CNET First Look
Ion Twin VideoThe Ion Twin Video makes putting yourself in movies easy, but the rest of the package isn't as exciting.
Hey, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET and this is a look at the ION Twin Video. Now, the Twin Video is not your typical videocamera. What's different is that it has two lenses, one in back and one in the front. Now, why would you want that? Well, it allows you to put yourself in your movie without spinning the camera around awkwardly. For example, I can start off on me and then hit a button and switch to Richard, my cameraman, wave hi, Richard. But then I wanna switch back to me so I hit the button again and it changes to the rear-facing camera. The camcorder comes with this weighted handle that can be used as a grip or a stand as well as a remote trigger for switching video feeds and a 2-gig SD card for storage. However, that's pretty much where the good times end with this device. It doesn't have the flipout USB connector that's common to these devices or the embedded software for easy editing and sharing. The video and photo resolution is limited to VGA so no HD and the video quality is basically only good enough for web use at small sizes. Really, aside from the lenses, the only extra feature is some LEDs for extra light when shooting. That said, if you do a lot of logging, interviews, or can think of other uses for the dual lenses, it does work and it's very simple to use, and plus it's inexpensive. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the ION Twin Video.