In this edition of Yachting Gear and Gadgets, we take a look at some of the best waterproof video camcorders.
If you own a yacht, chances are you already have a good quality waterproof camera to take still photos of your seafaring adventures. But, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a full-motion HD video is worth a few million!
So here, in no particular order, are the Top 5 waterproof/underwater camcorders, as recently compiled by Boat International.
The Olympus TG-Tracker is a good, rugged, all around video camcorder, that can handle just about anything you can throw at it. Along with being waterproof to 100ft, it is also immune to temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, crushproof up to 220 psi, and drop-proof from heights of over six feet! The TG-Tracker has a list price of about $350.
Sony X1000V/X1000VR 4K Action Cam
The greatest advantage of Sony’s Action Cam models are their remarkably small size for a Hi-Def waterproof camcorder. The pocket-sized video camera is waterproof to depths of about 60 feet, and comes complete with SteadyShot image stabilization, wind noise reduction, Wi-Fi and GPS. The list price on the Sony Action Cam is around $400.
GoPro Hero 5 Black
If you already live a kind of “extreme” lifestyle, (and what yacht owner doesn’t?) you are probably already familiar with the GoPro. A favorite of skiers, surfers, skateboarders and the like, the GoPro has been specifically designed to record your adventures from your own point of view! All are ruggedized and built to survive under the most extreme conditions. The latest model is the Hero 5 Black, and it is ideal to record your water adventures since it is fully waterproof up to about 30 feet! The GoPro Hero Black retails for about $425.
Kodak PixPro SP1
According to the manufacturer, the Kodak SP1 was “created to capture everything from everyday life to hair raising, white-knuckle adventures”. With a 14 megapixel camera and 1080p HD video capture, the SP1 is waterproof to 30 feet, freeze-proof to 10 degrees Fahrenheit and drop-proof from a height of 6 feet. Plus, with its sunny color scheme and relatively low price tag, it’s a great waterproof camcorder for kids! The SP1 sells for under $250.
Drift Stealth 2
If you are looking for a waterproof camcorder for your kids, or just do not want to spend a lot of money on something that despite being waterproof, could be easily damaged or lost, with a price tag under $100, the Drift Stealth 2 as an ideal choice. Weighing in at only a little over 3oz, it’s light enough to mount on children’s helmets, or for small hands to handle. It offers a three hour battery life, 1080p video capture, 12 megapixel still imagery, time lapse function and 300 degree lens rotation, so you never miss a moment. Simply snap on the easy-to-use case, and the Drift Stealth 2 is waterproof to about over 130 feet!
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