By Lisa Johnston
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Moorestown, N.J — Ion America introduced Wednesday latest iteration in its Ion Air Pro family of action video cameras.
The Ion Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi, which ships in November at a $350 suggested retail, is billed as a wearable camera with greater mounting options than previous models and one of the more competitive price points in its class.
The third-generation Air Pro is packaged with a Wi-Fi Podz to enable shoot-and-share operation through a connection to a smartphone, tablet or other connected device.
The Ion Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi retains the compact size, light weight and fully waterproof design of last year’s model but adds new mounting options that extend the versatility of Ion cameras, allowing secure, hands-free use in a wider range of environments, the company said.
As with previous Ion Wi-Fi equipped models, the camera comes with free cloud storage using the supplied Wi-Fi Podz. The Ion Podz system offers thin, circular discs that attach to the back of the basic camera, adding little extra no weight or volume.
The Wi-Fi capabilities of the Ion Wi-Fi Podz work with the Ion app for iOS and Android devices, allowing users to control camera functions and settings, preview the scene before shooting, instantly replay recordings, and upload footage to Facebook, YouTube and other social networks.
The Air Pro 3 records HD video up to 1080/60p with dual streaming to enable users to simultaneously “shoot and share” their recordings, without sacrificing battery life.
A new, 12-megapixel CCD image sensor offers up to 4,000 by 3,000 still-image resolution with improved light sensitivity and wider dynamic range.
The camera’s anti-shake feature minimizes the effects of vibration for crisper images, and its built-in microphone is equipped with noise reduction to minimize wind noise.
Other new features of the Air Pro 3 include a battery life of more than 2.5 hours; a custom-made, fog-free lens with improved light transmission for top-quality videos and stills; and a 160-degree angle of view that can be customized for tighter 140- or 150-degree angles using the Ion app.
While retaining the light weight and cylindrical shape of the previous Air Pro models, the camera casing is redesigned to withstand water pressure of up to 49 feet deep, with no outer housing required.
The addition of a pro-grade metal quarter-inch tripod screw mount assures stability when used with conventional mounting systems.
The camera also carries over features of earlier Air Pro model, such as one-click capture, auto-rotation G-Sensor, CamLock system, built-in microphone, multiregion AC adapter, Ion FCS mount, Ion rollbar mount, head strap and goggle mount.
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