2015 POV Camera Shootout: iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi

Solid performance specs, but video quality could be better

Cameras

2015 POV Camera Shootout

The Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is iON’s flagship POV camera and there is a lot of performance packed into its sleek, waterproof case.

iON’s flagship POV camera has a lot of performance inside its sleek, waterproof case.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of the 2015 Mtbr/RoadBikeReview POV Camera Shootout. We’ll also be publishing reviews of the Drift Ghost-S, Garmin Virb Elite, GoPro HERO4 Silver, Shimano Sport Camera, and the Sony Action Cam Mini. These reviews will be followed by our final rankings, plus video samples from all six cameras. Read all POV Camera Shootout articles here. To download full resolution video files from all the tests, go HERE.

The Lowdown: iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi

Coming into this test, we viewed the iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi as a possible dark horse contender. Although iON makes a full line of POV cameras and accessories, it doesn’t have the same brand recognition as the other manufacturers in our test. The Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is iON’s flagship POV camera and there is a lot of performance packed into its sleek, waterproof case. The Wi-Fi version we tested comes with a “Wi-Fi Podz” unit, which allows it to connect wirelessly to a smartphone via the free iON Camera mobile app. External controls are simple with just an on/off button and an easy-to-use switch to start and stop video recording. The Air Pro 3 has great performance specs, including full HD video at 60 FPS, 720p at 120 FPS, 12-megapixel still photos – and it’s waterproof to nearly 50 feet without any extra housing. Unfortunately, we found the iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi’s video quality lacking.

Stat Box
Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080 full HD Waterproof: 49 feet
Max Full HD Frame Rate: 60 FPS Battery Life: Up to 2.5 hours
Max HD Frame Rate: 120 FPS at 720p Built-in Wi-Fi: Yes
Time Lapse Controls: Yes GPS: No
Still Photo Resolution: 12 megapixels Weight: 142 g
Max. Still Photo Burst: 3 FPS MSRP: $350
Image Stabilization: No Rating: 2.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 2.5 Chilies-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Simple, aerodynamic design
  • Poor video quality
  • 3.5mm mic input
  • Slow 3 FPS still photo burst rate
  • Solid video specs
  • Minimal time lapse options
  • Waterproof to nearly 50 feet with no extra housing

iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi Video

iON Air Pro 3 tested on the trail at full HD (1920×1080) at the fastest frame rate.

Specification Comparison Chart

POV Spec Comparison Chart

For more information visit usa.ioncamera.com.

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About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, Photo-John.net. John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.


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