Log in or Join
Search titles only
Separate names with a comma.
Search this thread only
Search child forums as well
Display results as threads
You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly. You should upgrade or use an alternative browser .
Drift Ghost-S: wind noise with internal microphone.
Discussion in ' Equipment ' started by Bli55 , Sep 22, 2015 .
Did not find much info on it elsewhere, seems like the majotiry of uses connect an external mic. As it comes, I'm getting unbearable wind noise, it is literally stunning... Can't hear anything else above 1st gear. But I have a few reasons to want to use the internal mic: Waterproof rear cover (!). Ability to quickly grab the camera and film off and back on the helmet. No hassle to reconnect wire. Does anyone know a solution? PS. It's mounted on top of a Shoei Neotec:
Albie Kool Aid poisoner
Dub in music
kag Wander Lust
Buy the external mic and snake into your helmet.....helps a lot
kag said: ↑ Buy the external mic and snake into your helmet.....helps a lot Click to expand...
Have you reduced the sensitivity of the mic in the settings? Also, you may want to try mounting it on the side of your helmet. Different wind pattern there and may not cause as much buffeting.
No, but I wanna be.
Yes! My password:
Forgot your password?
Best GoPro External Microphones
Best GoPro Editing Software
Best Computers for GoPro Video Editing
Essential GoPro Surf Accessories
Essential Gopro Kitesurfing Accessories
Essential GoPro Travel Accessories
Top 3 GoPro Mountain Bike Mounts Ideas
Best GoPro Carrying Cases
How to Reset a GoPro WiFi Password
How to Format a GoPro SD Card
How to Use a GoPro as a Webcam
How to Use a DSLR as a Webcam
How to Stream from GoPro to PC, Mac and Phone
How to Use a GoPro as a Security Camera
How to Use a GoPro as a Dash Cam
How to Connect a GoPro to WiFi Home Network
GoPro Comparison Chart
Drift Ghost X Review
Welcome to my Drift Ghost X review!
What’s special about this small action camera, who is it for and is it worth the money?
Let’s find out..
The Ghost X is the lightest and cheapest model in the Drift action cameras. It provides a maximum of 1080p at 30 frames per second video resolution.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking.. Only 1080p?
Well its price is very competitive and it is one of the reasons this camera goes only to 1080p.
I guess Drift Innovation wanted to provide their customers who can’t afford to buy the 4K model with a cheaper option.
But if you’re looking for a 4K action camera from Drift then you can always check the Drift Ghost 4K .
If you are on a budget, this Ghost X can be a great option instead of the other Chinese action cams you find in the market.
In this review, I will cover as much information as possible on this Ghost X and will take you through every detail like un-boxing, design, features, resolutions and video/photo quality and more.
Drift has released the Ghost XL in July 2019, check my review here .
Drift claims that the Ghost X has a long battery life, 12MP still shots and high quality low light performance.
What do you think of these claims?
Let’s find out!
Let’s Jump to the Review!
Product: Drift Ghost X
My rating: 4/5
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com
Camera dimensions: 43 x 82 x 31.40 mm Lens: 140 degrees, f-2.4 Video Resolutions: 1080p 30/25 fps, 720p 60/50/30/25 fps, WVGA 60/50/30/25 fps Sensor: Omnivision OV4689 4MP Chipset: Ambarella A12A25 Field of View: 140, 115, 90 degrees Photo Resolution: 12 Megapixels Storage: Internal (2GB Flash, 1GB DDRL), External (128GB Micro SD card – Not included) Time-lapse Video: 1S, 2S, 3S, 5S, 10S, 30S, 1MIN, 2MIN, 5MIN, 10MIN, 30MIN, 1H Battery Capacity: 2000mAh
What’s in the Box?
So in the box, you will find the Ghost X camera obviously. A quick start guide, a small box with some accessories and mounts and some stickers.
It gets better:
In the small box, there is an external microphone adapter. It’s the small mini USB to 3.5mm jack female plug.
A USB cable for charging is also included and two adhesive mounts. One with a flat base and the other with a curved base which is used for helmets.
They also included what it looks like the small SIM remover, it is used to reset the camera to factory settings .
There is no waterproof case included in the box, so this one will have to be ordered separately.
I had a look at the Drift website and I saw a variety of optional mounts and accessories like handlebar mounts, suction cup mounts, head strap, and more.
Unlike the other cheap action cams like the Apeman A80 which includes many accessories in the box, the Ghost X doesn’t.
Same as owning a GoPro, you need to buy any additional accessories separately.
The Ghost X itself has a tiny form factor and it is about the same size as the palm of your hand.
It’s rubbery body makes it harder to slip out of your hand and also makes it water-resistant, but not waterproof though.
Based on few users reviews, this camera cannot be used in the rain without the waterproof case. It will be damaged .
At the front, you have the 300 degrees lens.
And.. It is rotatable .
If you need to mount the camera sideways or upside down or even diagonally, then you can just rotate the lens until the white arrow mark is pointing upwards.
You might notice that the lens might feels a bit loose. But it really is firm, it won’t move by itself.
At the back, you have a tiny screen. The color indicates which mode the camera is in.
The WiFi/left arrow can be used to toggle between the different modes.
The green color means that the camera is in Video Mode . The orange color is for Photo Mode . The Purple is for Time-Lapse Photo Mode .
The light blue is for Burst Mode . And the blue color for the Settings Menu .
On one Side
One one side, there is a tripod mount that can be turned into any direction you want.
The screw can be un-tightened which allows you to set the pivot you want on it in relation to the camera. Once set, you can then tighten the screw with your fingers.
On the other Side
Now on the other side of the camera is the battery. This battery has a capacity of 2000mAh and can last up to 5 hours.
If 5 hours are not enough, then there is an optional battery offered by Drift that can last up to 8 hours.
At the top of the camera, there are three buttons. These are large compared to the other Drift models which are easier to press.
The right button is the Power and right arrow button, it is used to power on/off the camera.
The middle button is the up/down navigation button.
The left button with WiFi/left logo is used to switch between modes.
At the bottom, there are two rubber flaps. Under one of the flaps, there is the micro SD card slot, the Ghost X supports cards up to 128GB .
