Hero, or Ghost? Capture the Action Your Way!

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How often have you been belting along through the bush on your bike, or riding the wave of a lifetime with no one around to share the awesome experience with you? Years ago we all thought, man, imagine we could capture this action on video in just the same way that I am experiencing it right now. With the modern day action cameras it’s possible to document the action first-hand so that you can show off to your buddies later, impress the girl of your dreams, or simply relive the moment over and over again.

But which is the best camera to purchase? We’re going to review two of the top models in the market at the moment, the Drift HD Ghost and the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. These aren’t the top of the range cameras (they’re pretty close), but they are two of the best and most popular cameras for guys who mostly use cameras to capture the action of extreme sports, or footage, in rougher conditions where a normal camera would fall to pieces after 2 minutes.

Does Size Matter?

The GoPro is a market leader in the field of action cameras. That isn’t to say that the Drift HD Ghost doesn’t deserve a look though. The Drift only weighs 167g, which means it is small, light-weight and compact, which is exactly what you want in an action camera. Without the extra housing its waterproof up to 3m, but if you need to dive a little deeper, then the Drift housing is waterproof up to 60m. The GoPro is lighter than the Drift, weighing 136g with the waterproof housing. The GoPro Housing allows for a depth of 40m.

Rough and Ready

The GoPro camera is pretty vulnerable without the extra casing; however the bonus is that when you buy the camera, the casing comes included. The Drift is encased in pretty strong rubber, making it super versatile, unless you’re going to be throwing it off buildings. It’s also waterproof to 3m as it comes out of the box. The down side is that the drift casing is only available as an extra (which may not be all that much of an issue, depending on what you actually want to use the camera for).

Recording Stamina

The Drift makes us of a 1700 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery (DC 3.7 V) and lasts up to 3 and a-half hours (depending on the settings and mode). The GoPro has an 1180mAH, 3.7V, 4366mWh battery and is good to run for 2 hours depending on settings and modes.

This is why they’re Awesome!

The Drift HD Ghost has some amazing features like a resolution of up to 1080p and 30fps (120 fps with WVGA), an integrated 2’’ LCD display on the camera, 2-way remote, super easy assembly, and it’s waterproof without the extra housing.

The GoPro Hero 3 + Black Edition is super awesome in its own right and boasts SuperView™, the Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts the frame rate for stunning low-light performance, 30% longer battery life, 4x faster Wi-Fi and up to 4k resolution with 15fps (240fps with WVGA).

At the End of the Session – What Do You Want out of Your Camera?

While both cameras have their pros and cons, it’s undoubtedly a matter of what your application will be when selecting your new Action Camera. Both cameras can be used for most action sports both on dry land as well as in the water as they each have the necessary accessories available. The differences come when you start considering pricing and how far you actually want to take your videoing activities. The GoPro Hero 3 +Black Edition retails at roughly R1000 more than the Drift HD Ghost, but offers the higher resolution capabilities. On the other hand the Drift has the built in screen with Gorilla glass as well as a remote for easy control.

Having an action camera can be a lot of fun, as you can document, record, and show off your progress in whichever sport or activity you are busy with. They are also fantastic for recording shots and angles that would be impossible with any normal camera, and they offer a lot of fun when it comes time to editing, adding music and creating the final video.