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Nauticam Announces New Monitor Housing

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New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors

 

Nauticam Announces New Monitor Housing


New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors

By UWPG News, July 9, 2015

 

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Nauticam has announced a housing for the popular 500 series SmallHD video monitor, which combines a stunning, pixel-packed 5" LCD display with simple-to-use ergonomics and menus.

The new NA-502 housing fits both the SmallHD 501 and SmallHD 502 monitors, which provides flexibility for serious underwater video shooters.

 

 


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NA-502 

for SmallHD 501 (HDMI) and 502 (HDMI and SDI Monitors)

The SmallHD 500 series, the sharpest and lightest 5-inch field monitors available, are the perfect complement to a Nauticam underwater video system.  These products combine a stunning 5", 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display with an amazing suite of software tools for image monitoring in a compact form factor.  

The monitor feels immediately familiar, almost identical in size to your favorite smart phone.  A rubberized joystick is used to effortlessly flip through video "pages".  Each page accepts multiple imagine analysis tools, configured by the user for their individual needs.  The NA-502 housing provides access to all monitor controls, and the complete menu system is available in the housing, and at depth.  To learn more, a complete 500 Series "Test Drive" is available here.

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There aren't enough good things that can be said about this screen...  Pixel density (the specification that results in sharpness) is greater than iPhone 6.  The monitor is capable of displaying 85% of the NTSC color gamut, surpassing REC 709.  These tech spec simply translate into the best color, contrast, and resolution available in this class.

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The Nauticam NA-502 housing features the rugged build quality and advanced manufacturing expertise our user base has come to expect.  The joystick navigation system used by the 500 series monitors is translated to four directional arrows, a center select button, and the dedicated "back" button.  The interface is simple, but elegant, and perfectly suited to the underwater environment.

Cable Routing & Power

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The form factor of 501/502 monitors is ideal for an underwater housing, with HDMI / HD-SDI cables nestled between two readily available Canon LP-E6 Batteries.

 

HDMI and HD-SDI (502) are both supported by a single housing, providing an extremely broad range of camera support in a single underwater monitor system.

Advanced Software

Joystick navigation, combined with a very well thought out image analysis tool set, make these monitors extremely useful for judging focus and exposure.  Examples of some of these tools (but not all) are:

 

Focus Assist

Highlights in focus edges, taking the guess work out of critical focus even when using large formate SLR cameras with narrow depth of field.

 

False Color

Extremely useful for judging exposure, false color mode maps the IRE Exposure Scale to color bars, providing detailed feedback about image brightness.  Purple and Yellow warnings indicate under and over exposed areas.  A gradient from blue through green maps shadows to highlights.

 

Pixel Zoom

Zooming in on the video feed is available from every monitor page, all the time, simply by clicking the up arrow.  The zoomed window can be moved around the screen via up/down/left/right, and exited easily with the back button.  

 

Zebra Lines

Designed to warn of over exposure, zebra lines can be mapped to a custom IRE level, and even enhanced with color to make them more visible.

NA-502 Features

 

Right angle cable connector provides clean cable routing, and protects the cable from wear and tear at the housing connection.

 

Joystick navigation is translated to a 5 push button directional pad on the housing front, with enhanced spacing that is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

 

A Vacuum Valve, along with the Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System is included as standard equipment..  A temperature compensated monitoring circuit with LED indicator provides constant feedback about vacuum status.  The green led means the system is safe to dive!

Optional Accessories

 

Optional NA-502 Monitor Hood (#17916) provides generous shading, and reduces glare in shallow water.

 

SDI Surface Feed Cables (#25064 15m or #25065 45m) provide a reliable SDI feed capable of traveling over long distances to a topside director's monitor.

