Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder

You Pay: $275.00
Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video Recording
  • High-Resolution Still Image Capture
  • Drift DataLink Wi-Fi Enabled & Drift App
  • Enhanced 7 Element Lens Design
  • Waterproof to a Depth of 9' (3m)
  • Large 2" LCD Screen with Gorilla Glass
  • Advanced Pure Audio Technology
  • Active Status Two-Way Remote with LEDs
  • PowerStation Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Flashback Video Tag/Loop Functionality

The Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder supports Full HD 1080p, HD 960p, HD 720p and SD WVGA resolution video, as well as high-resolution still image capture. Plus, the camera is equipped with Wi-Fi for communicating with smartphones via the Drift Mobile App, which will be available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. You can use the Wi-Fi connectivity to preview and line up shots remotely, snap photos and playback footage directly through your mobile device. You can also transfer video footage to your smartphone or tablet for immediate uploading to the Web including YouTube and other social media sites.

The Drift HD Ghost features a wearable remote control that can be mounted to your wrist. The remote is equipped with two LED indicators that clearly communicate which mode (video, photo, time-lapse or photo-burst) the camera is set to. You can use the remote to turn the camera on and off, start/stop recordings, change function modes and more. The remote has a range of up to 30-feet. Another highlight of the HD Ghost is the PowerStation battery, which supports three hours of recording time per charge. The battery is also located in the center of the camera, which enhances battery life and helps to reduce camera shake.

The camera also supports Drift's unique Video Tag/Loop function, which lets you save a recorded event up to five minutes after you've shot the footage. The footage is recorded in a continuous loop style and the clip is stored on the camera's memory, but it isn't saved until you actually "tag" it. The HD Ghost also has a large 2" Gorilla Glass LCD screen that affords easy playback and menu navigation. Plus, it will remain scratch-free thanks to the durability of the Gorilla Glass protective panel.

Drift outfitted the HD Ghost with their Pure Audio Technology as well. The microphone features digital and mechanical modulation technology for improved digital signal processing and wind-noise reduction. The mic also supports multiple sensitivity settings. Plus, there's a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external mic. Other features include a seven element lens and a waterproof construction that makes the camera impermeable down to a depth of 9' (3 m). There's a waterproof housing available as well (sold separately).

Main Features

Drift Active Status Two-Way Remote with LED Lights
The Drift HD Ghost features a wearable on/off remote control with LEDs and wrist strap. The strategically placed LEDs on the remote instantly communicate the mode currently in use displaying a color-coded system indicating Video, Photo, Timelapse or Photoburst modes. The remote also streamlines functionality by allowing users to take photos and change function modes from up to 32.8' (10m) away, as well as to start and stop recording. This saves precious memory space and battery life
Drift Flashback Video Tag/Loop
Action sports enthusiasts can save a recorded event up to five minutes after it happens while in Video Tag/Loop mode, which records footage in a continuous loop style. The video clip is stored in the camera's memory, and will save the clip only if the user chooses to "tag" it
Built-In 2" LCD Screen with Gorilla Glass
The screen allows quick, real-time viewing of camera angles before you even press record. It also supports instant video playback of recorded footage, making it easy to edit, delete and re-live your favorite clips. Plus, the screen is covered with Gorilla Glass to ensure scratch-proof performance even in the most rugged terrain
Drift DataLink Wi-Fi Enabled & Drift App
The Drift HD Ghost comes Wi-Fi-enabled to communicate instantly with smartphones. Combined with the Drift Mobile App (for both iOS and Android) you can preview and line up a shot remotely from your phone, change camera settings, record video, capture photos and playback clips directly through your iOS or Android mobile device. You can even download content from the camera to your smartphone instantly and share content wirelessly across your favorite social media platforms
Drift PowerStation
The Drift HD Ghost standard 1700 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides three hours of recording time per charge. The Drift PowerStation also uniquely places the battery in the center of the camera maximizing battery life and providing an anti-vibration system
Advanced Drift Pure Audio Technology
The microphone features digital and mechanical dynamic modulation technology which offers innovations in digital signal processing and wind-noise reduction to provide clear audio. Standard in all Drift cameras are multiple sensitivity settings and an external 3.5mm microphone connector to further enhance your captured audio
Enhanced 7 Element Lens Design
The Drift HD Ghost has an upgraded 300° full rotatable lens design consisting of seven elements, ensuring optically pure performance. Plus, while recording clear HD video in a variety of resolutions (ranging from 1080p, 960p, 720p to WVGA), you can simultaneously shoot still photos without interrupting your video, so you'll never miss a moment. The lens features a 170° field of view in all resolutions, as well as a 127° or 90° field of view in 1080p only, and a 130° field of view at 60 fps
Waterproof Camera Design & Optional Waterproof Housing
The Drift HD Ghost features an improved design allowing the camera to be waterproof right out of the box to a depth of 9' (3m). For deep water enthusiasts, Drift offers an optional waterproof housing that allows you to capture underwater adventures down to a depth of 180' (60m)

