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Cute little underwater digital video camera.
on July 6, 2012
I purchased this at the Boolchand's store while I was on vacation in Curaçao. For about $88.00 you get this little digital video camera that comes with a no name class 6 4GB microSDHC with a card case, microUSB to USB cord, 100 feet waterproof housing, clip mount for scuba/snorkel masks or other rubber-strapped goggles, and a wrist strap to keep the device from floating away.
The packaging is everyone's favorite nemesis: bubble packaging. Make sure you have a pocket knife or pair of scissors handy. There are three pieces of cardboard in it: the back with the specifications, the front that the camera and housing sits in front of and the box at the bottom which holds the microSDHC card, mounting clip and USB cord. There is a very short user's manual that'll tell you how to set up the device.
The device is about the size of my thumb from nail to knuckle and comes in two colors: neon orange (Makes it somewhat easier to find if you do happen to drop it somewhere.) and black. Standing it up vertically, it has one metallic-colored button on the top with an orange and a blue light encircling it (Now you're working with portals!) and a wrist strap loop behind the button, on the back is a clip for mounting the camera in a shirt pocket, on the front is the lens with a small microphone hole above it, on the left side is the microSD slot and at the bottom is the microUSB port with a small metallic-colored reset button to the right of it.
The waterproof housing, as stated above, is rated to up to 100 feet depths. Standing it up vertically, it has a porthole where the camera lens will look out through (The porthole has a UV filter lens.), a latched top that has an orange, spring-loaded button for turning the camera on and a small tube behind it for pressure stability(?), a black piece of rubber that goes around the inside of the opening for a tight seal, a black flip latch on the back to keep the the top secured, and a wrist strap loop on the back-right side of the top. The inside of the housing has grooves to guide the camera into place and keep it from moving around inside the capsule.
The mounting clip rotates 360 degrees. It has a latched loop with rubber teeth on the inside for securely holding the waterproof housing in place. The clip has hard plastic teeth on the inside to secure it to soft, plastic straps and it locks into place. I am a bit weary of clipping it onto my expensive scuba diving mask as the hard teeth might damage the straps. I would look into maybe an arm band to clip the mount onto, though if you're scuba diving your gear might come into view on the camera. Or maybe try rigging a piece of banding onto your mask that you can clip the mount onto.
The wrist strap is basically what you've dealt with before. Black braided cord with plastic ends, a black plastic bead to tighten the cord around your wrist, thin braided thread for threading through the loops on the waterproof housing or camera.
I've only used this device while snorkeling at most about 10 feet or so and scuba diving around 80-90 feet. I haven't had any issues with the housing so far. You'll definitely want to mount the camera instead of holding it while swimming around. Constant movement while holding it will make a video that'll probably make you sick watching it. Also it might take some practice to get the hang of how to aim your head or hand to get the video spot on instead of cutting off the bottom or top of what you're looking at.
The video is decent, though it does suffer when there is a lack of lighting. The microphone does pick up some sound while in the housing. If you make any sort of noise through your snorkel it'll pick it up, it'll pick up your breathing through the regulator and it'll pick up swishing noises from the water.
The lights surrounding the power/record button are pretty hard to see when the device is in its housing. You kind of have to shade the top of it with your hand to see if it's on or if it's recording. If you mount it on your mask you'll just have to practice powering it on and setting it to record. (You have to hold down the button for about three seconds to turn it on and then wait about three to five seconds before pressing it again to start it recording.)
I tried using a G.Skill 16GB Class 6 microSDHC, but either the device was having issues with the card or the recording speed to the card is terrible/flawed. I then tried a Team 32GB Class 4 microSDHC and that worked perfectly.