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indyjaco
09/06/2014, 06:14 PM
Hi RC,


Is a GoPro a valid option for snorkeling and diving? The future wife and I are headed to Fiji in a month and I want to get our adventures on video and in pictures.

I was thinking of getting the new Hero Silver edition.

Sorry if this is in the wrong location.

Thank you.

luisgo
09/06/2014, 06:26 PM
I have a White GoPro and I like it very much for underwater video, photos, etc. Is very small and the display if purchased separately is very small. If you need a bigger display then look for another alternative. Here is a video of my last underwater adventure in Puerto Rico.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA3aQSsYAIM&list=UU8kLmTLMnpmMHYLjmeBlJfw

indyjaco
09/07/2014, 08:16 PM
Thank you.

What mount do you use and what size SD card?

luisgo
09/08/2014, 06:21 PM
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/luisgo/luisgo015/20130522-8100.jpg (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/luisgo/media/luisgo015/20130522-8100.jpg.html)

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/luisgo/luisgo015/20130522-8101.jpg (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/luisgo/media/luisgo015/20130522-8101.jpg.html)

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/luisgo/luisgo015/20130522-8102.jpg (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/luisgo/media/luisgo015/20130522-8102.jpg.html)

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/luisgo/luisgo015/20140612-8186.jpg (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/luisgo/media/luisgo015/20140612-8186.jpg.html)

Zoodiver
09/09/2014, 09:10 AM
I like the GoPro. I the higher end take better quality, but if you are just playing around, the entry level do just fine. They are small and easy to move in the water.

Pic of me getting up close shark pics (not taken with a Go Pro).

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x449/Zoodiver/Mattandshark_zps55d5e120.jpg

These are just screen shots from the video to give you an idea of clarity. Taken with entry level Hero 3. I shoot blind (no viewing screen on mine yet).

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x449/Zoodiver/SS3_zps3e93d0d1.jpg

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x449/Zoodiver/SS4_zpsf16376e9.jpg

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x449/Zoodiver/SS2_zps9e2742bc.jpg

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x449/Zoodiver/SS6_zps6525eef5.jpg

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x449/Zoodiver/Seaturtle2_zpscd0f17ef.jpg

lostintheocean
09/10/2014, 01:45 PM
looks like someone cut their line, poor shark.

I have a black 3+ and took it diving in Barbados. The video was amazing (with red filter for deeper then 15 feet). It has been a pain to get into editing and figuring out what software to use. I am trying windows movie maker but it took some work to get it into the right format. The raw footage is amazing though, it is a great all around water cam and is relative cheap compared to the other options.

indyjaco
09/10/2014, 03:57 PM
Thanks guys.

What mount did you use while snorkeling?

DivingTheWorld
09/10/2014, 04:17 PM
looks like someone cut their line, poor shark.

I have a black 3+ and took it diving in Barbados. The video was amazing (with red filter for deeper then 15 feet). It has been a pain to get into editing and figuring out what software to use. I am trying windows movie maker but it took some work to get it into the right format. The raw footage is amazing though, it is a great all around water cam and is relative cheap compared to the other options.

I am in the exact same boat. We took TONS of video with our 3+ black diving in Palau a few months back and the wife has been all over me to edit. The editing is a bit intimidating...

We used a "GoScope" and it worked great. I definitely recommend getting the backpack screen for diving.

Zoodiver
09/13/2014, 06:59 AM
looks like someone cut their line, poor shark.


Of the seven sharks we saw that day, four had hooks. I spend a lot of time unhooking wild sharks (or pulling them in for rehab). But that is a WHOLE different topic.

Thanks guys.

What mount did you use while snorkeling?

I just hold it. Stability is a bit of an issue at the end of the day if you're in colder water and shivering a bit. I ran into that last time I was out filming manatees in 70 degree water after being rained on all day and not having a full wetsuit on.
I'd love to start using a pole to get closer shots of some of the bigger animals that won't come as close.

G_Sanab922
09/18/2014, 11:27 AM
I have a White GoPro and I like it very much for underwater video, photos, etc. Is very small and the display if purchased separately is very small. If you need a bigger display then look for another alternative. Here is a video of my last underwater adventure in Puerto Rico.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA3aQSsYAIM&list=UU8kLmTLMnpmMHYLjmeBlJfw
Nice video, never realized how good the white can be. I've used the silver and it's very impressive. Can't even imagine the black, like others have said.

