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A shopper asked:Hey, Does the remote for the drift hd turn the camera on and start recordind and stop recording and turn camera off ? do you have to turn camera on and then use remote. what is the idle time on this camera if any?once the camera is on , does it stay on or does it turn off after a certain time and if so how long does it stay on? Thanks MarkAug 31, 2013
Jerome K:Well Mark, The remote dose not turn the camera on and off the remote is for start record and stop record, it beeps with two different sounds weather its recording or stop recording. The Drift can only be turn on and off manually, the camera its self dose not go to sleep but the display screen will. So when you hit the remote to record it will, The Drift has many different ways you can set it to save its battery life and its pretty much like setting up a laptop or note book to save battery power. One of the big settings is how long the display screen stays on, that screen uses a lot of battery so try not to watch everything you record if your worried about battery life wait till you get back to home base. You can set up on how long you want to record something by seconds or minutes or you can do it manually like I do. Now I go out for the day of riding ATVing and I bring with me three battery's and I'll will end up with about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes of recording time, all are bits and peaces of the day .. most of the time I'm only going through two batters for the day but it all depends on how much recording time your doing and the battery's do not like cold weather.... This camera is awesome it has so many ways you can set it up but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out it took me about five minutes to set mine up. Drift out performs the GoPore hands down, Revzilla dose not have all the accessories that the Drift carries and you would be amazed at all the accessories that you can get , just go to Drift and watch there videos along with YouT on how this camera performs, if you do your research on this Drift you will find that this is the camera to get. I hope that answers your questions.Sep 26, 2013
Michael P:You have the turn the camera on and off at the unit itself. There is a feature to have the camera turn itself off after a set amount of time if it's not actively recording. Recording time is about 4hrs on a single battery/charge. Unlike GoPro, you can swap The battery with a fresh one without having to wait for the device to recharge. You can also swap SD cards out so you don't have to take a laptop with you if you are shooting a lot of 1080p HD video. At night you will want to record in 720p.
You can pair the remote to more than one camera at a time and operate them all from one remote. I suggest pairing the camera to the remote so no one else around you can start/stop recording with their remote on accident.
Sep 25, 2013
Scott C:The remote does not turn on the camera. You can set the the camera to shut off after a preset time though. To be honest I have not had good luck with the reliabilty of the remote on the HD. Maybe Drifts new unit which has a different remote would be a better choice. The reason I bought the Drift HD was for the remote and that has not worked out. They are good about replacing them but no luck so farSep 26, 2013
Barrett B asked:Can this camera be powered via the motorcycle battery? I just need to know if there is a means of powering it on my bike without depending on the battery. Would I be able to hook it up so it would power on automatically when I start my bike? Finally, is there a means to record continuously? I read that some Drift cameras have a "Car DVR Mode function" that will record in blocks until the card is full, and then record over the oldest block. From the Drift website: "The Car DVR Mode automatically turns the camera on when power is supplied via the USB port. The camera then records footage in continuous loops, called Car DVR Intervals. It will continue recording loop after loop until it fills the memory card. Once full the oldest loops will be deleted as the newest ones are saved. Car DVR loop intervals can be 1min, 3min, 5min, 10min or 15min intervals."
Christopher P:Sure you can power it off your bike's battery. Use the USB charger plug and get a USB adaptor to wire into your bikes elec system. I have mine mounted on a motorcycle and I power mine this way. Just remember now that the back is open to access the USB port the unit is no longer "Waterproof" !!!! I prefer to use battery and keep a spare because of this issue. The only downside i can think of. And I wish it was WIFI enabled..
Don't think it will power up automatically, you will still have to press the power on button. I use my remote mounted on the left handlebar to remotely start/stop recording,
Haven't noticed the ' Car DVR Mode', not sure if mine has that feature, hummmmmmm...
Hope this helps...Aug 19, 2013
robert f:Hey Barrett, to be honest I have yet to use it other than turning it on. Still waiting for a suction mount for my bike.As I recall there isn't an external power source jack but the replacement batteries are pretty cheap. As to your last question I just don't know. But all in all looks like a pretty nice device. Little heavy though, around 6 plus ounces. Was wanting to attatch to an rc plane so will have to use larger model than planned. Anyway good luck. BobAug 20, 2013
UPDATE: Apparently, this feature only is available with the Drift HD Ghost, and only through a recent firmware update. You can now power on the camera via the USB port and configure it to power on when you start your bike. Unfortunately however, Revzilla doesn't carry the Ghost, only the Drift HD. Bummer. The Ghost has a removable battery as well, and a close-to-3-hour battery life. Nice.
Aug 19, 2013