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Which is the best GoPro Camera to get for Scuba Diving?

Discussion in 'GoPro and Action Cams' started by BassMachine, May 5, 2014.

  1. WarrenZ

    WarrenZ Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Las Cruces NM
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    Have any of you pulled still frames from the hero 3 black 4k yet? I was thinking of getting one to play with but I hear they might come out with the 4 for Christmas.
     
  2. andyw70

    andyw70 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Airlie Beach Queensland Australia
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  3. tkenney

    tkenney Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: West Palm Beach Florida
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    I just saw an ad for a new model they have that is totally sealed. No worry of any leaking ever:)

    Sent from my Transformer TF101 using Tapatalk 2
     
  4. VA_Divers

    VA_Divers PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Central Virginia
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    I bought the Intova Sport HD II this spring and dove with it for a week in Cozumel. I also purchased the Intova red filter, which is a wet mount filter. I was extremely happy with the color and picture quality, as well as the ease of use and battery life. If you are using it below 15 to 20 feet, I definitely recommend the physical red filter versus the inboard electronic filter - color is incredible with the filter. Just make sure to pull it off if you are using your flashlight while you are taping, or the subject will be pink.

    I don't have a GoPro for direct comparison, but I had seen a few videos from both and talked to people that owned them before I decided. The only difference that I have seen is that the microphone seems to be a little better on the GoPro. I was only looking for something to dive with, so sound wasn't the highest priority (reg and bubbles still sound fine).

    The Intova had everything I needed - 1080p, 60fps @ 720p, digital red filter (for shallow dives), integrated LCD, dive ready, great picture quality and half the price of the GoPro kitted up with similar features. Just like on the GoPro, the LCD is small, but I did find it useful yo have for framing he video (ANC it comes standard!)

    The battery on the Intova is integrated, so you can't have a spare on standby. I didn't record continuously, but easily had enough battery life for 3 dives. I charged it each night and was ready to go with no dead battery issues.

    No regrets with the Sport HD II and I would definitely recommend it.
     
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  5. undrwater

    undrwater Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cerritos, CA
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  6. rcaqua

    rcaqua Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: France
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    I put my vote with the Gopro 3 Black.

    Stunning image clarity, well worth the extra $$$. As mentioned by others, the casing is very sturdy, no risk of opening by mistake (you'll struggle the first time you try to open the ^%$# thing!), buy two extra batteries and a decent red filter. Most importantly, get really close to your subjects and you will not regret it (if you want get really, really close, get a macro attachment). Finally, be ready for lots of hours in the digital "editing room",but you'll be proud of the results.
    Good Luck!
     
  7. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Marshall Islands and Westminster, Co
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    What editing software do you recommend?
     
  8. Katch

    Katch Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge, VA
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    Pictures with the strobe above. Video (without the strobe below)

    [video=youtube;fS96KvfV5Ls]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fS96KvfV5Ls[/video]


    These are without the strobe in the Keys/Blue Heron Bridge
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