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2010-04-06 9:01 AM

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Subject: Underwater video camera

Anyone have suggestions for an inexpensive video camera to do underwater swim video?  Our current video camera is several years old and uses a tape for recording.  I have a regular digital camera-I think it does video but is not waterproof. Dont want to spend too much $$ as the only time I would need the waterproof feature would be to check out my swimming.

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2010-04-06 9:08 AM
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You can get a Flip video camera for less than $200 and they make waterproof cases for them.
2010-04-06 9:37 AM
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You can probably find an underwater housing for your existing digital camera.  Most are for scuba diving so they are big hard cases rated for deep depths but if you just want to go down a few feet you can get what is basically a bag with a lens on it for like $30.  They are made for snorkeling.  Search for a company called DiCAPac. 
2010-04-06 9:50 AM
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2010-04-06 10:04 AM
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running2far - 2010-04-06 10:50 AM http://www.goprocamera.com/ surf version


x2.  I have this one and it works pretty well.  It runs through batteries pretty quick, but I would recommend it.
2010-04-08 8:51 AM
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Here's some info. on Kodak's new video camera I posted over on hubpages. It looks like a good unit and very reasonably priced.  Waterproof up to 10'  Here it is:

 http://hubpages.com/hub/KodakPlaySportHDWaterproofPocketVideoCamera 

Good luck,

 Kent F.



2010-04-08 9:06 AM
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running2far - 2010-04-06 9:50 AM http://www.goprocamera.com/surf version



So does the go pro have an image stabilizer or something? I was watching the demo videos and the picture is so stable. Wondering if that was an add on.
2010-04-08 9:11 AM
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There are several mounts you can buy. I have a helmet mount, so my surf version is also a helmet cam. I have no idea what an image stablizer is though...sorry.
2010-04-08 9:20 AM
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I just meant that when I watch the sample videos I see a clear, stable shot, as opposed to the camera shot shaking all over the place. If I were to tape my current camera to my helmet it would shake around so much that I would get sick watching the video. I didn't know if that feature was built in or an add on.
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Subject: RE: Underwater video camera
slornow - 2010-04-06 10:01 AM

Anyone have suggestions for an inexpensive video camera to do underwater swim video?  Our current video camera is several years old and uses a tape for recording.  I have a regular digital camera-I think it does video but is not waterproof. Dont want to spend too much $$ as the only time I would need the waterproof feature would be to check out my swimming.

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your existing digital camera and a ziplock bag will work if your careful and dont' need perfect resolution
2010-04-08 3:28 PM
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You can buy a digital camera that does underwater video for about $150. I have an olympus that I bought to take videos of me swimming.


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I would recommend a surf or dive action video cam over a standard digital + case for the cost
2010-04-08 8:57 PM
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Take a look at this comparison. Very helpful. Skip to the conclusion if you're not into the details.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/

 
2010-04-08 9:04 PM
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I'm seriously considering this one. Fujifinepix $129 waterproof

If anyone owns one, definitely let us know how it's working for you.

2010-04-08 9:54 PM
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if you are trying to film your stroke I am not sure you need a waterproof camera.  I did a video recording last year and it was some sort of attachment that involved a pvc pipe and a lense on the end...perhaps something with mirrors.  Sorry not helpful, but I know it looked like a normal digital video camera just had this attachment.
2010-04-08 10:15 PM
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I posted this same question 2 weeks ago and ended up getting a Fuji Z33 Waterprrof camera and I LOVE IT!!!!  They are clearing them out for the next model  so I got mine for $109 and just saw them at another store for $111.00   At that price, I almost bought another one as a back up.   It's little and worked really well under the water; picture is really good and I haven't had to recharge  the battery yet. Hard to go wrong with this one.  I just checked on Amazon and they are $129.

ooops, logged in as my husband but I'm really KauaiShan

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