Of the seven sharks we saw that day, four had hooks. I spend a lot of time unhooking wild sharks (or pulling them in for rehab). But that is a WHOLE different topic.



I just hold it. Stability is a bit of an issue at the end of the day if you're in colder water and shivering a bit. I ran into that last time I was out filming manatees in 70 degree water after being rained on all day and not having a full wetsuit on.
I'd love to start using a pole to get closer shots of some of the bigger animals that won't come as close.

Nice pics Zoodiver, even though those sharks have the hooks in them, i'm glad the fishermen at least released them. It's the law but you know how that is, better to release them like that rather than releasing it dead or the people keeping it. Pretty cool to see that you unhook them though :thumbsup:

Zoodiver
09/18/2014, 12:10 PM
Thanks.

Deinonych
09/18/2014, 02:48 PM
+1 on the GoPro. I have the Hero3 Black mounted on an Ultralight tray w/handle. I use the Flip 3.1 with a dive filter and a MacroMate for shooting macro. Great camera.

G_Sanab922
09/21/2014, 08:43 AM
So my girlfriend just bought me the Hero3 Silver for our 1 year anniversary! Couldn't believe it. Definitely going to be diving with it soon. Any recommendations on editing software or filters?

r2odie
09/21/2014, 04:45 PM
we were just in the keys for a month and a friend had his gopro on a head strap, a chest strap and a pole depending on what he was videoing. He also had a suction cup mount which he used on the waverunner.

Paul B
09/21/2014, 04:51 PM
I also have a GoPro camera which I love, but the only thing wrong with it is it has no flash so you can't really use it for night or deep diving.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/2013-10-11050504_zps4b6b50fc.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/2013-10-11050504_zps4b6b50fc.jpg.html)

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/2013-10-19075738_zps48870798.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/2013-10-19075738_zps48870798.jpg.html)

This was an old Sea&Sea film camera with a flash (Tahiti)
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/Guppies.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/Guppies.jpg.html)

ostrow
09/23/2014, 06:36 PM
Nice! I don't see it in the pic of you. How did you carry it? Head? Hand/wrist? Pole?


I also have a GoPro camera which I love, but the only thing wrong with it is it has no flash so you can't really use it for night or deep diving.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/2013-10-11050504_zps4b6b50fc.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/2013-10-11050504_zps4b6b50fc.jpg.html)

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/2013-10-19075738_zps48870798.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/2013-10-19075738_zps48870798.jpg.html)

This was an old Sea&Sea film camera with a flash (Tahiti)
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/Guppies.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/Guppies.jpg.html)

G_Sanab922
09/23/2014, 07:17 PM
we were just in the keys for a month and a friend had his gopro on a head strap, a chest strap and a pole depending on what he was videoing. He also had a suction cup mount which he used on the waverunner.


Very nice 👍

Paul B
09/24/2014, 05:04 AM
You don't see it because I handed it to someone to take my picture so I could post it on here. I put a wrist strap on it so I don't lose it because it doesn't have anything to hold unless you get the stick

PeterHall
09/24/2014, 09:33 PM
A gopro with ultralight tray and a sola light is a great beginners setup. The only issue I have with the gopro is battery life, which means you carry extras and switch a lot.

I bought a olympus e-pm1 with underwater housing last year when it was on sale for around $400. With a decent strobe the whole setup is awesome.

lostintheocean
09/26/2014, 11:52 AM
good point that the shark was at least released, its a start.

The black 3+ has much longer batter life then previous models. The red filter I used was 30 bucks on amazon, it just slips onto the outside of the housing and has a small tether, i highly recommend a color correction filter.

Editing-
I used gopro software to import and convert, this makes an avi file, you choose where to save this file on you pc in the gopro software. Once this is done i use win movie maker to edit the avi files and then save them in high def. I am not sure if this is the best way but it seems to work well for my purposes and looks great on a big screen. i then delete the avi and archive the original footage.

G_Sanab922
09/26/2014, 01:38 PM
good point that the shark was at least released, its a start.