Tech Specs:

#17906 NA-502H for SmallHD 500 Series Monitors, HDMI Cable Connection

#17907 NA-502S for SmallHD 500 Series Monitors, HD-SDI Cable Connection

 

Depth Rating : 100m

 

Weight : 1.39 kg

Dimensions : 222 x 118 x 67mm (excluding ball mount & cables)

 

Available July 28, 2015

MSRP : $1,600

 

 

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Tiger Shark Steals Diver's Camera

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Incredible video of a tiger shark taking a diver's camera and dragging him through the water

 

Tiger Shark Steals Diver's Camera


Incredible video of a tiger shark taking a diver's camera and dragging him through the water

By UWPG News, July 6, 2015

 

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We recently came across this incredible video on one of our social media prowls, and it will blow you away. Watch closely as a diver at world-famous Tiger Beach is approached by one of the sharks, who then takes his DSLR camera rig. You'll need to watch the video to see what happens next!

Tiger sharks can grow to 5 meters in length (16 feet) and are generally found in warm water. Their size and the fact that they have the widest food spectrum of all sharks make diving with them a highlight in many shark divers' careers. This video was filmed at world-famous Tiger Beach in the Bahamas.

Check out our article What you Need to Know about Diving Tiger Beach.

 


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The entire event was filmed by Shawn Hull* and will be the source of dive stories for years to come.

 

 

Tiger Shark Video

YouTube video: Paul & Ron Young mornings

 

* Special thanks to Pete Thomas Outdoors

 

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GoPro Launches new HERO4 Session Camera

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50 Percent Smaller and 40 percent lighter - Let's look at the HERO4 Session

 

GoPro Launches new HERO4 Session Camera


50 Percent Smaller and 40 percent lighter - Let's look at the HERO4 Session

By Brent Durand, July 6, 2015

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GoPro has announced a brand new camera to expand an already impressive lineup: The GoPro HERO4 Session.

The new HERO4 Session is the smallest, lightest and most convenient-to-use GoPro yet. Priced at the same level as the HERO4 Silver (less than the HERO4 Black), it has different features to make it easier to operate and use in capturing day to day activities. Below are some of the new spec highlights.

 

GoPro HERO4 Session New Features

  • 50% Smaller
  • 40% Lighter
  • No water housing - one single unit
  • Single button operation
  • 1080p60, 720p100, 1440p30 video
  • 8MP single, burst and time-lapse camera
  • Waterproof to 33' (10m)
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to GoPro app and remote
  • Same mounting as other models

 

GoPro HERO4 Session for Underwater Video

The GoPro HERO4 Session looks like a great camera, however with the 33' (10m) depth rating, it is not suitable for scuba diving. That said, this will be a great camera for watersports like surfing and shallow snorkeling.

For scuba divers, we recommend the HERO4 Silver or HERO4 Black, especially since the HERO4 Session is the same price as the silver model (which comes with more features and an LCD screen). But if you only shoot waves, surfers or shallow, sun-filled images, then the new HERO4 Session should do the trick.

Also, if you find current GoPros to be a bit complicated to use and don't plan to take the camera on scuba dives, then the one-button simplicity of the HERO4 Session is the way to go. For more questions on GoPros and water accessories like filters and handles, contact the team at Bluewater Photo.

 


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50% Smaller and 40% Lighter – HERO4 Session Combines Ultra-Compact Waterproof Design with Easy One-Button Control for Simple Yet Powerful Life-Capture Solution

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (July 6, 2015) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet.  50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form factor. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015.

“With HERO4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. “HERO4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user-experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet.” Woodman adds, “I’m so excited about the launch of HERO4 Session because now I can finally use mine in public!”

HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView™, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.

Operating HERO4 Session is very simple. A short press of the shutter button quickly powers the camera on and video recording begins automatically. A long press of the shutter button powers the camera on and triggers Time Lapse photo capture. Press the shutter button again to save video or photo content and power the camera off. This simple one button design drastically improves the speed and convenience of capturing life moments as they happen.

 

HERO4 Session is built to GoPro’s famous rugged standards and is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). It features a sleek frame mounting system that is compatible with GoPro’s expansive array of mounts.  An innovative dual microphone system dynamically switches sound recording between microphones to reduce wind noise during activities. Audio performance during water-based activities has been dramatically improved thanks to HERO4 Session’s waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate waterhousing, which can often muffle sounds. 

 “At GoPro, sound quality is as important as image quality and we’re very excited about the stunning audio advancements we’ve made with HERO4 Session during water-based and windy activities. It’s incredible what this little GoPro can capture,” remarked Woodman.

