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Selecting an Underwater Video Housing


Basic
$899
Most Sony Cameras and Some Canon Cameras
Top Dawg
Universal Design The most basic yet flexible housing we sell is the Top Dawg. It has a flat acrylic front port and adjustable camera tray that will fit over 100 cameras. To work in the Top Dawg your camera must be 9"L x 5"W x 5"H and have a LANC remote port. The remote port allows the housing to control zoom, focus, on/off, record, and still shot mode. Affordable Price At $899, the Top Dawg housing is the most affordable and highest quality aluminum housing on the market. Recommended Accessories Monitor Back A major improvement over the camera's viewfinder. The 2.5-inch active matrix color Monitor Back replaces the standard rear plate for exceptional viewing. Powered by 4 AA batteries for a 2-hour burn time. Light System Lights are highly recommended underwater video accessories. They are perfect for enhancing the color of your underwater video subjects.
Compact Professional
$2100 - $3100
Sony A1U ' Sony PC1000 ' Canon GL2
Gates: Gates HC1 or A1U, Gates PC1000, Gates GL2 Light & Motion: Bluefin HC1, Mako

Dedicated design & Advanced Manual Control The next level of housings is designed with one camera in mind. This allows advanced shooters to utilize the camera's manual controls: white balance, exposure, focus and so on. Custom optics and filters An advanced camera system will have a selection of lenses or ports. You'll usually have a choice of flat port, wide-angle port, and super wide-angle port. We also sell a 3:1 macro lens called the Macromate. Compact size for swimming and travel Though packed with professional controls these housings are small. Housings for these compact cameras average between 5lbs. and 7lbs. Perfect for those airline weight restrictions. Recommended Accessories Monitor A major improvement over the camera's viewfinder. A 2.5' active matrix color monitor allows you to frame and focus with ease. Lights - Lights are highly recommended underwater video accessories. They are perfect for enhancing the color of your underwater video subjects. Pick between the daylight balanced HID systems or the warmer tungsten balanced Halogen systems. Wide Lens A good wide-angle lens will greatly expand your field of view and allow you to get closer to your subjects. Macromate A Macromate lens will allow you to do 3:1 macro.
Full-size Professional
$2900 - $6900
Sony VX-2100 ' Sony PD-170 ' Sony FX1 ' Sony Z1 ' Panasonic HVX200
Gates: Gates FX1 or Z1, Gates HVX200 Light & Motion: Bluefin FX1 or Z1, Bluefin VX-2100 or PD-170 Sea & Sea: VX-FX1 or Z1, Sea & Sea VX-2100

Best image quality Also designed with a single camera in mind, these housings are made to shoot the highest quality video possible using the more advanced and larger 3 chip cameras. Bulk equals steady Though they look big their size is beneficial when shooting underwater. They force you to pan and move slowly and are less prone to camera shake than their smaller counterparts. Improved Control Access and Ergonomics Every manual control is accessible through these housings. Due to the housing's larger size they are easy to get to and manipulate. Recommended Accessories Monitor A major improvement over the camera's viewfinder. A 2.5' active matrix color monitor allows you to frame and focus with ease. Lights - Lights are highly recommended underwater video accessories. They are perfect for enhancing the color of your underwater video subjects. Pick between the daylight balanced HID systems or the warmer tungsten balanced Halogen systems. Wide Lens A good wide-angle lens will greatly expand your field of view and allow you to get closer to your subjects. Macromate A Macromate lens will allow you to do 3:1 macro.





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