Posted Jan 19th 2013 11:58AM
Meanwhile, back at the Consumer Electronics Show, iON camera announced its new Speed Pro camera that it says is specifically tailored to high-speed motor and marine sports. Retailing for US$299 (Canadian pricing TBA), the Speed Pro offers up to a 170-degree viewing angle and mounts to affix it to cars, motorcycles and boats and other vehicles.
Recording at 1080p the field-of-view drops to 127 degrees and the only frame rate option is 30 frames per second. At 960p and 30 fps you get the full 170 degrees, at 720p you can choose 30 fps or 60 fps for its 150-degree field-of-view. Still photos are captured at 5MP and remote control of the camera requires the purchase of the US$99 Wi-Fi PODZ.
Alongside the Speed Pro, iOn also announced the US$249 Air Pro 2 with an upgraded 14-megapixel sensor and 180-degree lens, and the US$349 GPS-equipped iON Adventure with its lens on the side of the body, dual SD card recording and a motion-detecting sensor designed for adventure-seekers that move a little more slowly.
Samples of Speed Pro footage can be found in the two videos below that feature World Rally Championship driver Petter Solberg. Closer to home, you can see them in operation if you visit the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah where the iON has been named the exclusive action camera supplier.
The press release below lays it all out in words.
iON Worldwide Launches Speed Pro Video Camera in North America;
Is Named Official Camera of Miller Motorsports Park
LAS VEGAS, (CES 2013), January 7, 2013 – iON Worldwide, the global consumer electronics company known for bringing Shoot/Share™ Wi-Fi connectivity to point-of-view (POV) cameras, today announced the North American availability of the iON Speed Pro™, a high-definition (HD) video camera specially designed for shooting and sharing fast-paced motorsports action. It also announced a major partnership with Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, one of the pre-eminent racing and training facilities in North America, which is a division of the Salt Lake City-based Miller Sports Properties. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, the iON Speed Pro will become the Official Camera of Miller Motorsports Park.
The Speed Pro is one of three cameras iON is unveiling at CES 2013 in its quest to deliver a full line of cameras tailored to meet the diverse needs of a broad range of pro and consumer users. Also being announced are the iON Air Pro 2 with new 14-megapixel sensor and 180-degree lens and the GPS-equipped iON Adventure, designed for travelers and adventure-seekers.
With full 1080p HD resolution and a 170-degree wide-angle lens, the ultra-lightweight and waterproof iON Speed Pro is optimized for high-speed motor and marine sports. A variety of easy-to-use mounts allow users to attach the camera to their car, motorcycle, boat or other vehicle, ensuring that it's always perfectly positioned to capture the action. When paired with iON's signature Wi-Fi PODZ™, the Speed Pro camera enables users to immediately upload their videos to social sites using the iON Camera app for iOS and Android. The Speed Pro's capabilities can be seen in newly released videos shot by Team iON member and world-famous rally driver Petter Solberg in France and Finland.
Simultaneous to the Speed Pro launch, iON is kicking off its partnership with Miller Motorsports Park, which has hosted many of the world's most significant racing series and is home to a performance driving and motorcycle school. iON cameras will be the exclusive POV cameras used and sold at Miller Motorsports Park, and iON will be the title sponsor of a major event at Miller Motorsports Park in 2013. iON will also have a visible presence at Miller Motorsports Park, with signage prominently displayed throughout the venue as well as on helmets used in Miller's driving and riding schools and kart center. iON cameras will be used by instructors and made available for student use at all Miller Motorsports Park schools.
"We are very pleased to name the iON Speed Pro as the Official Camera of Miller Motorsports Park," said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. "iON is a very innovative organization, and their Speed Pro camera is perfect for motorsports applications. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with iON, and to creating many great memories for our staff and our guests with the iON Speed Pro camera."
"The iON Speed Pro is being increasingly used by professional racers and we're honored that it is now the Official Camera of Miller Motorsports Park," said Giovanni Tomaselli, CEO, iON Worldwide. "With the worldwide availability of the iON Speed Pro, consumers and pros alike can now shoot and share their high-speed adventures. We are excited to be helping racing enthusiasts capture and share their biggest moments."
The iON Speed Pro will be sold through the company's new Motorsports and Marine Division, led by longtime motorsports executive Daniel Gatto. Gatto recently joined iON as sales director; he was previously an executive at Contour camera.
The iON Speed Pro will be available for $299.99 online at www.ioncamera.com/e-shop/.
About iON Cameras
Designed for professionals and consumers alike, the aerodynamic, lightweight and easy-to-use iON camera line features a number of significant industry firsts, including Wi-Fi connectivity and free cloud storage. The unique iON PODZ system – thin, circular discs that attach onto the back of the basic camera, adding virtually no weight or volume – extends the capabilities of the iON Air Pro, iON Adventure and Speed Pro camera lines. With the iON Wi-Fi PODZ and iON app, users can control camera functions and settings, view the action as it happens as a live stream, and replay or immediately upload footage to Facebook, YouTube or share it via email.
About iON Worldwide
iON Worldwide is a subsidiary of global consumer electronics specialist World Wide Licenses Ltd. (WWL). iON Worldwide's experienced executive team has been involved in the design, development and manufacturing of digital imaging products for leading brands worldwide for more than 20 years. For more information, visit www.ioncamera.com.