The Hydra 720 from Liquid Image allows you to photograph the underwater world.
If you ever get the chance to visit the Ocean Reef Club’s Vintage Weekend in Key Largo, Florida, (for more on this convivial event, click here) you’re going to want to have your camera and an extra battery handy at all times. From pelicans perched on pilings, to classic yachts, restored cars, and an array of aircraft, there is an almost obscene amount of eye candy on display.
Underneath the surface of the nearby teal water is another (almost as) interesting world that you’re going to want to photograph too. This is where a Hydra Series dive mask/camera from Liquid Image comes in handy. It has an HD 720P underwater camera built into the frame of the mask, allowing you to swim (snorkel or scuba dive) with both hands then touch the shutter button on top of the mask to capture still images or record a video. This could be a useful tool when documenting issues with your bottom or running gear.
Its 120-degree wide-angle lens captures a large portion of underwater scenery, sometimes too large when trying to shoot a wayward clownfish, but the good news is the high-quality 12 MP images (which allows for 11-by-14-inch prints) can be cropped down afterwards and still maintain their high resolution. Four AAA batteries allow for 2 hours of uninterrupted video shooting.
After drying off, an included USB cord allows for speedy uploading of your media to your computer and then on to Facebook. Because when you have stunning underwater photos, how can you not share them?
Liquid Image Camera, $120; www.liquidimageco.com
This article originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.