Jump to content

- - - - -

Z10000 Panasonic 3D in BS Kinetic housing, are filters of any use?

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 Jules (Helioxfilm)

Jules (Helioxfilm)

    Eagle Ray

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 392 posts
  • Location:Hungary, Budapest
  • Interests:UW videography, tec diving<br />literature (novels)<br />diplomacy

Posted 19 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

Hello Gentlemen,


since this is the most advanced filter/MWB thread I saw recently, I would like to ask your advice regarding Galapagos and the Panasonic Z10000 3D camera. At these 3D camcorders are these filters doing any good? Or 3D does not matter at all in this regard? Also, what filter -- if any -- should I use at Galapagos (Darwin/Wolf Islands). The housing would be a BS Kinetics housing, they have red and green filters.


Best regards,


#2 Drew


    The Controller

  • Video Expert
  • 10708 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:GPS is not reliable in South East Asian seas

Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

The water in galapagos is more blue with significant green. So I'd still use a classic orange filter and rework in post...BUT...

The Z10000 has 1/4" sensors I think so lowlight won't impress anyone.  I'd use filters above 12m and forget them for deeper dives.

Sorry about the split but I thought this camera deserves its own thread.

"Journalism is what someone else does not want printed, everything else is public relations."

"I was born not knowing, and have only had a little time to change that here and there.

#3 Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn

    Video Expert

  • Moderator
  • 299 posts

Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:23 AM

Hi Jules! 


The Z10000 is one of my favorite camcorders!  I have not yet taken it underwater--don't yet have a housing for it--but have shot a number of topside events with it and love the image and control for a small affordable 3D camcorder.  And for a small sensor camera, the Z10000's low light capability really surprised me.  Not nearly the noise in low light settings of some of the 1/3 inch sensor HD cams I've used in the past. 


Does the BS Kinetics housing allow you to access the manual settings, or access the assignable user buttons?  Or do you have to shoot through this housing in iA mode?


If you have access to the manual controls through the housing you can manually set white balance, and even finely adjust the Ach and Bch WB presets in the CAMERA SETUP Menu or try the P5.6k WB preset.  Then you can fine-tune the color grading in post.


Whatever the case, I'm finding that underwater 3D video works best when the images are clear, sharp, and with very low noise.  So, I try to pick shots and dive locations accordingly, and tend to stay pretty shallow for best ambient light.

Please let us know how your Z10000 underwater shooting goes, how the cam handles lower light at deeper depths, and what you find works best for color correcting with the BS Kinetics housing. 


Also, what 3D editing software are you using for this cam's MVC footage?


Very exciting!


- Mary Lynn