Drift HD Ghost action camera

The Good The Drift HD Ghost packs in all the features competitors charge extra for, like a built-in LCD and Wi-Fi; it's waterproof without requiring a housing; a wireless remote is included; it has a mic jack for an external mic; its battery life is very good, and the battery is removable.

The Bad The camera menu system, while easy to understand, can be a pain to navigate; video is very good, but is not without issues; and, as with many cameras, you'll have to supply your own microSDHC card for storage.

The Bottom Line With Wi-Fi, an LCD, and a waterproof body, as well as some nice accessories, the Drift HD Ghost uses its features to beat back the action cam competition.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 7.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink action cam

There's no shortage of options when it comes to action cams, but Drift Innovations' Drift HD Ghost manages to differentiate itself with design and features.

Rather than the wide, blocky design of camcorders like the GoPro line, the Drift HD Ghost has a slimmer and longer bullet-shaped body. Though the shape isn't quite as good for chest mounting, it is better for POV mounting on the side of goggles, masks, and helmets. The shape also gives it room for a built-in Gorilla Glass-protected 2-inch LCD for framing and playback and a battery big enough to supply up to 3 hours of recording time. Plus, it's removable so you can put a new one in if you need to keep shooting.

There's built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to iOS devices (and eventually Android, too), which can be used to frame shots, change settings, start and stop recordings, shoot photos, and play back video. You can also transfer movies to your smartphone for viewing, editing, and uploading.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $399
  • Brand Drift Innovation Ltd
  • Type Action camera
  • Weight 5.89 oz
  • Digital Video Format H.264, MOV
  • Optical Sensor Type CMOS
  • Features Pre-Rec function, Time-Lapse recording, USB charging, auto power save, built-in speaker, interval shooting mode
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