The HD Ghost’s focus on functionality pays off. It incorporates a bombproof two-inch LCD that let me access dozens of options—frame rate, mic sensitivity, self-timer—and review clips right on the chairlift. The 360-degree rotating mount survived a swan dive into a Douglas fir, and the lithium-ion batteries lasted 45 percent longer than the other cams’.
SPECIAL FEATURE: In Flashback mode, footage is stored in short-term memory but only saved—up to five minutes after it was shot—when the menu button is pressed. That way you don’t waste space on the weak stuff.
VERDICT: Intuitive functionality, ample camera chops, super-rugged.