Drift Ghost-S

Australian T3 - - RATED - $459, ryda.com.au

Don’t be afraid of the Ghost. It might be big, but it’s smart, too

Drift’s ac­tion cams have been get­ting grad­u­ally smaller over re­cent years, but this is still one of the most hulk­ing de­vices on test; strap this to your head and your neck mus­cles will be tested. That ex­tra size does, how­ever, mean there’s space to fit in a two-inch screen, suit­ably pro­tected in Go­rilla Glass. It’s not just the screen that’s tough, ei­ther, with the Ghost-S’s rear hatch and screw thread mount bulkier for in­creased sta­bil­ity. There’s also water­proof­ing to three me­tres with­out a case.

The quoted shoot­ing abil­i­ties are also pretty bol­shy, with claims of full-HD 1080p video at up to 60 frames per sec­ond, plus a wide range of time lapse, burst and other video and pho­tog­ra­phy modes. That sug­gests a sen­sor able to go toe-to-toe with the elite, yet the Ghost-S doesn’t quite deliver.

In day­light, yes, video qual­ity is hard to dis­tin­guish from the best on test. But use the Ghost-S in murky con­di­tions, un­der tree cover and out of di­rect sun­light, and it all starts get­ting a bit grainy and blurry. At night that ten­dency is even more pro­nounced; on an evening cy­cle ride you’d strug­gle to read a num­ber plate if a driver clipped you. Au­dio is also poor, with wind noise drown­ing out the sound of your in­ven­tive swear­ing.

The Ghost-S does have one defin­ing in­no­va­tion, though: a ro­tat­ing lens. This makes it easy to mount the cam­era side-on, atop a snow­board­ing hel­met for in­stance, and still shoot widescreen video the cor­rect way up. In­ge­nious.

Add to that a de­cent se­lec­tion of in­cluded mounts and the abil­ity to hit record and ad­just set­tings via the re­mote con­trol – and soon an iOS and An­droid app – with­out re­mov­ing it from its mount and you have a cam­era that could be near the front of the pack, if only it could up its game in terms of video qual­ity.

Love Ro­tat­ing lens adds ver­sa­til­ity to mount­ing op­tions. In­cred­i­bly tough build Hate Poor video in low light. Lack of cas­ing means wind noise is an is­sue. Bulky and a bit ugly, too T3 Says There are some smart de­sign ideas here, but video qual­ity lets the side down

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