I have a fair few cameras, both still and video. After a recent incident that involved bathing a $2800 camera
in salt water
, I decided to change out some of my water
based video an stills equipment
I took a look around and decided to use my Samsung wb150F as my deck
. If I lose it, or its water
damaged, its not such a huge loss.. I have a wb350F at home.
For my video, I completely change direction with the advent of software
available to remove fish
eye effect. Firstly I was attracted to GoPro then settled on two SJCAM 4000s instead. Each camera comes with all this equipment
. Two of them came to $194, less than the cost of one GoPro.
I have also recently ordered a 3 axis gimbal stabilser for smooth shots.
I was tempted to get a drone for the boat, however, given the number of friends that thought that a drone could also be a submarine, Ive decided to give it a miss. The only one that has successfully kept out of the water costs over $8k with add ons, and the pilot never flies in open water, prefering to take off and land from the shore. Its a lot of money
If I was going to be sailing for a while, I keep my equipment in sealed bags with lots of silica. Every time after use, I wipe the cameras down and clean the lenses. they are placed in the bags fairly quickly. The salt
air has not proved a good environment
for some of my cameras in wet weather
so I resort to this method.
Now with the SJCAMS, I leave the cameras in the waterproof plastic housing and things seems to ok thus far. If I lose a camera..... I have a spare.
I keep a number of the SD cards individually vacuum packed so I always have spares. I have 4 batteries always charged and rotate on the SJCAMS.
I used to use the free software
for GoPro to remove fish
eye, now I use Defishr 1.0.
Here is example of straightening the fish eye out..... it was a quick edit with a youtube video which if I had determined the actual focal length of the video camera would have been a little more effective.... however, as you see, its good enough. The reworked video is on the right. Its not the best or clearest video but it does show how everything is now straight lines with less curvature. I wanted a boating
video so that is why I used this one. The rain on the camera in the video is PRECISELY why I switched.