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Recommendations for affordable UW Video Options

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what do you mean by affordable?

Bill

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I started out with a GoPro Hero 6 and housing. Now have upgraded to a Panasonic LX-10. For me Id say the Hero 6 was affordable to LX-10 plus all the extras makes it about 3-4K depending options.

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I started really small, read here small Sony with no lights. I moved up to a Sony RX100 II with 2x5000 Lumen Video lights which produced great results. (Nudge nudge I am selling that entire setup) as I went up to 4K. My advice: It's all about the lights (and frames per second) when it comes to video.

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The Panasonic LX10 is arguably the best compact camera for underwater video. I would recommend the Nauticam housing for the LX10. Great image quality, 4K recording, picture profiles, you name it.

 

The RX100 series is great too :)

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whatever your budget is, spend a good portion on good video lights. I have a Sony a6500 I use mainly for video and the (2) Gates GT14 lights makes a world of difference. Colors are vivid and a vast improvement over using the cheaper Big Blue lights.

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The current generation of GoPro's are fantastic and are relatively inexpensive. Add a pair of Big Blue video lights and tray and you have a pretty complete setup.

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When I was about 17 years old, I managed to pull together some cash and bought a Snapper HDDV, which was cheap and simple to use, but generated some very nice quality. The photos with it were also amazing (for what I could pay). I think this is now obsolete, and many of he GoPro stuff might easily out-perform it... but It was cheap for sure!

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I have had great luck with the SeaLife video lights (2000, 2300, and 2500 lumen) with both my GoPro 6 and my DC2000 camera.  I have taken these cameras and lights all over Florida and the Carribean and had rich colors and great results with my editing.  I know that others with more experience seem to point to other lights that offer improvement and I am watching these posts to learn.  Thanks.

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I would highly recommend a GoPro 8 with a tray and one or two video lights.  I use two Light & Motion lights affordable and effective.  Keeping it simple and affortable.  You will still need to learn video editing YouTube has lots of tutorials depending on what program you choose.   

Here is a video I put together using mostly the GoPro7 but some GoPro8 as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTDQ6XtWeiE

Hope this helps

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