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Has anyone tried the Liquid Image camera/mask unit?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by StarFyre, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Excellent logic for not diving with a camera for a while more. I know you want to have & share your shot from your trip, but just get a swim housing for your regular camera and shoot on the boat, maybe snorkeling. Mostly get better at diving first.

    I didn't carry one until I had almost a hundred dives, and it still causes me distraction problems. Some have been bad. Not the sort of challenges I'd want a newbie taking on.
     
  2. DiveMom1

    DiveMom1 Photographer

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    I had one rated to 35' and it was "ok".. I used sealer to keep the mask from shifting too much because it didn't fit well. It was fine for "vacation" shots and clear water. It would be great to try one on first.

    $300 sounds like a lot.. but the second option can cost much more. Most vacation destination have a guide/DM that brings his still and or video camera under with him. Make sure you let them know you'd like a copy of the stuff they shoot and they'll take LOTS of you and your buddy. They will burn you a disk for a fee. Beleive it or not.. after a few days you'll have banked buck by investing the $300 up front.

    My suggestion.. don't take a hand held camera diving quite yet, get your skills and experience tuned up first. As much of a photo maniac as I am... too many vacations end with funerals. No picture is worth that!
     
  3. Divertor

    Divertor Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: USA
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    Best place to buy Liquid Image Camera Masks:
    DivemasterSupply.com-Cameras
    I've been a diving photographer only as a hobby (fun for me). I am getting tired of carrying around a camera unit. I often just leave it on the boat due to wanting to dive unencumbered. I always tow a flag, so adding a camera puts extra task loading on my dive. I plan to buy the Camera Mask so I can have the convenience of a camera always with me without the hassle of extra gear to drag around. Seems like a good compromise. Also, the Scuba Series has been re-rated to 130ft.
     
  4. vjanelle

    vjanelle Solo Diver

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    Seen someone actually trying to use one of these, he said the biggest downfall was that it looked like crap in cold water, and you need to be very careful about panning your head, otherwise you end up with very nauseating videos.

    You're probably better off avoiding the marketing attempts here and getting decent camera + housing instead of a finnicky mask you can't aim properly.
     
  5. tomboyy

    tomboyy Carnival ride inspector ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Great value added post
     
  6. GoProHonduras

    GoProHonduras Instructor, Scuba

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    I ordered 1 after DEMA, and use it in Instructor level training as a supplement for candidates after we run their debriefs from Open Water training. You need to pan carefully at the surface, but it's been a handy training aid.

    I also used on a recent cave diving trip in Mexico as I wanted a hands free and I got some nice footage. I'm not a experienced videographer, but this gives some nice souvenirs, I plan on using it in Galapagos in August as well, whilst on rebreather to see how closer I'm getting to the aquatic life down there.

    HTH.

    Regards,
    Andy
     
  7. Bryan

    Bryan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  8. MB104

    MB104 Barracuda

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    I have one and love it. I'm actually looking to upgrade from the HD mask I have to the WIDE ANGLE one they are putting out soon.

    Here are a few video's I posted that I made with my Liquid Image HD Video mask. Make sure to change the video setting on youtube to watch them in 720p (HD).
    They are on my youtube page: www.youtube.com/mbender104
     
  9. Aerosynth

    Aerosynth Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Midwest/Central U.S. is where I hang my hat. Where
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    I just bought a nice u/w camera kit - Sea Life DC1200 Elite. *But* before I decided to make that leap, I actually looked at this mask and tried it on in my LDS... thinking it would be a cheaper option. Wrong.

    The mask, when you're holding it and looking at it, will remind you of a very cheap kid's toy. It did not seal well around my face, and I felt very awkward wearing it. The second I started looking at this thing, I automatically did not trust it.

    My advice... buy a cheap digital camera and get an underwater housing for it. That should run you a few hundred dollars. Or, I HAVE seen a couple shops that rent good cameras. You could look into that.

    In any event, good luck. :)
     
  10. stakanak

    stakanak Barracuda

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    There are a couple of options for "hands free shooting" without the mask toy thing.
    One is the Go Pro HD with the helmet cam mount. The other is to mount a point and shoot to a helmet. I heard of one fellow who mounted his camera to his tank and got some great footage (although I do not know how you would do this). Good Luck.
    Get Wet!
     

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