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The Bluefin Pro adds three additional features to the Bluefin Standard: a manual knob for direct control of user assignable functions like exposure and focus, a wet/dry microphone, and a high resolution 3.2" OLED monitor which delivers vivid colors and is daylight viewable.
The world-class Bluefin Pro video housing supports Sony compact video cameras from 2009-2011, including: Sony XR 550, CX550, XR350, CX350, CX300.
The housing uses electronic controls, so you don't have to worry about "lining up" any buttons, or cleaning/replacing lots of tiny o-rings. All the electronics are built into the monitor back, so you just attach your camera to the removable tray, slide it in, close up the back and you're ready to go!
The handle design places all the key controls for shooting video at your right hand (including one-touch white balance), while the left handle lets you access the complete camera menu. Handles are removable for smaller packing and easy maintenance.
The Bluefin Pro has a locking bayonet mechanism to mount lenses, and includes an internal flip-down filter (blue- or green-water available) and flip-down macro converter. It ships with a standard flat port. Additional lenses (65-degree wet-mate, super-wide angle, and fish-eye) are also available.
The Bluefin Pro comes with a 16x9, 3.2" high resolution OLED monitor back, which runs on 4 AA batteries (lasts for up to 8 hours). You can control contrast, brightness and color using buttons located beneath the monitor.
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Great housing for the Canon HF-G10 camera. The accessibility of the controls from the infra-red handles is well laid out and works consistently well. The white balance function works well once you figure it out (the Fucntion setting must be highlighted before pushing the WB. There is plenty of room to use a high capacity battery on the camera, and the OLED monitor lasted for well over two dives (continuously on) with rechargeable AA's. This separate power ensures the monitor is not draining the camera battery.
The OLED monitor is a very expensive upgrade, but it is bright, bigger (read "easy to see the menus"), and visible from more extreme angles adding flexibility composing shots at awkward angles.
Video images are top notch with great color when time is taken to ensure white balance is adjusted. The flip in/out red filter helps out color down to about 30 feet or so. Adding the Fathom 90 lens is a big additional investment, but is a great addition if you want to be able to appreciate scenery (like swim-throughs, walls and canyons). If you only intend to chase little creatures, the wide lens is not needed.
The camera handles well in the water. With a pair of Sola 2000 lights it is essentially neutrally buoyant. The optional float is not necessary unless using the Fathom 90 lens.
Handles are easily removable to make the unit more sturdy for travel. The o-rings can easily be removed with a guitar pick for cleaning and maintenance.
The instructions included leave something to be desired. Between customer support, Bluewater staff, and the scant manual most things can be figured out (i.e. there are batteries in the handles to operate the IR remotes. They have to be changed at some point and you can find this info on line if you look, but there are no instructions. Seems easy to figure out, but in my opinion a major oversight from the manual).
Excellent product. Before, i use ikelite but more security underwater with 2 o ring and color is excellent.
I use without light. Just with red filter and until 10 meters, i use just with manual white balance.
The results is so great and you can see some movie here:
Red sea (water is very clear, 40 meters visibility):
On Mediterranean sea (i think light is a good idea because sometime, i don't arrive to make white balance on 30 meters depth, but quality stay great.
And last...on swimming pool at 3 meters, perfect (perhaps wide angle is good idea for the future)
The only problem, you can't choose red filter with macro filter together only one handle (i don't understand because some bluefin pro are this functionality). When the distance with your subject is very near and you want to use for macro video shoot, you can use only macro filter but for another different shoot during your dive, big problem (only solution, try a manual white balance or use light) and conversely, use only red filter, you meet some problem for macro shoot (not best way for that but possible if you keep some distance with your subject)
But with the time, i find solution and in generally, i find this housing over the top.
For example, i dive with another video diver that uses a Sony A1 (DVCAM) on custom swiss housing and my result is better (i think).
In November, when i dive into red sea, i lost one o ring into the handle and i meet no problem with that because no entrance between housing and handle is possible (prism system and IR communication into that).
Diver since 1991
Video dive since 2003
CMAS ***, Nitrox
Bluefin Pro Underwater Video Housing
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