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Getting into Digital Video Need Help!!

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by Divesherpa, May 31, 2002.

  1. Divesherpa

    Divesherpa Instructor, Scuba

    I'm new to UW video. It seems that a good digital camera and a housing would be great. I'm on a budget of about $2500 for camera and housing. Any recommendations on which camera to use, which housing, and reasons would be very very appreciated.
    Budget may be a little flexible, but not more than $3000.

    I was thinking of using 18 watt HID and a 10 Watt HID for lighting. Any pros and cons on this would be great.
  2. ronrosa

    ronrosa Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NYC
    I recommend a Sony digital camcorder. Their camcorders will give you the most options when it comes to selecting a housing.

    Things to consider: 1 chip vs. 3 chip camcorders, electronic vs. manual controls.

    I suggest you hold off on the lights for 6 months to a year after buying your housing. You will have enough to learn and worry about without throwing lights into the equation.

    You will find a lot of differing opinions. Try this dedicated underwater video board:


    IMHO, 3 chip camcorders offer the best picture (I use a Sony TRV900), manual controls are the most reliable (I use a Gates).

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