We’ve not been selling Go Pro for long, although we’ve been using them for years. They are, of course, brilliant with the ability to capture images at the highest resolution. The wide angle lens on a Go Pro is also superb and the range of accessories is unmatched.
But recently we’ve taken on a competitor, the HD Ghost for Drift, and whilst we’re not qualified to make technical comparisons, we recently took both cameras with is for a two day tack school at Laguna Seca in California, and we did develop some views about operability and ease of use.
There’s no two ways about it, the Drift is a very funky looking bit of kit that feels more solid and more sophisticated than the slightly awkward and nerdy Go Pro.
A Go Pro on a helmet always looks a touch ungainly and precarious. Wherever you mount a Drift, it looks more integrated and less obtrusive.
The Drift has a great rubberised texture and it feels bombproof, and it has all the features you would expect. It films in HD. It has a 170° wide angle lens. A x 4 digital zoom. And so on.
But what we found useful; was the screen on the back that showed you exactly what was being framed by the camera. You can get a similar facility on a Go Pro, but it’s an extra cost.
We also really liked the wrist mounted controller that enables you to turn the video on and off without going near the camera.
Another neat feature is the rotary lens that enables you to move from landscape to portrait filming, without moving the camera itself.
Over the two days, we used both cameras and both captured amazingly good video. We couldn’t fault either camera.
And whilst we accept that there will probably be Go Pro aficionados who will, for whatever reason, declare their machine to be the king if the hill, I have to say that we quickly became Drift converts.
The Go Pro proposition has evolved and the overall package is now brilliant. But the Drift feels as though it has been designed from scratch to do everything you would want.
It doesn’t need a waterproof case, because it is waterproof as it is. And so on.
There’s a whole host of accessories that come with the cameras and, of course, there are mounts and other accessories that can be bought separately.
At £299.99, it sits between the top Go Pro and the company’s next model.
All we would say is that both are brilliant with capabilities that far exceed those any of us really need, but if functionality, style and ease of use are the consideration, then the Drift HD is the one we’d go for.