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    Andy Murch
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    I am building a baited remote camera station for a GoPro 9.

    I have done this before with a much older GoPro and the grain and motion blur was terrible but (from the specs) it seems the Mk9 has much better low light capability.
    Has anyone tried taking stills of moving subjects with this model in low light?

    #7570
    Juan Moro
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    Hi Andy

    I’m Juan, we met about thirteen years ago in Spain after you had some issues with the batteries in your D2X. I’m currently in the UK finishing a degree in Mechanical Engineering so I might help.

    CamDo seem to make some good housings for up to 600m deep but it’s only for the GoPro 3 and 4. It might be easier and cheaper to get one of these and strip the gopro electronics out of the body to make them fit the housing. It’s fairly easy, but not really reversible.

    https://cam-do.com/collections/underwater/products/deep-water-monitoring-enclosure

    Alternatively, I suggest you look for deep light housings (make sure they are not oil compensated) and 3D print something to hold the GoPro in place inside the housing. If you decide to go that route just send me the dimensions and I’ll do it for you FoC.

    They are out of stock but this would have been great (and it goes as deep as 1250m)
    https://cam-do.com/collections/underwater/products/deep-water-flashlight-housing

    Cam-Do is from Canada so you might want to give them a call as they might have some spare parts left.

    Another option would be to use off the shelf ROV parts such as the aluminium parts from BlueRobotics:
    https://bluerobotics.com/product-category/watertight-enclosures/3-series/

    They are only rated to 400m but there are other options so that would be a matter of hunting around.

    #7833
    Andy Murch
    Sharky Admin

    Hi Juan,
    Nice to hear from after all this time and thanks for the advice. There are quite cheap little 300m housings and lights available from Golem Gear in the US:
    https://www.golemgear.com/c-17-gopro-housings.aspx
    I am not sure if they make them in-house or if they’re made by a Czech company. Anyway, I’ve bought two in the past and they were great. No leaks even after being bashed around on the sea floor.

    The important question is whether the new GoPro 9 is good enough in low light or if I’ll have to use a shutter speed that is too slow to capture sharks moving past the GoPro?

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