Drift Innovation announces its smallest actioncam yet, the Stealth 2

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The new Stealth 2, as compared to Drift's existing Ghost-S

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Drift Innovation's line of actioncams are certainly worthy competitors to the venerable GoPro Hero, although some potential buyers might wish that they were a little more compact. Well, the company has addressed that with its new Drift Stealth 2. It's reportedly 48 percent smaller and 42 percent lighter than Drift's Ghost line of cameras.

The Stealth 2 features a 135-degree 7-element aspherical lens that can be rotated 300 degrees relative to the camera body – as is the case with the lenses on other Drift cameras. This allows users to mount the camera in whatever orientation works best, and then just twist the lens to straighten out the shot.

Video is captured via an Aptina 3-megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor and recorded onto a user-supplied MicroSD, SDHC or SDXC memory card in mp4 format. Users can choose between resolutions of 1080p/30fps, 960p/30fps (4:3 aspect ratio) or 720p/60fps. Slow motion can also be shot at 120fps, although only in 480p. When shooting at 1080p, the 1500mAh lithium-ion battery provides a claimed three hours of run time per charge.

Stills can be shot at 2MP while recording video, or at up to 12mp when in photo mode. There's also the usual photo burst mode, allowing for up to three exposures per second. Time-lapse shooting is additionally possible.

One thing that the Stealth 2 lacks as compared to the other Drift models is a viewfinder/playback screen – instead, it simply has an LCD status display. Using its Wi-Fi connectivity, however, users can set up and review shots on a paired iOS or Android mobile device. This feature also allows for complete control of the camera, plus buyers have the option of getting a dedicated two-way remote control unit.

The camera measures 80 x 42 x 27 mm (3.15 x 1.65 x 1.06 in), weighs 97 grams (3.41 oz), and is weather-resistant but not waterproof. It's available now for pre-order, priced at US$250. You can see footage shot with it in the video below.

... and in case you're wondering if you missed the Stealth 1 – that was the Drift camera also known as the HD-170.

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