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Just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a semi-affordable underwater camera? I currently have a slightly old Sony Action Cam and it has very blurry picture underwater. (It's sort of like a GoPro.) I haven't been able to figure out a way to repair it and as far as I can tell it is a common problem with this camera model. I was thinking of making some YouTube videos and these grainy images are not gonna cut it even for a non-money making video. Any recommendations?

You can see an example here, the beginning before it is submerged it is fairly clear. Then underwater it is all grainy. 😞 I tried strapping a flashlight on it too in case it was too dark and saw the same thing. FYI, the fish are gold medaka ricefish, a couple of guppies, and some cherry shrimp. It was such good video!... except its blurry. Haha

 

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Well, if you have a phone with a good camera -- iPhone 10+ -- you can buy a waterproof case, hit record, seal it in, and drop the phone in. Though this is an old case, the photos attached give you the gist of how it works. You can learn more about proper cases for this setup here: https://www.imore.com/best-cases-shooting-underwater-iphoneography 

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2 minutes ago, Streetwise said:

I made a little test recording with my iPhone Xs last summer. I should have removed the case, because the bubble sounds are quite loud.

I didn't really know what I got until I reviewed the footage.

What sort of case do are you using there?

Personally I am an android user (with no plans to hop over to iphone... ever lol) but my Samsung S10 takes good quality video. I also have an old iPhone 4s and iPhone 6 that does video kind of "well enough " for what I'm trying to do so maybe I will look into cases for those, but it is tough to work with iPhone formatted video if you are not using the Apple ecosystem.

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Update: I went ahead and bought one of those waterproof pouches and it worked like a charm. I put my phone in it and left it for a few minutes, I love the results. Much better than the "action cam" I was using. I'll do a little video editing and have my first YouTube vid and channel..... potentially. 

Take a look!

 

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