GREAT UN­DER­WA­TER CAM­ERAS

DELVE BE­LOW THE SUR­FACE LIKE NEVER BE­FORE!

Angling Times (UK) - - UNDERWATER SPECIAL -

ONCE upon a time, an­glers were con­tent with a quick catch shot on the bank.

Nowa­days, more and more of us want ad­di­tional footage of our catch swim­ming away af­ter be­ing re­turned, or even tak­ing the hook­bait in the first place, to share on so­cial-me­dia sites such as Face­book and YouTube.

Ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy also now mean that an­glers no longer have to rely on read­ing the trans­mis­sions felt through a lead and braided main­line to work out what they are fish­ing over – they can ac­tu­ally stream the lakebed live on their phone screen!

For many, this has opened up the un­der­wa­ter world like never be­fore.

This month we take a look at five of the best un­der­wa­ter cam­eras cur­rently on the mar­ket….

GOPRO HERO4 SIL­VER Price: £329

The HERO4 Sil­ver is the sec­ond most ad­vanced ac­tion cam­era in the ex­ten­sive GoPro range.

It fea­tures a built-in touch dis­play and can shoot in full HD.

It is able to op­er­ate at an in­cred­i­ble 40m depth and, with an ISO range of 100-6400, ul­tra low-light shoot­ing is pos­si­ble.

The HERO4 has Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth for con­trol­ling re­motely via a smart­phone or tablet or us­ing a sep­a­rate smart re­mote. Us­ing the sup­plied ad­he­sive mounts, the cam­era can be at­tached to your rod or land­ing net han­dle for some unique cam­era an­gles. www.gopro.com

WATER WOLF HD CAM­ERA Price: £139.99

This cam­era has been de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for fish­ing. As well as be­ing wa­ter­proof to 100m it is also shock­proof.

Fully charged, it has four hours of record­ing in an HD-ready 720p widescreen for­mat at 30 frames per sec­ond for op­ti­mum light sen­si­tiv­ity.

The cam­era comes with a stain­less-steel stick that gives it per­fect sta­bil­ity when mov­ing through the water. Three add-on weights give dif­fer­ent sink rates and film­ing an­gles.

The cam­era is pro­vided with an add-on float and an EVA carry strap and bag. www.wa­ter­wolfhd.com

LIFEPROOF NUUD Price: £79.99

If you don’t want to spend loads on an un­der­wa­ter cam­era you can trans­form your iPhone into one with this Lifeproof Nuud wa­ter­proof case.

The case forms a tight seal around your touch­screen to keep out water and dirt.

The Nuud is avail­able for iPhone 5 and later mod­els but there are other ver­sions avail­able for dif­fer­ent phones.

It can’t be used for such long pe­ri­ods as an out-and-out un­der­wa­ter cam­era, but it is sub­mersible to 6.6ft for one hour – per­fect for cap­tur­ing some quick un­der­wa­ter footage. www.lifeproof.co.uk

SHIMANO SPORT-CAM­ERA Price: £249.99

Shimano en­tered the ac­tion cam­era mar­ket with this CM-1000 Sport Cam­era. The com­pact, wa­ter­proof body will work at depths down to 10m.

It is also se­ri­ously light­weight at just 86g, in­clud­ing bat­tery and mem­ory card. Be­ing Wi-Fi equipped, it can be paired with a smart phone for up­load­ing to any so­cial-me­dia site.

The cam­era can be linked so that you can change cam­era set­tings re­motely and frame your shot via your mo­bile de­vice.

It gives a two-hour bat­tery life from a four-hour charg­ing time. www.shi­manosport­cam­era.com

FISHSPY UN­DER­WA­TER CAM­ERA Price: £249.95

FishSpy is an aero­dy­namic marker float that can trans­mit live video to your phone or tablet from depths of 10m.

The cam­era records and trans­mits live footage at ranges up to 100m en­abling you to find fea­tures, check the pre­sen­ta­tion of your bait and watch how the fish re­act to your rig.

It gen­er­ates its own Wi-Fi sig­nal and the low-light cam­era can record and trans­mit clear pictures even in murky or coloured water.

It is sup­plied with an orange fin marker with op­tional yel­low or black fins avail­able. www.fishspy.com

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