Summary: For a relatively young company, Ion gets a lot of things right with the Air Pro 2. The device has a relatively compact and durable design, lasts a fair amount on a charge, and has a comprehensive smartt phone app. Not only that, but it costs $100 less than competing devices. If Ion can find a way to mount the camera closer to a helmet, it will really give other action cameras a run for their money.
Conclusion: We love the simplicity of the Ion Air Pro, and how its settings and lack of screen just force you to shoot and go when you’re on location, but depending on what sports you’re into, that could be limitation more than a blessing. In the end, it’s hard to choose this over a GoPro.
Pros: Despite its Herculean skills, the GoPro looks like a toy: the Ion Air Pro on the other hand looks as good as it does rugged. It fits right in with the look of your mountain bike, and it shoots pretty good video to boot. There are stacks of accessories on offer too, including waterproof housing that’ll let you dive down 10m. If you plan on going any further into the deep than that, you’re a braver soul than anyone we know.
Cons: Check out our video review above and you’ll see the problem we had: on the way down from the outer atmosphere, the Ion Air Pro’s lens did start clogging up with condensation, an issue we didn’t see with either the Contour+ or the GoPro. You also have to change the settings in advance, since it lacks a screen on the device, which can be a bit of a problem for freestylers.
Conclusion: The competitively priced, waterproof, Wi-Fi-connected Ion Air Pro WiFi is a solid entry in the ever-growing realm of action-oriented sports cameras.
Pros: Durable waterproof body. Compact and lightweight. Records 1080p30 and 720p60 HD video. Easy-to-use controls, even when mounted. Wide array of mounting accessories. Expansion bay for Wi-Fi connectivity.
Cons: Visible compression affects finer details. Cannot adjust settings on the camera.