Drift HD Ghost Helmet Camera
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|Effective Still Resolution||11 MP|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Focus Description||autofocus self-illumination light|
|Item Dimensions||4.13 x 1.3 x 2.05 inches|
|Item Weight||0.37 pounds|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Radio|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution|
|Viewfinder Type||electronic viewfinder|
Drift Innovation, the award-winning action sports technology company specializing in the capture and sharing of digital imagery, launched the most feature-rich and intuitive action camera yet – the Drift HD Ghost. Building upon a unique feature set, which includes an industry-first two-way LED remote control with on/off indicator light, video recording/tagging capabilities in continuous loop mode, and an integrated 2-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass; LCD screen, the Drift HD Ghost is the best all-in-one solution on the market.Unlike other point of view cameras that require aftermarket accessories and peripherals for functionality, the Drift HD Ghost includes everything action sports enthusiasts need to capture professional quality video immediately. Plus, the intuitive interface is easy to use, easy to navigate and easy to set up, so users everywhere can begin recording moments after opening the box.
Top Customer Reviews
On paper, the GoPro is superior but have you seen the reviews for that thing? That product appears to be a disaster in terms of firmware upgrades, battery life, and quality. I have absolutely no need for 4K or 1080P @ 60FPS. My computer would also explode if I ever tried to edit videos that large. The key advantages for the GoPro for my uses was the size and the video quality.
The Contour +2 was ruled out at the beginning because I needed a remote. The Contour +2 also didn't bring anything to the table other than the GPS feature, which was neat but not really needed for me since I track all my GPS data on my phone anyways.
I chose the Drift Ghost and couldn't be happier. It is extremely easy to use and the menu system is very intuitive. The online videos demonstrating the Ghost video quality do not do it justice. I was blown away by how good the videos looked. I didn't read any of the instructions and was off and recording videos in less than 5 minutes.
- Battery life. I absolutely needed at least 2 hours of run time. Based on the GoPro research, I would be lucky if I get 1 hour with the GoPro Black. I have been able to get 2.5+ hours with the Ghost so far. I see other reviews complaining about the battery. I have had no problems with mine after 2 months of use.
- Two-way remote, with easy to read LED lights. Unlike the GoPro which displays the modes in a little LCD screen, the Ghost has bright LEDs that light up. There is no question what it is doing if you look down at the remote. If it's blinking RED, you are recording. If it's blinking GREEN it's ready to record videos. It blinks other colors depending on the mode you are in. You can also turn off the LEDs off if you want. The key thing being: It's simple. When I am in the middle of something, I just want to glance down and quickly tell what it's doing.
-The Loop video recording feature. This one is HUGE for me. The camera is recording video all the time to memory and if something happens that you want to capture, just click the remote and it writes that last 2 minutes to disk (this can be changed to different intervals). This greatly reduces the time that is spent reviewing and editing later. When you download all your videos, you know it's all good stuff and not just hours of video that you have to sort through.
- The APP! The APP! The APP! I use the Iphone app and it works perfectly. You can also transfer your videos from the device to your phone right from the app. This has turned out to be a huge bonus. For short clips, at lower resolutions, I can quickly download it to my phone and e-mail out to my friends right then and there. You can use the phone like a viewfinder for the camera to setup your shots, and change all of the cameras settings.
- The rotating lens. Can't do this with a GoPro. I can orient this thing at crazy angles just about anywhere and always get the video in the correct orientation.
- Waterproof without having to use an external case. This is basically rain proof as-is. To make it submersible, you just unscrew the back and install the waterproof backing plate. Super easy.
- Weight. The Drift is heavier than the GoPro and you will notice it on any helmet that is not full face.
- The remote control is a bit large. I wish it was about half the size. If this was made to wear around your wrist, it would probably only look normal on the incredible hulk or over a jacket.
- Lack of mounts. There are some Drift mounts for sale that should get you what you want. The kit comes with a stick-on flat and curved mount. I bought more of these and made my own mounts. I have not found any position I cannot put this in yet - except a chest mount. You can forget about a chest mount with this, but for just about everything else it mounts great. The key to getting good videos is getting multiple angle shots and edit them together later to make an interesting video. Shooting everything from the same mounting location is rather borning IMO.
UPDATE 1/12/2014: I got the Drift GoPro Mount Adaptor for HD Cameras and now I can mount the Ghost HD using any of the many available GoPro mounts, so that lack of mounts really isnt a CON anymore.
- Low lighting sucks. You need a sufficient amount of light to get good looking videos. For example, in dark room with only one ceiling light this won't be enough. The video will be a noisy/grainy mess. You'll need adequate lighting.
- Only 170POV for 720p video. I primarily shoot at 720P and the only the POV setting is 170, which results in the fisheye videos. In order to get lower POV settings, you have to go up to 1080P, which results in huge video file sizes.
UPDATE 7/30/2013: I have been using this camera now for several months with absolutely no problems. I used this for 7 days straight, charging it using a solar charger and still got about 3 hours of battery each charge. It has been used in down pouring rain and submerged in a pond and still works fine. The only problem I have had is the little rubber USB plug cover fell off. Contacted Drift and they mailed me another one. Still a 5 star camera!!!!
Things I like:
1. External power option. You can leave this running all day. (Well, about 4 1/2 hours of video at which point your 32GB SD card will be full. But not for lack of power.)
2. Continuous snapshot mode. About 95 high-resolution photos per minute, as long as your power holds out. The setting is 2 pictures per second, which would be 120 a minute, but it doesn't quite make it, even with a Class 10 SD card.
As for battery life, I've recorded 2 hours 44 minutes nonstop video, or 3 hours 6 minutes in continuous snapshot mode. That's more than 18,000 pictures!
My complaints are VERY minor:
1. The LEDs on the remote flash rather slowly. You have to stare at it a while to confirm what mode the camera is in. This can be dangerous if you are moving -- driving, skiing, biking, whatever.
2. Occasionally it just stops recording for no apparent reason. This may be seconds after you start, or several minutes later. So you have to keep an eye on the remote status light to be sure it is still recording.
3. Once it locked up and became non-responsive, either to the remote or the control buttons. It was stuck with a green light on which usually means taking snapshots. I had been recording video when it locked. I had to unclip it from my helmet, open it up, and remove the battery to force it to reboot. Fortunately this "hard shut-down" did not corrupt my flash card.
4. There is a clip included that you can thread through a strap or something to hold the camera. The plastic is so thin that it broke in a few weeks. I couldn't find a replacement on the Ghost web site.
5. It advertises 170 degrees field of view, but that must be a diagonal measure like TVs and monitors, because I get only a little over 90 degrees, maybe 110 or so.
The camera itself is pretty good in terms of video quality. The button for starting/stopping filming is not very sensitive, so it seems like I almost always turn it off and on a few times instead of just starting or stopping the video, since it uses the same button. Suggest: add a dedicated slider switch for off/on and not use a button at all for Off/On.
The rear hatch is a pain to to open.
The device supports a Mini USB Cable USB 2.0 Type A to Mini B Cable Male Cord. So all the rest of your more modern devices that nearly all use microUSB? You will now have to ALWAYS remember to carry that one MiniUSB cable along to support your Drift Device. This bit is inexcusably lazy on the part of Drift's product designers. How hard could it be fora team who can design a rugged camera such as this to include a modern MicroUSB port?