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A closer look at Ion the Home (pictures)

The Ion the Home security camera is a new venture for the previously action cam-focused company.

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Ion's brand new Wi-Fi security camera costs $130, or £150 in the UK (Australian availability has not been announced, but would be about AU$150 converted).

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It has a corresponding Android and iOS app.

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The Android app is optimized for phones, so tablet-owners might be out of luck.

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But, I was able to get it set up on a Samsung Galaxy S5 and an iPhone 5 with little effort.

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Ion provides optional hardware if you want to mount the camera.

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And it comes with a wall adapter to power the device.

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Unlike many DIY security cameras, Ion the Home offers a free cloud storage option.

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That's 24 hours of rolling storage, meaning the oldest hour will be deleted to make room for the most recent.

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From there, you will have the option to pay $10, £6 a month for seven days of storage or $30, £19 a month for 30 days of storage (similar to Dropcam's cloud services).

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This camera will be available starting early November at Walmart and on Ion's online store.

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At $130 or £150 Ion the Home will be competing directly with entry-level cameras, like Belkin's NetCam HD+ for $130 (£130 in the UK, and AU$170 in Australia).

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