The introduction of Sony's affordable High Definition Video Camera, the Sony HDR-HC1 HDV is a welcome addition to their line up. It allows you to record at higher compression ratios than DV and features a big 2.7" LCD. It also records onto standard DV tapes. Add the 2.8 megapixel digital still capability and you've got a great start to your underwater photography challenge.
Ocean Images has designed a housing to help you take advantage of the great features of this Sony camcorder. In addition to our electronic controls that access many of the camera functions, we've added a mechanical control in our Professional model that gives you access to the Auto/Manual focus switch and the Menu control which gives you the ability to adjust white balance among other options. This camera has an exceptionally large viewing screen and Ocean Images has designed the underwater housing that allows you to operate your Sony HC-1 camcorder with the screen in the open position. This housing comes with a 52mm wide angle lens, sealed in a machined aluminum port. The HC-1 housing works with both the standard NP-FM50 battery and the extended life NP-QM71D battery.
The new HC-1 camcorder housing can also be used with the new SONY HVR-A1U.
The microphone and control panel can be easily removed which then allows it to fit in the HC-1 housing. A nice feature is that this A1U camcorder has an "assignable" button on the right side that appears can be assigned to control various camcorder functions such as white balance. One mechanical control on the right side could operate the W/B without having to go through the steps in the Menu screen.
How many times have you drifted across a beautiful coral reef, teeming with colorful tropical sea life to discover that you forgot to remove the filter on your video camera. Too late to fix the problem, you hope that your editing software will help remove the mistake. With the internal flip filter on our housings, the problem is solved. The flexibility to switch from filter to no filter is always available and with our internal flip filter, you don't have to worry about air bubbles getting trapped between the housing lens and the filter.