/// Drift Ghost 4K Camera : Review
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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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