Best Underwater Video Cameras (Part I)

These underwater video cameras won’t disappoint and the proof is in the shots.

Shooting underwater video has become more popular in recent times. The combination of video camera improvements, effective video editing software and easy sharing with friends through social media is fuel for the fire. Also, housing manufacturers are keeping video recording ergonomics top of mind in new designs. The end game is that many photographers are now shooting video as well as still photos while diving, while other divers have some cheap choices for shooting video on smaller devices.

Entry-level Choice:

The GoPro HERO5 Black shoots HD video is a small unit. It’s GoPro’s topnotch camera, complete with wifi and a touchscreen/monitor. The pros are its small size, outstanding image quality and ability to stick anywhere for unique angles such as on a pole cam. It also shoots raw images, bursts, and interval timer stills. The cons are the lack of customizable settings and short battery life.

Compact Cameras:

Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, and many other manufacturers make compact cameras, plenty of which can be housed for underwater video usage. The Sony RX-100 V is at the top of this list and shoots 4K at 60fps with complete manual control, though the Canon G7 X II is liked by many shooters for its similar specs and performance. Both of these cameras have a 1″ sensor, producing much better video and image quality. Also, the SeaLife DC2000 has a 20MP 1″ sensor and will be a preferred entry-level choice.

Mirrorless Cameras:

Mirrorless cameras are a brilliant choice for underwater video, having larger image sensors and functionality than compacts and much smaller size than DSLRs.  These cameras are ideal for videographers and photographers who don’t want the expense of a DSLR and like a compact rig for traveling.

Image quality in today’s mirrorless cameras rivals that of DSLRs, and many video shooters have dropped their video systems and DSLRs in favor of the popular mirrorless cameras for video.

 

The Growing Popularity of Vloggers (Part II) 

There are many different types of vloggers.

Many YouTubers never intended for their channels to get so popular, for most it began as an outlet/hobby and now they’re on magazine covers, like Glamour and Cosmopolitan and releasing merchandise and novels on a daily basis.

Why are they so Popular?

Zoella, with more than 10 million subscribers, regularly talks about managing anxiety, which many young adults can identify with. Hearing people in the “spotlight” go through similar problems as the rest of us makes them more than just someone we like, someone we can all look up to and learn from and they feel so much more “real.”

With her fresh face and nice attitude, many young adults call Zoella/Zoe Sugg their “big sister” since they have similar problems and she’s there for them at a click of a button. It’s not just Zoella, who speaks of anxiety, although not as often, is Tanya Burr who again uses this as a way to connect with her fan base.

Not only problems of anxiety come up on YouTube. Celebrities coming out like Ingrid Neilson and Joey Graceffa allowing their fans to identify with them, as for both of them not many of their friends and family were even aware before coming out on YouTube.

Despite society being more accepting of homosexuality, this was still a huge moment for the media platform, with over 30million hits on both their coming out videos, a vast number of subscribers gave their support and others gave their criticisms. But for lots of them who follow the vloggers, this gave them the confidence to come out to their friends and family, which helps bring the LGBT community forward.

Unlike normal celebrities, vloggers open up their abodes and lives on the web which makes them more recognizable with the public. You’ll never hear a vlogger say the word “fan” and most of them referring to them as friends, which is part of their appeal with people.