Liquid Image Scuba Series HD320 Diving Video Mask Is Dumbtastic

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When I go on my diving vacation at the end of this month, I won't be bringing this video mask. Why anyone would like to attach dumb headlights to vital diving gear is beyond me.

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While Liquid Image Scuba Series HD320 is a huge jump over their previous toy-mask—reaching 115 feet and capable of capturing 720p video and 5 megapixel photos—didn't anyone tell these people that one of the first rules of scuba diving is not to have objects protruding out of your personal space beyond your tank and BCD?

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Illustration for article titled Liquid Image Scuba Series HD320 Diving Video Mask Is Dumbtastic

Apparently not. Even if the lamps get off easily in case your mask gets stuck in the coral or some underwater plant, it still looks dangerous and complicated. You can use it without lamps, but then you won't be able to use its features to its full potential. Light and color quickly disappear when you go down. In addition to that, in terms of function you will be limited to the movements of your head as far as angles go.

In other words, if you are serious about getting good video or photographs underwater, forget about gimmicks like this and get external equipment. It will be more flexible and safe. [CES Show]

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CrispyAardvark
CrispyAardvark

Skip to the end for the short version** (I agree with the review)

Professional divers wouldn't touch this, so that just leaves recreational divers and snorkelers, who never really need both their hands free anyway. One hand is enough to signal, adjust your BC, check your dive computer etc. You never use your hands for propulsion, unless you're a bad diver/snorkeler.

I keep my camera on a bungee clipped to my BC. When not in use, my hands are folded across my chest and my camera stays close and secure. When I want to video or take a still I hold it with both hands, while the bungee is extended but still safely clipped to my vest. I can take a steady shot and I can point the lens in whatever direction I want for continuous subject coverage while moving my head around to keep an eye on my surroundings and my dive buddies. I can also hold the camera close to a subject at arms length while keeping my head clear.

In short, **They're pointless, useless and gimmicky.