Review: Drift HD Ghost POV Camera

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Camera Features
On the top of the camera is the 2-inch LCD viewing screen, and on the bottom is the waterproof speaker. On the upper side are four rubberized buttons that perform various functions, such as menu engagement and on/off, along with the LED indicator. The four buttons, are comprised of an Action button (menu select, on/off and stop/start recording), a Left button (zoom out, menu left, menu up), and a Right button (zoom in, menu right, menu down) and a Menu button (enter menu, menu back). The speaker gives an indication of the camera turning on and off, and stopping and starting of recording, and other mode features, in addition to a subdued playback of previously recorded footage. There is a small LED next to the Action button that indicates the status mode: green when the camera is on video mode or done charging, blinking green during tag mode, blinking red when charging and recording, yellow in photo mode, purple in timelapse mode and cyan in photoburst mode. On the front of the camera is the 170º FOV lens, which is software configurable to 127º and 90º FOV for 1080p, and it can be rotated a full 300 degrees.

On the rear of the camera is a hatched door that houses the interface and device ports. It comes with two hatch covers, a waterproof and connection friendly version. In the inside of the door are the slots for the rechargeable battery and the microSD card, the port for the mini USB to the computer connector (or power charger), the HDMI connector, which can be used to hook up to a TV monitor, and a microphone input. The main built-in waterproof microphone resides on the lower side of the camera, opposite the LED indicator.

The wrist mounted two-way remote control unit, which has a 10 meter range, uses a Velcro closure strap, and has a large Start/Tag (i.e. Action) and Stop recording button, dual indicator lights and communicates wirelessly via RF (2.4 GHz UHF radio frequency). It uses an internal 3.7V 350mAH rechargeable Li-Ion battery for power, which gives 12 hours of use. The indicator lights emulate the cameras LED, so it blinks green in video mode, yellow in photo mode, purple in timelapse mode, cyan in photoburst mode and blue when communicating with the camera. The remote is not waterproof, just water resistant, though it worked fine in inclement outdoor weather.

The bottom of the camera has a 1/4″ universal camera adapter, which can accept any normal camera mount, but is meant for their proprietary universal clip. The clip and the camera have a male and female notch system so the clip can be adjusted in 10 degree increments in relation to the camera.

Memory and Battery
The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery fits very snugly into the back of the camera, and there is a latch to hold it securely in the position. The 3.7 volt and 1700 milliampere-hour battery, gives anywhere from 2.5-3 hour of usage, and its limit varied on the video resolution used, and the number times it’s cycled on/off and stop/start recording, and in addition, the ambient air temperature. The camera can use a maximum 32 GB microSD card, although a 16 GB card seems ideal for most mountain biking rides, giving around three hours of recorded footage, which blends well with the battery usage limit.

Audio
The built-in microphone features advanced DSP (digital signal processing) functions and wind noise reduction, for better and clearer audio. Within the system-wide menu, there are settings for multiple sensitivity parameters, and for advanced usage, you can connect an external microphone using the 3.5mm microphone port located in the rear of the camera.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Vic says:

    How did you put the camera with the strap (on top of the helmet?

  • Aaron says:

    The real question is if you would pick this over a GoPro Hero 3

    -Aaron who recently watched leadville race

  • Patrick says:

    So you make a review for a camera and don’t include a video… The majority of the people are going to use this for video not pictures. The reviews on this site are mind bogglingly bad sometimes.

  • Bob says:

    Good info. Any plans for a review of Sony’s Action Cam HDR-AS10? Very interested to see how it compares to the models listed in this review.

  • Joe says:

    Hey Patches, maybe you should actually read the whole article before making mind bogglingly stupid comments. There’s a video on page 4…

  • Sadoldsamurai says:

    Yep, nice review..but like many others I have a go pro-which like it or not is the current ‘benchmark’..What would be useful is a simultaneous filming video. I’ve seen one comparing GoPro2 and a later GoPro3..its and ad and so I suspect the GoPro3 may have been slightly ‘enhanced’..
    cynical aren’t I :(

    • Brian Mullin says:

      GoPro does have a large editing staff of professional videographers, so there internal footage looks pretty good. We’ll have some comparison video out shortly, but it will only be all the new cameras against each other. GoPro HERO3, Contour+2, Drift HD Ghost, Replay XD1080, JVC, Sony. I personally try and only upload raw footage (no editing) from the camera, as it gives the best idea of what the camera outputs.

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