Other Features

Full HD 1080p video capture
microSD memory capacity up to 32GB
60 fps video in 720p resolution and 120 fps video in WVGA resolution
11-megapixel still image capture with Photoburst mode
10x digital zoom
Multiple mounting design and standard 1/4"-20 tripod thread
Built-in noise reducing microphone, integrated speaker and 3.5mm mono plug input
Mini-HDMI connector for HDTV playback
User-friendly control panel supports 15 languages
350 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery for remote control (internal) (DC 3.7V)
2.4G remote control radio frequency
USB plug-and-play connectivity
Auto/Manual exposure
Camera
Sensor CMOS
Optics
Lens Elements 7
Focusing Distance 19.7" / 50.0 cm - Infinity
Angle of View 170° (1080p, 960p, 720p, WVGA)
Zoom Digital: 10x
Recording
System NTSC/PAL
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 256MB 
microSD Up To 32GB 
Video Format High Definition
MOV
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
1280 x 960p / 50 fps
High Definition
MOV
1280 x 960p / 48 fps
1280 x 960p / 30 fps
1280 x 960p / 25 fps
High Definition
MOV
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
1280 x 720 / 50 fps
1280 x 720p / 30 fps
High Definition
MOV
1280 x 720p / 25 fps
Standard Definition
MOV
848 x 480p / 120 fps
848 x 480p / 100 fps
848 x 480p / 60 fps
Standard Definition
MOV
848 x 480p / 50 fps
848 x 480p / 30 fps
848 x 480p / 25 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 11 Megapixel
JPEG: 8 Megapixel
JPEG: 5 Megapixel
Audio Format Not Specified By Manufacturer
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2"
2nd Display
Features
Waterproof Depth Rating 9.8' / 3.0 m (Camera)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB Mini-B
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack No
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP
    Vista
    7

Mac
  • OS X 10.2 & higher
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1700mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.3 x 2.0 x 4.1" / 3.3 x 5.2 x 10.5 cm Camera Dimensions
1.9 x 2.3 x 0.5" / 4.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 cm Remote Control Dimensions
Weight 5.89 oz / 167 g Camera Weight
.78 oz / 22 g Remote Control Weight
Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder
  • Two-Way Remote Control
  • Rear Connector Hatch
  • Goggle Mount
  • Curved Mount
  • Flat Mount
  • Universal Clip
  • Touch-Fastener Strap
  • Rechargeable 1700 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Microphone Extension Cable
  • Drift Bug Sticker
  • Drift Logo Sticker
  • Accessory Travel Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    DriftHD Ghost Action Camcorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Great picture quality (8)
    • Large clear LCD (8)
    • Image stabilization (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (8)
      • HD shooting (5)
      • Home movies (4)
      • Documentaries (3)
      • Shooting outdoors (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A lot of great new features

      I've owned a number of Drift cameras over the past several years, and I've always been impressed but they keep getting better. The Drift Ghost has been redesigned to be a much smarter,...Read complete review

      I've owned a number of Drift cameras over the past several years, and I've always been impressed but they keep getting better. The Drift Ghost has been redesigned to be a much smarter, and much more versatile camera -- it's really an all-in-one package that gives you all you need to shoot action video and to get unique shots that you wouldn't try with a more fragile camera. I know that most people get these for the extreme sports and action shots - and I do use this for things I couldn't get otherwise - but as an amateur videographer and documentarian I find that the Drift cameras are useful for lots of other things. They're easy to mount anywhere on just about anything and with the remote control they are extremely flexible to go places I couldn't with a camera in my hand. I've mounted them on a 12' paint pole and stuck it up and out the window of my car, for example, or raised them high over my house. I've gotten POV shots for documentary, and stuck them on the hood of my car with a suction mount to get a shot of someone driving.

