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First Look: iON's Air Pro 3 an excellent little all-in-one action cam

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First Look: iON's Air Pro 3 an excellent little all-in-one action cam

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Continuing where its predecessor left off, the Air Pro 3 is a smart choice for easy POV shooting and sharing.

Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET. And this is the iON Air Pro 3, an action cam that gives you several reasons not to go with the GoPro route. At just five ounces, the camera is super light, and the bullet-shaped body is waterproof down to 49 feet without a housing. To start recording, you just slide the big switch forward, and it gives you a little vibration to let you know it's on. The Pro 3 can do full HD at 30 or 60 frames per second, and 720p at 120, 60, or 30 frames per second, at bit rates up to about 22 megabits per second. And it can do single and burst photo shooting and time lapse, as well. A desktop application is used for adjusting all settings, but a switch on back lets you quickly change on the go between your full HD and 720p settings. Also, this back cap that you removed to get to this back panel is actually a Wi-Fi module iON calls a pod. With the Wi-Fi pod, you can connect to your iOS or Android device to do things like view and download shots to your device, and start recording remotely. But other pods are available for adding a long-distance remote for controlling up to eight cameras, or for access to the external mic jack. As for mounting the camera, you can use iON's CamLock mounts for quick connecting between different mounts, or you can just use anything with a standard quarter-inch tripod mount. So, how is the video, right? Well, overall, it's very good and slightly improved from the Pro 2. Scenes still look a little soft when viewed at large screen sizes. But for viewing on smartphones and tablets or automonitor at small sizes, the results are excellent. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a quick look at the iON Air Pro 3.

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