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Scuba Diving Camera Mask by Liquid Image
Scuba Dive Mask Camera Leaves Your Hands Free
Underwater cameras are great for recording your diving adventures, but it means you've got to hang on to your camera for the entire dive, even when you're not using it. Liquid Image has come up with a better solution - a dive mask camera that allows you to take photos and videos without carrying an extra piece of equipment. The company manufactures several different camera masks made for scuba diving, as well as masks suitable for snorkeling at shallower depths. Here's a look at their innovative scuba diving mask cameras.
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Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD Camera Mask - 136-degree wide angle photos and HD video
Liquid Image's new wide angle scuba diving camera mask was released in December 2011. The new mask includes a 136-degree wide-angle lens, which is significantly wider than the 54-degree lens on the previous model. Both have the same focusing range of .5 to 3 meters. Customers like it; as of this writing, it has an average 4.5- out of 5-star rating on Amazon.
Product description: The XSC Wide Angle Scuba Series is an underwater video camera built into a dive mask for hands-free underwater photography and safer swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The Wide Angle Scuba Series HD is an integrated dive mask/camera that records HD 720P video (1280x720) at 30fps along with 5.0-megapixel still images. The depth rating on this new model is 130 feet, which covers depths reached by certified recreational divers. The mask has a micro SD/SDHC card slot that expands memory up to 32GB to record thousands of still images or approximately 16 hours of video. The camera operates on 4 AAA batteries and estimated Lithium battery performance is 2000 still images or 2hrs of video.
The mask features lever style buttons which are easy to press while wearing diving gloves. To record a photo or a video, simply turn on the camera, choose the mode, then press the shutter button. LED lights inside the mask indicate the mode to the user. The buttons are positioned along the upper right corner of the frame and area easy to access. The goggle lenses are made of tempered glass and have integrated crosshairs that help you to line up shots.
Liquid Image 5.0MP Scuba Series Underwater HD Video Mask - 5 MP images and HD video to 130 feet
Liquid Image is known for integrating cameras into sports equipment, including dive masks and goggles for both offroad and snow sports. For scuba divers, they've released a series of masks good to 130 feet. These underwater camera masks can record still photos and HD video and are designed to be easy to use, even with gloves on.
Product description: Keep your hands free as you dive! This is the world's only dive mask that has an integrated water resistant High Definition 720P digital video camera plus 5.0MP photographs. Operates to a depth of 130ft / 40m and eliminates the need to hand carry an underwater camera. Ideal for scuba diving and may also be used for snorkeling, snuba, spearfishing, and freediving. The goggle lenses are made of tempered glass and have integrated crosshairs that help you to line up shots. Turn the Camera on, and choose a mode with the upper button. Simply press the shutter button to record pictures or videos. An LED inside the mask tells you if you are in still image or video mode.
Underwater Light for Better Photos - Optional light can be attached to your mask
The good thing about a scuba mask with an integrated camera is that you can keep your hands free. The bad thing is that, unlike underwater housings and diving cameras that are designed to be used with an external strobe, there's no light source on your mask. And that means you either need a separate light source or you better resign yourself to dark, flat, blue photos. Who wants that? Liquid Image sells a few underwater torches (aka flashlights to Americans) that can be attached to the mask with a single screw. Of course, you can also use a handheld light, but there goes the advantage of not having to carry any equipment. This light can also be used with any other cheap scuba diving camera you might want to select.
- Compact and lightweight waterproof underwater camera light
- Attaches to any underwater camera mask via bracket arm and single screw
- 40-degree wide beam ideal for taking videos and photos
- Creates smooth light source with no hot spots
- Depth certified to 400 feet; burn rate of 600 minutes
- Waterproof torch
- Torch has a 40-degree wide angle beam
More Liquid Image Camera Masks - Good for snorkeling, swimming and other water sports
In addition to the dive camera masks shown above, Liquid Image also makes masks designed for snorkeling and shallow water sports. These masks are now rated for deep water and are cheaper than the models designed for scuba diving. Here are some of their products on Amazon.
Scuba diving camera masks can shoot both still photos and HD video
Scuba Diving Camera Mask Auctions - Find great deals on eBay
eBay is always a great place to look for a deal on just about anything, including dive masks. Here are some current listings on the "world's largest marketplace."
See a Scuba Diving Camera Mask in Action - Liquid Image mask video
This short video from Amazon shows actual footage shot from a Liquid Image mask camera.