New: Air Pro Ion HD Video Camera for FPV

ION Air Pro WiFi

I found this HD camera on the net today, and it seems to be the perfect alternative to the GoPro, as it is lighter and has a smaller size, which could be important in terms of micro-quads, etc..

Its smaller than the GoPro HD Hero, at 4 inches long and half inches across and weighing in at 4.5 oz, it is a  truly ultralight HD videocam with the added bonus that it looks the part of "Eye in The Sky"

There are outputs for HD video, so just hook it up to a FPV transmitter and you are good to go! MicroSD cards are supported and you can record videos directly, even without an FPV setup. Beneath the bubble-shape front of the camera there is a 170-degree wide-angle lens which can capture video along with 5-megapixel HD stills.

The on-board battery is clamed to be good to upto 4 hours of 1080p recording, and it can be connected via USB to a computer to download the photos or charge the battery.

Another version, with WiFi,is also capable of steaming video to your iDevice/ Android device ,while the iPhone/Android phone,etc. acts as a controller for the camera. (Think PhoneDrone with this camera!!!)

At $230, without any accessories, I think its a pretty good deal as it is extremely light and small, with is infact a big deciding factor for me, as I design micro-quads only.

More details at their website, and be sure to check out the other models as well!!

Air Pro ION

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Comment by Jay Bryon on June 5, 2012 at 11:42pm

If you use an alternate mount you can reduce the gopro to 3.3oz plus the mount.  

Comment by Schwabenkart on June 6, 2012 at 4:52am

Here you will find a comparison of the ION air HD and the GoPro Hero HD in the way of a side by side video.

My opinion... the video quality of the ION is much better than the GoPro.

Comment by ernani reis on June 6, 2012 at 5:30am

Gopro is, as Moroe says, smaller, Ion's fontal area is way lower. If the plan is flying, the Ion seems like a better option. The picture quality seems better too. I have a Gopro.

Comment by Marooned on June 6, 2012 at 5:52am

But this is Hero, not Hero2 - this also affect the comparison. Here is Hero vs Hero2 comparison that shows that Hero2 is crisper.

I'm not saying that GoPro is better/worse than Air Pro. But there are a few years gap in the above comparison.

Comment by Ellison Chan on June 6, 2012 at 6:43am

Well, seems clear that the ION has better video quality.  However, has anyone confirmed that the ION will output to NTSC A/V connectors live?  You will need that for FPV.  Most of the time these cameras, only playback to A/V, especially the HD ones, since you need the additional circuit to do the video resolution down conversion to NTSC from 1080p.  The GoPro definitely has that capability, it's a given.

On the other hand, this 600VL, Sony Super HAD CCD camera has all you need for FPV, and is only $52:

Check out this review by  RCModelReviews:

Comment by Kabir on June 6, 2012 at 8:17am

There is an " Output : A/V Composite " on the box, and it ships with an tri-colour A/V cable, so I guess that it will output to NTSC A/V connector lines

Comment by Ellison Chan on June 6, 2012 at 8:22am

Mohammed, not necessarily.  It could just be for playback of recordings.  That means the digital video is converted to analog on playback.  FPV requires that live video from the camera is converted to analog realtime.  You need a high speed DAC for that, and it's more expensive, so most camera makers don't incorporate that into their design to save money, since there usually isn't a need to see the video in low-res in realtime.

Comment by Ellison Chan on June 6, 2012 at 8:57am

Well, seems a little difficult to get into, but looks like there's a live preview for the TV/NTSC, so it might work.  But $229 is not much cheaper than GoPro, and if I were to just use it for FPV the video quality needed would max out @ about 650VL, so neither GoPro nor ION is necessary anyways. Personally, I'd just go with that Super HAD CCD camera, more than adequate for $52.

Comment by Kabir on June 6, 2012 at 9:04am

Thnx for clearing the doubts mods!

Comment by Bertrand Duchiron on June 6, 2012 at 9:42am

I use an horizonHD , only 38g , record on microSD, powered by 5v (can be plug on the RX).

Sensor: 5.0 Megapixels CMOS

Video resolution: 1920x1080 30fps

1440x 1080 30fps

1280x720 30fps

1280x720 60fps

Photo resolution: 2592x1944

The new version will be available on June 20. there is a long thread on RCG


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