A competitor has materialized to challenge GoPro with a rugged, waterproof housing, wifi and LCD screen included in the base model.
With a price tag of $399 the Drift HD Ghost is priced competitively with the GoPro Hero 3 and has some compelling features including a wireless remote and the ability to control the camera with a smartphone app available for both iOS and Android.
Probably the most useful feature is the built-in 2 inch LCD screen that lets you check your field of view before heading off down the mountain. Another drift feature is a rotating lens that lets the camera auto-level regardless of the mounting angle.
Where it falls down is being limited to a waterproof depth of just nine feet, not even the bottom of most swimming pools. So there’s no danger of edging out the GoPro for water sports.
Otherwise the Ghost offers a range of video option from 1080p HD at 30 and 60 fps all the way down to WVGA. Another advantage to the two-way remote, that you can mount on your wrist, is that it clearly indicates the camera’s operational status.
If Drift can improve their camera’s underwater performance while keeping a lid on prices they’ll have a winner.