Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not the most outdoorsy person. My idea of the wild is anywhere where there’s no Wi-Fi or internet connection. Like many people however, I enjoy looking at photos of the outdoors, you know, those magical sunsets, majestic mountains and glorious beaches. The problem though is that you don’t really want to be frolicking in the water or dangling off the side of a mountain with your brand new smartphone now do you.
Enter the Drift Stealth 2.
The Stealth 2 is the 8th generation to be camera released by Drift Innovation. Weighing in at only 97g, it’s also the smallest camera they’ve released.
We decided to test this baby out to see if it truly does help you “live outside the box” or at least whether it helps you capture the experience of living outside the box.
The Drift Stealth 2 is capable of recording video in full 1080p HD at 30fps and 720p at 60fps for slow motion. It also has a 300-degree rotatable lens, wi-fi connectivity for video streaming and remote controlling (via the Drift Connect app), a built-in LCD screen and a 3-hour battery life.
Setting up the camera was fairly easy and learning the menu and how the camera works took a few minutes. One of the things that we love about the camera is the fact that the LCD changes colour depending on which mode you’re in. This makes changing modes easier because we didn’t have to keep checking the screen all the time.
The Drift Stealth 2 includes many of the features found on other Drift Innovation cameras such as timelapse, photoburst, video tagging to record the action after it’s happened and “Car DVR mode”.
The Stealth 2 is meant to be a camera that captures action video and it does that well. Stabilisation could be improved but that seems to be an overall issue with all action cameras, I also think that the shaky action cam thing lends a feeling of authenticity to any video taken with a device such as this. Photographs are where the action camera seems to struggle a bit. Images come out looking not as crisp and colours somewhat dull compared to pictures taken on smartphones (even mid-range smartphones outperformed the Stealth 2 when it comes to picture taking).
The other issue that we had with the Stealth 2 was the companion app, Drift Connection. When connected to either an Android or iOS device, the live feed constantly freezes and you’re left with a sometimes half-pixelated image on your screen. No matter which device we tried the app on we had the same issue.
Overall, the Stealth 2 is a pretty nifty little camera. It’s small, incredibly portable and the battery lasted just over the 3 hours that the company advertises. It also has tons of accessories that you can buy, everything from a waterproof case to a body harness.
The fact that it has an SD card slot and uses a standard micro-usb charging cable is just a bonus. I happen to like the fact that those features are secured behind the end of the device, which you have to unscrew because it means that I won’t have to worry about my SD card falling out. Pictures and videos can also be transferred to your computer via the micro-usb cable.
The Drift Stealth 2 has a RRP of R3 999.00 and is definitely worth considering if you’re looking to get an action camera that’s not a GoPro.