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Always On: Action camera shootout: GoPro Hero3 vs. Swann Bolt HD vs. iOn Air Pro 2
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Always On: Action camera shootout: GoPro Hero3 vs. Swann Bolt HD vs. iOn Air Pro 2

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The Always On crew straps on the GoPro Hero3, Swann Bolt HD, and iOn Air Pro 2, and tests out the cameras' durability and performance on the snowy slopes of Mt. Shasta. Find out which one Molly Wood crowns the winner.

-While we're out here, we're gonna take this chance to road test 3 action cameras. We have the iOn Air Pro 2, the Swann Bolt HD and of course the new GoPro Hero3. One of us will wear each of the cameras. We'll compare their ease of use, their image quality, their overall durability and their general action Jackson awesomeness. So our model and tester for the GoPro Hero3 is our producer Sarah Harbin. We finally-- it took us a lab where we figured out the mounting system for the helmet here. So we're just gonna snap this sucker on. You kid it out. You like a little GoPro model girl. Happy skiing. All right. I'm gonna test the Swann Bolt HD. It actually has a pole mount so Nick here is helping me outsmart the mounting system. We're gonna put in the pole. And our PA/stuntman Nick Henry is gonna try out the iOn Air Pro 2. He's the only one of us on a snow board so we actually get to try out the board mount. All right. Let's get it protected. Don't screw up. We're probably gonna [unk] for tapes these on a little bit because I don't really want to lose them although I feel like if you were actually testing this losing it would be pretty likely. No hope at all. All right. It's day 2 of the Always on Reindeer Games. And I have a little update on our action camera shootout road test. First off, the Hero3 which was a pretty good performer as long as you can remember which button is which, like this one is power and this one is record and listen for the beep then you'll know what it's actually doing. iOn Air Pro 2 did not have a good day. You saw us mount and dock taped this thing to Nick's snowboard. The first running took and the first fall he had, it popped right off and the mount totally failed. The sticker didn't work. On top of that, this thing apparently froze. We couldn't stop it from recording but then all the video it had was corrupted and wouldn't play. We're gonna tape it back on and try it again on that snowboard but I don't have high hopes for iOn. And then finally, the Swann Bold HD. Now I mounted this to my pole yesterday. After we reviewed the footage, we realized that you probably only wanna do that if someone else is filming you with the pole. The footage is not that impressive. So today I'm gonna try it on a chest mount and we'll actually gonna be moving the GoPro from Sarah's helmet to chest mount also just for a little different video. But other than that, this performed pretty well. The video looks okay except that it has this awesome 980 style time and date stamp in the bottom. I'm sure there's a way to go into the magical settings on your TV and like change that but we couldn't figure out how and I think it's kinda funny so, we're gonna leave it. We'll see how these guys do today. All right. It's time to review some of the footage from our action cameras. Right now we have the GoPro plugged in. And we know that GoPro generally speaking usually has pretty good video quality. But let see. Let's open [unk] big guys. Sarah going snowboarding. Look at the sunshine. All right. That is good-looking video. So the upshot here, GoPro video was good. -All right. Let's see if today actually worked. It took him like runways. -Yeah. -Really shaky. -It's really shaky and that's on your board. Okay that actually, that video quality is pretty good. -Now it's good but at sideways. -But at sideways. Can we just leave this camera for a second? I couldn't help but notice that the camera is round. It's a round camera. Why would it ever be shooting sideways or up ways or whatever and not just like one-- it's round. All right. Let's check on mine the Swann Bolt HD. Looks okay. -Pretty okay. -It's pretty blown-out like there's no-- the GoPro and iOn and Bolt, you could see the detail on the snow. This is just sort of a blinding white. So this looks all right. For my mind, the one-- the camera that probably the easiest to use and the most reliable despite some batter issues and a pretty difficult firmware upgrade, had to be GoPro. -Yeah, I hate to say it, I usually vote for the underdogs but-- -Exactly. It's not like we don't love them but they're just, you know, they've been the winner for a long time. You know, these guys are coming up and I think they'll hopefully work out some of these kinks. For me it's GoPro then the iOn despite the problems that it had. The Swann to me is just like that's not for some reason is not complete. Actually, you know what, that's not true. Screw the iOn and its sideways video. A round camera should not take sideways video, iOn loses. It's all about the Swann. -You're the boss. I can't-- -And GoPro. -I can't disagree. -Sideways, no. GoPro wins.
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