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In Topic: GoPro Karma v. DJI Mavic - opinions from the perspective of the underwater ph...

25 October 2016 - 06:46 AM

Get the Mavic! I brought my Phantom 3 4K from US to South East Asia, travel and lay over with a big drone in the bag is not fun, you get discriminated at the airport security. The Karma is still too big so you would have the same problem that you need a dedicated bag for it. The Mavic fold up small enough just like a power bank. And remember, the Mavic is a better drone. I don't even know how the Karma camera work, like do you set the goPro to start recording then take off the drone? If you can set the goPro to start record in mid air, what technology it uses for the remote to talk to the goPro? If it's Wifi, then the range is too short.


If you want video for boat ride or for land use, get the gimbal for your phone (around $300 for DJI Osmo mobile), the camera on the phone is just as good as a goPro and camera on the phone lets you do more, like timelapse/hyperlapse, white balance etc. Camera on the phone do not have fisheye problem as well.


If you still want to bring something small into the water, get a Xiaomi Yi 4K action cam, it's much cheaper than a goPro.

In Topic: Winter musings

21 October 2016 - 05:09 AM

Would you consider the Panasonic GX80 an UPGRADE in relation to the LX100? Many thanks


Yes, the big selling point of the LX100 is its fast lens without paying for the 12-35mm lens for the GH4/GX80 (since we're talking video, the multi aspect ratio on the LX100 is not relevant). The 5-axis image stabilization on the GX80 is more useful and you can always put different lens on the GX80, even though the cost do go up over time. The lens and port system on the GX80 should let you to continue for future upgrade like GH5 etc.

In Topic: Winter musings

22 September 2016 - 10:39 AM

I'm currently shooting with an advance point and shoot (Panasonic LX100), I did ask myself if I should switch over to camcorder since camcorder tends to have better image stabilization and zoom range. But at the end of the day, the wallet is the deciding factor. Camcorder housing are generally more expensive than camera housing (Gate vs Nauticam), and there is virtually no resell value for camcorder and camcorder housing in general.


If you want to stick with camcorder, besides the AX100 (has poor white balance issue), the Panasonic HC-X1000 is the next option and there is housing for it. I don't think there is any housing for consumer camcorder anymore, so you end up have to buy $2000+ camcorder and $4000+ for the housing for the camcorder.


If you switch over to camera, the GH5 should be something to keep an eye on, even the Panasonic GX80 could be a good option since it has IBIS while shooting 4K video.

In Topic: Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

20 September 2016 - 05:25 AM

The 4K 60fps on the GH5 is only 8-bit. I was just thinking about it yesterday, Panasonic should have just give us H.265 in addition to H.264. This is so that user can shoot 4K at 60fps using H.265 without the bottleneck of memory speed and storage capacity. I would think H.265 would take off end of this year or 2017.  I'm going to wait for GH6, by then, it would be either 6K, or 4K 60fps (or 90fps), or HDR 4K?

In Topic: Atlantic Graveyard

17 August 2016 - 12:03 PM


Do you mean shooting with ambient light? If so, I think that's the red filter for the GoPro I was using at 100 feet. I did some work to color correct it, but it looks like it could use some more tweaking looking at it again.

Yes, I mean the scene shot WITHOUT light.