GoPro HERO4 SILVER In It’s Cross-hairs
This classic design remains a favorite for people riding motocross, mountain bike and many other helmet wearers. The shape harps back to the original concept of helmet-cams, as they were considered before the onslaught of GoPro et Al. The whole feel of the Drift GHOST-S is rugged, and that should certainly appeal to the rugged kind of users that it is aimed at. The Drift doesn’t have the exterior case required by many sports action cameras to protect them from the elements, and waterproofing is good to a depth of 3 meters. If you’re just reading specifications 3 meters might not sound like much, but we’re guessing that if you asked every person you know the last time they swam to this depth or beyond, no-one would be surprised by the answers. So apart from diving clubs, this is no deal-breaker. Unless you’re unfortunate enough to drop it over the drink it’s a non-issue, and in reality you’re more likely to drop it over something hard, so the 2 meter shock resistance is much more important.
Drift GHOST-S Port Access
Keeping on the subject of protection, everything you need to get to is safely protected behind the rear cap. The SD card slot, HDMI output, USB port, and the battery access are all situated here; there’s also an input for an external microphone, but that’s maybe more of a ‘nice to have’ than something of real use. The cap is secured by a screw with a large rotating head which works well until either cold fingers or glove hands become an obstacle. But Drift have thought of this, and a mount included with the package doubles to serve as a tool for loosening/tightening the large finger screw.
One advantage of this platform is the ability to rotate the lens through 300 degrees. This means less easier image alignment, made even easier with the LCD screen, and the camera placed on a good stable base as often as possible.
The Other Advantages
Among the other plus’ are:
- Video specification matching that of the new GoPro HERO4 SILVER at 1080p/60FPS
- Matching 12-megapixel still photo sensor
- Gorilla Glass equipped screen
- Battery that puts others to shame
- Color coded LED indicating the current mode (it you have a head for remembering what all the color mean)
- Easy-to-use remote (App available for Android and iOS)
It’s obvious from the list that, whilst the worlds eyes were on the competition, the team at Drift Innovation have been beavering away. 2015 is going to be tough with all the “Me-Too” major manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon, so it’s good to see a real hard-core/grass-roots player still keeping it real.
Here’s a selection of the best reviews we’ve found around the web.
http://www.engadget.com/ Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:26:00 -0800
Drift Innovation has been making action cameras for some time now. Today sees its latest offering — the Ghost S — hit stores globally. What’s new this time? Well there’s the usual assortment of video improvements: 1080p at …
http://reviews.mtbr.com/ Wed, 20 Nov 2013 03:09:58 -0800
Meet the new Ghost-S, the latest POV HD video camera from Drift Innovations. The Ghost-S builds on the previous HD Ghost platform with a better lens, a new Sony CMOS sensor, more speed and improved battery life …
http://cycletechreview.com/ Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:38:40 -0700
However, just like bikes, not all cameras are created equal and the Drift Ghost S makes claim to be the best helmet camera (or action camera, as they are also known) for cyclists. Go Pro may be the best known brand in the …
http://flowmountainbike.com/ Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:15:28 -0800
However, the Drift Ghost-S is a fresh camera with a different approach on life and we think it’s definitely worth consideration. It’s water-proof, without the need of extra casing; has an in-built LCD, so you can review your shots …