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Best POV Action Cams

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iOn-Air-Pro-2iON Air Pro 2

iON Worldwide upped the ante in its line of point-of-view (POV) action cams with the second-generation iON Air Pro 2. The wearable, HD videocam offers new features to make it easier for outdoor sports enthusiasts to capture and share video and images—while retaining the compact size, waterproof design, and Wi-Fi connectivity of the original Air Pro.

The Air Pro 2 is one of three cameras iON unveiled earlier this year. Also announced were the GPS-equipped iON Adventure for travelers and the iON Speed Pro for motor/marine sports and racing.

With a 14-megapixel sensor, the Air Pro 2 captures photos and 60-frames-per-sec HD video, vibrating when recording stops or starts, so you know for sure you’re capturing the adventure. A new 180º lens provides a wider field of view to capture more of a scene, and its standard battery now provides 2.5 hours of recording time. iON also added a microphone-in jack, permitting the use of accessory microphones for pro-quality audio.

With the addition of the Wi-Fi PODZ accessory, you can upload videos to social sites via iON’s iOS/Android apps for smartphones and tablets. The app also allows an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch or Android phone or tablet to stop and start recording, change shooting modes, trip the shutter for photos, and check battery life.

Two packages are available: the iON Air Pro 2 HD sports camera with a mini tripod, helmet mount, power adapter, USB cable, and pouch, $249.99; and the iON Air Pro 2 Wi-Fi, which includes the Air Pro 2 package plus the Wi-Fi PODZ for instant connectivity, $299.99. ioncamera.com

GoPro-Hero3GoPro Hero3

Arguably the reigning POV action cam maker, GoPro recently added the Hero3 to its popular lineup. The Hero3 is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than the previous model, making it the smallest GoPro action cam ever. Even the clear plastic waterproof shell is now thinner than before. But that’s not all it has to offer. With just one click, you will be capturing live video in high definition, making video capture faster than ever.

Options abound with this action cam, including built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to operate the Hero3 from your smartphone using the free GoPro app for iOS and Android. Not only does the app let you start, stop, and pause recording, but you also can transfer files from the microSD card to your phone and share images for instant uploading.

The Hero3 Black edition doubles the shooting capabilities of its predecessor, including capturing footage in 4KP at 15 frames per sec (though a compatible monitor is needed to view it). The Silver edition is very similar in specs to the Hero2, with 11 megapixels, 10-frames-per-sec continuous shooting, and Full HD 1080p video recording. The White edition is an entry-level model for casual users, offering 5MP, a 3-fps burst, and Full HD video capability. There are a number of accessories available to mount the cam so you can capture you adventures with the ultimate creativity. Black edition, $399.99; Silver, $299.99; White, $199.99. gopro.com

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