The black 3+ has much longer batter life then previous models. The red filter I used was 30 bucks on amazon, it just slips onto the outside of the housing and has a small tether, i highly recommend a color correction filter.

Editing-
I used gopro software to import and convert, this makes an avi file, you choose where to save this file on you pc in the gopro software. Once this is done i use win movie maker to edit the avi files and then save them in high def. I am not sure if this is the best way but it seems to work well for my purposes and looks great on a big screen. i then delete the avi and archive the original footage.

Glad you posted that, I found it today and going to order it. I don't want to pay $59 for the red filter lol...

and nice, right now i'm just trying to get used to gopro studio. I'm not a rookie with editing software but it's a bit tricky at first, idk maybe it's me or something. Possibly my computer bc it sucks. This is how I feel as I try to edit though :hmm5: lol

Egkid
09/29/2014, 07:59 AM
http://shop.gopro.com/cameras?gclid=CjwKEAjwhqShBRDS95LciqqaonISJADj1rgaxm-X2Jp5lfyLDB9Jflf8EDnD-BIMbHvqAbofqbN8mBoCHTfw_wcB

The Hero4 just got released, if you can wait I'm sure the Hero3+ will have some ridiculous sales for black Friday.

G_Sanab922
09/29/2014, 08:08 AM
Probably , that's IF you can find a HERO3+ . My girlfriend went all over Miami and one store had only one Silver Edition. Took her about a week to find.

jmowbray
09/30/2014, 07:53 AM
I use a Sealife 1400. I love it for pictures both land and water. Video is done by my brohter with a GoPro.

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz347/jmowbray/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0028_zps7e735925.jpg (http://s842.photobucket.com/user/jmowbray/media/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0028_zps7e735925.jpg.html)

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz347/jmowbray/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0836_zps3d1eafe1.jpg (http://s842.photobucket.com/user/jmowbray/media/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0836_zps3d1eafe1.jpg.html)

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz347/jmowbray/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0829_zpsf6bc024c.jpg (http://s842.photobucket.com/user/jmowbray/media/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0829_zpsf6bc024c.jpg.html)

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz347/jmowbray/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0826_zps6328e49f.jpg (http://s842.photobucket.com/user/jmowbray/media/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0826_zps6328e49f.jpg.html)

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz347/jmowbray/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0801_zpse2531aaf.jpg (http://s842.photobucket.com/user/jmowbray/media/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0801_zpse2531aaf.jpg.html)

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz347/jmowbray/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0325_zps44314252.jpg (http://s842.photobucket.com/user/jmowbray/media/Cancun/Cancun%202014/PICT0325_zps44314252.jpg.html)

murdock84
10/18/2014, 03:18 AM
I have a GoPro but never used it for diving yet. I bought a small housing for my point and shoot digital. I like it because I can use the flash and as a regular camera. I see some people using a stick to hold their GoPro as well

Silly clownfish
10/19/2014, 06:16 PM
We have a GoPro Silver and it works great. My husband uses the head mount and sometimes just holds it with the headmount strap around his wrist. Aiming with the head mount takes some getting used to, so practice before your trip or you may end up with video of empty water and just the flipper of a sea turtle :facepalm:

hogfanreefer
10/28/2014, 08:57 PM
These are with a GoPro Black in Cozumel a couple of months ago.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/huntindoc/anemoneandarrowcrab_zps09d4c544.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/huntindoc/Braincoral_zps7bd98f4c.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/huntindoc/Yellowfinsnapper_zps64772ef7.jpg

hogfanreefer
10/28/2014, 09:20 PM
And a short video.

watch?v=GmZinApTnrI

Seths Dad
10/29/2014, 03:02 PM
Some pics from earlier this month in Cozumel with a gopro black. All of these pics were taken while shooting video at the same time, which a nice option with the black. Hope the link works. Oh, also used a filter, makes a huge difference.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lfr8bycbzslme0s/AACsbOpBEbFEzZFnKxmJu26sa?dl=0

hogfanreefer
10/29/2014, 08:06 PM
Great pics Seths Dad! What kind of filter did you use? Pic?

