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Best waterproof video camera?

DiSnEyF@n

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#1
Hi all... I’m curious to see what kind of video camera will be best for my trip down there. I had a waterproof camera that lasted about 3 years and I can’t find a good one that is similar to the one I had. I’m looking into GoPros but I thought I’d ask on here first. I don’t want to spend more than $200 total.

Thanks for your input.
 

yensid67

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DiSnEyF@n

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#4
Is the go pro reasonably priced? I feel like (in researching the cameras) that the go pro doesn’t have a small viewing screen like most cameras do. Can anyone confirm ?
 
#5
Is the go pro reasonably priced? I feel like (in researching the cameras) that the go pro doesn’t have a small viewing screen like most cameras do. Can anyone confirm ?
It depends on the model. I have Hero 4 which has a screen. Also it contcts via wifi to my phone so I can see what my son is filming and can view it afterwards
 

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thomas998

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Hi all... I’m curious to see what kind of video camera will be best for my trip down there. I had a waterproof camera that lasted about 3 years and I can’t find a good one that is similar to the one I had. I’m looking into GoPros but I thought I’d ask on here first. I don’t want to spend more than $200 total.

Thanks for your input.
Your limit on how much you are willing to spend puts a limit on the quality of what you can get. If you are truly limited to 200 then I would suggest your best option is getting something used which will limit you options based on what is available but will give you a chance at something better than buying new.

You don't mention what kind of camera you currently use but you might consider the possibility of using it and just spending money on an underwater housing for it. I have wasted money on some inexpensive water proof cameras before and was never satisfied with them when I actually used them. One big problem with the cheap ones is that they will have a small sensor which means they will also have a small lens. That become a problem when you are out of the water and the camera gets water splashed on it. A single drop of water that hits a small lens pretty much makes it useless because everything will be distorted vs a water proof case on a larger lens camera will usually only have a bit of blur in one spot where the water is. In both cases the image you get is affected but with the larger lens and a drop of water you can still usually make do with the image. That would be my major concern with something like a go pro. The lens on them is very small so one drop of water on the lens will likely kill their usefulness.

Also why do you want a waterproof camera? Do you have something in mind you want to photograph where you'll get wet? Aside from trying to get some photos on wet rides I don't really see a lot of value in a waterproof camera. I've wasted my time years ago lugging around a camera that was waterproof because I wanted to try and get a shot on splash mountain on the last drop, didn't work as hoped but did endure lugging a heavy camera plus underwater housing for a day - all in all a mistake and not worth it at all.

If you are just worried about your camera getting wet just get a decent camera bag and keep your camera in it when it rains or you get on a wet ride. I've never lost a camera from moisture and that includes taking them on rides where I got completely soaked and all the camera had to protect it was a decent camera bag with a zipper.