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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
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I'm new to GOPRO cameras, but I'm not new to diving. Anyone who has looked for an affordable solution to underwater video recording has most likely realized that the options are VERY slim! Needless to say this was my attraction to the Hero 2. The only problem.... the BLUR!

There are a multitude of products to fix the blur, but this is the first product offered by GOPRO, and I must say it is an amazing product. The case functions just like the original, with an identical latching mechanism. The difference in the flat front lens. It gives amazing quality and allow the camera to give sharp focus above or below the water. Note: The new lens cuts off about half of the LCD display, but you can still see most of it.

My only complaint is that GOPRO hasn't released any clip on filters; however, I doubt it will be long before they do. You can take off the lens cover with a 6 point screwdriver and drop your own gel filters in there if you'd like, but I'm not sure if this will compromise the waterproofing.

Pro-tip: Put a little Rain-X on the lens so you get a smooth underwater to above water transition.

As Soon as they release some filters then I'll up it to 5 Stars
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
We just finished our first ocean dive trip and thanks to this dive housing really have some great video and pictures to share and enjoy. This thing works great, we never had any problems and find the pictures and videos to be very realistic and accurate representations of what we saw and also heard. I am surprised that it picked up the sound as well as it did. You can hear boat motors as they pass near, and us talking on the surface and so forth. Even at 30' if I talked it would record it. When sharing the videos with family and friends we have a very accurate recording of what it both looked and sounded like.

I will upload a video taken with the GoPro Hero2 and this housing during a dive at Catalina Island 26 miles off the California coast. The video was shot in about 25' of water at a place called Ship Rock at Twin Harbors. You can see how clear and sharp things are, though the camera was moving a bit (we learned to hold it still in our hand as we dove instead of on our heads or gear) Notice the sound in the video too, that is what it sounded like as it was shot, you can near the ocean sounds the waves hitting a nearby rock.

*** I just checked the video and after Amazon "processed" it, it looks terrible. The actual video is HD quality, super sharp and looks great. I'll post it to YouTube in HD with the name "Matt following a California Garibaldi fish". You can watch it in HD online. I posted a dozen more diving videos, all shot with the GoPro Hero2 and Dive housing now.

Since the GoPro Hero2 came with the original housing we did some testing in a pool before out trip to the ocean. Above water you are fine with the regular housing, but the moment you go under, the dive housing is much clearer and sharper, resulting in an image that makes all the difference in look and feel. It's like having a professional system now.

I tested the unit down to 65' over several days of sea water dives and everything works great. Make sure you keep the inside clean and dry. For one dive there was a little moisture inside and that causes a problem. It can also be hard to clean the inside of the flat lens due to how it's mounted. I just stuffed the corner of a lens cleaning cloth in there and twist it around and that took care of it.

We played around with the above to under water transitions and found the camera and housing did great. It was fun to be in the water and record someone jumping in and them follow them down into the water with the camera as they jumped. Made for some nice video. For underwater to surface transitions a little RainX or glass cleaner can help so the droplets don't block your video. I didn't really have a problem with this and am happy with how our videos turned out.

We did find that using the head strap on the camera caused too much jerky motion, guess we move our heads too much. We got better results by holding the camera in our hand, so now we're looking for some kind of strap that will connect better and work better as a wrist/hand hold to secure the camera in case we ever have to let go.

Bottom line, is the housing perfect? Nope, as you can see they cover some of the screen with the wider lense glass, but hey like you really read it under water? It's also difficult to clean but the bottom line here is that it works, and works well! I'm happy with the results, I love the housing so it's 5 stars from me. Enjoy your camera and with this housing, the resulting under water videos. You'll love it. This is a great addition to the GoPro line of products.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
I don't understand why amazon is charging so much!! I love shopping amazon but for this i went to my local best buy and picked it up for $49. (every dive shop has them for $49 as well) It works perfect as is and even better with a red filter for ocean filming. No lens distortion and sharp footage!!!
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
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Says in product description hat its compatible with all HD Hero cameras but it does not fit the Hero3 cameras, as they're too small for the housing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
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The video was great but in just 6 ft of water for 20 min it had accumulated about 5 drops of water. I can not tell if it is coming from the rear door, buttons or lens area. I am worried what will happen when I go deeper for longer periods of time. I am now testing it with the original door on this new housing which seems to have a tighter fit. Will update.

Update: 8/31 Post Dives: I dove multiple times ranging from 25' deep to 80' deep and with the original backdoor and the new housing the camera was leak free. I upped my rating to a 3 because now it seems to work fine but only because I thought to try my original door. Even at that I did not trust it so I packed small pieces of paper towel into the housing just in case I got some drops. I will use the rear door sent with this product for non submerged applications and save the working one for dives.

Barring the leak issue the housing took amazing video under very high visibility circumstances regardless of depth. I did find that still shots often turned out blurry but that may have been user error.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
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ITS GREAT! I loved it on my cancun vaction. Used it during surfing and diving but after the first week it scratched@
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
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This housing provides for a much clearer image when shooting underwater. Very easy to use. The only drawback is that you can't really see the display on the camera very well when it is in the housing. But totally worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
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This housing is to be used for underwaterr filming. It has a flat lens rather than the convex lens that comes with the camera. I recommend this housing for underwater use. There is no distortion with this lens,
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2012
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Before purchasing the GoPro Dive Housing I was doing a lot of underwater video with my GoPro Hero2 using the stock housing. Both video and images using the Dive Housing are night and day underwater. This fixes the blurry underwater images and video you get when using the stock housing. I have not noticed any vignetting in any of the shooting modes (wide, medium, narrow). I took off one star because the housing does make the screen a little difficult to see but this is minor. If you are shooting a lot of underwater video this is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2014
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I have a go pro 2. I thought I could use it underwater, due to them advertising 190 odd feet or whatever. Well you can, you just cannot take any decent photos or video, everything is blurred. My feeling is they were advertising an underwater camera and as such should have been usable underwater. To sell you a $70+ plastic lense fix after the fact is false or deceptive advertising at it's best. I thought the company had great prospects and a good idea but their deceptive marketing practices and expensive accessories make me look elsewhere. And lets face it, it is not a user friendly camera, awkward to use, unreliable (mine went back under warranty) and now the underwater fix lens covers half what was already a hard to see interface. There's other companies out there now with better products.I now use a Fuji waterproof camera for snorkeling at about 1/3 the cost as the go pro. It has great clarity, picks up sound well and much clearer video than the go pro. It will not go to the depths of a go pro but I'll go with a different brand at half the cost for that purpose and the go pro is worthless at any depth with the lens they sell you with the 2.
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