And just under the micro SD slot is a tiny hole: the Reset button .
Under the other flap, there’s the mini USB port used for charging, PC connection for data transfer and for connecting an external microphone .
The cameras’ two microphones are also at the bottom, one at the front and the other at the back.
There is no HDMI output on this camera, so not possible to capture videos using a capture card or connecting it to a large TV.
The Drift Ghost X can shoot videos in full HD so 1080p at 30 frames per second and 25 fps.
The other resolutions are 720p at 60/50/30/25 fps and WVGA at 60/50/30/25 fps.
It also provides image stabilization in all resolutions for a smoother video while riding.
No 120 frames per second here, so it can’t be used to shoot slow motion videos .
However, the Omnivision OV4689 image sensor can handle 1080p at 120fps and 720 at 180fps.
The Ambarella A12 chipset supports resolutions up to 1080p at 60 frames per second and not higher.
Ghost X has a sharp image when recording in 1080p at 30 fps, it can capture small details like plate numbers. The videos look clear and the colors are vivid.
Sometimes videos can appear to be overexposed especially when you go from dark to light on a sunny day.
It takes the camera a little while to adjust to the light level. It also cannot handle the highlights as well as a GoPro Hero 6 for example.
I liked the quality and I find it sharp for a 1080p resolution especially in a cloudy weather so when it is not too bright or when there is not too much light.
Low Light / Night Time
In the dark, the Ghost X out performs the previous Drift cameras like the S.
The camera picks up light pretty well at night, the video quality detail is not bad at all.
Of course compared to other cameras with the same price range, the X performs really well which was unexpected.
There is a Low light mode in the camera settings that makes the camera absorb more light from street lamps or any light source.
Street lights can appear to be a bit blueish in the footage but nothing too major or bad.
Here’s a video by bobbytesback showing the video quality in both day and night while riding a bicycle:
Now the Ghost X is not really used for taking still shots since most of the people use it for recording videos while commuting.
The 12 megapixels photo quality delivers good photos, colors are vivid, details are there and photos are not very overexposed.
Like the video quality, taking still shots during the day and night is fine, as long it is not too bright or too dark.
But all in all, I liked the photo quality this tiny camera can deliver.
The Ghost X has four modes: Video , Photo , Time-lapse Photo and Burst .
Under the Video settings, there is Resolutions and Frame Rates .
Under Photo settings, there is ‘Resolution’ and ‘Auto Download’ (if on, it auto downloads photos automatically to your smartphone).
Photo resolution can be set at 12MP as the highest settings and can go as low as 4MP.
Under Timelapse, there is also ‘Resolution’ and ‘Timelapse Interval’ which can be set to 1S, 2S, 3S, 5S, 10S, 30S, 1MIN, 2MIN, 5MIN, 10MIN, 30MIN, 1H.
Under Photo Burst, there’s ‘Resolution’ and ‘Capture rate’.
Then you get the General settings, like:
Field of View
For setting the shooting angle. It starts at 140 degrees as the widest setting and it can be set narrower with 115 and 90 degrees.
Everyone knows what is exposure and how this settings affect the footage on your camera.
The default exposure setting is 0 but it can be changed depending in the lighting situation.
Video Bit Rate
The bit rate on the Ghost X is around 29Mbit per second which is not bad. This can changed in the settings menu, it can be set to High, Med and Low. High is 29Mbit.
Car DVR Mode
Also known as Continuous Loop recording enables the camera to keep recording continuously, one video chunk after the other.
The oldest video chunks will be deleted automatically once the micro SD card is full and the newest video chunks will be saved.
The good thing is..
If used as a dash cam with car DVR mode on, the Ghost X will power on and start recording automatically as soon as it is supplied with power from the car adapter (12V).
And it will stop recording and power off once the engine is turned off.
You can choose how long the video chunks will be while recording in Car DVR mode. You have 1min, 3min, 5min, 10min or 15min intervals.
One thing I noticed while recording in Car DVR Mode is that the camera will skip two seconds of recording between the video chunks.
This is a really weird issue and it was also in the old Drift Stealth camera. I hope they will fix it through a firmware upgrade one day soon.
Because no one wants to lose footage while using the X as a dash cam in car or on a bicycle.
The Ghost X doesn’t recharge while connected to the 12V car adapter, another weird bug from Drift, which I also hope they fix in the next firmware upgrade.
As mentioned earlier, the Ghost X has 2 built-in microphones at the bottom, one in the front and another in the back.
I noticed that the sound quality is not that great, like most of the action cameras in the market today. The sound can be dull and a bit muffled.
For people who will use the Ghost X on a helmet, you will definitely face issues with the wind noise when you are going at speed.
So don’t expect to have the best sound quality out of this camera. It would certainly be better with an external mic, but that mic should be wind resistant.
Just to note..
That in the camera menu, you can choose which microphone you would like to use: the front, the back or both.
Maybe the front mic can be turned off while you’re riding a motorcycle or bicycle as it will reduce the wind noise and avoid ruining the footage.
The audio really depends on the situation the camera is in. If used in car as dash cam, the sound quality would fine, still a bit muffled maybe but not too bad.
Even with the sound sensitivity set to maximum, the built-in microphone quality doesn’t change much.
How to connect the X to your phone?
Open the app and click on ‘Connect to camera’ then choose ‘Ghost X’. The app will now as you to turn on the WiFi on the camera.
To turn on the WiFi, press and hold the WiFi button. Now click ‘Next’ on the app and it will ask you to connect your phone to the camera’s WiFi.
The app will show you the password. Go to your phone WiFi and connect to the Ghost X.
Because of the extremely tiny back screen, it would be preferable to use the smartphone app instead.
Changing settings using the tiny screen can be challenging to be honest. I prefer using my phone’s screen to change settings and resolutions.
The app Drift Life is available for both Apple and Android phones and it can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Store.
Everything can be managed via the app, settings like resolutions, frame rates and really everything is much easier to change.
As soon as you buy the camera and connect it to you smartphone via the app. Make sure to update the Ghost X to the latest firmware. A pop up window will appear if a firmware update is available.