Seths Dad
10/30/2014, 08:05 AM
Backscatter Flip3.1 it has 3 filters.... shallow, 20'-50' and below 50'. There is also a macro lens attachment....don't have that one yet. You can have 2 attachments on your camera at once and flip between them. I used the 20'-50' and below 50' filters on this trip. Didn't have the filters on my first trip and everything has that blue hue to it, with the filters the colors really pop, worth every penny.

GO HOGS

indyjaco
10/30/2014, 09:42 AM
Used the Gopro 3+ silver in Fiji a couple weeks back. It did a great job and using it on 5 picture burst mode was quite a bit of fun.

Gmac356
11/14/2014, 02:15 PM
Gopros are great. I use the 3 black with the Flip filters. Definitely need the filters. I use the extending wand tripod thing. Only issue I had is the need for extra light.

flacousa
11/25/2014, 08:18 PM
I'm cheap and use a $68 Mobius with an $18 JooVuu underwater case, doesn't compare with the GoPro but not bad for the price and half the size.

This was taken earlier this month while snorkeling in Belize.

http://youtu.be/oMP1MCqXbtU

jmowbray
11/27/2014, 04:56 PM
And a short video.

watch?v=GmZinApTnrI

Great pictures though they are a little green/blue. Did you use any filters? If not try a red. It works wonders as you can see in my brother videos. I believe there is even a video where he moves it off so you can see the difference.

hogfanreefer
11/27/2014, 08:09 PM
Great pictures though they are a little green/blue. Did you use any filters? If not try a red. It works wonders as you can see in my brother videos. I believe there is even a video where he moves it off so you can see the difference.


Nah, this was my first trip with my GoPro and I had not heard anything about filters. Thanks to this thread I've ordered the Backscatter set! Can't wait to try it out in Belize in Feb.

mkabrick
12/22/2014, 07:56 AM
Don't rule out Olympus Tough. I've been shooting with it 3 years now. I really like it for snorkeling. The flash is a little weak when on SCUBA.

Shard
12/22/2014, 09:19 PM
jmowbray.. where were those taken?

jmowbray
12/23/2014, 06:10 PM
jmowbray.. where were those taken?


The video or the pictures?

Shard
12/26/2014, 09:21 PM
The video or the pictures?

The pictures.

jmowbray
12/26/2014, 10:18 PM
The pictures.


The first two are just off shore in Cancun. The next three are in Isla Mujeres. The last one was on a wall drift dive in Cozumel.

ksr.aaron
01/07/2015, 09:23 PM
wow cool shots!!!!!

Paul B
02/14/2015, 06:52 AM
I took this last week with a Go Pro. It takes better movies than stills.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh270/urchsearch/2012-08-16%2004.53.17_zpsyavioe0x.jpg (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/urchsearch/media/2012-08-16%2004.53.17_zpsyavioe0x.jpg.html)

tkeracer619
02/20/2015, 09:33 AM
Yea, I always run my gopro in movie mode then flip through the frames to find a good one in focus if I want a pic.

HD Hero 2. 720p 60fps. URPro Diving Filter

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/13593892565_3610fa7091_b.jpg

Seths Dad
02/20/2015, 10:39 AM
tkeracer619

Where was this pic from?

tkeracer619
02/20/2015, 11:13 AM
Right about in the center of the Molokini Crater, Maui HI. It's called the "middle reef" IIRC. There is a sand shelf about 50ft below us then it drops off to the 360ft floor. Amazing place. If you go there try to get on the first boat. That's when the fish are there.
An early morning find :D
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/12943288385_b55dbabec2_c.jpg


http://hawaiihideaways.com/hawaiitravelblog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Molokini-Crater2.jpg

PupChow
03/12/2015, 11:29 AM
I use a GoPro Hero3 Black with a pole + red filter if I SCUBA, this combo is perfect for me especially during snorkeling as it allows me to get down to the same level as the animals. Here's a sample video snorkeling from Exuma:


<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BqVgLN-yOY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

enzo0000
03/12/2015, 05:04 PM
Thank you.

What mount do you use and what size SD card?



Make sure the SD card you get is a class 10, if your wanting to shoot good quality video. Some advice, buy extra batteries and 2 SD cards. I use 32g. My black edition uses almost 1 battery per dive.

I use a retractable pole which I bought at REI. It extends about 3ft

Cheers