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New Dive Camera from Paralenz Turns Regular Divers into Citizen Scientists

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Paralenz have launched their newest piece of Ocean technology at Boot Düsseldorf. The Paralenz Vaquita is an underwater camera packed for impact, and the company reveals how new sensors and faster processors will spoil their users with exciting updates while adding even more meaningfulness to your dive.

According to the CEO, Ulrik Hvid a high-quality viewfinder, faster processors, more and better sensors and a whole new camera exterior will continuously improve user experiences, give even better quality videos and lead to a higher volume of shared Ocean footage and data for the sake of our Ocean.

“Our collaborations with organizations such as NOAA etc. give divers the possibility to actually contribute without lifting a finger. As marine life is declining dramatically, we strongly believe our users will value the possibility to add more meaningfulness to their dives by putting this ocean data in the hands of organizations who know what needs to be done.”

The GPS sensor makes it possible for divers to share their dive footage as pins on the map, available in the Paralenz app. This new feature enables users to view dives from all over the world to seek inspiration or research conditions for future dive trips, and get a clear overview of where they have been and where they want to go. Simultaneously, divers automatically contribute to create a baseline of ocean knowledge.

Paralenz Vaquita speaks Ocean

The Paralenz Vaquita brings a much more powerful processor that allows for smoother, brighter, and higher quality videos with great image stabilization, as well as the ability to shoot 4K in 60 fps. Users can expect better videos with a True Color OLED display, a viewfinder and real-time dive profile during the dive. Improved antenna and added Bluetooth make sure the connection to the app works smoothly and easily.

The Vaquita offers smaller file sizes without loss of quality, automatic geo-referenced footage for simpler organization, and it is packed with sensors for comprehensive data collection to document the condition of the Ocean, including conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD), and location.

Martin Holmberg, CO-Founder and CPO adds that:

“Paralenz Dive Camera+ was a solid step forward, but with the Vaquita we have reworked everything to incorporate all the features and improvements that our users wished for. And stay tuned, we will introduce some groundbreaking software updates for the Vaquita in the near future.”

Why “Vaquita”?

As an Ocean company, Paralenz feels obligated to educate and inspire, and therefore chose to integrate the mission of Ocean regeneration in the name of its upcoming camera. According to IUCN, the Vaquita Whale is a critically endangered marine species with less than 19 in existence. Their sad story raises awareness about how human interests impact the livelihood of entire species, whipping them out entirely for profit. The “Vaquita” is a tribute to the ones that remain. 

What’s new?

  • True color OLED Display and live viewfinder
  • Automatically georeferenced footage
  • Better quality videos with a higher frame rate
  • More colors and much smaller file size
  • Great image stabilization – even in 4K
  • More data collected for our Ocean conservation partners
  • The Vaquita camera is packed with sensors that collect data

The estimated Vaquita release date is April 2020.

Find out more at www.paralenz.com. 

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about swimwear products (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager for Mares, about swimwear products and the purchase of Zoggs swimwear.

Part three in a series of four videos.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.


For more information, visit www.mares.com, www.head.com/en-GB/sports/swimming and www.zoggs.com

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