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Hugyfot Case Makes GoPro Serious

from the June, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Hugyfot Case

We all know that underwater footage obtained with little POV cameras like the GoPro has revolutionized what you might see on YouTube and other social media sites. Now comes the next revolution.

Following in the footsteps of the Hero 4 Black, the latest Hero 5 Black has low-light performance, image stabilization and the possibility to shoot 4K video for broadcast-quality video. However, there are shortcomings that users complain about, and the first is its limited battery life. In cold water, it sometimes doesn't outlast a dive.

And, that little built-in LCD screen makes accurately lining up a shot a bit hit-and-miss, unless you have particularly keen eyes. For some technical divers, the 200-foot (60m) depth limitation of its Super Suit underwater case may also be a shortcoming.

Hugyfot, the Belgian manufacturer with an enviable reputation for making machined aluminum camera housings for top-end DSLRs, made such a housing for the Hero 4. And now, it has released its long-awaited housing for the GoPro Hero 5 Black -- and it addresses all those shortcomings.

First, it has a built-in battery that can give five hours of continuous use, even with the seven-inch LCD monitor that allows critical subject framing turned on. And it's rated down to 200m (650 feet) deep!

The Hugyfot GoPro Hero 5 Vision also has grip handles with standard one-inch mounting balls that fit almost any underwater video lights. It sports a color correction filter, and an optional macro lens can be hinged in and out at will. It will set you back nearly two grand, but if you're serious about photography, it will it turn the otherwise excellent GoPro Hero 5 Black into a professional underwater video kit.

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