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GoPro Cameras: Underwater Accessories

By John Carucci

If you’re looking to record underwater seascapes or artful pool pictures, GoPro lets you capture these submerged scenes with relative ease and little worry. Still, recording underwater is challenging. You won’t be able to frame the shot if you can’t see it.

Normally, you could monitor the scene with your smartphone, but that’s not feasible for underwater recording because of the whole water-is-wet thing. The optional Touch BacPac works pretty well, allowing you to monitor the scene from the back of the camera, but it’s submersible only to shallow depths, and the touch panel won’t work underwater.

Here are some accessories to consider for underwater recording:

  • Antifog inserts: These inserts drop into the camera’s housing to prevent fogging in cold and humid environments. You can reuse them several times by drying them out in a 300@@dgF oven for 5 minutes.

  • A big media card: You can’t change the card underwater (or anywhere that’s even slightly moist, for that matter), so it’s a good idea to use the biggest one you can afford.

  • Color-correction filters: Underwater scenes are beautiful, but they have blue or green casts. An optional color-correction filter in red or magenta can reduce or eliminate the cast.

  • Scuba mask: The GoMask is a cool third-party accessory that lets you wear the camera on your face while snorkeling or scuba diving so you can see what you’re capturing.

  • Video lights: You can get a complete light system that mounts on a rack with your GoPro and provides up to 900 lumens of illumination for densely lit underwater scenes.

  • Floaty Backdoor: This accessory attaches to the back of the camera and keeps it afloat. Any time you play in the water, there’s a risk that the camera will take more of a plunge than you’d like. Thanks to this bright-orange back, however, you’ll have no problem spotting it in the water.

  • Dive Housing: The waterproof housing that comes with the camera works pretty well for most underwater situations, but if you want to take the camera deeper, consider this housing.

    It’s more durable than the standard model and is waterproof to 197 feet. The kit includes Standard, Skeleton, and BacPac backdoors. Its increased durability makes it perfect for more serious diving encounters. And its glass lens delivers optimal sharpness in and out of the water.

  • Blackout Housing: When you’re shooting on land and want to remain inconspicuous, the Blackout Housing (see this figure) lets the camera blend into the scene unnoticed. Its matte black finish provides low visibility, allowing you to capture footage without drawing attention to the camera. LCD concealment stickers eliminate light reflection.