Ion Twin Video 2 Way Video Camera
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- Capture front or rear video and audio feeds with the touch of a button
- Great for interviews, vlogs, and creating videos for YouTube
- High-quality 640 x 480, 30 fps picture resolution
- 3X zoom for getting close to your subject
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
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The picture and video resolution is a very basic 640 by 480 pixels, which equates to 0.3 MP (same as most webcams on notebook PCs).
The main attraction of this video camera is that you can switch the video subject while making the video by pressing a button. With other video cameras, you would have to pause the video, turn the camera 180 degrees, then start the video again. It becomes very tiring if you have to do this often, as in an interview situation.
This camera uses a 3.7 volt, 1050 mAh rechargeable lithium battery, BUT it does NOT state what battery type it is on the label. This means if you need a replacement or a backup battery, you'd have to buy it from ION. It costs $20 plus shipping!!!!! The camera only costs $40. I cannot think of a reason why ION chose not to specify the battery type, other than that it wants you to buy it directly from the company, at a high price. A 3.7 v, 1050 mAh battery commonly sells for under $5, including shipping, on Ebay. You'll have to make sure the dimensions and electrical contacts are compatible. It is not difficult, just inconvenient.
The battery IS BL-5C. It is available on Ebay at very reasonable prices, even includes shipping cost. Just search for "BL-5C" and you'll get lots of choices. I got one for $2 post paid!
The Zoom is small, but usable, About the only Problem I have with The Ion is, The Sound is poor, But at several thousand Still Shots or 120 Min. movies, For under $50.00, Who can complain?
I would & Have recommended this to my friends.
The video camera's battery has to be recharged. I'm not sure how long the charge lasts, but that doesn't make it attractive to take on vacation--if my batteries go dead, I want to pull out a pack of AA or AAA batteries and move on, not find a computer with a USB port! Even if I bought a spare battery (and contrary to what another reviewer says, the battery type is clearly listed in the manual), how would I keep the extra one charged?
The sound is terrible, even with the mic on High. You really have to be close to the camera to have the sound picked up. The videos are tiny and look bad played full-screen.
The nice features are: it comes with a detachable handle (which is about 2x heavier than the camera itself!) that attaches to the tripod port, and it has a detachable cord with a button on the end with a switch for changing between the front and back cameras.
Now that my video survey is over, I'll probably just use this to take videos of my pets. I'm not going to carry it around as chances are when I want to use it, the battery will need charging.
It's fine for free, but I wouldn't have paid even $40 for it. If anyone really bought it for $199 they got suckered for sure. The quality is what I'd expect for a child's toy, not something for serious usage.
A week after getting the ION I saw that Cisco had just announced that they were discontinuing their FLIP video line. I bought a FLIP for the same low price as the ION ($50.00). The difference is night and day. The FLIP is very clear and works great especially outside in normal light (it's not great in low light but I expected that). The FLIP also has no sync problems during longer videos like the ION does. The FLIP also has a pop out USB connector for downloading video to a computer and the software is already part of the FLIP flash drive so you can use it on any available computer.
In my opinion buy the ION only if you are doing short videos to upload to the internet. Buy a FLIP if you want something with much better quality.
So far I have lost 2 video's. For some reason about 5 minutes into filming it starts to break up and freezes. I can't much complain for only 19.99 but its very frustrating.