Drift Innovation Ghost-S 2014 Review by The Good Ride
So the Drift Ghost-S is the evolution of the Drift HD Ghost. They look exactly the same but perform differently. The only way you can tell the difference is the lens looks flatter and there is an “S” on the camera. Drift has taken a different approach to compete with Go-Pro than other companies. It really is a different design and all around feel to the Go-Pro that has a nice appeal to snowboarders. The 2 most important upgrades to us are the improved the video quality and upping the frame rate from 1080/30p to 1080/60p.
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The Drift Ghost-S has a few distinctions over most of the popular cameras out there and they really appeal to us for these reasons.
1. Waterproof up to 9ft without a plastic shell so it’s a powder to even rainy day friendly as is on the mountain. You have access to every control and function even in the rain.
2. It’s got a really good battery life.
3. It mounts easily with a low profile on the side of your head, on your goggle strap, on the top of your head (if you want) and on a monopod with little to no fuss.
4. You can mic up if you want.
5. If the lens breaks you can replace it.
6. It comes with a lot of mounting options as well as has some really good accessories like the Drift Monopod and Drift Case.
7. It has a remote you can put on your wrist to start and stop a video.
There are a few drawbacks.
1. If you dive or surf then you have to buy the Drift waterproof case for $49 extra so you can up the waterproofing from 9ft/3m to 180ft/60m. Not a huge drawback but most cameras come with one. For snowboarding, it isn’t a drawback because you don’t need a case.
2. It feels a little heavy but so does most cameras in this category. It’s actually lighter than the now out of business Contour cameras and I’m fine with the extra weight because the battery life is exceptionally long.
3. 1080/60p is fine enough for most but it’s quality still isn’t up to par with the Sony cams as well as the GoPro cam’s out there.
Here are some clips from Jimbo and I riding around one day. This was filmed in Normal Mode,1920x1080p, and 60fps but I think Vimeo will strip it down to 1080p/30fps.
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Here is a comparison between the different modes that the Drift Ghost-S has. I personally liked low light mode the best but to each his own. I would of liked to do this comparison in the snow but summer came up on us fast where I live.
Low Light Mode
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Drift Innovation Ghost-S User Reviews
The drift gear all has a cool design, is fairly light for its size and has some great features.
A few months later you'll want to throw it at a wall though.
All the cool features mean nothing unfortunately because they use low quality components and the cameras regularly fail.
The batteries can be replaced if you are ok with a soldering iron, so buy a couple of replacements on alibaba, they fail quite often, then the PCB fails and unfortunately Drift build this in as part of the main circuit board so you are out of options.
Its a common fault with their range and the Stealth 2 was the worst.
If you fluke one that lasts they are awesome cameras, low light filming is not great but better than the cheap cameras around. The rotating bezel is really very useful too.
If their customer service was better they would be very recommendable but currently once you get passed the usual emails - press the reset button, you need a different memory card etc then the emails stop and you are left on your own with a nice paperweight.