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Paralenz

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography/Videography' started by kevin b, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. kevin b

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    Does anyone use a Paralenz camera, how to you find your results taking pictures & video with it having no LCD display to see your subject.
     
  2. Wibble

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    Good question. I’ve had one for about six months, so the whole season, around 70 dives most between 30 and 60 metres. The best thing is it’s never flooded and easy to use.

    But... there’s a bunch of observations and irks...

    Framing the picture isn’t too hard as it’s a wide angle lens. It’s easier if you look down the camera so what you see is what you shoot.

    It’ll focus down to a foot or so, closer and it blurs. It’s not a macro camera.

    The much vaunted DCC is useless in UK water, especially the deeper dives we tend to do. Use WB

    The camera seems to reset its settings, anti shake and the overlay turns off and on.

    the crapp is just that. Slow, buggy and doesn’t work that well. Events are sorted by the day of the month, e.g. 27th of May, June, July group together before the 28th, etc. Copying files is very slow. WiFi is crap


    Despite all of that and other issues I’m still fairly happy with it but it’s sodding expensive. I think I’d be tempted to use a later GoPro with a better housing. GoPro copies (MuVi) just flood and won’t work at the 100 metres they say. Two have flooded in 55m

    Nothing specific to the Paralenz but with all UE cameras, you need good lighting.

    Oh, and you need to learn how to edit pictures/video. Not sure I’m that interested nor can be arsed
     
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  3. jb2cool

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    Have you tried updating your firmware? These sound like things that could be fixed by a firmware update
     
  4. kevin b

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    So they are not as good as the makers make out
     
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    What in life is?
     
  6. Wibble

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    The firmware's the latest version. Same with the (cr)app.

    Pity as it is a good concept, especially for deeper diving.
     
  7. Dave Whitlow

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    I have a GoPro Hero 4 in the 'Dive housing' (rated to 60m) and it has successfully returned from many deeper dives (max 88m) and remains unflooded.
    As you say, lighting can be issue although there have been some reasonable results in limited lighting.
    ah yes, those many gigabytes of footage nobody will ever see.... Video editing is time consuming.

    After looking at some unused footage of a large angler fish and octopus on Chesil last year I asked myself who I was doing it for and stopped taking my GoPro diving.
     
  8. Wibble

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    Alas yes. Has the feeling that the steam's run out. Or more likely they've run out of the initial seed (crowd?) funding.

    All in, I feel that they've lost focus on the main point; a dedicated, simple, reliable and strong underwater camera for diving.

    Given that the GoPros do most of that -- and if Dave's experience is typical -- then maybe the GoPro does everything which the Paralenz aspires. Of course the GoPro brings additional functionality which the specialist Paralenz camera doesn't: it can be used outside of the water in all sorts of other activites; has a reasonable sound recording (Paralenz does record sound, but only when the back cover's removed so looses all its waterproofing); and has a wide range of third party accessories. The top-end GoPro is expensive, but way cheaper than a Paralenz.

    The Paralenz is good for extreme diving. But that's exceedingly niche.

    (Another thing I should have added to the list in my first post: the overlay. It's just temp and depth with no choice. What's needed is depth with compass bearing, or just depth.)

    Knowing what I know now and if I were doing it again, I think I'd buy a GoPro and a decent strong housing.

    Sorry Paralenz; just telling it as it is.
     
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