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Equipment Review: Paralenz Video Camera

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Having met up with Jacob from Paralenz at the Dive Show in Birmingham in October, we were very keen to try out this new video camera designed specifically for divers. We got our first opportunity to try out Paralenz at our local quarry, Capernwray, in some less than ideal conditions, so it was going to be a good test for this new product.

The camera is small (just under 12cm in length), and can be mounted on your mask, or as we did, on a ball mount attached to our larger DSLR camera housing. The Paralenz team are also producing a “3rd Person Viewer” which can be attached to your tank and will allow you to record your dive from above and behind you.

This camera is tough. You can feel the quality of the camera as soon as you get your hands on it, and we have even seen a video of it being run over by a truck and suffering no damage other than a couple of minor scuffs! It is depth rated to 200m. Additional insulation also improves battery life and can record for over 2 hours (recording in 4K) on a full charge, although we only ran the video when we wanted to record something, rather have having it on all the time, so we would get far more than this from a single charge.

When you first start to use the Paralenz camera, you cannot help but be impressed. It looks good, with an innovative round design making it easy to mount in tight spaces. It is designed to record depth and temperature as soon as you turn it on, and along with the app, can then act as a dive log, showing your dive profile. At any time during the dive, you can take a video clip or photo and the software will mark the spot on your profile that you took these images and you can play them from within the app by selecting the appropriate marker on the profile.

It is really easy to use, even with thick gloves, with simple function selection via a function ring and then starting and stopping filming using the only pull back button. No small fiddly buttons designed for those above water here!

The most impressive function is a built-in pressure sensor that autocorrects the colour depending on your depth. The short video clip I have included here, shows the camera reacting to the external lights of the photographer.

Once you download the dive and media to the app, you can see what depth you filmed each clip and re-live your dive. And downloading is really easy, with your phone synching to the camera and the menu very easy to work out. You can also add notes to your dive log to include who your buddies were, location, what type of dive it was, and any additional notes you want to include.

We were very impressed with the quality of the video we recorded in visibility that was only a few meters. The lens gives you a wide field of view (140 degrees) so whilst there is no screen to view what you are filming, you can be sure to get a nice wide shot of your dive.

We really do love the Paralenz and cannot wait to take it to The Bahamas to film some shark action! Watch out for more about the Paralenz here in December.

Visit www.paralenz.com for more information.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Gear Review: SeaLife SportDiver housing for iPhone (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the SeaLife SportDiver housing for Apple’s iPhone, used with the Sea Dragon 2500 Light.

For more information about Sealife Underwater Cameras visit the website by clicking here

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Divers Ready: Garmin Descent Mk2, Mk2i and T1 Transmitter Review (Watch Video)

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The best dive computer for 2020…? Garmin Descent Mk2 Mk2i and T1 Transmitter Review is finally here at Divers Ready! We’re back with a review of the most hotly anticipated Dive Computer of the year… The Garmin Descent Mk2…

Here are the chapters:

  • 00:15 Intro and BROLL Underwater
  • 05:50 9 Things I love about the Garmin Mk2i
  • 13:01 How does the Garmin Descent Mk2i compare to the Shearwater Teric?
  • 16:26 What I didn’t care for about the Garmin Descent Mk2i
  • 21:55 The 9th thing I love about this dive computer!
  • 24:59 Enter to win a Garmin Descent Mk2

To enter for your chances to win a Garmin Descent Mk2 Dive Computer:

  1. Subscribe to our channel, if you haven’t already: https://www.youtube.com/c/diversready?sub_confirmation=1
  2. 2. Comment on this video as to what the Garmin Descent would do for your diving.
  3. Formally enter the contest here (maximum 20 entries per person): https://gleam.io/7ZgFi/garmin-descent-mk2-giveaway

Thanks again to Garmin for their help in making this video and thank you for making a product that recognizes that scuba divers enjoy a full and busy life above AND below water! I hope you enjoyed this video.

As always… D.S.D.O James


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