Firmware updates are important and will fix bugs and issues with the camera, so it is recommended to always keep the firmware up to date.
Drift Ghost X Accessories
Here are the Drift Ghost X accessories you can buy separately, these are compatible with both Ghost X and Ghost 4K cameras:
8 Hours Long life battery
The Drift Ghost X is a good camera . The combination of the image sensor and chipset made it the perfect 1080p action cam.
They didn’t try to sacrifice quality by pushing resolutions and frame rates up, even though the sensor can take up to 60 fps.
You get good quality video footage in both day and night. I think it stands out when it comes to night time recording.
I liked the fact that it has a long battery life which really helps especially while cycling or riding a motorcycle, there is no need to stop to replace the battery every hour or so.
The microphones are not perfect and I’m sure they can be fixed in the next models, but they are not bad either.
Looking at the price, I would say that the Ghost X is really a bargain , so you are sure to get a bang out of your buck.
I hope you liked my Drift Ghost X review and found it useful.
If you have any questions then please leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to answer you 🙂
Hey, my name is Michel and I am an IT professional with a passion for action cameras, technology and sports. The reason I created this blog is to share with you tips, unbiased reviews, and information on the latest action photography gadgets. My ultimate goal is to provide you with as much detail as possible in each and every post. Enjoy!
April 6, 2020
September 28, 2022 at 9:37 pm
You say the standard battery is 2000mAh. In my identical camera the standard battery is rated at only 500mAh, and the extended battery i bought for it is rated 1500mAh.
January 10, 2023 at 8:33 am
The internal battery is 1500mAh, and the external battery is either a 500mAh or 1500mAh.
May 23, 2020 at 7:17 am
I use two of the Drift Ghost X cameras to film my sailing activities on a (very wet) Weta Trimaran.
There’s only a getting started guide available for the camera so I have created a Full User Guide (based on the Drift 4K manual) but with the irrelevant sections removed and additional features and clarification added. For example, when charging the camera the back LED will flash Red but this doesn’t mean the camera is fully charged, only that it has enough charge for Car Mode to work.
They have also updated the firmware to incorporate a master and slave setup which allows you to use one camera to control up to 10 slaves! http://www.driftlife.co/watch/32120
May 25, 2020 at 8:54 am
This is great information, thank you for sharing!
May 20, 2020 at 11:57 pm
Great camera but it doesn’t support the remote (only the XL and 4K do), and it’s a mini USB port not a micro USB
May 21, 2020 at 5:54 pm
Thank you Paul. I just updated the review.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
ERROR: si-captcha.php plugin: securimage.php not found.
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Hey, my name is Michel and I am an IT professional with a passion for action cameras, technology and sports.
The reason I created this blog is to share with you tips, unbiased reviews, and information on the latest action photography gadgets.
My ultimate goal is to provide you with as much detail as possible in each and every post.
Insta360 One X2 vs One X
GoPro Video Codec
GoPro Hero9 Max Lens Mod Review
Insta360 One X2 Review
Jpeg vs Raw Explained
Get Your GoPro Hero9 Black Now
Amazon Associates Disclosure
actiongadgetsreviews.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com
© 2024 Action Gadgets Reviews — Powered by WordPress
Theme by Anders Noren — Up ↑
Like this site? Help us to make it better.
Sportive and endurance bikes
Gravel and adventure bikes
Urban and hybrid bikes
Fixed & singlespeed bikes
Time trial bikes
Accessories - misc
Bike bags & cases
Lights - front
Lights - rear
Lights - sets
Pumps & CO2 inflators
Stands and racks
Arm & leg warmers
Gloves - full finger
Gloves - mitts
Jerseys - casual
Jerseys - long sleeve
Jerseys - short sleeve
Shorts & 3/4s
Tights & longs
Bar tape & grips
Brake & gear cables
Brake & STI levers
Brake pads & spares
Cassettes & freewheels
Chainsets & chainrings
Derailleurs - front
Derailleurs - rear
Gear levers & shifters
Handlebars & extensions
Quick releases & skewers
Energy & recovery bars
Energy & recovery drinks
Energy & recovery gels
Heart rate monitors
Skincare & embrocation
Training - misc
Tools - multitools
Tools - Portable
Tools - workshop
Books, Maps & DVDs
Camping and outdoor equipment
Gifts & misc
Drift Innovation Ghost XL Waterproof Action Camera and accessories
At road.cc every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a proper insight into how well it works. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective. While we strive to ensure that opinions expressed are backed up by facts, reviews are by their nature an informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. We don't intentionally try to break anything (except locks) but we do try to look for weak points in any design. The overall score is not just an average of the other scores: it reflects both a product's function and value – with value determined by how a product compares with items of similar spec, quality, and price.
Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad.
Not so good
The Drift Ghost XL Waterproof Action Camera is very sturdily made, pretty easy to use and supported by a range of accessories, but it takes more than a handlebar mount to make a good action cam for cycling. The lack of image stabilisation is the main killer, but little about the design lends itself to bicycle use.
Combine a maximum resolution of 1,080p with zero image stabilisation and you get a picture that at the best of times is a little fuzzy, and at the worst is downright blurry.
Even riding on 32mm tyres and reasonably surfaced roads, its view from a road bike is neither especially attractive nor reliably good for evidence – number plates are illegible from further than 15-20m, and illegible all the way past if the road is rough.
Also, wind noise seems to overwhelm the microphone right from the off, leaving little but a roaring rumble as a soundtrack.
> Find your nearest dealer here
> Buy this online here
The Ghost XL's shape, the positioning of its logos, and the orientation of its tiny LCD screen all imply you're expected to attach this on the side of something. The side of a motorcycle or motorsport helmet, for instance... big, secure things where a 150-odd-gram box will go practically unnoticed by the wearer. The big, secure mounting system will also be at home with high speeds and forces.
Combine this camera with the vibration-damping effects of a rider, 200kg of motorcycle and 100mm+ of suspension, and the Ghost XL might well produce reliably decent pictures. Bolt it to a 10kg road bike with the chunky, rigid but rather cheap looking metal bar mount, however, and it works poorly.
