I’ve been riding around with the new camera from Drift Inovations, the Ghost HD, and I’d like to let you in on what I think about it so far.
“I’m very impressed with the upgrades on the Ghost HD, and the new interface and 2″ screen is awesome. I can’t wait to dive into this thing and make some POV magic”
Shape, size and weight, it’s no different than the previous model, the Drift HD, which, I don’t really mind. It’s extremely light weight already and I love the sleek size and design as I think it has more mounting options and that are and look, way more streamline than any other camera on the market.
Out of the accessorie filled box, the Drift cameras have always come packed full of great filming and image capturing options with a clean interface to back it up. The new Ghost HD, took it a few giant leaps forward with an all new interface that’s even easier to use. Plus, it’s packed behind a 2″ LCD Screen that’s protected by Gorilla Glass. Not only is this great for setting up the camera and scrolling through the menu options, but it’s even more helpful when setting up the shot or instantly viewing the footage you just captured.
The menu interface is intelligently designed with big icons to navigate through. The arrow buttons located on the top of the camera allow you to scroll through the options while the Play/Record button selects the options and the Menu button, takes you back one step or back to the preview screen to set up the next shot.
The camera’s menu options allow you to select your filming mode (25 / 30 / 50 / 60 / 120 fps in WVGA or 25 / 30fps in 1080p) Photo mode (11 megapixel with Photoburst Mode), Lens angle 170° Fully Rotatable Wide Angle Lens (130° at 60fps), plus the Ghost HD comes with a Digital Zoom, x10 (in 1080p, 720p/30/60fps & WVGA mode). You can record your footage and save your photos on microSD Memory card with a capacity up to 32GB.
Also new for the Ghost HD: Out of the box waterproof housing, up to 9′ deep. The previous Drift cameras requited a secondary case that would allow it to be fully submerged.
All of the features mentioned above are amazing, and set this camera above the competition in more ways than one, but the following upgrades are the icing on the cake.
The Drift Active StatusTM Two-Way Remote with LED Lights is worth it’s weight in gold. Drift Innovations previous cameras all came with a remote that worked great. Activating your camera from a distance or even on top of your helmet, from a button on your wrist was excellent. But there always seemed to be a time or two when you weren’t quite sure if the camera was recording or not. You never really had visual proof and even though the “begin recording” and “end recording” chimes were loud, they might not be heard if you had a beanie or helmet on. So, Drift solved that problem and added additional and very convenient features to ensure the user knew exactly what the camera was doing.
The LED light system on the new remote, corresponds with the light shown on the Ghost camera. The light on the camera as well as the remote, changes color depending on what camera setting you’re in. For example: Green. Green means video mode. As you can see from the photo above, both the camera and the remote are in sync, displaying, green, camera mode. The other colors correspond with additional camera settings such as, Photo Mode, which would display as Yellow. Time Lapse mode displays with a purple light and Photo Burst mode displays a blue light. In each mode, when you’re recording or taking photos, the light turns to red. Pretty easy to figure out and the new interface behind the 2″ Gorilla Glass screen makes the process of switching to different modes, super easy.
But lets just say, you’re not in the position to access the camera for some reason and you’re taking a time lapse series and then would like to take some video. Drift Innovations thought of that as well. From the remote, you can not only start and stop the sequence of shots or video, but you can also switch between camera modes with the touch of a button. No need to pull off the gloves, take off the helmet and manually adjust to a new setting. It’s brilliant!
The remote functions of the Drift Ghost HD, came in handy when I was filming the following video. I was alone and had to set each shot up, get into position then rip by. In the static shots, I could use the remote and begin filming exactly when I needed to so I wasn’t wasting time and precious memory card space. Have a look for yourself. I think it turned out pretty nice. Oh, and be sure to watch it in 1080p.
Another fantastic option for the new Drift Ghost HD, is the Drift FlashbackTM Video Tag/Loop. This function will come in handy in so many ways. I know I’ll use it skiing nearly every time I ride this season. You see, how it works, is you set the camera up to record in loops then when you pull off that sick trick or stomp the perfect line, you can “tag” that section of video and the Ghost HD will save (depending on the recording time duration you set up) the last 30 sec. of action, then keep on recording. This is a great function for those times when you’re looking to capture the essential moment, that may take a while to get or be in a series of other memorable clips and the last thing you need to worry about is stopping to hit record on your camera, or, just letting it record for long durations which would then take up valuable space on your memory card. Just hit record, stomp the perfect line, “tag” it and keep rolling.
And Finally, one of the most anticipated aspects of the new Drift Ghost HD, is the Drift DataLinkTM Wi-Fi Enabled & Drift App. Coming soon to the app store, you’ll be able to fully control your Ghost HD, from your smart phone. Set up the shot, preview the action, change the camera settings and even download the video to your phone. Allowing this will change the way the user interfaces with the camera and the speed in which content is live to the world. You could be the first to drop sick line, ride a newly built trail, or send your your buddies stuck on the lift a video of the pow the’re missing out on because they slept in. You could host your own video site using your Ghost HD and smartphone. How cool is that.
In addition to these amazing features, the Drift Ghost HD comes with a bullett proof and optically Enhanced 7 Element Lens Design, for the clearest and best picture available and it’s all protected by a replaceable lens cap.
In the box Drift sends the Ghost HD packing with all the essential goodies you’ll need to get started. You’ll get:
Drift HD Ghost Professional Action Camera, Two Way Remote Control, Rear Connector Hatch, Goggle Mount, Curved and Flat Surface Mounts, Universal Clip, Velcro Strap, 1700 mAH Rechargeable Battery, USB Cable, 3.5 mm Microphone Extension Cable, Drift Bug Sticker, Drift Logo Sticker, Accessory Travel Case and Quick Guide. It’s sort of like that kid in scout camp who’s mom packed his bag with candy bars, cookies, soda…. only this package is way more useful.
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Here’s another quick clip, using the new Drift Ghost HD
Now “Get out there” and enjoy.