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advice on choosing an underwater system

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I just posted this over on wetpixel but wanted to post here as well for additional advice, thanks!:

I want to get something to record the few dive and snorkel trips I go on (maybe 1 a year on average) and am having a hard time deciding on a good system for what I need. I mainly value the following:

1)ease of travel

2)ease of use

3)ease and cost of maintenance

4)quality of footage

Obviously there must be a trade off between these, so I'm trying to figure out what system offers the best balance. Originally I had thought I would get a compact system like an rx100 and take pics and video with it, but lately I'm having second thoughts. It seems to me that a video setup would be better than a photo setup for what I want because it would take away less from the experience of the dive and I wouldn't be a hold up to dive buddies while fumbling around with manual settings while trying to frame that perfect shot (please correct me if you think this assumption is wrong). As a result I'm seriously considering a gopro setup. I assume it should have a compact video system beat in ease of travel, use, and maintenance, but by how much? Also how much will I be giving up in terms of quality of footage? I'd appreciate any comparisons between these 2 options based on my criteria. Also if there's an option I'm not considering I'm open to hearing it. Thanks!

A few other thoughts:

-If I go the compact route I'm tempted to go towards an rx100 ii instead of a newer model because it seems better if I ever wanted to take pictures and I don't particularly care about 4k resolution for videos.

-the compact system has the added benefit of doubling as an above water camera. I would have more limited use for the gopro above water.

-I do snorkel about the same, if not more than I dive, so I want my setup to be good for snorkeling as well as diving.

 
Date: Apr 12, 2017   


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