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Shoot High Definition Video with a Top Dawg housing.


Many of you have heard the buzz about the quality of HDV footage and want to get their camera's underwater. Unfortunately, HDV housings for the FX1, HC3, and A1U can be cost prohibitive. However, if you have an HC3, HC1, or A1U you can use a Top Dawg and basically be an HD shooter for $899.
The Top Dawg will control your cameras recording modes (video or photo), zoom, momentary auto-focus lock and manual focus, but it will not control white balance or exposure. For this shot I put a Sony HC1 in a Standard Top Dawg II housing. I had the camera set to auto exposure mode and locked focus using the housings momentary auto focus feature. Before putting the camera into the housing I set the white balance to daylight as auto whit balance can be flaky. I didn't have a wide-angle lens on the camera, though you can use one, and I didn't use a red filter. I hope this can express how great footage does not necessarily need to come from an expensive housing, though it helps. But, if price is an issue or you just want to shoot as a hobby the Top Dawg is an ergonomic housing that can get the job done. All you need is award winning subject matter!





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