      The new Ghost shares a number of features with the Drift HD, which was (rather: is) already an excellent and powerful action camera. It has the same form function, the same replaceable Gorilla Glass lens cover, that can be rotated around so you can mount the camera where you need to and still get the orientation you like. They both come with a wearable wrist remote, that allows you to start and stop recording or shoot photos without needing to touch the camera. Both have an LCD screen that allows you to see what you're shooting to be sure you're getting what you want -- that's a feature that has always made the Drift cameras stand out among action cameras. Both allow you to shoot HD video, various modes; time lapse and photos. Both come with two rear covers, one that works as a secure seal against the elements, and one that allows for a USB input for charging and transferring video and an external microphone input. Both record to a micro SD card. Both come with several different mounting solutions, for securing the camera to a helmet, a motorcycle, a surf board, etc.

      Here's what's new:

      Better hardware, better lens -- The Ghost has revamped hardware, and a better lens, and as a result it shoots discernibly better -- noticeably sharper -- video, and it now does 960p in addition to 1080p, 720p and WVGA. It shoots 11MP stills and they look quite good. Another thing I really like is that now you can adjust the FOV (the "Field of View" or range of the shot) in each of the modes, from 90 degrees, to 127 or 170 degrees.

      Easier firmware updates -- from time to time Drift updates the firmware on their cameras, usually in response to user feedback. They'll announce updates on their webpage or the Drift HD Facebook page, and they've always been easy to access: just drag the updated firmware onto the memory card. In the past, though, you had to go in and select an upgrade from the menu. With the Ghost, it automatically detects updates. When I'd put the new firmware on the card, and I turned it on, the Ghost immediately gave me a message that it was updating the firmware and then shut down when it was done. When I turned it on again, it was ready to go.

      Much improved onboard microphone -- The audio, right out of the box, is much improved. With the older drifts the audio tended to be muffled and for decent sound you had to connect an external mike. With this one the audio is already good enough for most purposes even without an auxiliary microphone -- in fact I recorded all of the audio on the attached video using the onboard mike on the Ghost. I'm very happy with this improvement.

      Two-way remote! -- The wrist remote is much improved. You can pair it with one or more cameras at once - which would be especially useful for getting multiple points of view on the same action. What's really exciting with the new design is that you can enable the "Remote Pairing" option and you get feedback on the remote itself as to what mode the camera is in (green for video, yellow for photo mode, purple for time-lapse mode, cyan for photo burst mode) and you can change the mode remotely.

      Redesigned case, bigger screen, water proof -- The case is the same size as the Drift HD, but it's been redesigned, in a number of significant ways. The buttons have been moved to the side to give more space for an expanded 2" color LCD screen. There's room now to fit the full 1080p image on the screen as well as status and other indicators above and below. Another thing that makes me very happy is that this is waterproof to 3m right out of the box. If you plan to go deep, they sell a case; but for surfing and kiteboarding and kayaking and other surface water sports, this is good to go right out of the box. It also has an indicator light that shows when it's on and ready and what mode it's in and when it's recording (red).

      Photoburst and simultaneous photo -- Now you can take photos while you're shooting video. Just press Menu on the camera itself or hit the Action button on the remote. The new photoburst mode is pretty excellent. It's hard to get the perfect action shot, but with this mode you can shoot up to 10 high quality (11MP) images per second, capturing a range of shots from which you can select the perfect one.