Drift also does a vented helmet mount (£24.99) which, with its four straps and huge foam-backed baseplate, feels as overkill as the rest of this gear for cycling.
Once on it's absolutely secure, though the foam only works if your lid has a central bar – if it's a central vent then you risk the plastic edges rubbing. You'll also need to trim or tie up the massive strap ends to stop them dangling like dreadlocks around your head.
The camera's weight is very noticeable up high, and tends to drag your helmet around unless it's quite tight. The webbing straps can also interfere with MIPS layers.
Drift also does stick-on mounts (£16.99 and gently curved to suit a full face helmet), and a waterproof jack for an external microphone. This screws in and seals with an o-ring, and works well.
The Ghost XL doesn't sense its orientation – you have to remember to physically twist the lens, though that does mean you can set any angle along its 300 degrees of movement. The live screen won't remind you where it's pointing either, as there isn't one.
The tiny LCD screen displays basic information (mode, resolution and battery life being the main things), but bar-mounted it's lying on its side and too small to read while riding anyway. What is useful is the colour coding of the backlight; green means you're on video mode, for instance, while purple is timelapse.
It also turns red when it's recording, and a red LED at the front flashes too (though it's only in clear view if you mount this camera sideways...).
The screen colours are bright and visible in daylight, so it's easy to see what the camera is up to. The inclusion of a cyan light (photoburst) as well as green (video) is irritating, though, as they can be confused.
Mode switching is easy, as the rearmost of the three big buttons cycles through them. The front one deals with on/off and record, and I like how it makes different sounds for starting and stopping recording.
Less pleasing is the shutter sound: very loud by default, it plays once per second the entire time you're filming in timelapse mode. Both the sounds and the gap between images can be adjusted, though.
The middle button scrolls through the settings for tweakage, and while it works if you're patient, it's easier to do via the Drift Life app on your phone. This also gives you a live view and lets you operate the camera remotely via wifi, though at that point you could just use your phone's camera instead...
Your phone might not be this waterproof, though, as the Ghost XL's IPX7 rating means it can spend 30 mins in a metre of water.
To avoid serious fisheye distortion, it's best to swap from the default 140-degree FOV (field of view) to one of the other two. I tried 90 degrees but settled on 115 for a bit more peripheral vision, as this setting has no distortion either. (Note: in the video it says 110 degrees, but it's 115).
This thing has further features, but the manual is not entirely helpful. To use Dash Cam mode, for example, it says to 'connect it to a power supply' so it can be triggered by the ignition. You can just switch it on manually. It also says you can select Event Detection to automatically store crash footage, but it doesn't say how that works (turns out there's an accelerometer in there, which I found out by looking through the FAQs on Drift's site).
I tried dropping it from around 1m onto a rug and it worked – there's an 'Event' folder on the SD card (not provided, £9.99), and sure enough it safely stashed the clip in there. It certainly seems sensitive enough to detect a bicycle accident.
Then there's 'Clone Mode,' which lets you control this in synch with other Ghost cameras (XL, X or 4K models).
We rarely test cameras at anywhere near this price – both the GoPro Hero9 Black and the DJI Osmo were just pennies from £330 when we reviewed them. GoPro has since moved on to the Hero10 (still £329.98), while the Osmo action cam seems to have been discontinued.
Things apparently move just as fast at the cheaper end of the market. The Techalogic DC-1 Dual Lens helmet cam tested in March 2020 is still out there for £179.95 and still records in two directions at once, but the RoadHawk Ride R+ Cycle Edition is no longer with us. That was £139.99 back in 2018 and had similarly poor sound, but at 62g and tubular it was at least unobtrusive.
Dave tested the Kitvision Venture 4K in 2019 and it's now available for far less than the original £149.99 – Argos is selling it for £79.99, and it's about £55 on Amazon – but whether it's improved with age is another matter. Dave gave it 2/10.
> How to buy the best bike camera — plus 7 of the best
In truth, even if things didn't move that fast in the world of cameras, the Drift XL would struggle – it's very similar to the Drift Stealth 2 HD that George tested in 2015 . That's seven years ago.
The two cams' maximum resolutions are the same, the absence of stabilisation is the same, and the modes are the same. In fact, the Stealth 2 had a much larger screen and was lighter. George loved it back when the GoPro Hero 4 ruled the roost, image stabilisation hadn't appeared, and the iPhone 6 was as good as it got.
This is a big, sturdy camera with big, sturdy mounts and some potentially useful features for cars and motorcycles. Despite the (big, sturdy) addition of bar and helmet mounts for bicycles, though, little about the Ghost XL makes it particularly good for cycling.
Rugged and pretty easy to use, but bad sound and unstabilised visuals don't suit cycling use
If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the road.cc Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website
road.cc test report
Make and model: Drift Innovation Ghost XL Waterproof Action Camera and accessories
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Drift says: "Supercharged battery life and IPX7 waterproofing come together to deliver the Ghost XL, a camera that never stops."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* 9 hours of battery life
* Dash Cam Loop recording mode
* Event Detection
* 300° Rotating Lens
* 1080p Full HD Video
* 12MP stills
* Flashback Video Tagging
* Video Lapse
* High-quality low-light performance
* Rear LCD Screen
* Built-in Wi-Fi
IPX7 rated right out of the box, no need for an additional waterproof case.
Connect up to 10 camera for wireless remote control from a single master camera. Start and stop recording, change mode, or change settings on the master unit and the others will follow.
With our Drift Life App you're only a tap away from editing, sharing and even live streaming your adventures. Our new auto-editing feature takes the effort out of creating your own movies.
