2015 POV Camera Shootout: Drift Ghost-S

Easy-to-use, waterproof and best battery life in test

Cameras

2015 POV Camera Shootout

One of the easiest POV cameras to use with straightforward, obvious controls and a 2-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos.

One of the easiest POV cameras to use with straightforward controls and a 2-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. Photo courtesy of Drift Innovations

Editor’s Note: This article is part of the 2015 Mtbr/RoadBikeReview POV Camera Shootout. We’ll also be publishing reviews of the Garmin Virb Elite, GoPro HERO4 Silver, iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi, Shimano Sport Camera, and the Sony Action Cam Mini. These articles will be followed by our final rankings, plus video samples from all six cameras. Read all POV Camera Shootout articles here. To download full resolution video files from all the tests, go HERE.

The Lowdown: Drift Ghost-S

Although it’s one of the larger and heavier POV cameras in our test, the Drift Innovations Ghost-S makes up for its size and weight with straightforward controls and a two-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. This makes it one of the easiest POV cameras to use. It’s also waterproof to nearly 10 feet without an external waterproof housing; and with up to 3.5 hours of recording time, it has the best battery life in this test. Spec-wise, it compares very well. It records 1920×1080 full-HD video at 60 frames per second and high-speed 720p video at up to 120 frames per second. It can take 12-megapixel still photos at up to 10 frames per second and it has a wide range of time lapse settings. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and can be controlled remotely with the included remote control or via a smartphone/tablet app. Video quality is good, although it’s not the best in this test.

Stat Box
Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080 full HD Waterproof: 9.8 feet
Max Full HD Frame Rate: 60 FPS Battery Life: Up to 3.5 hours
Max HD Frame Rate: 120 FPS at 720p Built-in Wi-Fi: Yes
Time Lapse Controls: Yes GPS: No
Still Photo Resolution: 12 megapixels Weight: 171 g
Max. Still Photo Burst: 30 FPS MSRP: $400
Image Stabilization: No Rating: 3 Flamin' Chili Peppers 3 Chilies-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Easy to use
  • Large and heavy
  • Great battery life
  • So-so video quality
  • Robust video specs
  • Poor audio quality
  • Self-contained – no waterproof housing needed

Drift Ghost-S Video

The Drift Ghost-S tested on the trail at full HD (1920×1080) at the fastest frame rate.

Specification Comparison Chart

POV Spec Comparison Chart

For more information visit store.driftinnovation.com.

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About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, Photo-John.net. John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.


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  • Marko says:

    You are not mentioning the rotatable lens which is a huge plus in mounting options and the High Bit rate recording mode which captures twice as much data as most POV cameras.

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