      Video tagging -- this is an excellent new feature. HD video can be pretty memory intensive, and you don't really want to record everything. At the same time, sometimes something happens that's amazing and you wish you'd been recording. I had this happen a couple of months ago when I was shooting with the Drift HD720 in a waterproof case while I was floating down a river. I'd gotten a lot of underwater footage, of fish and turtles and birds (and of course my kids). But I was running out of memory, so I stopped recording, thinking I'd start up again later. Right then a river otter and its babies started swimming around us and under us, but by the time I got the camera back on and recording, they were gone. Video tagging lets you record continuously (and the battery lasts for about 3 hours of recording, so it would have been fine for that trip), without filling up the memory card. At any given moment, it only saves a specified interval of video that you've selected, between 10 seconds and 5 minutes. When you realize, after the fact, that you've shot something interesting, you can "tag" the video by pressing the "Menu" button on the camera or the "Action" button on the remote. Then the camera keeps the footage recorded just before and just after you tag it. If you had it set for a 10 second interval, the camera would keep the 10 seconds before you tagged it, the current 10 seconds and then ten more seconds for good measure. This would be excellent at, say, an extreme sports event where athletes were performing the same kinds of stunts over and over, and you didn't really want to get it all but then, every once in a while, something astonishing happens and you want to be sure you don't miss it.

      Wi-Fi!! -- I'm very excited to try out this new feature, but as of yet I haven't been able to. The wi-fi turns on and I can connect to it from my computer, but I can't do much else. Drift promises a new connectivity app is coming soon for iOS and Android that will allow you to change camera settings, shoot and playback directly from the a mobile device - and will also allow you to download and share content directly. This will give a range of control that's unprecedented for this type of device. I can't wait to try it!

      On the whole the new Ghost builds on the strong features of its predecessors but goes much farther to make this an extremely versatile package for a wide range of uses. This isn't just an upgrade but is a significant advance -- and as far as I can tell this one has features that no other action camera on the market shares. It's really a complete package that for many will do all they need right out of the box, without any additional accessories. (Although, I have to say if you buy one accessory the newly redesigned suction mount is pretty amazing and extremely useful.) The new Drift Ghost is an exciting camera whose potential I am just beginning to glimpse and I know I will make good use of it, and can't wait to see what other people do with it.

      One minor issue -- the first few times I took this out in the sun, I noticed some condensation on the inside of the LCD screen. It went away as soon as I took the camera in doors, and, after a few times out I haven't noticed it anymore. I assume there was a bit of moisture trapped inside, but, again, the problem seems to have resolved itself now. I don't know if this is a universal problem, but this is just a heads up to new users in case they notice anything similar. I'll contact Drift and update the review if I see it again.

      Note: I was given a sample of this product to try, with the understanding that I would post an honest and thorough review.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      NO CUSTOMER SERVICE

      No customer service phone number on web site.
      Live chat, offline for last 4 days.
      No return of email request.
      Is anyone there?

      No customer service phone number on web site.
      Live chat, offline for last 4 days.
      No return of email request.
      Is anyone there?

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      4.0

      Great but

      By SurfWindSkiBikeDive

      from Sea & Mountains, Europe

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Aerodynamic
      • Best Display
      • Easy To Use
      • Innovative Remote
      • Rotating Lens
      • Universal Mic Input
      • Universal Mount Tripod

      Cons

      • Lower Res In High F Rate

      Best Uses

        Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

        the only unexpected issue is no focus underwater unless you use the water housing, then it's fine (probably safer too). the Ghost beats all the compitition in Features. Video settings and quality are as good or better then compitition, except in the 120 frames per sec. Some Cams have higher Res.

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        5.0

        A great camera for my Autocross Events

        By Miata FunRun

        from San Diego

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

          I use this camera for recording autocross events. The camera I had before this one was a Replay XD and there were 4 reasons I upgraded to the Drift HD Ghost as my second camera. (1) It had selectable FOVs. I prefer 127 degrees for my footage. (2) Remote Control – I need to be able to remotely start and stop without unbuckling and getting out of the car. (3) External MIC Jack that works with their camera. (4) Preview Screen.

          My only wish is the FOVs could be selectable in 720p and their Android app was not so buggy – see my review on the play store for the app.

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          5.0

          Great product!!!!

          By Beatka

          from New Jersey

          About Me Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel
            • Upgrade

            Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

            Worth every penny, this is our second model!! Newer version.