HERO4 Session    $399.99 MSRP

  •       Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 video
  •       Waterproof to 33’ (10m), no separate housing required
  •       Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  •       Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  •       Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  •       Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  •       Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  •       Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  •       Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  •       New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included   

 

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SEA&SEA Announces the Next Generation YS-D2 Strobe

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New Control Dials, Rear Glowing Panel and Audible Confirmation are Built in to the New YS-D2

 

SEA&SEA Announces the Next Generation YS-D2 Strobe


New Control Dials, Rear Glowing Panel and Audible Confirmation are Built in to the New YS-D2

By Brent Durand, July 2, 2015

 

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SEA&SEA has announced a new strobe that will replace the extremely popular YS-D1: the YS-D2 strobe. The new Sea and Sea YS-D2 strobe will look very similar to the YS-D1, at least until you take a closer look at the new features. If you're not familiar with these strobes, be sure to check out our YS-D1 strobe review.

 

YS-D2 New Features

 

  • Faster recycle time
  • Redesigned control knobs
  • Dual powered target light with red filters
  • Lighted / glowing rear panel
  • Audible confirmation
  • Newly designed battery compartment
  • Price:  $719.95 (available July 15, 2015)

 


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SEA&SEA YS-D2 Initial Thoughts

 

Recycle Time

The new SEA&SEA YS-D2 strobe has really upped the ante. The most obvious improvement is the faster recycle time: .4 seconds faster than the YS-D1. When using Ni-MH batteries (like Sanyo Eneloops) the new YS-D2 will recycle in 1.4 seconds, while the YS-D1 recycles in 1.9 seconds.

This faster recycle time enables you to shoot more exposures during fast action and provides a nice reason for divers with the YS-D1 to look towards an upgrade to the new strobes.

 

Redesigned Control Knobs

Almost everyone who uses the YS-D1 will nod their head in understanding when you mention that you accidentally bumped the strobe setting knob when repositioning the strobe. The YS-D2 addresses this with new knobs that require two fingers to turn - they won't be moved by an errant finger when you grab the strobe head to position it.

The power dial also has new markings, showing strobe power as stops of light. The graphic is easier to see and read for both TTL and manual shooting. The photo below shows the new dials as seen on a demo strobe that arrived at Bluewater Photo today.

 

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sea&sea YS-D2 Strobe

 

Dual Powered Target Light with Red Filters

The target (aka modeling) light on the YS-D2 is a nice feature. I use the target lights on my D1s as backup lights on night dives - double redundancy without carrying anything extra.

Divers using two strobes will generally not use the target light (and new red filter) to aid focus, since the strobes are generally not pointed directly at the subject. The target light will be useful, however, for divers shooting macro with a single strobe, when the strobe head will be pointed directly at the subject.

Learn more about underwater strobe positioning.

 

Lighted / Glowing Back Panel

Like the YS-D1, the YS-D2 has an LED indicator light on the back panel that let's you know once the strobe has recycled, the shooting mode and when power is low.

The YS-D2 strobe also includes this light, however the labels for shooting mode and power level now glow from this light so that you can see them at night. This is a very cool idea for those who don't know how to operate the strobe by feel alone. Plus, it looks pretty futuristic!

 

sea&sea YS-D2 Strobe light

 

Audible Confirmation

This feature will beep when the YS-D2 has recycled, so that you know when you can shoot again. Another great feature for shooting on high strobe power, but please, turn this off if we're diving together :- )

 

Newly Designed Battery Compartment

The largest weakness with underwater photography gear is a flood. The YS-D2 battery compartment is redesigned and should be able to withstand an accidental flood. Simply clean it out and replace the back battery cap (with a new one) and you're ready to keep shooting. Make sure to carry a spare battery cap on your next trip.

 

 

SEA&SEA YS-D2 Strobe Pricing & Availability

The YS-D2 will be availably starting July 15, 2015.

Retail price is $719.95.

