnoticed when mounted on most pieces of kit. Don’t let the Drift’s additional weight deter you, because it’s fully justified when you consider the additional features it offers.
Most notably, the Drift boasts a built-in colour LCD screen, which is great for viewing captured footage while on the go or lining up shots. This camera also comes with a wireless remote that allows you to control the camera from a range of 5 metres.
The larger casing also allows for a bigger battery, which will give you an impressive 2.5 hours of recording time. A big advantage of the Drift is that the battery is removable, meaning you can carry additional juice if you’re planning on recording a lot of footage or are away from a charging point for days on end.
The Drift HD comes with enough mounts to get you started, but for specific sports, additional mounts may need to be purchased separately.
When it comes to recording capabilities, there’s little to separate these two cameras as both capture perfect full HD footage. While the Drift HD packs more features, the Replay is smaller and lighter.
The Drift is arguably better suited to big projects, whereas the Replay is ideal for everyday use. Deciding which camera to buy will ultimately come down to personal preference, but either of these cameras is a more than worthy purchase.