Underwater Housing Kit for Phantom HD Gold
We have designed, built and tested a unique kit which enables a Phantom HD Gold camera to operate inside one of Peter Scoones' underwater housings. Peter is a world renowned, Emmy award winning underwater cameraman who has developed his own underwater housings over the last 40 years.
The kit interfaces between Peter's tried and tested underwater camera housings and the Phantom HD Gold. The housing is fitted with an HD Astro onboard monitor built into a water proof housing mounted on an adjustable arm. Fitted with a CineMag, the Phantom HD Gold and monitor are run using a block battery mounted beneath the camera. The Phantom is run in 'run-stop' mode, meaning footage is recorded directly into the CineMag at upto 450fps. Fitted with a Nikon lens driven by the housing provides remote control of both iris and focus. The camera's frame rate and shutter angle are set before putting the camera into the housing, leaving the cameraman to simply press and release a button to start and stop recording into the CineMag.
Whilst submerged, the camera can be powered on or off. The camera can be powered on for a total of 20 minutes, after which it must be brought to the surface to 'breath'. Although this may seems limiting, one should remember that at the maximum frame rate of 450fps the camera will actually run for approximately 3.5 minutes, much less than the time the camera can be powered on.
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