Video Resolution / Frame Rate
1080P (1920 X 1080 16:9) @ 25, 30 FPS
720P (1280 X 720 16:9)@ 25, 30, 50, 60 FPS
WVGA (848 X 480 16:9) @ 25, 30, 50, 60 FPS
Timelapse Resolution / Interval
1S, 2S, 3S, 5S, 10S, 30S, 1MIN, 2MIN, 5MIN, 10MIN, 30MIN, 1H
Photoburst Resolution / Capture Rate
5/S, 10/S, 15/S
140° Optical FOV, CURVED LENS (F/NO 2.4, Focal Length 3.8mm)
Field of View
90°, 115°, 140°
47 x 92 x 35 mm
2Gb Flash 1Gb DDR3
Up to 128GB Micro SD
Via Drift Life App
BT Remote Compatible (sold separately)
Waterproof adaptor included
via USB adaptor
See More Specs
1 x Ghost XL
1 x Universal Clip
1 x Flat Adhesive Mount
1 x Curved Adhesive Mount
1 x Waterproof microphone Adapter Cable
1 x Waterproof USB Adapter Cable
1 x Micro USB Cable
Very neat and feels solid.
For cycling, the lack of image stabilisation, relatively low resolutions and poor microphone are all major issues.
Feels very rugged.
At 147g for just the camera, or 261g with the bar mount, it's very noticeable.
Far cheaper than the market leaders, but not really up to the job.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
This doesn't feel like it's designed with cycling in mind, which is the problem.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No image stabilisation, no live screen, poor sound, tall and clunky mount, bulky.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
We rarely test cameras at anywhere near this price – both the GoPro Hero9 Black and the DJI Osmo were just pennies from £330 when we reviewed them. The GoPro has since moved on to the Hero10 (still £329.98) and the Osmo Action cam seems to have been discontinued.
At the cheaper end of the market, the Techalogic DC-1 Dual Lens helmet cam tested in March 2020 is still out there for £179.95 and still records in two directions at once, at least, but unfortunately the RoadHawk Ride R+ Cycle Edition is no longer with us.
That was £139.99 back in 2018 and had similarly poor sound, but at 62g and tubular it was at least unobtrusive.
Dave tested the Kitvision Venture 4K in 2019 and it's now available for far less than the original £149.99 – Argos is doing it for £79.99, and it's about £55 on Amazon – but has it improved with age? Dave gave it 2/10.
Did you enjoy using the product? No
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? For cars or motorcycles, maybe.
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is built tough with great waterproofing, has a trustworthy mount and is mostly easy to use. It just doesn't work well on a bicycle, though, and nothing about it says it was originally designed with cycling in mind – it's overbuilt and underspecced for it.
Overall rating: 4 /10
About the tester
Age: 48 Height: 183cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,
Help us to fund our site
We’ve noticed you’re using an ad blocker. If you like road.cc, but you don’t like ads, please consider subscribing to the site to support us directly. As a subscriber you can read road.cc ad-free, from as little as £1.99.
If you don’t want to subscribe, please turn your ad blocker off. The revenue from adverts helps to fund our site.
Help us to bring you the best cycling content
If you’ve enjoyed this article, then please consider subscribing to road.cc from as little as £1.99. Our mission is to bring you all the news that’s relevant to you as a cyclist, independent reviews, impartial buying advice and more. Your subscription will help us to do more.
Add new comment
I have a couple of generations of this Drift camera and find them excellent for my purposes.
I use it for cycling and motorcycling.
The key feature for me is the size/shape/mounting - it is slim and can be mounted flat on a helmet to create a small form factor. This is even more apparent when motorcycling at speed..... it has less effect on helmet drag and does not pull your head off! I have never considered a GoPro type for this reason.
I mount on helmets as that then allows me to look around and hence capture events from all directions.
Picture quality is good, weather proofing is good, battery life is good.
My only regret was not using it the day I was hit head-on by an overtaking car on the wrong side of the road. This would have invalidated the absurd lies peddled by the driver and made it easy for the legal profession (CPS + lawyers) to do their simple job [today they are incapable of doing proper analysis of this crash].
Log in or register to post comments
I'd rather spend another £20 and get a refurbished GoPro 6 Black from eBay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184550787153?epid=9042684822
I use one as my rear bike camera.
But with less than 2 hrs battery life it only supports the commuting and quick blast uses. The drift will cover an entire days cycling..
https://youtube.com/user/TheJimvt I use one of these mounted neatlyon the side of my helmet using the sticky curved mount, or on the bar for leisure rides. Whilst I'd love the image quality of a GoPro, I can't justify the expense, or the whacking great helmet mounting, or the battery life. I've reported 113 drivers this year using this camera.
I own one of these I have it mounted below my handlebars for recording close passes and bad driving. There is a single reason it hasn't been replaced, the exemplary battery life. This is a huge plus and to not make a big deal of it in this review is a little disappointing.
The footage is good enough to make out registrations it's waterproof and just keeps going. In the same time I've had two faulty cycliq cameras and a gopro hero 9 which barely lasted an hour.
The microphone is trash, it has no stabilisation. But in terms of a long lasting camera to report bad driving, sadly nothing out there beats it right now.
I'm surprised how poor the footage is. Looking at the Omnivision datasheet , the sensor looks on paper to be more capable than the results.
The 'jellyvision' effect is not due to a lack of image stabilisation, but the use of a rolling shutter rather than a global shutter.
I use one of these. I have it helmet mounted using the versatile standard 1/4" thread on the body so it sits on the helmet and is quite aero certainly much better than the Apemen gopro type that I used before and because it is close to the helmet it doesn't seem heavy. Haven't tried the self adhesive mount yet. It gets reg plates in good light, I think helmet mounting helps here as you can follow the car with your head which tends to steady it out a bit. Low light, forget it. The main attraction for me is the 8 hours battery life which means charge it after every use and format the card after viewing the close passes, then turn it on before the ride and forget it. I use continuous recording which means 30min segments and I haven't noticed any gaps. 64GB card hasn't run out on me yet. Claims to be water proof but haven't tried it in a deluge yet. Seems OK in light rain.
Others have mentioned the ability to connect an external mic using a waterproof adaptor. Haven't tried this yet but it's looking like it may be an option for low light plates.
So far very pleased with it. I wasn't expecting it to last from what I read on the web about battery charging problems. If it is going to fail I hope it does it before it's a year old but so far so good.
I use one of these mounted below my handlebars to record my rides in the event of close passes / poor driving etc and dont usually have a problem reading number plates etc from the footage (for the avoidance of doubt I'm not a camera warrior, i just want to be able to submit evidence should the need arise).
