///   Drift Ghost 4K Camera : Review

Drift Innovation Ghost 4K Camera : Review @ Thap Banh It Temple, Vietnam /// Vinjatek This is an admirable GoPro killer kit. A high-end, modular and compact camcorder-like action camera that I’ve used around the world for a year.

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I’m no professional photographer, or would I even say I’m an amateur. Just an ordinary guy that gets to go to photogenic places and do adventurous things.

If you’re looking for a technical review focusing on the specs and features using photography jargon, I’m not your guy. This review for the Drift Ghost 4K Camera conveys how it’s been, using it for the past year in the real world in a more general, and hands-on way.

Drift Innovation Ghost 4K Camera  /// Vinjatek

My first “action camera” was the GoPro Hero from 2012. Around the time I started my nomadic life. It worked great until it didn’t, just 3 or so months later. Their customer service and tech support was one of the worst I can recall experiencing, ever.

I scrapped that piece of shit camera and shitty brand in a dumpster in an skank alleyway in Laos, literally.

A few months later in Korea, I discovered Hitcase. They made a waterproof case with a wide lens system for iPhones. For the next two iPhones, this was my action camera, and it worked great.

After some time and many photos later, I got myself one of Drift’s earlier models, the Ghost-S.

A couple of years of heavy use, it became the “GoPro” I always wanted. Imperfect but it held up (even to this day) and never encountered any serious problems with their support helpful and responsive.

Then Drift sent me their latest and best camera, the Ghost 4K. It’s essentially a highly upgraded version of the Ghost-S but in an awesomely compact package.

It’s performed exceptionally with incredible captures:

Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Riding a Motorcycle Through Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Sunset over Mount Agung Volcano Viewed From Gili Air Island in Indonesia /// Vinjatek

Sunland Saigon Capsule Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

ATV Off Roading in Vang Vieng, Laos /// Vinjatek

Paddle Boarding at Gili Air Island in Indonesia /// Vinjatek

Hanoi Train Street in Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Exploring the Sand Dunes of Mui Ne in Vietnam at Sunrise /// Vinjatek

The Road to Trang An, Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Rice Paddy in Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Tuk-Tuk Ride Through Vientiane, Laos /// Vinjatek

Mui Ne Fishing Village Beach /// Vinjatek

Urban Exploration Under a Bridge in Danang, Vietnam /// Vinjatek URBEX

Vang Vieng Viewpoint in Laos /// Vinjatek

Lideco Abandoned Ghost Town in Hanoi, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Riding The Train in Cambodia /// Vinjatek

Riding a Motorcycle Through Dalat, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Abandoned Waterpark In Hue, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Bodega on Hang Mua Mountain in Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Vinjatek in The Bronx, New York /// Vinjatek

Train Street in Hanoi, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Jungle Hut at Kong Skull Island in Nina Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Southeast Asia Sleeper Bus Ride in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos /// Vinjatek

Bangkok Airplane Graveyard /// Vinjatek

FAST Pack Scout at a Fishing Village in Battambang, Cambodia /// Vinjatek

Stairs at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia /// Vinjatek

Boat Ride Through The Mekong Delta River in Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Urban Exploration in Hanoi, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Lunch in Vang Vieng, Laos /// Vinjatek

Triple Aught Design FAST Pack Scout Bushcraft Kit /// Vinjatek

Riding a 24 Hour Sleeper Bus From Vietnam to Laos /// Vinjatek

Bich Dong Temple in Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand /// Vinjatek

Hang Mua Mountain in Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

The Grand Canyon of Chiang Mai, Thailand /// Vinjatek

Sunset over Mount Agung Volcano Viewed From Gili Air Island in Indonesia /// Vinjatek

Kong Skull Island Boat in Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Van Long Nature Preserve in Ninh Binh, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

Waterfall at Dalat, Vietnam /// Vinjatek

A typical lunch in paradise on Gili Meno Island, Indonesia at Ya Ya Warung Restaurant /// Vinjatek

All of these photos were taken by hand without the help of another person, tripod or selfie stick. Something that’s difficult to impossible with standard cameras and some other action cameras.

That’s because of the rotatable 140 degree angle wide lens and the unique shape of the Ghost 4K.

So it’s not an awkward square like GoPro’s but a hand-ergonomic rectangular design that you can shoot like old-school camcorders (or holding a tactical torch).

GoPro’s and most other action cameras aren’t made to be filmed by hand, but by being mounted on an object or person. Which is fine and makes sense for it’s purpose, but it’s quite liberating to be able to use a camera like a damn camera with my damn hands.

However, the Ghost 4K does have as many and variable mounting possibilities as a GoPro. Of which I used considerably when recording my motorcycle journey across Vietnam. Video coming soon.

The automatic video stabilization worked wonders with sharp details and vibrant, accurate colors.

Drift Innovation Ghost 4K Camera /// Vinjatek

Despite the less than stellar reviews by other users, this is the most perfect camera for my needs as a nomad. Compact, modular, tough, weather resistant and reliable with top of the line captures.

Mostly, its ability to be used like a camcorder with advanced software and an intuitive user interface.

For a lack of a better word, it’s usable. Very usable. Filming just feels right, fluid and natural, unlike using a boxy GoPro or a slick monolithic smartphone.

Most of the photos on my Instagram was taken with the Ghost 4K, I think they came out pretty nicely. With close up shots and gear photos primarily taken with my Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones.

URBEX Gear EDC: Drift 4K Ghost Camera /// Vinjatek

There’s loads of carry and mounting options that come standard with the Drift Ghost 4K but I built my own. It can be worn on the wrist, clipped to my belt or backpack. It’s seriously fast and convenient.

4K Ultra-HD at 30fps // 330° Rotatable Lens // Dual Microphone System // Modular LCD Screen

Drift Ghost 4K Camera // $250+

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[The featured photos were taken in Vietnam, New York, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia.]

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Fred Starr

Bought a Drift Ghost X but cant seem to get as good photos as you lol…. You got skills man.

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