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Scubaken
09/10/2015, 10:59 PM
What are you guys using for a diver camera ? I am looking at the new sealife dc1400, I used to have the old model but didn't close the battery lid properly and it leaked, otherwise it was great.

What are u using ? And what do you think about it ?

G_Sanab922
09/14/2015, 01:38 PM
Not your typical "camera", but I like using my Gopro Hero3+. Great camera with a variety of applications and very durable.
If you really aren't on a budget and really like underwater photography. I would get a DSLR and an underwater housing. Gets very pricey quickly but will get you some great photographs.
Never used a sealife before but read a couple reviews and they seem decent. To me I would rather get something with a good housing even for a digital camera, for casual photography.
If you don't want to break the bank I would go for a GoPro. Has everything you need. But you'll most likely record video more than taking pictures.
Good thing is that nowadays there's plenty of options out there.

DivingTheWorld
09/14/2015, 02:41 PM
+1. I've used different cameras and housings over time. All I use now is a GoPro. You really can't beat the bang for the buck and super clear hi def results of both pictures and video. Also look into a red filter for it. You need a red filter below about 30'.

Deinonych
09/14/2015, 07:36 PM
Check out backscatter.com. Lots of different camera packages and they can help you build one that's right for your budget and needs. I use a GoPro Hero 3 Black right now, and it works great. I may move to a DSLR setup down the road, but as mentioned above, it can get really pricey really quickly.

hogfanreefer
09/14/2015, 10:11 PM
+1 on the Backscatter filters. I have the Flip 3.1 and usually have the Dive (20-50 ft) and the Deep (50+ ft) on it. Around 40 feet or so really don't need any color correction.

No color correction
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/huntindoc/Dive%20pics/Ornate%20butterfly%201%20of%201_zpsrukcuyjk.jpg

Deinonych
09/15/2015, 05:28 PM
I stopped using filters and picked up a video light (Sola Video 2000). Makes all the difference in the world, and you don't have to mess with color correction (much) when editing. Attached the GoPro to a handle with tray with the light on flexible arm (again, through BackScatter). Super easy to use.

G_Sanab922
09/16/2015, 08:31 AM
I stopped using filters and picked up a video light (Sola Video 2000). Makes all the difference in the world, and you don't have to mess with color correction (much) when editing. Attached the GoPro to a handle with tray with the light on flexible arm (again, through BackScatter). Super easy to use.

If you don't mind, got any video to show with that set up?

Thanks to both for recommending backscatter.com , never heard about them. Just checked it out and they have some great accessories.

Deinonych
09/16/2015, 09:01 AM
If you don't mind, got any video to show with that set up?

Thanks to both for recommending backscatter.com , never heard about them. Just checked it out and they have some great accessories.

Sure thing. Here's a short clip from Maui last year when they had the huge settlement of Blacklip Butterflyfish:

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

This was shot with a Sola 800 which I retrofit; the Sola Video 2000 is much brighter.

tkeracer619
09/23/2015, 02:42 AM
Two vids I shot with a GoPro HDHero2 - Dive housing - URPro Red Filter.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bS4Iqlx2n4A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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

G_Sanab922
09/23/2015, 09:01 AM
Sure thing. Here's a short clip from Maui last year when they had the huge settlement of Blacklip Butterflyfish:

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

This was shot with a Sola 800 which I retrofit; the Sola Video 2000 is much brighter.

Came out great :thumbsup:

snorvich
09/23/2015, 07:13 PM
It is amazing how the technology has evolved since I was doing this. Incredibly clear and colorful.