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            4.0

            Better than GoPro for the Kayaker

            By ZachMac

            from Vermont

            About Me Film Professional, Kayak fisherman, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good battery life
            • Sealed Lens For Fog-free

            Cons

            • Needs Lens Cap

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

            I have been a GoPro user for many years... and after combing through hours of foggy footage for a 5 minute segment of video I finally sold all of my GoPro gear and switched to the Drift Ghost, the lens is factory sealed on this beast so it doesn't fog up. It can be powered off external batteries (though the internal lasts for 3 hours) and you can buffer video and record things that have already happened eliminating the need to record all day long just in case something cool happens. Sure the censor isn't as high quality as the GoPro Black series, but then again, I would rather have footage at the end of the day that is fog free than to have that little boost in quality

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            5.0

            great action cam

            By Digs

            from Shellharbour NSW

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

              Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

              I use this camera for surfing and out door activities.
              It is simple to use and produces great footage.
              The remote control comes in the boxed paired to the camera . Turn the remote and camera on and start recording. Another great feature is that the remote and camera change to different colours to let you know what mode the camera is in.
              The camera is small and can use GoPro mounts with a adapter. I own two GoPro cameras but im really enjoying the simplicity of the Drift Ghost. The only down side is the remote control is not water proof and there is no night mode. But over all I am very happy with this product.

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              5.0

              Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder

              By Rick

              from Michigan

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Travel

                Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                I use this camcorder for ATV riding, kayaking and hiking. I am very pleased with the ease of operation, video quality and especially the two-way communication between remote and camera, it lets you know with an LED indicator on your wrist when the camera is recording or stopped. I have not used the Wi-fi yet but I intend to when the Android application becomes available.

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                4.0

                Big Improvement Over a Fine Camera

                By Bob F.

                from Santa Rosa, CA.

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 2 Way Remote
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Muliple Resolution Option
                • Waterproof To 9'

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • No Wide Aspect Pics

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Travel

                Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                Purchased this as an upgrade to an already fine camera by Drift (HD170). This camera is more compact in size and incorporates more features such as 2 wider FOV's for 1080 HD. I use this camera mounted on my motorcycle and on my helmet. Takes great quality videos. The new 2 way remote is fantastic giving you the ability to switch modes and turning the camera on and off remotely - a big plus when it's mounted in a location you can't access while you're riding.

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                1.0

                NO CUSTOMER SERVICE

                By Bob

                from Los Angles, Ca.

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                      No customer service phone number on web site.
                      Live chat, offline for last 4 days.
                      No return of email request.
                      Is anyone there?

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                      5.0

                      Simply the best out there

                      By Sean Kelly

                      from Taos, NM

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Extra Batteries Low Cost
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Remote control

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • SportsAction
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                        This camera is more expensive than others, but it also has a lot more features. To me, it's worth the price.
                        Here's what sold me: Full HD, easy to mount, remote control (both wireless control and via smartphone), LCD screen, and ruggedness. The lens also tilts so you can keep your video horizontal however you mount the camera.
                        The batteries are also another big selling point: they're relatively cheap, and there's one available which will provide 20 hours of use!
                        2 improvements I'd like to see: waterproof down to 30 or more feet, and batteries that charge OUTSIDE the camera (so you can charge one while still using the camera).

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                        5.0

                        more pro than the gopro

                        By Dan

                        from Ann Arbor, MI

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                          There are so many things to like about this camera over the gopro black and other competitors.
                          Where the Drift excels is functionality and value for the money. For the same price as the gopro black, I got the drift standard package (camera, remote, mounts...), an extra battery, lens replacement kit, and the suction cup!

                          ** The video tag/loop is amazing..
                          * WI-fi iPhone app is better than the gopro
                          ** The battery life is great!
                          * The Drift is already waterproof (to ~10 ft) and does not need the sound-muffling-and-mudding-waterproof case that others do. Also you can adjust the mic sensitivity or use an external mic.
                          * The controls are superior to the gopro when switching settings or camera modes.
                          * The remote is much better than gopro because of the color LEDs (I see competitors copying this design). You can tell what is happening without having to read any small text
                          ** The battery life is great! (again)
                          * you can mount this anywhere since you can rotate the lens to make the video the angle you need
                          * you have a screen to review the video without having to purchase additional accessories (backpacks for gopro)

                          I could go on and on... but there are more detailed reviews out there.
                          I am returning the gopro black for sure.

