Ion Twin Video review: Ion Twin Video

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.4
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Image quality: 6.0
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The Good The Ion Twin Video's dual-lens design makes it easy to record yourself and what's in front of you. It comes with handy accessories including a 2GB SD card.

The Bad Unlike other pocket video cameras, the Twin Video requires a cable to connect to a computer and charge, and software isn't embedded in the device. Also, it records in VGA resolution only, and the built-in mics are a little weak and there's no mic jack.

The Bottom Line The Ion Twin Video makes putting yourself in movies easy, but the rest of the package isn't as exciting.

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The Ion Twin Video pocket video camera is a bit of an oddball in the category. It's missing what these devices are known for these days: HD video, a built-in USB connector for offloading video and photos and charging without a cable, and embedded sharing software. However, it has something that no other minicamcorder has: front- and rear-facing lenses.

The dual-lens (and dual-mic, too, for that matter) design lets you easily record yourself and, at the press of a button, switch to recording what's in front of you. That means if you want to be in your movie, you don't have to do any awkward flipping of the camera or any editing.

To accommodate the two lenses, the Twin Video's body is wider than a typical minicamcorder, which could make it tough to grip for smaller hands. Luckily, Ion Audio includes a weighted handle that screws into a standard tripod mount in the bottom of the device. The handle not only allows you to hold the Twin Video comfortably out in front of you, but because of its weight it can do double duty as a stand. Next to each lens is a small LED for lighting and a microphone.

The device casing is made of glossy plastic (it becomes covered in fingerprints as soon as you pick it up) and is so lightweight it feels cheap and fragile, but it's actually fairly sturdy. Plus, since it is so light, you can throw it in a bag or pocket and not be weighed down. Below the lenses on top you have a 2.4-inch LCD, a You/Me button for switching video streams, and some simple controls.

Aside from the record button that's front and center, there's a Mode button for jumping from recording movies to shooting photos and then into playback so you can view what you've recorded. A Set/Delete button opens up a list of four settings: Lighting (turns the LEDs on and off), Format (for formatting an SD card), TV system (NTSC or PAL), and Light frequency (50Hz or 60Hz); it will also delete movies and photos from your SD card when in playback. The two remaining buttons control the 3x digital zoom and handle menu/content navigation and volume. That's it for controls and shooting options, though, so if you're after a basic point-and-shoot minicamcorder, this is as simple as it gets.

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Ion Twin Video

Part Number: CNETTWINVIDEO Released: Nov 30, 2010
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  • Release date Nov 30, 2010
  • Optical Sensor Type CMOS