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Illegal Salvage Ship Ruins Iconic Singapore Wreck Dive

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Dive Charter Catches Illegal Salvage Ship Destroying the Iconic Seven Skies Wreck with Crane

 

Illegal Salvage Ship Ruins Iconic Singapore Wreck Dive


Dive Charter Catches Illegal Salvage Ship Destroying the Iconic Seven Skies Wreck with Crane

By UWPG News, June 30, 2015

 

Photo: Screengrab from DiveRACE video

 
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On May 30 this year, divers on the MV DiveRACE Class E (dive charter) came across an unusal sight as they pulled the boat up to a favorite shipwreck - the 7 Skies. As they approached, it became clear that the ship floating above the wreck was using a massive crane and claw, pulling up scrap metal from the wreck. As the MV DiveRACE Class E got closer and launched tenders to confirm the illegal salvage, the ship pulled anchors and took off in retreat.

The DiveRACE team immediately contacted the Nongsa Point Marina (Indonesia), and learned later that the salvage operators were soon detained by the Indonesian Navy. According to the below DiveRACE video, the llegal salvage ship (the Puteri 99) had been flying a Malaysian flag, crewed by Chinese nationals.

Unfortunately, the damage was already done to the iconic Seven Skies shipwreck. What was once a very popular wreck dive, visited by several liveaboard boats based in Singapore, is destroyed, now suitable only for technical divers.

 

Assessing the Damage of the Illegal Salvage

DiveRACE dived the wreck after the incident, describing what they saw when approaching the illegal salvage, then filming the video of the destroyed wreck below.

 

Local divers Flip Domans and David Trimble dived the wreck on May 31, 2015, the date after the illegal salvage. Below is an excerpt from David's dive report:

Basically only the starboard bridge wing at 33m is left as the shallowest part of Seven Skies.  It is supported by the starboard side of the accommodation block with a few broken decks.  For recreational divers this is the only option to use as a dive.  The fwd accommodation transverse bulkhead is tanked down to approx. A Deck.  On the Port side there is the aft part of the port accommodation side bulkhead with some part of the deck open, but at around 35m it is just the bulkhead left.

All the funnel, top of the engine room, swimming pool and off course the best part for recreational divers, the wheelhouse, is gone.  

There are still the hatches on the aft deck. The starboard lifeboat davits are still there, which would make a good tie off point. Didn’t have bottom time to check the port davits.

The bottom line is as long as they do not do more salvage work (big if!), although Seven Skies will obviously never be as good as we remember, it is still an interesting wreck – FOR TECHNICAL DIVERS.  Square profile to bridge wing at 33m cannot be considered a recreational dive.

From the numerous dives I have done on her, I would have consider the dive we did in the video as a great dive, big fish big wreck."

 

The following unedited video was filmed by Flip Dolmans during the dive described above.

 

 

One of the Most Popular Sites for Singapore Divers

The Seven Skies was one of the most popular wreck sites for divers living in Singapore and holds a special place in many divers' careers. 

 

Lionel Lim (DiveRACE) has made many dives on the wreck and provided the following words:

We are really saddened by the loss of 7 skies wreck. It was majestic and brought a lot of wonderful memories to divers around the region. Whalesharks and mantas could be sighted occasionally depending on the season and it always gave divers something to look forward to. 

However, due to the irresponsible actions of these salvagers, 7 skies wreck is not coming back anymore. Others wrecks in the surrounding waters, such as the HMS Repulse and Prince of Wales, have been salvaged too. The 7 skies is a precious historical wreck and now cannot grow, neither can it be replaced. Now all that is left are the memories of it.

 

Below are some words from Dominic Cleary, a diver living in Singapore who has fond memories of the wreck.

As a recreational diver I appreciated both the challenge and reward of the Seven Skies wreck.  Like so many others, I am angry at what has happened and am concerned about what the outcome and impact will be.

I've always looked forward to the Seven Skies.  The visibility and current were always variable factors, but no matter the challenge presented, the wreck always rewarded - either by the structure itself (when good conditions prevailed) or by the marine life around the funnel and superstructure (when current and visibility were less ... friendly).

I was on board the White Manta for a recent long weekend ‘Anambas Islands’ trip.  The itinerary included Kataoka, Malangbiru and amongst other sites, the Seven Skies.  A dive on the Seven Skies wasn’t to be, as there were reports of a commercial ship with crane anchored at the site. We learned that the wreck had been salvaged, likely illegally.