                          Now the negatives I see are:
                          1) Several reviews on youtube compare the image quality and it looks like gopro is the winner... BUT the ghost is not far behind and is definitely is second place ot ar least near the top.
                          2) It is heavier than the gopro. If you were to load the gopro with the screen backpack and keep it in the underwater case, then you are not really going to notice any difference... so this is not really a negative in that regard. I would rather have the extra battery life of the Drift and not risk battery swapping between shoots.

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                          4.0

                          Ghost is real

                          By Yorkwin

                          from Kingston Jamaica

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries

                          Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                          for point of views

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                          5.0

                          GoPro is not the only game in town

                          By Charles

                          from Orleans, Ontario. Canada

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Action Movies Sleds Atv

                          Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                          This canera rocks and is waaaaay better than the GoPro. Very easy to use.

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                          5.0

                          Highly recommended

                          By timsteve videos

                          from WV

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                            B&H was quick, answered questions and got it when they said. The Ghost is a wonderful product...Picture is incredible, remote works perfect, battery last close to 3 hours. Used all day on trails with water and mud and it worked great and the video and sound came out great too.

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                            5.0

                            A lot of great new features

                            By Nate the Film Prof

                            from Saint Petersburg, FL

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good sound
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Photoburst
                            • Solid build
                            • Time Lapse Photography
                            • Two-way Remote
                            • Video Tagging
                            • Wi-fi Connectivity

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Action Footage
                              • Documentaries
                              • Extreme Sports
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:

                              I've owned a number of Drift cameras over the past several years, and I've always been impressed but they keep getting better. The Drift Ghost has been redesigned to be a much smarter, and much more versatile camera -- it's really an all-in-one package that gives you all you need to shoot action video and to get unique shots that you wouldn't try with a more fragile camera. I know that most people get these for the extreme sports and action shots - and I do use this for things I couldn't get otherwise - but as an amateur videographer and documentarian I find that the Drift cameras are useful for lots of other things. They're easy to mount anywhere on just about anything and with the remote control they are extremely flexible to go places I couldn't with a camera in my hand. I've mounted them on a 12' paint pole and stuck it up and out the window of my car, for example, or raised them high over my house. I've gotten POV shots for documentary, and stuck them on the hood of my car with a suction mount to get a shot of someone driving.

                              The new Ghost shares a number of features with the Drift HD, which was (rather: is) already an excellent and powerful action camera. It has the same form function, the same replaceable Gorilla Glass lens cover, that can be rotated around so you can mount the camera where you need to and still get the orientation you like. They both come with a wearable wrist remote, that allows you to start and stop recording or shoot photos without needing to touch the camera. Both have an LCD screen that allows you to see what you're shooting to be sure you're getting what you want -- that's a feature that has always made the Drift cameras stand out among action cameras. Both allow you to shoot HD video, various modes; time lapse and photos. Both come with two rear covers, one that works as a secure seal against the elements, and one that allows for a USB input for charging and transferring video and an external microphone input. Both record to a micro SD card. Both come with several different mounting solutions, for securing the camera to a helmet, a motorcycle, a surf board, etc.

                              Here's what's new:

                              Better hardware, better lens -- The Ghost has revamped hardware, and a better lens, and as a result it shoots discernibly better -- noticeably sharper -- video, and it now does 960p in addition to 1080p, 720p and WVGA. It shoots 11MP stills and they look quite good. Another thing I really like is that now you can adjust the FOV (the "Field of View" or range of the shot) in each of the modes, from 90 degrees, to 127 or 170 degrees.

                              Easier firmware updates -- from time to time Drift updates the firmware on their cameras, usually in response to user feedback. They'll announce updates on their webpage or the Drift HD Facebook page, and they've always been easy to access: just drag the updated firmware onto the memory card. In the past, though, you had to go in and select an upgrade from the menu. With the Ghost, it automatically detects updates. When I'd put the new firmware on the card, and I turned it on, the Ghost immediately gave me a message that it was updating the firmware and then shut down when it was done. When I turned it on again, it was ready to go.

                              Much improved onboard microphone -- The audio, right out of the box, is much improved. With the older drifts the audio tended to be muffled and for decent sound you had to connect an external mike. With this one the audio is already good enough for most purposes even without an auxiliary microphone -- in fact I recorded all of the audio on the attached video using the onboard mike on the Ghost. I'm very happy with this improvement.

