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Hero 7 Scuba Housing?

Discussion in 'GoPro and Action Cams' started by CaveSloth, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    wait until you have to buy lights that actually work....
     
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  2. Mo2vation

    Mo2vation Relocated to South Florida.... ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Joneill

    Joneill ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And the 8 is noticeably better than the 7 too.
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    um, not really as it applies to underwater...
     
  5. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    The GoPro really is the least expensive part of an economy underwater camera package. Yes, a good housing can cost what the camera did. and then there are the lights. If you need a 200' rated housing, you will need lights. And lights that will actually work will cost what the camera and housing cost, per light, and a single light isn't going to work as you will need (at least) two.

    I'm at the Gopro, with housing, and cheap lights. $50 worth of Amazon lights won't cut it. They were worth it as education in that I need 2 lights, and learning I need good lights. And I look at what my fellow divers have for camera rigs, the monster camera with arms that stretch 8 feet across. But there are others I dive with that have more modest camera packages. And the GoPro does fit into this. And there are good lights needed to make it work.

    I bit the bullet and just got an IqSub 500' housing. Locks me into owning a GoPro 4 for a long time. But after loosing a Hero 3 due to a bad button seal on a GoPro housing (actual GoPro housing was fine, it was the cheap extended back door for the extended battery that failed) I wanted one and done.
     
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  6. Joneill

    Joneill ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    um, absolutely better underwater - image stabilization and video bitrates are significantly better than the 7 (I have both).
     
  7. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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    Really? There is this comparison by Harry Averill for underwater footage that concludes it isn’t. It may have a more convenient super suit though.



    Start at 2:52.
     
  8. Joneill

    Joneill ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Never heard of him - but, in every clip of his video, the 8 looked better than the 7 to me.

    I’m not sure what issue he had with the jumpy video sequence as I have never seen that - maybe a firmware issue? He also had only used it for 2 days and not played with settings.

    The stabilization in the 8 is better (noticeably less background movement) and available in way more modes than the 7. I like my Hero 7 - but I like my Hero 8 much better.

    I also use mine in clear, tropical water - not lower viz/green fresh water - so maybe that is part of the difference.
     
  9. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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    You must have really good eyes because they look identical to me.
     
  10. Joneill

    Joneill ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I guess so - maybe a better monitor too? Color and contrast were a bit better in most of the 8 clips. It’s not dramatic - but I can see the difference.
     

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