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What to get the Missuss....and ME!

Discussion in 'Underwater Videography' started by DeepSeaDan, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. DeepSeaDan

    DeepSeaDan Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    Seasoned Greetings All,

    Need to order a camcorder for the Missuss for Christmas; thing is, I'd like to use the same camcorder for some relatively simple holiday diving video down south. I'm looking for an easy to use model, with exceptional video
    quality, if that is possible. I'm assuming that u/w housings are available for certain brands of camcorders. I'd spend up to 2g's for the combo.

    The only u/w video I've done was with commercial systems for inspection in the offshore oilfields.

    Any recommendations?

    Much appreciated!

  2. TheTrickster

    TheTrickster Instructor, Scuba

    Is the $2k inclusive of housing?

    What do you want from the camera? Just home video / youtube (but still FullHD) or something that is broadcast quality?

    I've been really happy with my GoPro3 - and for all my previous videos its been great - BUT have just spent a obscene amount of money on a Panasonic GH3 and Nauticam housing and all the bits, which provides broadcast quality 1080p and more importantly a lot more potential for creativity.

    Personally I think the days of the 'camcorder' are over. I would say most of the modern large CCD compacts are well ahead of the current crop of dedicated camcorders.

    Have a look at the Sony RX100 series of camera, small, excellent video (1080p60) and I think within budget for the camera and housing

    Amazon.com: Sony DSC-RX100M II Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera 20.2MP, Black: SONY: Camera & Photo

    Ikelite Housing:
    Ikelite Underwater Housing for Sony Cybershot RX100 II / DSC-RX100M2

    or Nauticam:
    Nauticam USA - Innovation Underwater - Nauticam USA News - Announcing Housing for Sony RX100 II
  3. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Down south meaning the Caribbean? If so, you can get excellent results with a red filter instead of having to buy lights which you won't be able to do under $2K in the traditional camcorder space.

    A current model Canon HF G20 is around $849. The Ikelite housing for it is $1000.

    Canon Hfg20| B&H Photo Video
    Underwater Housing for Canon Camcorder HF G10, HF G20

    Equinox Housings also sells their HD5/6 models for almost all current Sony or Canon camcorders. I personally will not recommend their products - read some of the posts about them here. You can buy their housing for most current Sony/Canon models within your budget. Other - Equinox Underwater Housings There's a lot of them selling new on eBay.

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