iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include an action camera like the iON Air
Pro 3 Wi-Fi. This durable little camera, which is constructed of a one-piece aluminum barrel, measures a petite 1. 55 x 1. 55 x 4. 14 inches
and weighs only 5 ounces. That doesn’t influence its performance,
though. The iON Air Pro 3 can capture HD video up to 1080p at 30
and 60 fps, as well as 720p at 30, 60 and 120 fps. It has a fixed f/2.8
aperture lens with a 160-degree field of view.
The Air Pro 3 is waterproof to a depth of 49 feet right out of
the box; no housing required. And, because of its one-piece
construction, the lens won’t fog if you take the camera for a dip
in the ocean or pool. In addition to video, the Air Pro 3 captures
12-megapixel stills, has timelapse and burst modes, plus real-time
shoot-and-share functionality. Battery life is an impressive 2. 5 hours
of recording time.
In addition to its internal (and waterproof) microphone, a 3.5mm
jack accommodates an external microphone for dry-land recording.
The iON bundle will get you started and each purchase comes
with 8GB of free cloud storage. All you need is a microSD card
up to 64GB. If you have a few extra dollars, check out iON’s many
accessories and mounts for your next adventure or shoot.
GoPro HERO4 Black Edition
You don’t have to ski down a mountain or surf the gnarliest wave to integrate the GoPro
HERO4 Black Edition into your shoots. It’s small enough to be unobtrusive at weddings, and
with the popularity of aerial quadcopter videography, the HERO4 may be the perfect fit for
your current—or future—needs. The tiny camera shoots 4K at up to 30 fps and 1920 x 1080 at a
motion-slowing 120 fps, plus you can grab 12-megapixel stills at up to 30 fps.
Pair the camera, which has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with the GoPro app to get full
remote control. The HERO4 comes with an underwater housing, allowing you to shoot at a
maximum depth of 131 feet (perfect if you’re a certified diver, of course). With housing, the
camera weighs 5. 4 ounces, or a mere 3. 1 ounces out of the underwater case. The HERO4
offers a ton of features and even more accessories. It’s small, cute and, best of all, versatile.
This 4K camcorder from JVC is outfitted with a 12x, f/1. 2-3. 5 image-stabilized optical zoom with a focal range of 29.5-354mm (35mm-
equivalent). The camera weighs 2. 45 pounds and measures 6.02 x
4. 41 x 11. 77 inches, so you won’t be able to tuck it away quite as
easily as some other cameras, but, for its class and capabilities, it’s
still relatively small.
Capable of shooting 4:2: 2 full HD up to 60p at 50 Mbps, footage
can be recorded directly to dual SDHC/SDXC cards. Much like high-
end DSLRs with dual card slots, this JVC model can either record
simultaneously to both cards so you have an automatic backup
or utilize the second card for additional storage. A built-in HDMI
connector provides live 4K output for external monitors. If you
need lower-res files (480 x 270p or 960 x 650p) in addition to full
HD, the two sizes can be recorded at the same time.
Other features of note include a built-in, two-position ND filter,
which may come in handy when shooting outdoors, along with a
built-in stereo microphone. Wired remote control is supported,
and the camera features a 3.5-inch LCD along with a 0.24-inch
color viewfinder. You can even pick up a remote lens control
device for $375.