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    • I am getting excited about an upcoming Kauai trip....and, with CES in town this week here in Vegas there is some chatter about underwater drones and drones in general.

      I have only been to CES once...but, I abhor these large trades shows because they are exhausting and just too intense with all the people.

      BUT.....these underwater "scooters" seem like decent idea of an underwater gimbal of sorts.

      Since I don't really "dive" and mostly into shooting stuff less than 15' deep (best lighting without having to spend $$$ on supplemental lighting) and my most current camera housing is a pistol grip. The problem with the pistol grip is it is difficult underwater to shoot video and keep your horizontal planes in tact.

      So, even though these batteries only last about 30 minutes, I like how this could sort of act as a gimbal. Has anyone tried an "underwater scooter"?

      These run about $700 on Amazon.

    • Aw man. When I saw the photo in the feed, I thought this was a propulsion device you could wear or hang onto to zip around while scuba diving, Thunderball-style. Turns out it's a bit too small for that. 😄

    • hmm... that looks interesting but I would want to know more about both the experience using it and the quality of the video before I bought one. Does anyone have them available for rent?

    • It does not come with a is merely a transportation has the ability to mount a persons GoPro or other similar POV on to the scooter...

    • I have several POV cameras and several DSLR water housings...I would probably use my pistol grip housing and just drive this thing with one hand....or, use my other two-handed housing and duct-tape it to the scooter.

    • Wow do I have a story to tell about this! A few years ago I had the brainy idea that I could make a panorama for flooring to cover SmugMug's lunchroom. You can now buy industrial-strength photographic flooring and I had placed some around SmugMug. I liked the prints with the perspective of looking straight down:

      I thought the coolest thing ever would be looking straight down on a colorful seafloor in our lunchroom. Problem: what's a HUGE print for our walls, 90 inches say, is like a small throw rug on the floor. So this needed to be a stitched panorama.

      Anyway, being such a braniac, I bought a James Bond-type sea scooter for lots of money and took it to Fiji for a week to get the shot. The plan was to have it pull me through the water in a grid pattern with the camera firing every second and then stitch the shots together back home.

      I spent a lot of time fashioning an underwater camera to it.

      Problem 1: Fiji fish don't like the sound and scatter immediately when the quiet electric motor and propeller comes on. And they don't come out until it shuts off.

      Problem 2: The best light is shallow. Not very far down you have to be using strobes to bring out rich color. And the best photos are with really wide lenses so minimal water haze and particulates are between camera and subject.

      Problem 3: The most colorful everything is where oxygen and water movement is abundant, which means surge. For awhile I'd go backwards when the motor thought I was going forward, then a sudden rush forward at high speed. Or sideways. Or up. Or down.

      Fiji's an incredible place and I went with family so it was epic, got lots of individual shots, but all without the sea scooter because I prefer fish in my shots.

      (This photo not in Fiji but whatever.)