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

Video Cameras
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.

Up Next

The Insta360 One X2 made me feel like a kid again
insta360onex2-thumb4

Up Next

The Insta360 One X2 made me feel like a kid again

Watch Insta360's AI edit my skate video
insta360oner-7

Watch Insta360's AI edit my skate video

A beginner's guide to making a YouTube video
how-to-yt-thumb

A beginner's guide to making a YouTube video

All the products Panasonic announced at its CES press conference
panasonic-products-thumb-3

All the products Panasonic announced at its CES press conference

Before iPhone 11 Pro: The Bolex Reflex
iphonebolex-3

Before iPhone 11 Pro: The Bolex Reflex

Budget YouTuber tech for beginners
budget-youtube-gear

Budget YouTuber tech for beginners

What to know about GoPro's new cameras (The Daily Charge 10/01/2019)
dcthumb10012019

What to know about GoPro's new cameras (The Daily Charge 10/01/2019)

GoPro Hero 8 Black is its most powerful, feature-filled camera ever
goprohero8

GoPro Hero 8 Black is its most powerful, feature-filled camera ever

DJI Osmo Action gets you more on-screen time on land and water
m88a9231-mov-08-51-46-29-still001

DJI Osmo Action gets you more on-screen time on land and water

DJI's Osmo Pocket is an amazingly small stabilized 4K camera for creators
dji-osmo-pockeet

DJI's Osmo Pocket is an amazingly small stabilized 4K camera for creators

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core.png

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city.png

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
top-5.png

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
the-daily-charge.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future.png

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today.png

Tech Today

Cooley On Cars
on-cars.png

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection.png

Carfection

Latest News

Driving 4,000 Miles in Lotus' New EV Was Brutal and I Loved It
lotuscmsstill

Driving 4,000 Miles in Lotus' New EV Was Brutal and I Loved It

A Closer Look at Apple's AI: What We Didn't Hear in the WWDC Keynote
One More Thing Thumbnail

A Closer Look at Apple's AI: What We Didn't Hear in the WWDC Keynote

Dreamfoam Essential Mattress Review: The Ultimate Mattress for RVs and Trailers?
The Dreamfoam Essential mattress against a colorful background with a man's hands pushing down on the side of the bed.

Dreamfoam Essential Mattress Review: The Ultimate Mattress for RVs and Trailers?

Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress Review: Should You Buy It?
The Saatva Latex Hybrid mattress sits on a bed frame while a man tests the edge of the mattress against a colorful background.

Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress Review: Should You Buy It?

Lull Original Premium Mattress Review: A Cut Above Lull's Original Bed
The Lull Original Premium mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background.

Lull Original Premium Mattress Review: A Cut Above Lull's Original Bed

Nolah Signature Mattress Review: Best Bed for Side Sleepers?
The Casper Wave mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background.

Nolah Signature Mattress Review: Best Bed for Side Sleepers?

Our Mattress Experts Unbox Bear's Brand With Scott Paladini
Three people in a room filled with mattresses against a colorful background

Our Mattress Experts Unbox Bear's Brand With Scott Paladini

Tempur-Pedic Adapt Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Tempur-Pedic Adapt mattress against a colorful background with a man's hands pushing down on the side of the bed.

Tempur-Pedic Adapt Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy

Casper Snow Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Casper Snow mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background with a man smiling in the front.

Casper Snow Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy

Casper Dream Hybrid Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Casper Dream mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background with a man smiling in the front.

Casper Dream Hybrid Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy