Drift HD Ghost

Drift HD Ghost

Drift HD Ghost     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Quick setup.

THE TEST: It shoots 1080p video or five 11-megapixel stills per second, is waterproof to ten feet, and has almost twice the battery life of any other action cam in the test. But the Ghost stands out for how easy it is to use. It comes with a wireless remote that straps to your wrist and lets you operate a limitless number of Ghosts within 30 feet. Color-coded LEDs on the watchband provide intuitive mode indicators. And unlike with the GoPro or the Contour, you can download footage directly to your iPhone, so you can Facebook-brag minutes after capturing an epic line. The GoPro’s video chops are the only reason it edged out the Drift for Gear of the Year.

THE VERDICT: The best everyman’s camera. 

TECH: 4 
USABILITY: 5

Brand: Drift $399

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