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New iON Cameras. Installed, tested, reviewed.

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iON Cameras: Yay or Nay?

(the answer is YAY for those who don’t want to read)

Buy an iON Speed Pro: http://amzn.to/24l9LKg
Buy an iON HD Sport WiFi: http://amzn.to/1TyZ0jM

(There is an update at the bottom)

I bought two iON Cameras to replace my My GoPro camera which stopped functioning properly after just over a year. Hell, it wasn’t working right before then but I never sent it in to be fixed.

I didn’t want to buy another $400 camera so I started looking for alternatives.  Sure I could’ve gone with one of the knock-off GoPro but to be honest, I think the square form-factor is a little ridiculous considering I want to use these while going fast and especially on a helmet, I don’t want the extra drag.

New iON Cameras installed on my Kawasaki Ninja 650

I used the included hande-bar mounts which I found to be of good quality. One of them has a quick release clip and the other a ball similar to a RAM(c) Mount.

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took these photos of the rear mounted camera using the iON Speed Pro.

 iON HD Sports WiFi mounted on the rear

 

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It’s there, left handle bar.

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Wow, fish-eye is bad for photos.

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See it?

Here you can see where I mounted the front camera.  These photos were taken with the iON HD Sport WiFi.

iON Speed Pro mounted on front handlebars.

Buy an iON Speed Pro: http://amzn.to/24l9LKg
Buy an iON HD Sport WiFi: http://amzn.to/1TyZ0jM

I’m happy with the video quality and the mounts reduce or eliminate video shake/vibration as well.

They are simple to use. You clip it on and you flip the switch forward and it’s recording. There is a nice cell-phone-like vibration to indicate that the unit is on.

You flip the switch off and it goes into standby mode. You have to hold the single shot/power button down for a few minutes to turn it off.

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The Lid clips on back. – Min shooting distance is about 6″

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Trying to show you the top slider and button…

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Back lid clipped on

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RAM Style Mount

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Lots of inputs – Camera fails at close shots

 

 

 

The software that comes with the camera leaves  a lot to be desired.  It looks like someone 2016-02-21 17_53_50-ionspent about 15 minutes whipping it together. 2016-02-21 17_53_39-ion 2016-02-21 17_53_27-ion

 

If it opens correctly; I’ve found that the world’s shortest 3″ USB that came with the iON HD Sport is unreliable.2016-02-21 17_48_05-D__

And the iON Cloud where you can sync your video and seamlessly transfer your video to youtube, doesn’t exist from what I’ve been able to find.

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iontheaction.com ? Nope.

 

www.ioncamera.com/ioncloud? Nope...

www.ioncamera.com/ioncloud? Nope…

 

 

 

10 Gigs Free

10 Gigs Free

However, I was able to track down mimedia.com by looking at the tiny print on one of the iON Cloud cards included in both camera packages.  That site is still up but apparently the 10 gig plan is FREE anyway and not just the promised 8 gigs from iON Cameras USA.

This is like selling a product and saying, “Oh, hey, and you get a free email address from gmail.com!” Well no shit… no thanks to you iON Cameras USA.

 

Bottom line?  Buy them.  Buy them all.

Buy an iON Speed Pro: http://amzn.to/24l9LKg
Buy an iON HD Sport WiFi: http://amzn.to/1TyZ0jM

 

UPDATE:

Here are two videos of my boring commute so you can get a nice feel for what the camera does during different types of riding.

One Comment

  • Chad says:

    Sad to say, but, I have been unable to get my microphone to work with the iON Speed Pro and my emails to iON support have gone unanswered. I have a 3.5mm microphone jack so I put a 3.5 to 2.5mm mono adapter on it. There still wasn’t any sound so I tried a 3.5 to 2.5mm stereo adapter and that also failed to allow me to record audio.

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