The 9 hour battery life is useful as it means I dont have to change batteries or use an external power pack except on very long rides. The horizonal form factor works well on a bike, whether handlebar, frame or helmet mounted and the rotating lens means it can be mounted at any angle.
However, the real achilles heel is long periods of steady rain or drizzle, which given enough time can work their way past the waterproofing and destroy the electronics. My first camera died like this and as it was just out of warranty Drift support couldn't/wouldn't help. There's no external waterproof case for it (unlike the Ghost X). Drift support can be hit-and-miss and is always slow too.
njwcat7 wrote: My first camera died like this and as it was just out of warranty Drift support couldn't/ wouldn't help.
They certainly could help, they chose not to. I hope they think it was money well saved.
This review and the comments are very interesting to me. I’m eager to buy a front-facing camera: my current reliance on solely a rear camera led to a lack of police action on a very dangerous overtake (see NMOTD 657). However, I simply can’t identify one that provides what I’m looking for.
My use-case is thus: recreational rider wanting a camera to capture any poor driving encountered. I ride only during daylight (I’m not a commuter), so integrated lights are unnecessary. Also, no need for any fancy video features – I’m not recording to regale my friends with my thrilling escapades. I’m not quite a weight-weenie, but I do want the camera to be light, unobtrusive, and ideally not un-aerodynamic. I need it to be able to record for 3+ hours and have “dash-cam” looping. I would happily pay up to £200, and perhaps even up to £300 if durability were excellent.
I briefly possessed the Drift Ghost X (it appeared on paper to tick most of the boxes, especially when mounted using this system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErcAeK6q4f8 ), but it froze and then died before I had ever completed the initial set up. Judging from a trawl of the internet, reliability with Drift cameras is a huge problem, so I got a refund rather than a replacement. Also, I’ve since discovered that people have noted a problem with missing seconds of footage between sections of recording in dash-cam mode ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jmpL2xcw8U ), which immediately rules it out of contention for me.
Go-Pros just don’t have the battery life. I’m happy with my rear Cycliq Fly6, but the Fly12 is too expensive and big given that it incorporates (from my perspective) a completely superfluous front light.
I’m puzzled that no one has yet either spotted the need for or been able to design a camera that fits the use-case described above. Perhaps it’s not as attractive a market segment as I’m imagining it would be.
keep an eye on eBay for a 2nd hand fly12 is your best choice to be honest.
I would agree with this. Unfortunately I never managed to get a 2nd hand fly12 but I was lucky to get a new one for Christmas. First ride out on Monday, close pass happened, uploaded video to Lincs Police Operation Snap, and already have had a "positive outcome" letter back confirming action would be taken. I now feel like South Holland's answer to Cycling Mikey!🤣
Take a close look at your letter! If OpSnap Lincs is like OpSnap Lancs, the 'positive outcome' will be a list which could include doing nothing at all or the worthless 'words of advice' and, crucially, they won't tell you. That dodge means they did nothing.
I think 4 is generous, judging it for cycling purposes. For capturing registrations, it is almost completely useless - you might get a legible view of the reg. if the vehicle is travelling at 20 m.p.h. or less, ideally stationary. If it's mounted on the handlebars, even shouting out the reg. is no help, as you can't hear anything at all above the roaring background sound. Mounting it on a helmet solves that problem, but it's heavy and the poor video produced is still the main problem. It's no use even if you only want it to watch your rides and not for reporting purposes - I feel travel sick after watching the videos for a while, and I don't even normally get travel sick.
what camera would you recommend then ? the footage doesnt look radically much different to that of a Cycliq, I dont run a camera because Im trying to create a movie of my rides to impress my friends, its solely for capturing close passes and dangerous driving around me, if it shows that and the reg is legible at some point, thats good enough for my purposes.
Other than a high end GoPro, I think you're going to be hard pressed to beat the Cyclic. Sure, it's not without fault, but in my opinion (as a faceless guy on the internet, who you don't know from Adam), the positives far outweigh any negatives.
Hmmm, what positive outweighs the device dying as soon as water gets into it I wonder?!
Surreyrider wrote: Hmmm, what positive outweighs the device dying as soon as water gets into it I wonder?!
I've been out in the kind of rain where I would have been dryer swimming in the North Sea ... And yet, both my Fly 6 and Fly 12CE have never stopped working. Happy to provide you with a link to the video for evidence of you wish.
Same here with my 2nd hand Gen 2 fly12 and fly 6 both have been out in all weathers with no issues.
Im willing to accept there is a waterproofing problem with the rear fly 6 because of that cruddy rubber flap. I'm unconvinced there is a big issue with the fly 12 waterproofing based on a sample size of 1.
which is fair enough, and Id agree with that (as facelass gal on the internet who you dont know from Eve)
I just felt if they are marking this camera down as a 4/10 for being essentially under spec'd, and sharing annoying quirks alot of other cameras have, its kind of well in the perfect world we'd have this 10/10 camera that ticked all the boxes we wanted, but to my limited knowledge no such camera like that exists.
So where does this sit alongside its equally flawed competition ? is it well its 4/10 but everything else is only 5/10 but twice the price, so you pay your money and take your pick and live with its foibles perhaps ?
Not having tried any others, I can't recommend any from personal experience, but from what I've read, I wish I'd gone for a Cycliq instead.
Over the past year I've used several different cameras including the Drift Ghost XL, Garmin Virb, GoPro Hero 5 black and Cycliq Fly12.
Depending on what you're looking for the GoPro and Cycliq Fly are by far the best two cameras. The Cycliq for battery life and good image quality, the GoPro for excellent image quality but poor battery life (less than hour typically).
The Garmin and Drift were both poor on image quality with the garmin having poor battery life as well.
There really is a big gap in the market for a good cycling video camera that is light, small, has long battery life, strong and unobtrusive mounts and good footage for identifying registration plates.
I agree, but unfortunately I think what we ask is difficult and therefore expensive. Lightweight = smaller battery, so to make battery last longer you have smaller sensor, (lower resolution, particularly in low light) reduce the other power users like image stabilising software.
