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Casual rec camera - TG-Trigger, FDR-X3000, Osmo Action?

Discussion in 'Underwater Videography' started by Blasto, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Blasto

    Blasto Solo Diver

    I'm looking for an attachable video camera for casual "press REC and forget" filming, in situations when there's no time or attention resource to fiddle with a handheld camera. The video would generally not be edited except for start/end trimming.

    Serious cameras are not an option for this. Has to be cheap, light, low maintenance.
    I've excluded liquidimage masks for poor video quality and battery life.
    The Paralenz epitomizes the idea of a "fire and forget" camera, but it's crazy expensive for what it is, and I've heard lots of feedback about reliability issues, which are hard to fix given how niche it is. Not completely excluded.
    That narrows the choice down to these three:

    1) DJI Osmo Action. Like a Hero 7, but with a screen. Has video stabilization. Little choice of cases, but the camera itself is water resistant if one leaks.
    2) FDR-X3000. Has video stabilization, weak manual depth color compensation. There is a case, but no water resistance on the naked camera.
    3) Olympus TG-Trigger, the video brother of the TG-5. Automatic depth color compensation, display, no case required up to 30m. Concerns are that integrated seals aren't as reliable as cases, and it's not stabilized. But it's also the cheapest.

    Any thoughts on what would be best suited for the job? I'm not sure how important or effective stabilization is going to be in a practical underwater scenario.

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