Looking to get a camera for riding around didn't know what would be better a gopro or a drift ghost camera? Anyone mess around with any of these?
So much depends on the intended use. I know you said "riding around," but, sorry, I don't follow you on this. Do you want to record a run through some twisties, or a particularly nice road in a national park? Or are you more interested in a dashcam type of setup? Will you be mounting it on the bike (e.g., dashcam, or trackday, or ...) or will you be mounting on a helmet (which generally results in smoother videos, because your body is acting as a shock absorber, but which is not appropriate for dashcam purposes or documenting a road or a track).
My first action cam was a Liquid Image Ego 727. Decent video, and extremely small. But: preview only via a phone, and firmware updates stopped coming. I wouldn't get any camera after that unless it seemed to have good support, and also the company seemed to be one of the market leaders, so it will be around for a while. This is not the case with Liquid Image, IMHO.
I got a Hero4 Silver for a present, and I like that a lot. I've used that to record track days, mostly, and some back roads during day trips. All of this has been bike-mounted; I like to capture lean angles, for instance, and helmet-mounting isn't great for that (although, as I said, you'll get some vibration). Being the gorilla in the room, GoPro stuff is nicely supported -- firmware, mounts, etc. -- by both the company and the aftermarket. This GoPro has a preview and live view, and, for instance, can be started recording via a smartphone (with either GoPro or aftermarket software).
I also have a case and power cord from 3BR ( https://www.3brpowersports.com/
) for the GoPro. This is not for submerging the camera underwater (an included GoPro case covers that), but these 3BR goodies allow riding without worrying whether it's going to rain -- they're fine for that -- and also charge the camera. (I'm talking a bike mount here, because you won't be using a USB cable if a camera is mounted on your helmet.) This is not stuff you're going to find for most other cameras.
The most recent use was a couple of sessions at a track day last month. This was on a Burgman 650, and you can see the mounting setup here: Non-Sportbike Track Day, Palmer, MA, 08-22-2016
. The following two images have links to the actual videos I put up on Vimeo; if you just want to go to one directly, click
On the dashcam front, there are a few expensive systems -- I research this every year or so -- but AFAIK
still no perfect, or near perfect, system for bikes. You'd want waterproof, mostly hidden, easily and securely mounted, that sort of thing; these things are mostly non-issues in a car, but a bike is another matter.
My favorite guy for reviews of cameras -- in fact, one of a very few YouTube channels I subscribe to -- is Techmoan. Take a look at Techmoan - Techmoan
, and in particular the Action Cameras or the Car DVR / Dash Cams links on the right of that page. These are detailed reviews of cameras, generally about 20 minutes each. The guy is really familiar with this stuff, and also has a motorcycle; he often will mount a camera to the bike or his helmet sometime during a test.
That's all I got.