It's not designed for a handlebar but for a helmet A number of nmotd have been with this or another in the same line. I think 4 is rather harsh given size, weight and battery life.
hirsute wrote: A number of nmotd have been with this or another in the same line
It's been said before (probably by me...) NMOTD should include make and model of the camera, every time. Can't be hard to do, and it would build into a great database of real-world camera tests.
Make, model, frame rate and quality setting (such as 720, 1076HD, HDR etc), and frame rate as these all have an impact on the final image.
Cyclic certainly have a make, time and date stamp, anything else would either have to be added manually or just included in the blurb to NMOTD.
Oldfatgit wrote: Make, model, frame rate and quality setting (such as 720, 1076HD, HDR etc), and frame rate as these all have an impact on the final image. Cyclic certainly have a make, time and date stamp, anything else would either have to be added manually or just included in the blurb to NMOTD.
Just looked at my editing software: Davinci Resolve does not pull and display the frame rate - if it does I can't work out how to do it, and all the information I could find is about changing frame rates - maybe my question to qoogle was badly phrased.
VirbEdit - that won't do it. It's happy to stitch video and telemetry together, but won't show frame rate
DashWare - that won't do it; again, it's happy to stitch video and telemetry but nothing to do with the actual video
ClycliqPlus - certainly not the version that I have installed (although there was an update offered when I opened it - but i doubt it will pull this information.
The information is stored in the metadata for the source file - but that may differ with camera makes / models etc.
Mounted on the handlebars I guess most of the vibration is in the vertical axis. Is it not possible to design a mount tuned to damp those vibrations for the mass of the camera?
I don't own one of these but the review seems overly harsh to me. It may be valid compared to action cams with a fraction of the battery life but apart from the Image Stabilisation and the lack of a light it compares well to the Cycliq Fly 12.
weight : lighter
battery life : much longer
resolution : same
price :almost half the price.
The mount is fugly but cycliqs version break easily. Aftermarket combo mounts with a go pro attachment are ten a penny.
The wind noise is irrelevant as long as it captures the post pass altercation or horn toots.
Also the reviewer neglected to mention there's a 4k version with Stabilisation but is happy to moan that it's an old product!
Any chance this can be given to a Fly 12 user for a second opinion? Several forumites seem to recommend this camera
... which would be just the same as the previous focus on prosecuting sub postfolk. The PO should loose it's legal powers and all prosecutions go...
I hope the lawyers fire back and tell their clients to get to the choppa.
Manslaughter by Motorist. The USA is a third world country with more money.
Have tried angled brake levers and noticed absolutely no effect on braking ability. Don't think I'll break the brake elevers either: how hard do...
Ah, but here it's transformed into "because lack of observation by drivers you have to cycle at a speed where you can stop/avoid at a second's...
100% waterproof tights? I have never seen such a thing. What are they?
"Important message to #climatescam patriots: be sure to protect your privacy by cutting off the antenna the government put on your tyres - it's how...
My neighbours run a conservatory building business from their house in a residential area of Southampton. HGVs are common.
I don't understand why Cycliq don't sell the rear mount separately.
Innovv K6 Dual Lens Camera
Well-made fit-and-forget front and rear dashcam for your bike, with huge run-times available
DJI Osmo Action 4 Adventure Combo
One of, if not the best action cameras currently available
Techalogic DC-2 Pro Dual Lens Helmet Camera
Functional dual aspect camera with great battery life, though the instructions are poor
Garmin Varia RCT715
Poor app and camera performance, with a high price, means it's not a great option unless you need an all-in-one
Drift Ghost X External Mic ???
Discussion in ' Triumph General Discussion ' started by Chris Wise , Mar 5, 2019 .
You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly. You should upgrade or use an alternative browser .
Chris Wise Active Member
Just brought the Ghost X helmet cam .Like it but I did not buy the extra external mike ,just the standard inboard mike .Now I have used it I am getting quite a bit of wind noise from the internal mike Is it worth buying the Drift Ghost X external mike that fits the Ghost X helmet cam and will it cut out some of the wind noise ???
R_1000 First Class Member
It's a good cam with some serious battery life. You can cover the external mic with a little cut out thin sponge and I believe that helps reduce the wind noise. The external mic will do the job too depending on where you are placing the mic.
Drift Ghost X And Drift Ghost Xl Problems
Drift Ghost Hd Update
Drift ghost x problems .
Tiger Explorer Mounting A Drift Ghost 4k Camera
Drift ghost x long life battery, share this page.
Log in with Facebook
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Drift Ghost XL Pro - 4K Action Camera, Image Stabilization,... › Customer reviews
Drift Ghost XL Pro - 4K Action Camera, Image Stabilization, Waterproof, Rotatable Lens, Dashcam Mode, Livestreaming, Clone Mode, 7hr Battery Life at 1080P & 4.5hr Battery Life at 4K (Black)
Customer Reviews, including Product Star Ratings help customers to learn more about the product and decide whether it is the right product for them.
To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzed reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Top positive review
Top critical review
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
From the united states, there was a problem loading comments right now. please try again later..
← Previous page
Next page →
Questions? Get fast answers from reviewers
Start Selling with Amazon
Sell apps on Amazon
Supply to Amazon
Protect & Build Your Brand
Become an Affiliate
Become a Delivery Driver
Start a Package Delivery Business
Advertise Your Products
Self-Publish with Us
Host an Amazon Hub
› See More Ways to Make Money
Amazon Store Card
Amazon Secured Card
Amazon Business Card
Shop with Points
Credit Card Marketplace
Reload Your Balance
Amazon Currency Converter
Shipping Rates & Policies
Returns & Replacements
Manage Your Content and Devices
Your Recalls and Product Safety Alerts
Conditions of Use
Your Ads Privacy Choices
Drift ghost microphone help!
