recommendations for underwater camera

Old 07-12-2014, 03:57 PM
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Does anyone have any recommendations for an underwater camera? I've seen a few but they just don't have the screen brightness that is necessary or enough underwater lighting.
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Depends on what you are doing. All my underwater stuff is GoPro and we LOVE the quality and the diversity. Head mounts, chest mounts, on a pole, suction cup to side of boat, go troll. We have so many cool shots and videos. No zoom is the only downside but thats not what we use it for. Just set it up or stick it in the water or on you head or in the rocket launcher. The wide angle close ups never miss the money shot. I heard new copy cats on the market but can't go wrong with GoPro for the price. The quality of the pictures and videos is truly remarkable.
Old 07-12-2014, 05:03 PM
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For an inexpensive point and shoot underwater camera for use while scuba diving, we use the sealife mini II
We bought it at a dive shop down in the keys when we forgot ours on a trip and we got it for about 150 I think. Here is some of the pictures it took.

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Click on the picture and it will carry you to the album in photo bucket.

as a disclaimer, these were tweaked after uploading them to adjust the contrast and exposure to brighten the colors some. I use the app snapseed to do that.
Old 07-12-2014, 05:43 PM
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Ahh sorry I was totally unclear. I was referring more to an underwater video camera with a cable leading to a video display on the boat. They have various fishing cameras available now, but I've found both the display and the underwater lighting to be inadequate on the few that I've tried. I built a little submersible which I hope to attach to a video camera, but I need something adequate to view it. The display seems to be a big part of the problem as they are rarely bright enough, though it is possible that I can attempt to plug it in to my gps unit (garmin 1040xs )

I hope to be able to drop the thing down into the LI sound, maybe leave some bait nearby and see what is going on.
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Well, video or not, they are outstanding pics and I really appreciate them! Got to go back to clear water!
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I have a SeaViewer camera setup.

They are research grade, which means they aren't cheap. But they really do the job. My console unit has real time viewing screen, recorder, and the GPS unit that stamps the Lat/Lon position on the recording as you move along. That's great for discovering bottom. They also sell a simple PVC device that lets you suspend the camera stationary on the bottom and hang a chum bag under it.

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