This Is What Lies Underwater At The Pipeline Reef

12 Dec 2016 3

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360fly have released a new range of accessories to work with their 4K virtual reality camera to help provide an even better VR video experience. We tested out the new waterproof housing unit and floatie handle at the famous Banzai Pipeline reef with a couple of sea turtles and at our home break among the rocks. 

*The sea turtle footage was taken just before the winter swells sweep the reef's sand away, so it looks a lot friendlier than it would today.

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HOW THE 360fly DIVE HOUSING RATE IN OUR TEST

  • The waterproof housing is a great new addition to the 4K camera which best of all, provides new depth and water pressure capabilities of up to 50 metres or 5 ATM. Without the housing the camera has 1 ATM which does not allow it to handle the water pressure when waves hit it. 
  • The housing does provide that extra assurance that your camera will remain waterproof with the secure seal and twisting ring. The ring is challenging to tighten at times, so make sure you look for the corresponding connectors before trying to twist the ring.  
  • The entire weight of the camera, housing and floatie handle is heavier than other action cameras but we found that the weight made the vision steadier. When diving with it, the weight is not felt at all. 
  • The camera and housing both attach to the floatie handle very easily and securely.
  • The clarity of the camera, through the housing was surprisingly great after applying the 'pre-water lick'. Even in murkie water the vision was extremely clear.
  • After 45 minutes of continual water use the housing there was minimal fogging at the top of the dome. 

360fly also have a great deal running at the moment – Trade in your old POV action camera to receive up to $200 credit towards a brand new 360fly 4K camera. Click here to check it out.

The Product Rating

PERFORMANCE

  • 1
  • 5
  • 10

DESIGN

  • 1
  • 5
  • 10

EXPERIENCE

  • 1
  • 5
  • 10

Overall Rating: 7/10

The video below shows the Coastalwatch test of the product.

GETTING THE BEST RESULTS

For the best results with shooting underwater we came to the conclusion that shooting with the camera directed downwards (example 1) from the surface provide exceptionally clear and steady vision. When directing the camera upwards (example 2) you increase sunglare and sun spots in the vision and the vision is not as clear and contrast and colours are not as defined. See examples below. 

CAMERA ORIENTATION: FACING DOWN

CAMERA ORIENTATION: FACING UP

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