cheryl0522ParticipantMarch 18, 2016 at 6:19 amPost count: 32
What is the best gear for taking footage while diving? After I get familiar with diving, I want to start capturing my experiences, but truly have no idea what sort of equipment I will need.Brett WoodsParticipantMarch 18, 2016 at 8:44 amPost count: 10
gopro is easy good for video not so much for photoscheryl0522ParticipantMarch 19, 2016 at 8:06 amPost count: 32
Thanks so much Brett. Maybe I could use this for videoing and then extract images out of it for my photos. Have you ever done this before?hsinhaiParticipantMarch 19, 2016 at 4:31 pmPost count: 77
While a gopro is very convenient, and takes ok video it does not work terribly well in low light conditions. This is partly due to the small sensor used in the camera.
It is also not very good at macro shots, being fixed focus it cannot capture anything closer than about 20cm, that may seem close but when taking photos underwater you want to keep the distance as short as possible due to particles in the water and color which falls off rapidly.
Now that said, it is not all bad. It makes a good solution for someone just wanting to share the experience with friends and family, it is convenient and you almost cant go wrong. It is advisable to get a red filter so help get more vibrant colors in your movies. Another good thing for a new diver is gopro can be set and forget allowing you to concentrate on your diving skills.
If you are looking for a small point and shoot camera, a favorite of scuba divers is the Cannon S series (S95~S120). Which can turn out photos and video with great results. If you have a little more to spend you can step up to a compact/mirrorless camera with a 1″ or micro four thirds sensor, popular in this range is the Sony RX100.. still small and compact, but takes a great shot.
You can then move onto true SLR cameras like Canon 7D, 8D or if you have an unlimited budget you could even look at the Nikon D810, but the camera alone would cost close to USD3,000 so once you add in housing, strobes, arms, tray, etc you could expect to shell out well over USD10K
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