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#1 waynedocj

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:50 AM

My wife has been doing UW video for some time. Her camera is an old Sony (using mini DV cassettes for recording) in a Light & Motion housing. She wants to upgrade
to an HD video camera. We went to a local camera shop that could only recommend a high end Canon & a housing that (combined) would cost a total of about $5,000; or a Go Pro. From one extreme to another.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a camera & housing somewhere in the middle of these two?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:58 AM

FWIW, I had that same problem about a year ago. I was using an old Sony mini-DV camcorder in an L&M Top Dawg housing. When the electronics went belly up, Backscatter gave me a good offer on trade-in of my old setup toward a new BlueFin Pro housing with a Canon S30. I am quite happy with the upgrade. With the trade in, I couldn't do better at that time. There may be other choices now, though, that might suit you better. The upgrade in video quality has eased the pain of the cost significantly.
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#3 bvanant

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:40 AM

There are many other possibilities. For example, you can use an EVIL or DSLR system like the Panasonic GX-1. You could get into that system for $2500 with two lenses and the Nauticam housing. Excellent video but you have to choose what you shoot before you go in the water. There are other possibilities using P&S cameras that are even less money.
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