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#1 Enver


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:54 AM

Dear Friends,


I like to hear your opinion about what is currently the best choice for a mid-level professional U/W video camera & housing set-up.

i.e. i'm NOT looking for a Red Epic, but something in the range of the former Sony PD170, V1 or EX3.


After my dissapointing experiences with the Sony NX5 I'm looking for a new kit.


I suspect this will get a lot of different opions... but I like to hear what your experiences are.




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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:57 PM

What sort of budget do you have to spend?

Although if you're looking at an EX1/3 replacement then probably the PMW200 in Gates housing...

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:01 AM

Maybe not as high end as you are looking for but a popular choice is the Canon G30 in a Gates housing.  For those who like to shoot in a more manual mode you can take more control over it.  You can add a diopter to it and you can get good results.  http://www.bhphotovi..._camcorder.html


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Edited by NWDiver, 15 March 2014 - 07:03 AM.

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:41 AM

Have you thought about a dslr? They certainly have some disadvantages....which have been discussed many times before. But as far as quality is concerned...in my opinion there isn't much that can match the quality of picture with the exception of the RED. Another consideration would be bmcc. Not a lot out yet about underwater use...but still something to consider.


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 04:58 PM

At this point, keep an eye on the Panasonic GH4. Even if you're not ready for 4K, its 1080 spec is the best among all the camera out there for now. Head over to EOSHD.com as they do extensive review of camera, compare to 5DM3 RAW, BCMM. They don't do comparison with the RED as that's not their price point.

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:57 PM

There's also the new Sony 4K - supposed to ship next week. http://store.sony.co...nced-Camcorders




Aditech and Sealux have both announced a housing for it.




Edited by sjspeck, 17 March 2014 - 08:59 PM.

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