Underwater Housing for Your Camcorder
If you’re planning to shoot underwater video, an attractive option would be to buy a waterproof camcorder. However, this option may not be that attractive after all if you learn of the limitations of waterproof camcorders, especially the consumer models. For one, most can’t be used beyond 5 feet underwater and then you may not be satisfied with the video quality they offer.
If you have a good camcorder and would like to maintain the visual quality, the way to go would be to consider underwater housing for your camcorder. This would save you the hassle of having to buy a new camcorder for your adventure.
At this juncture, you may be thinking that you just have to fit any housing into your camcorder and you’re ready to go. Please be informed that camcorder housings are made according to camcorder models. Say, if you have a Sony TR 420, you would have to look for underwater housing for that model. What this means is you can't fit in another similar-sized Sony model.
Your worry could be whether you could find a housing that is made for your camcorder. If you own a camcorder of an established brand like Sony, Canon, Panasonic or JVC, chances are you’ll find underwater housing without much difficulty.
What if your camcorder is of an older model? Could you easily find housing for it? Chances are you could. Aquavideo for instance, carries housings for older models (read analog) of the major camcorder brands and even has housing support for certain Sharp and Samsung camcorder models. Another housing provider is Ikelite, providing housing for even Flip and Kodak camcorder models.
Let’s consider the following tips to help you make an informed buying decision.