I'm angry at the blind stupid greed of those involved in this theft and destruction. I'm concerned for the community and business who felt the same way of the Seven Skies as I did.  I've heard the crew was arrested, perhaps the boats concerned impounded.  But what will become of them?  Will all be released after paying perhaps only a fine and after checking their balance sheets, continue on? 

I hope the respective authorities follow Palau's recent example - place those in charge in gaol, and publicly destroy the boats used in these illegal acts! 

 

 

 

Photos of the Illegal Salvage Barge

 

Silhouette of the Puteri 99 illegal salvage barge. Photo: Bob Griffin

 

The Puteri 99 illegal salvage barge. Photo: Bob Griffin

 

 

 

Special thanks to Dominic Cleary, Chris Hutton and Lionel Lim for their help with this article.

 

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Vimeo Redesigns Cameo Video Editing App

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Easily edit and share cinematic videos with Cameo, using themes, soundtracks and more

 

Vimeo Redesigns Cameo Video Editing App


Easily edit and share cinematic videos with Cameo, using themes, soundtracks and more

By Brent Durand, June 23, 2015

 

 

 
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Video platform Vimeo has announced a full redesign of their video editing app, Cameo, available for download today (iOS only). This is another huge step in support of the trend of content on the go, which has been starting to enter the underwater photography and video world.

The redesigned app allows users to edit video clips, adding popular music provided by Vimeo, filter effects, text fonts and colors and of course, easy sharing on social media platforms, including Vimeo. Navigation and workflow inside of the app is elegant and easy, steamlined from left to right like we see with Adobe workflow, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.

 

Cameo for Underwater Video

The Vimeo Cameo app is designed to edit and share videos on your cell phone, meaning underwater video shooters have an extra step before using the app (unless you're using a Watershot Cell Phone Housing).

So how would you use Cameo for underwater video? There are a few ways. First, you could shoot clips on a WiFi-enabled camera like the Canon 70DOlympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II or GoPro Hero4. Once you're back on the surface you can simply transfer the clip(s) to your mobile phone for editing and either saving on your device (for sharing on social sites like Facebook or Instagram) or direct upload to your Vimeo account... before your dive boat even reaches the dock.

The second method would be to transfer video shot on any compact, mirrorless or DSLR camera underwater to your computer, and then transfer from your computer to your mobile phone. Obviously this isn't ideal because it defeats the spirit of "editing and sharing on the go."

 

Cameo is currently only availble for iOS but will be available for Android users in the near future.

 

 

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Snorkeler Bit by Mako Shark off Southern California

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Mako shark bites snorkeler during baited shark dive 8 miles off Southern California coast

 

Snorkeler Bit by Mako Shark off Southern California


Mako shark bites snorkeler during baited shark dive 8 miles off Southern California coast

By UWPG News, June 17, 2015

 

 

 
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On June 13, 2015 a snorkeler was bit by a mako shark during a baited shark dive 8 miles off the coast of Southern California. These open water shark trips have been growing in popularity with underwater photographers during recent years, with summer proving to be a reliable time for mako shark encounters.

The snorkeler, Elke Specker, was diving off the coast of San Diego with the shark dive charter, Mako Shark Diving, which was using bait and chum to lure in the sharks. Details are still not clear, however one shark bit Elke on the leg, leaving a severe gash. Luckily, no major arteries were damaged. She has posted photos of her leg stitched up and appears to be on the road to recovery.

According to Elke's Facebook page, "The freakiest part was looking down at the tears in my wetsuit, not knowing how much damage was done. Luckily there were no arteries cut or I would have bled to death being 8 miles out from shore."

Two photos from the incident have also been posted on Elke's page. Please note that one photo graphically shows the wound.

Mako Shark bite wound

Mark Shark eating bait

 

Blue and Mako sharks can be seen off the California coast, with Mako sharks having a reputation for being more aggressive and dangerous. Some shark operators will immediately take snorkelers out of the water if a Mako shark appears that is too big or starts acting too aggressively. Some operators even advocate using a cage with Mako sharks due to their aggressive nature.

