Drift action cameras are one of the original manufacturers and are known for an innovative design approach that enables you to capture a level horizon; however, the camera is mounted.
Like the GoPro Hero10 Black and Insta360 One RS, the Drift Ghost XL Pro can be mounted horizontally as you’d expect; however, it can also be mounted vertically or at an angle. While the other two cameras can also do this, the footage they shoot will need to be sorted out and cropped to correct the orientation; with the Drift, you rotate the lens, and the orientation is correct.
Even more impressive is that if you need to mount the camera at an angle, say from a roll cage, then a quick lens rotation and the footage is once again level. No other action camera enables this ease of functionality.
While many now offer intelligent horizon levelling, the quality of the video footage cannot match that of the Drift Ghost XL Pro, which can shoot a level horizon natively.
While the Ghost XL Pro offers plenty of mounting options, it doesn’t offer quite so many advanced features. There is a screen, although it’s a mono LCD rather than a full-blown colour touch screen.
There are also no in-built story modes or many other fancy features or modules that we have come to expect from GoPro or Insta360; the Drift Ghost XL Pro is just a pure no-fuss action camera.
The Drift Ghost XL Pro is the action camera you want on a track day or any race, mounted to a yacht mast, roll cage or helmet. The Drift cuts back on the features that few of us ever actually use after the first week and delivers one of the best-performing action cameras on the market.
However, the paired back design will not be for everyone; if you’re looking for a camera for the family or vlogging, this may not be the camera for you; the Drift Ghost XL Pro is most at home with those seeking action.