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Best Underwater Video Cameras 2008 - Professional Broadcast Cameras



Jump to page... 1. Which camera is best for you? 2. Entry Level Cameras 3. Ultra-Compact Cameras 4. Professional Broadcast Cameras 5. Red One 4K Professional

Our Top Picks: Pro Cameras

Panasonic HVX200 and Sony Ex1
We were really attracted to the interchangable lenses of the Canon XL H1S, but the minimal compression of the Panasonic HVX200 has won our favor. A close second is the new Sony EX1. Both the HVX200 and EX1 record to flash media at 1920 x 1080 resolutions, but the Panasonic HVX200 is unique with its advanced color pull down scheme and DVCPRO HD compression codec. The Sony EX1 ranks a close second due to it's popularity among underwater housing manufacturers and it's larger 1/2 inch chip size. You will certainly see footage from these cameras in the 2009 TV season.

Best underwater video cameras - Panasonic HVX200, Sony EX1, Sony FX1, Sony Z1
Favorite Pro Cameras: Panasonic HVX200, Sony EX1, Sony FX1/Z1


Panasonic HVX200Sony EX1Sony FX1 / Z1
Resolution1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1440 x 1080
Sensor3 CCD 1/3 in.3 CMOS 1/2 in. 3 CCD 1/3 in.
Format 1080/60i/30p/24p
720/60p/30p/24p
1080/59.94i
29.97p/23.98p
1080/60i
CompressionDVCPRO HD MPEG2 L.GOP HDV
Max Bit Rate 100 Mb/s 35 Mb/s 25 Mb/s
Media Type

P2 Flash Memory

SxS Flash Memory Tape
Approx Price $5100$6500$3200
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Housing Options Link Gates HVX200
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Gates EX1
Seatool EX1
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Gates FX1
Light and Motion FX1
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Best underwater video cameras - Canon XL H1S, Canon XL H1A, Canon XH G1,Canon XH A1
Favorite Pro Cameras: Canon XL H1S / Canon XL H1A and Canon XH G1 / Canon XH A1
Canon XL H1S
Canon XL H1A

Canon XH G1
Canon XH A1

Resolution1440 x 1080 1440 x 1080
Sensor3 CCD 1/3 in.3 CCD 1/3 in.
Format 1080/60i/30F/24F1080/60i/30F/24F
CompressionHDV HDV
Max Bit Rate 25 Mb/s 25 Mb/s
Media Type

Tape

Tape
Approx Price $8999 / $5999 $6999 / $3999
Mfg. Link click hereclick here
Housing Options Link

Gates XHG1
Gates XHA1
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