GoPro has finally answered the call for those of us who like to take our films underwater. We previously covered the issues with the curved lens and underwater footage and even reviewed the BlurFix hack to fix the problem on the regular housings. The BlurFix works great, but the new GoPro Dive Housing looks like the quality finished product we were hoping for. The flat glass lens allows for maximum sharpness underwater in all resolutions, free of vingnetting and is waterproof to 60 meters.
When I first purchased my GoPro Hero HD it wasn’t long before I discovered a major flaw- all my underwater footage was blurry! This never happened with my Sanyo Xacti when shooting underwater and I was very confused about what was going on. As it turns out the curved lens distorts the video when shooting underwater. I checked on GoPro’s website and sure enough there is a mention of it in their FAQ. Technically GoPro only says the housing is waterproof and doesn’t actually market it as “underwater”, but they say they are developing a flat glass adapter for underwater use. Never-the-less I set out to find an existing solution and came across the Snake River Prototyping BlurFix.
Since I got my hands on the RainBallet Underwater iPhone4 case I’ve filmed all kinds of underwater shots to test its versatility. I put together a few test shots into a single video so you can get an idea of what to expect from the underwater footage on your iPhone. Check it out and let me know what you think and if there’s something you’d like me to test for the upcoming full review.
Our good friend Dave Mercer of Facts of fishing fame sent me this video where his underwater captures the unbelievable. You probably already know that sound is a huge factor in attracting fish, but you’ve likely never seen it displayed like this before.