Thursday, March 16, 2017

Camera research

Here's the latest installment of camera research.  A low def video camera with a large topside drove this round of research which was done by Kate Ostrikis in our Gloucester office.  We want high def, something that can be mounted on a pyramid or towed, video or still, waterproof.  Ideally it will be GPS enabled -- we're tired of merging GPS data into exif data.  Small size and good on battery since it could be used on small boats with low power availability.  


Comparison table:
Company
Product
Cost
Camera res
Screen size
Cable length
GPS
Ocean Systems
Splash Cam Deep Blue
 $   1,600
Hi Def
7"
50', 100', 150', 200'

JW Fisher
VRM-1 TOV-2
 $   5,000
0.8 lux color
5"
500'
GPS optional
JW Fisher
DV-2
 $   3,295
0.8 lux color

up to 1000'
GPS optional
Aqua-Vu
HD700i
 $      700
720p hi def
7"
100'

Doyle Marine
Snake Mate
 $      900
color TFT high res
7"
90'

GoPro
Hero5 Black
 $      550
4k video/12mp photo
2"

GPS

Each has its drawbacks in terms of cost or ease of use or image quality or durability or GPS connections.
We're leaning toward using the gopro, but we need to figure out how to get a surface view and determine what happens to the GPS signal.  Maybe if we can get the gopro on a cable that plugs into or wifis to a phone for recording?

Kate's presentation is here (pdf 2.6mb).

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