So, I'm privileged to work for Drift Innovation as a web designer and video editor, but my favorite part is R & D. You see, I own a myriad of cameras, and getting out there and using them in the field is the best part of my job. So all that being said: this new Drift HD camera is my new camera of choice. It's set to be available on the market at the end of August. Go Here for a Promo Code So you might want to plan to purchase one before winter.
Drift also has a new External Battery Pack for those all day timelapses. It also works to charge your cell phone or iPod.
Some of you hate the POV helmet cam videos, but take some of those shots and edit them to chase came style footage for a wicked mix that really tells a tale. For example here is a test I recently did with BMX'ers in order to prove how well this small helmet cam can works indoors (using night mode)
I have the camera on the end of a 5' monopod to get as close to the action as possible. So for $359 you can be shooting full 1080p HD either as a helmet cam or an in your face action camera.
I got this camera march this year. Generally pleased with it. Particularly like the remote. I'm not a videophile, very casual user. Also like the form factor. A few things I'd like to see.
1. Louder on off indicator
2. Lens cover. Ive smacked the lens many times now with tree branches.
The new Drift HD will have a hard case for diving by the end of September. All other models (X170, HD170, and HD170 Stealth) have a waterproof pouch for underwater action or to be used as a lens protector.