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Old 10-21-2011, 09:01 AM
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I'm planning on installing a C140W on my boat. I would like to install a camera to view the cockpit a little more clearly. I see that the CAM100 is the Raymarine product suggested for this use. I was just wondering if anyone had ever used any other cameras. I would like 100-180 degrees of viewing angle if possible. Also if it was less expensive than the Raymarine that would be a plus. I guess if anyone has a list of what else is out there. Any pros or cons cameras they have used.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:47 PM
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An older camcorder works well as a starter, because you probably already have one, and it is versatile with the built in zoom. I had to invest in a clamp and ball mount and that was about it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:18 PM
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I'm using a GoPro HD Hero. About 150 degree angle I think. I've tested it with E Classic and NSS.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:52 PM
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Just about any weatherproof camera will work. check out supercircuits.com. Do you want a reverse image view? This is common in back up cameras. You'll need to go to ebay for that.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPECO-COLOR-...item2c600e0b83
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:43 AM
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no personal experience but the GoPro HD or Contour seem like better options and much cheaper option too. Come on, RM does not make cameras, it's just rebadged OEM product which they have marked up and passed the extra cost on to you.

i believe the contour without the case is waterproof to 1m so maybe a good small form package to discreetly install on the boat.
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:52 AM
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I spent a lot of time looking into the Go pro option. I love those cameras. But I though you would need to run a skeleton case instead of the standard case which means it isn't waterproof and needs to be mounted inside. Are there any aftermarket skeleton cases that are waterproof? Do you think that the wide viewing angle is nice or a nuisance. It is great that it shows you everything, but not so great that everything is so small. do you have any experience with the CAM50 or CAM100 to compare the two.
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i think what guys are looking for are significantly better picture quality (hi def) for a decent price in a small compact form and waterproof and audio is a nice feature too.

There are more options if you are willing to accept a lower quality picture. IMO anything below 560 lines is pretty crappy. If you look at a 420 line picture on a 10" screen, it will NOT be impressive, especially compared to a 720P or even 1080P hi-def pic from the likes of GoPro or Contour. Put that 420 line picture on your 40+" TV and it will be horrible to say the least. You won't be showing your fishing videos to your buddies and family on your TV from video from a sub 600 line res camera.

The "less expensive" lower res cams also utilize a cheaper CCD and optics and thus those meager 420 or even 600 lines really don't look great even when you've paid only a $200. That's the beauty of GoPro or Contour is that they are starting from around $300 for a hi-def cam with audio on a small form and waterproof--just no live feed underwater yet which would probably sell out as soon as they introduce a case for it.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:25 PM
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Has anyone made a "waterproof" live feed go pro with a skeleton case and a tube of 5200?
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:42 PM
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I use a cheap Speco camera in my engine room. This pic shows it running on infrared with the engine room lights off. With the lights on there is too much glare from the foil heat shield on the forward bulkhead.
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