[Coral-List] Underwater Video Camera

Charles Fasano fasano2112 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 29 22:15:01 EST 2006

I've found this forum to be very useful in answering all my underwater video questions:

I use purely HiDef for all my filming and have used cameras that have captured to both miniDV and hard disc. You will find that in quality, both mediums are equal. BUT, there is no comparison in price. A hard disk that captures ~45min will cost over $4300 compared to a miniDV tape at ~$5.

As David stated, a 3 CCD chip cam is significant enough for research purposes and will cost almost 50% less than a HiDef cam, especially when you include the housing. 3 CCD chip is also broadcast quality, granted, broadcast media is surely moving towards HiDef.

Hope this helps!


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 13:33:52 -0800
From: David McGuire 
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Underwater Video Camera
To: sulu_r at usp.ac.fj
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Dear Reuben

I would ask myself why I need the resolution of HD first?  You can  
get high quality images using a 3 chip for much less price.  Actually  
you can get a housing and a camera for the price of an HD camera.   
Ive used the Sony and the Panasonic but not underwater.  We arte  
holding off since the memory time is too limited for underwater  
unless you go lower res, and then whats the point of HD?  The p-2  
technology is coming but we are still shooting the HD with tapes  
until the bugs get worked out.  The Panasonic is said to overheat in  
the housing and shut down but that might have been resolved.

Good luck


On Nov 25, 2006, at 6:12 AM, sulu_r at usp.ac.fj wrote:

> Dear Listers,
> apologies for diverting from this important debate on climate  
> change.  Im
> considering the use of underwater video camera to do fish census  
> and coral
> transects.  This work will be in the Solomon Islands at maximum  
> depth of 20m.
> Which Camera, housing and lighting are the best for this kind of  
> work.  Has
> anyone tried the JVC or Sony 5 mega pixel HDD series (records on to  
> built in
> hard drive rather than tapes)?, are they reliable and resolutions  
> better or is
> it better to use camcorders that use tapes. Any adivise you offer  
> would e
> appreciated.
> Reuben Sulu
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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 19:00:36 -0400
From: "Devi Ramberran" 
Subject: [Coral-List] coral gametes
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Hi all, i was wondering if any one has any suggestions on collecting coral
gametes in the field. Thanks


Message: 3
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 09:18:21 +0000 (GMT)
From: jerald wilson 
Subject: [Coral-List] Canadian Coral Resource
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Dear All,
  I would appreciate if anybody guides me about the coral reef resources and research institutes of Canada especially in Ontario region.
  Thanks in advance

J. Jerald Wilson
  Senior Research Fellow
  ISRO/SAC  Marine Research  Project
  Centre for Marine & Coastal Studies
  Madurai Kamaraj University
  Madurai- 625 021
  Tamilnadu, India
  Mobile: (+91) 98426 37535

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