                              Two-way remote! -- The wrist remote is much improved. You can pair it with one or more cameras at once - which would be especially useful for getting multiple points of view on the same action. What's really exciting with the new design is that you can enable the "Remote Pairing" option and you get feedback on the remote itself as to what mode the camera is in (green for video, yellow for photo mode, purple for time-lapse mode, cyan for photo burst mode) and you can change the mode remotely.

                              Redesigned case, bigger screen, water proof -- The case is the same size as the Drift HD, but it's been redesigned, in a number of significant ways. The buttons have been moved to the side to give more space for an expanded 2" color LCD screen. There's room now to fit the full 1080p image on the screen as well as status and other indicators above and below. Another thing that makes me very happy is that this is waterproof to 3m right out of the box. If you plan to go deep, they sell a case; but for surfing and kiteboarding and kayaking and other surface water sports, this is good to go right out of the box. It also has an indicator light that shows when it's on and ready and what mode it's in and when it's recording (red).

                              Photoburst and simultaneous photo -- Now you can take photos while you're shooting video. Just press Menu on the camera itself or hit the Action button on the remote. The new photoburst mode is pretty excellent. It's hard to get the perfect action shot, but with this mode you can shoot up to 10 high quality (11MP) images per second, capturing a range of shots from which you can select the perfect one.

                              Video tagging -- this is an excellent new feature. HD video can be pretty memory intensive, and you don't really want to record everything. At the same time, sometimes something happens that's amazing and you wish you'd been recording. I had this happen a couple of months ago when I was shooting with the Drift HD720 in a waterproof case while I was floating down a river. I'd gotten a lot of underwater footage, of fish and turtles and birds (and of course my kids). But I was running out of memory, so I stopped recording, thinking I'd start up again later. Right then a river otter and its babies started swimming around us and under us, but by the time I got the camera back on and recording, they were gone. Video tagging lets you record continuously (and the battery lasts for about 3 hours of recording, so it would have been fine for that trip), without filling up the memory card. At any given moment, it only saves a specified interval of video that you've selected, between 10 seconds and 5 minutes. When you realize, after the fact, that you've shot something interesting, you can "tag" the video by pressing the "Menu" button on the camera or the "Action" button on the remote. Then the camera keeps the footage recorded just before and just after you tag it. If you had it set for a 10 second interval, the camera would keep the 10 seconds before you tagged it, the current 10 seconds and then ten more seconds for good measure. This would be excellent at, say, an extreme sports event where athletes were performing the same kinds of stunts over and over, and you didn't really want to get it all but then, every once in a while, something astonishing happens and you want to be sure you don't miss it.

                              Wi-Fi!! -- I'm very excited to try out this new feature, but as of yet I haven't been able to. The wi-fi turns on and I can connect to it from my computer, but I can't do much else. Drift promises a new connectivity app is coming soon for iOS and Android that will allow you to change camera settings, shoot and playback directly from the a mobile device - and will also allow you to download and share content directly. This will give a range of control that's unprecedented for this type of device. I can't wait to try it!

                              On the whole the new Ghost builds on the strong features of its predecessors but goes much farther to make this an extremely versatile package for a wide range of uses. This isn't just an upgrade but is a significant advance -- and as far as I can tell this one has features that no other action camera on the market shares. It's really a complete package that for many will do all they need right out of the box, without any additional accessories. (Although, I have to say if you buy one accessory the newly redesigned suction mount is pretty amazing and extremely useful.) The new Drift Ghost is an exciting camera whose potential I am just beginning to glimpse and I know I will make good use of it, and can't wait to see what other people do with it.

                              One minor issue -- the first few times I took this out in the sun, I noticed some condensation on the inside of the LCD screen. It went away as soon as I took the camera in doors, and, after a few times out I haven't noticed it anymore. I assume there was a bit of moisture trapped inside, but, again, the problem seems to have resolved itself now. I don't know if this is a universal problem, but this is just a heads up to new users in case they notice anything similar. I'll contact Drift and update the review if I see it again.

                              Note: I was given a sample of this product to try, with the understanding that I would post an honest and thorough review.

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