Drift Compass review: Inexpensive, wearable camera for everyday life underwhelms

This camera's attempt to be inconspicuous is marred by usability and image quality issues.

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Image samples

Drift Compass takes decent daytime photos at up to 12-megapixel resolution, but fails to accurately reproduce color and contrast, especially indoors. Click the image to see the full-sized version.

drift compass photo sample 1 J.R. Bookwalter
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drift compass photo sample 3 J.R. Bookwalter
At a Glance
  • Drift Compass is a small wearable camera for capturing HD video, photos, time-lapse, or livestreams of your everyday life.

    Pros

    • Small, lightweight wearable camera for everyday life
    • Record 720p or 1080p HD video, up to 12MP photos
    • Shoot up to two hours (video) or four hours (photos) on single charge

    Cons

    • Mediocre video and photo quality (muted colors, compression artifacts)
    • Frustrating double-tap record mechanism
    • No audible confirmation during capture start/stop
    • Camera must be properly held with lens up for proper shooting
    • Awkward connectivity with mobile app
    • Low quality, framerate during livestream
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