Chris Wade, owner of SharkBoat.org, has run several trips in Southern California where people dive or snorkel with sharks such as blue sharks and mako sharks. According to Chris, "Diving with sharks is potentially hazardous, but adverse interactions only happen very rarely. Mako sharks are extremely fast moving and occasionally can show signs of aggression. Additional care and high levels of situational awareness need to be in effect while diving with Mako sharks."

We will be updating this story with more details as we learn them.

 

 

 

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Sony a7R II, RX100 IV and RX10 II Roundup

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Specs, Comparisons and Best Features for Underwater Photography

 

Sony a7R II, RX100 IV and RX10 II Roundup


Specs, Comparisons and Best Features for Underwater Photography

By UWPG News, June 12, 2015

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This week Sony announced three brand new cameras that impressively add to their current full frame mirrorless and compact camera lineup: the Sony a7R II, Sony RX100m4, and Sony RX10m2. All three cameras are upgrades from existing models. The RX100 has been extremely popular with underwater photographers since it was released, and most video shooters have been keeping their eye on the a7R.

In this underwater photo and video review we will go over the specs of each camera and what is new from the previous model. We'll be doing in-water tests as soon as housing become available.

 

Jump to Camera:

a7R II     -     RX100 IV     -     RX10 II

 

 

Sony a7R II Camera Review

Sony A7rII Specs

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • Internal 4K XAVC S Video at 30 or 24 fps
  • S-Log2 Gamma provides great dynamic range
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 102,400 max

 

Sony a7R II Comparison with A7r

 

From the Sony press release:

 

The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor1, which realizes high resolution (42.4 MP approx. effective megapixels), high sensitivity (expandable up to ISO 102400)2 and high speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points."

The Sony a7R II will ship in August 2015.

 


 

Sony RX100 IV Camera Review

Sony RX100 IV Specs

  • 20.1MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens (f/1.8 - f/2.8) with focal length 8.8 - 25.7mm
  • Lens minimum focus distance: 0.17ft
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Super Slow Motion Video (maximum of 40x)
  • 4K Video Recording
  • 16 frames per second burst shooting
  • Front control ring (great for underwater settings adjustments
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 180 degree tiltable LCD screen

 

Sony RX100 IV Comparison with RX100 III

 

The major highlight (and upgrade from the RX100 III) of the new RX100 IV is the brand new Exmore RS CMOS sensor. This sensor is stacked with a lightning-fast DRAM memory chip, which reads image data 5 times faster than the older Exmor R sensor. The result is extremely fast electronic shutter capability, which allows for some of the new levels of performance we see above:  16 fps burst, 4K video, slow motion at up to 960 fps (40x super slow mo) and more.

 

The Sony RX100 IV will be available in July 2015.

 

 


 

 

Sony RX10 II Camera Review

Sony RX10 II Specs

While not as popular for underwater photography as the cameras above, the Sony RX10m2 is impressive for those wanting a nice all-in-one compact camera for their next dive trip. The long zoom range on the built-in lens is perfect for those topside opportunities, offering more versatility in shooting above water than the RX100 IV. Below are the RX10m2 specs:

 

  • 20.2MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens (f/2.8) with focal length 8.8 - 73.3mm
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Super Slow Motion Video (maximum of 40x)
  • 4K Video Recording
  • 14 frames per second burst shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

 

Sony RX10 II Comparison with RX10

 

The major highlight (and upgrade from the RX10) of the new RX10 II is the brand new Exmore RS CMOS sensor. This sensor is stacked with a lightning-fast DRAM memory chip, which reads image data 5 times faster than the older Exmor R sensor. The result is extremely fast electronic shutter capability, which allows for some of the new levels of performance we see above:  14 fps burst, 4K video, slow motion at up to 960 fps (40x super slow mo) and more.

 

The Sony RX10 II will be available in July 2015.

