In contrast to the quick tempoed teaser of Part 1, here I have attempted to replicate the dreamlike tranquility of a good dive. Please sit back and enjoy if you can spare 16 minutes. If in a hurry, my favorite view is the captain's bridge at 12 minutes (despite the mp4 artefacts). Do not miss the end, either.
If you have trouble playing this video, try turning HD OFF since the HD version is about 700 MB of compressed data.
Divers might appreciate the long camera runs. Without good buoyancy control this could be a problem whilst holding the camera with 1-2 hands and the torch by the remaining hand.
I used long camera runs to create continuity in navigation. I feel that you might otherwise get lost on a wreck video tour. I also wanted to test how good the camera (Sony HXR-MC50E) is at auto exposure, auto white balance and auto focus. Big boys/girls, feel free to laugh at me here, but, I prefer not to fiddle with too many adjustments underwater when I could as well enjoy the dive itself. The auto white balance was actually quite good, and the camera replicated the bright white torches and scenes lit by them well. However, the camera also was truthful to the almost neon green ambient lighting caused by end of summer peak of algae blooming. Thus, I did some post processing to tweak the neon green water into something less extreme. The source material was shot handheld at 1440x1080, H264, 25 fps.
The camera with the Aquatica housing is quite light weight, about 3 kg. This is an important criteria with all the current air travel luggage restrictions. The setup is about neutral in water and quite stable despite the small mass. This is helped by the 90 degree FOV of the lense/dome port and the optical stabilizer of the camera. At the end, the camera is sitting on the boat deck with the waves rolling and you might notice the amount of counter movement the stabilizer creates.
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