Thread starter georgiagsrider
Start date Feb 26, 2013
So i just bought the drift ghost can anyone help me out with a microphone setup , ive tried in front of the cheek piece (done in video below) and it was a little windy the i moved it into the cheek piece and it was worse, help?? i have a gmax gm48s helmet and an olympus me-52w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl_QyHqN0rs heres the video
I have not done a road test yet but my mic sensitivity is at one with the mic buried in the right cheek pad. The sound quality is fine. My helmet is an HJC IS-MAX BT. I'm not sure how it will turn out once I'm on the road or with different face shield positions. Seattle weather is so crappy lately it just sucks to go outside. I'm sure I will end up changing mic positions before I find a sweet spot. Try to hit up ARidersLife. He has a drift...
I hacked my Drift Stealth mic apart and put a small piece of white Teflon plumbers tape over the top of it to block the wind noise. With that aftermarket mic you have, will probably just have to play around and do some experimenting to see what works the best. Every helmet is different in some way or another. Just takes time to figure out what is best for ya.
I ended up having to buy a Drift Mic (3.5mm) and put it in the right cheek pad facing backwards with sensitivity set to one. Works ok.
Site owner, lovely and adorable.
georgiagsrider said: So i just bought the drift ghost can anyone help me out with a microphone setup , ive tried in front of the cheek piece (done in video below) and it was a little windy the i moved it into the cheek piece and it was worse, help?? i have a gmax gm48s helmet and an olympus me-52w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl_QyHqN0rs heres the video Click to expand...
The wind noise can really ruin a good video. I tried 808 camera before and it was rubbish because of the wind noise mainly. My helmet is bloody loud at high speeds.. impossible to ride without ear plugs - Arai Viper GT, old Nolan is not much better. So I won't place the mic there. I will experiment with my external microphone but for what I need I will probably place is somewhere where the engine can be heard better but not annoyingly loud, and wind noise reduced to minimum.
Seriously not serious
Just add more foam... wrap the mic in thicker and thicker foam until the wind noise is gone.
Top posters past 30 days.
17 minutes ago
Today at 12:06 PM
Yesterday at 2:41 PM
Wednesday at 8:57 PM
Wednesday at 5:50 PM
We have a few hidden forums and features that you can't see until you login or sign up. We only send about 4 emails a year and never sell anything. We're a global community for bikers who like to record videos. We run this site for fun
COMPARE OUR CAMERAS
Drift Innovation Apps
GLOBAL SHIPPING AVAILABLE
FREE SHIPPING ON US ORDERS OVER $50
OUR MOST POWERFUL CAMERA EVER.
The most powerful Drift camera ever made, now boasting Huawei HMS integration for effortless live streaming.
GHOST XL PRO
Experience action videography like never before with the Ghost series’ flagship action camera!
The most powerful Drift camera ever made. The award-winning Ghost series continues with the mighty Ghost 4K, ready to capture your world in stunning 4K Ultra-HD 30FPS.
FOR THE RIDE
Engineered to capture your best footage yet. The Ghost 4K features dual microphones to reduce wind noise and video stabilisation to minimise blur and compensate for camera shake. Your ride never looked - or sounded - so good.
BUILT TO LAST
Our revolutionary snap-on modular system gives you more control than ever. Unclip the included external battery and switch in any Ghost 4K module - from an LCD screen to huge battery packs*. Snap and go. * Modules sold separately.
GET THE SHOT
Blink and you'll miss it. The Ghost 4K switches from sleep to record with a single press. Combined with our advanced low light performance, you're good to go.
Modular side dock for accessories and power systems
Front and rear mics for dynamic sound and noise reduction
Automatic stabilisation at 1080P to capture crisp, clear footage
With the drift life app, you can control your ghost 4k's every move, from viewfinding, to shooting photos, to capturing video. plus, it's connected; check in on the app at anytime to see the best content from around the world..
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT OUR DRIFT-S ACTION CAMERA CAN DO!
File format: mp4(h.264) lens type :140wide angle input :type-c usb,trrs port bluetooth :build-in,remote control compatible size : 47*92*35mm, photo model : 4,8,12 mega pixels battery : 3000mah rechargeable li-lon memory : micro sd,sdhc,sdxc,up to 256gb waterproof :ip*7 waterproof weight :145g, sensor type : sony 12mp microphone :build-in wi-fi : 2.4/5.8g.
Excellent battery life
1080p Full HD video or better
Access to the Drift Life app
Great low-light performance
EVERYTHING BUILT-IN Bringing the bullet form factor of the acclaimed Ghost XL together with stunning 4k resolution, Ghost XL Pro delivers on the action camera wish-list; Crystal clear image quality, sleek bullet profile, a massive 3000 mAh battery built-in, and waterproof right out of the box. Retaining Drift mainstays like the stealth matte black finish, rotating lens and quick-releaseuniversal clip, Ghost XL Pro offers an unbeatable combo of practicality and performance.
4K UHD RESOLUTION
Crystal clear 4K UHD video at 30fps,and 2.7k at 60fps
77 HOUR BATTERY LIFE
7hours recording time in 1080p,or 4.5 hours in 4KUHD resolution
includes waterproof adaptor cables to connect o a USB power supply or external audio source
3 hours of battery life
External Microphone Included
300° rotatable lens
Dash Cam Loop recording mode
Huawei DVKit enabled
Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi
Video resolution / frame rate
4K (4096 X 2160 17:1) 25 FPS 4K UHD (3840 X 2160, 16:9) 24 / 25 / 30 FPS 2.7K (2704 X 1520 16:9) 24 / 25 / 30 / 60 FPS 1080P (1920 X 1080 16:9) 24 / 25 / 30 / 50 / 60 / 100 / 120 FPS 720P (1280 X 720 16:9) 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 200 / 240 FPS
Streaming Date Rate
720 @ 2Mbps, 1080p @ 4Mbps
.MP4 (H.264 video codec)
TI AAC audio codec
0.5M to infinity
Sony IMX117CQT 1/2.3 CMOS sensor
Center Weighted Metering
4GB Nand flash + 8GB DDR3L
Micro USB 10-pin connector
2.4GHz & 5.8GHz AP6234
Windows XP + / Mac OS 10.2 or higher
WiFi (within 10 meters) with Drift Life app Bluetooth remote included
Via USB adaptor
43 (W) x 82.2 (L) x 31.4 (D) mm
MicroSD up to 128GB
1500mAh in built, with 500mAh module included