 

 

 


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SeaLife Releases New Screen Shield

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Waterproof Screen Protector for Small Cameras and Housings

 

SeaLife Releases New Screen Shield


Waterproof Screen Protector for Small Cameras and Housings

By UWPG News, June 10, 2015

 

SeaLife Screen Shield

 

 
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SeaLife has announced a very useful accessory for small underwater cameras and housings: The Screen Shield.

Every veteran to underwater photo and video can tell you how quickly their gear gets beat up. Housings get scuffed by BC buckles, tap other housings on boats, bake in the sun and take other abuse. The LCD screen is the one place you cannot afford to have any scratches, since you have to see through it to shoot and review your images. Enter the new SeaLife Screen Shield.

 


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PRESS RELEASE

SeaLife has announced the Screen Shield, a waterproof screen protector for underwater cameras and housings with a 2.4” or smaller LCD, such as the Micro HD or GoPro. The high-transparency, ultra-thin film goes completely unnoticed while guarding the display against scratches, dirt and fingerprints.

The Screen Shield is compatible with all GoPro models with LCD display or LCD BacPac accessory, and can be applied to the underwater housing or directly to the LCD screen when using the camera outside the housing. The touch screen will maintain full capability with the Screen Shield in place.

The protector is easy to install and leaves no residue behind when removed. Its hydrophobic coating repels water, and the protector will have no problem staying in place on the camera down to 330 feet/100 meters below the surface.

Each package includes two screen protectors, dust removal tape, cleaning cloth and easy to follow instructions. The low retail price of $12.95 makes the Screen Shield (Item SL5012) a perfect add-on to an underwater camera purchase.

For dealer pricing, more information or to place an order, contact your SeaLife rep or the SeaLife sales team.

 

About SeaLife:

SeaLife underwater cameras, lights and accessories are made and distributed by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ. SeaLife cameras were first introduced in 1993. In 2000 SeaLife made the first digital underwater camera. In 2007 SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. SeaLife Cameras, Lighting and Flex-Connect Accessories are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world.

 

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New GoPro Features & Touch Screen added to Hero +

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New HERO+ LCD Features Touch Display, In-Camera Video Trimming & WiFi

 

New GoPro Features & Touch Screen added to HERO+


New HERO+ LCD Features Touch Display, In-Camera Video Trimming & WiFi

By UWPG News, June 1, 2015

GoPro Hero LCD Review

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The GoPro Hero cameras are a great choice for easy underwater video. Today, GoPro announced a new camera, adding touch screen convenience to their entry level camera lineup.

The new GoPro HERO+ LCD is now easier to use than ever, with a new touch screen and several features that help share your adventures at the fast speed of social media.

 

GoPro HERO+ LCD Key Features

  • New LCD touch screen
  • 1080p, 60fps video
  • In-Camera Video Trimming
  • Integrated WiFi 

 


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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (June 1, 2015) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today's most immersive and engaging content, has announced the availability of its new HERO+ LCD camera. Capturing life-like high definition 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, the HERO+ LCD features a convenient touch display for easy shot framing, settings control and access to an all-new in-camera video trimming feature. Like the entry-level HERO, the HERO+ LCD is built directly into its waterproof housing. The simplicity of this all-in-one design now combines with expanded features to make capturing life’s memorable moments easier than ever.

Rugged and waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO+ LCD also includes advanced features like HiLight Tagging and in-camera video trimming to make it easier to identify and share your favorite moments. HiLight Tagging lets you mark key moments while recording and during playback so you can easily find them later, and the all-new video trimming feature allows you to create short clips in-camera for easier sharing without a computer. 

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect the HERO+ LCD to your GoPro App-enabled smartphone or tablet for easy camera control and shot preview when your camera is mounted or out of reach. The GoPro App also allows for easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more and combines with the new in-camera video trimming feature to form a convenient content sharing solution.

 “HERO+ LCD illustrates that even as we push the limits of life capture with bleeding-edge devices like the HERO4 Black, we’re also focused on delivering accessible, high-quality capture solutions to anyone wanting to GoPro,” said Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro.

Whether you are a first-time user or a GoPro veteran, the HERO+ LCD is an impressive capture solution. It combines GoPro’s famed image quality, versatility and durability with WiFi connectivity, long battery life and touch display convenience in an all-in-one design. 

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