Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP Underwater Digital Camera Mask
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|Item Weight||1.5 Pounds|
|Memory Type||Micro SD|
|Optical Zoom||1 x|
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- Hands-free swim mask with built-in 5.0-megapixel digital camera
- Tough tempered glass lenses with integrated crosshairs for lining up shots
- Operates at depths of up to 15 feet; 16 MB of built-in memory
- MicroSD card slot with capacity of up to 2 GB (card not included)
- Includes PC-only image editing software; USB port for downloads
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Keep your hands free as you swim! This is the world's only swim mask that has an integrated waterproof digital video camera plus photographs at 5 MP. Operates to a depth of 15ft/5m making this ideal for snorkeling and or pool play.
Keep your hands free as you swim. According to the manufacturer, this is the world's only swim mask that has an integrated waterproof digital-video camera and the ability to take photographs at 5MP. The mask operates to a depth of 15 feet underwater and eliminates the need to hand-carry an underwater camera. It's ideal for snorkeling or swimming pools.
The goggle lenses are made of tempered glass and have integrated crosshairs that help you line up shots. Turn the camera on and choose a mode with the upper button. Simply press the shutter button to record pictures or videos. An LED inside the mask tells you whether you are in still-image or video mode.
Downloading images is as easy as plugging the mask into your PC or Mac's UBS port. (A USB cable is included.) The included software (which works on PCs only) enables you to edit your image or video content.
The built-in 16 MB memory can store up to 27 high-resolution pictures or up to 52 seconds of video. A MicroSD card slot allows you to expand memory up to 2 GB for additional pictures or videos. The mask requires two AAA batteries, which are included, and is designed for ages 13 years and up.
What's in the Box?
Underwater digital camera mask and two AAA batteries
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This was my first attempt at underwater photography and I was prepared to accept the loss of color which will always occur unless you use artificial light. The camera is at its best in shallow water where more light gets through and the bluing affect is minimal anyway. So this is not too big an issue unless you are trying to shoot something that is more than 15 ft. deep.
Image quality aside, I found I struggled with three things the entire week:
1. Getting the camera into a known state (picture or video)
2. Aiming properly
3. Getting the proper angle
Because this camera can only go in shallow water, the sun will almost always overpower the tiny LED that shows the camera status. They recommend cupping your hand over the mask to block the sunlight, but I still found it difficult to see the color. In addition, I was never sure whether I had actually started 'filming' (indicated by a blinking LED). So I often missed getting some great shots becuase the camera was not in the mode I thought. During the first few days, I would get back to check my pictures or videos only to wonder what it was I was trying to capture. It took me a while to realize I was actually aiming too low in many cases. This surprised me since the camera is on top of the mask so you would think I would shoot too high. I eventually got it about right, but make sure to practice before using it in earnest. Finally, I found that the natural angle for snorkelers, which is looking down all the time, particularly on fish, was not very satisfying. For those shots you need to dive down to get on their level. This requires a constant process of setting up the camera, diving down, getting into position, and then coming up when your breath runs out. I ended up with lots of 30 second clips as a result.
I should also mention that the mask itself is pretty good. I had trouble getting the strap tight enough, but when I did the seal was good and comfortable and viewing from the mask was quite good. This mask may not work well if you have a smaller head. I did not have any problems with leaks on the memory or battery compartment, but it does take some effort to close them properly.
Overall, a pretty good product. If they were to put a real 5MP (or even 2MP) sensor in it, it would have liked it much more. Next time I use it, I doubt I will even bother with still images. I was about to buy an underwater camera before buying this and I think I am glad I didn't. Being able to just 'look' at things and press a button sounds a lot easier to me than to aim while trying to look into a tiny LCD screen underwater - and shooting videos is of course, effortless.
Once you get use to the functioning, you get very high quality images, without having a camera strapped to your wrist and happering your swimming.
Top reviews from other countries
Good pictures and good videos, quite easy to use
Double use: camera and goggles, useful