2015 POV Camera Shootout

One of the easiest POV cameras to use with straightforward, obvious controls and a 2-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. Photo courtesy of Drift Innovations

One of the easiest POV cameras to use with straightforward controls and a 2-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. Photo courtesy of Drift Innovations​

Editor's Note: This article is part of the 2015 RoadBikeReview/Mtbr POV Camera Shootout. We'll also be publishing reviews of the Garmin Virb Elite, GoPro HERO4 Silver, iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi, Shimano Sport Camera, and the Sony Action Cam Mini. These articles will be followed by our final rankings, plus video samples from all six cameras. Read all POV Camera Shootout articles here. To download full resolution video files from all the tests, go HERE.

The Lowdown: Drift Ghost-S

Although it's one of the larger and heavier POV cameras in our test, the Drift Innovations Ghost-S makes up for its size and weight with straightforward controls and a two-inch color LCD display for composing and playing back videos. This makes it one of the easiest POV cameras to use. It's also waterproof to nearly 10 feet without an external waterproof housing; and with up to 3.5 hours of recording time, it has the best battery life in this test. Spec-wise, it compares very well. It records 1920x1080 full-HD video at 60 frames per second and high-speed 720p video at up to 120 frames per second. It can take 12-megapixel still photos at up to 10 frames per second and it has a wide range of time lapse settings. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and can be controlled remotely with the included remote control or via a smartphone/tablet app. Video quality is good, although it's not the best in this test.

Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080 full HDWaterproof: 9.8 feet
Max Full HD Frame Rate: 60 FPSBattery Life: Up to 3.5 hours
Max HD Frame Rate: 120 FPS at 720pBuilt-in Wi-Fi: Yes
Time Lapse Controls: YesGPS: No
Still Photo Resolution: 12 megapixelsWeight: 171 g
Max. Still Photo Burst: 30 FPSMSRP: $400
Image Stabilization: NoRating:
3 Stars
3 out of 5 stars
Stat Box


Pluses

Minuses
  • Easy to use
  • Large and heavy
  • Great battery life
  • So-so video quality
  • Robust video specs
  • Poor audio quality
  • Self-contained - no waterproof housing needed

Drift Ghost-S Video

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8u35jcZUwoThe Drift Ghost-S tested on the trail at full HD (1920x1080) at the fastest frame rate.

Specification Comparison Chart

POV Spec Comparison Chart

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