• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

  • 0
Sign in to follow this  
BassProAddict

Comparison: Marcum vs Aqua Vu Underwater Cameras

Question

BassProAddict

I shelved the fishfinder project in favor of underwater cameras.I'v enarrowed down my choices to Aqua Vu and Marcum.To be specific, I've narrowed it down to Aqua-VU Scout XL 50 priced at $210 at Cabela's and the MarCum VS 380 Underwater Camera priced at $250 at Cabelas.

Does anybody here have the goods on these? If you haven't experienced these specific models, brand experiences would still be very much appreciated.

I fish in a lake dam reservois)that's typical...clear,stained,murky and muddy combinations.A lot of vegetation in the form of coontails,weeds and hydrilla.

Inputs very much appreciated.Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

7 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
redbandit

Just bought a VS 380. Used it once at night LED lights turned all the way up. I positioned the camera 3 ft. from my jig and could see it very clearly as well as crappies coming up to take a sniff (though not as visible as the jig due to their dark coloring). This was 10:00 at night in 26 ft of fairly clear water with quite a bit of zooptankton.

This is what I've gathered from research. If lights are positioned around the lens visibility at night is next to none due to particulate reflection. The VS 380 has their lights mounted up higher reducing the reflection. This was evident when I tried the camera last Fri. night. Only a small half in. strip at the top of the screen had the very bright partical reflection. Most of my ice fishing is done at night so this feature was important to me. The other deciding factor was the Sony lens used by Marcum, though i've never done a side-by-side comparison, the picture clarity is supposed to be remarkably better than the Aqua Vu. I believe the Cabelas camera that came out last year has the same Sony lens and gained great reviews. Finally, the 7 in. screen and fair price on the Marcum sealed the deal for me. The only thing I don't like so far on the VS 380 is the camera storage. The cable stores nicely in the side mesh pocket on one side but the camera fits aukwardly in the opposite side mesh pocket. They should make a holster on the side that the camera would slide into securely. My 2 cents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
BassProAddict

So how do you know the orientation of the camera? I know Aqua Vu has that MAV system where you can control the camera but what about lower models of Aqua Vu and the Marcum VS 380 you're using?

Question: Clear water conditions, how far do these cameras see on average?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dave

Knowing the camera's viewing direction on any low end model comes down to using something like Marcum's Camera Compass. The above ice compass gives you somewhat of a physical reference as to where the camera is pointing, once you know the starting direction.

Along with the lights positioned above the camera lense on the Marcum (to reduce particulate reflection) having the ability to adjust the light intensity of the Marcum is another advantage as well, for certain water conditions. With the Marcum, you also have the option of connecting a 2nd camera as well.

In clear water, viewing 20 feet isn't out of reality at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
BassProAddict

Is having the "fish looking camera" really all that important? Is it just a gimmick in your opinions?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dave

The fish looking camera has been known to get bit grin.gif Fish come right up to any camera down there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
BassProAddict

Is there any way to have a practical solution to finding out the cameras orientation once its underwater? (Non ice fishing, that is)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
jipper

I would give actions fishing in anoka a try....He sells them both and can show the difference in both..He help me out and i bought the scout 2. I like the unit alote

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wakemup
      65-66 in Norwegian yesterday and 63 in Niles.
    • Wanderer
      Ely area lakes were showing 69-71 today.  That was a warmer than expected surface temp but I doubt it goes very deep.  Very little spawn activity compared to past years for this weekend.
    • eyeguy 54
      I like the stretch upriver better but can only drift down that area.  I would wear my arms out traveling up stream!   Hopefully do a drift down soon.  
    • jhousenga
      59 crossing Daisy Bay Friday night. 67 in Big Bay this afternoon.
    • monstermoose78
      The stearms in the arrowhead are small very small I would recommend a 6 foot or short rod for most streams as you will be pitching your bait out. They are also over grown with brush wading these streams is a challenge. You will be fishing for mostly brook trout above the first posted boundary FYI it’s normally a large water fall but not always. Also the first week of June there will not be much from the lake to the first posted boundary anyways. Remember there special regs below the first posted boundary and the above the first posted boundary.  If you want to use your fly rod I would hit the small trout lakes in the area. A split shot and small chunk of crawler is my go to bait for Brookies. There are a few streams with some browns and rainbows but very few. If you are fly fishing look at Thompson lake by  devilstrack lake it’s catch and release. Mink lake, kimball lake are also good. 
    • Squirrelhawke
      Growing up in South Dakota I did quite a bit of fishing in the black hills for browns and rainbows, most of that fishing was best accomplished with a long pole and just drifting my bait down the stream if you can read the eddies and slacks in the water you should do fine.  Of course I'm assuming they bite the same up north as they do out west.  It was a kick when I went  back out there 2 years ago and on Sunday morning fished the little 6 ft wide stream running behind the campground, all the other campers were amazed that I would pull out a fish about every 20-30 ft no monsters but plenty of little beauties at 7-10 inches. If the water is clean and the fish are there you just gotta find out what they are eating at that time of year.  Hopefully this helps and if I'm wrong some of the guys with Minnesota experience will pipe up. 
    • Squirrelhawke
      I do a bit of fishing from the coon rapids dam on down to 694 and I usually bring 2 rods because I lose at least one lure to the rocks. Bear that in mind and also realize that there are nice smallies, eyes and cats in that stretch of river. I also had over 3 feet of pike eat my stink bait I had out for channel cats. If I didn't have a circle hook on it would have been a nice pic to share. Good luck and hope to hear of some good luck. 
    • delcecchi
      It would take a lot of code to make multiple windows tiling the screen work, would be my guess, and would create few additional sales so isn't worth the expenses.    Just pick up an inexpensive 5 to 7 inch unit and use it for the map.   
    • Wanderer
      You look like the Phantom Fisherman - except the toes.  Or maybe the River Detective  🕵️‍♂️ Gotta love those good runs in short times!   
    • Bryan P
      Awesome Eyeguy! That is a good run of smallies there. I like your spot, that was my favorite fishing stretch for them when I lived in St cloud. Mississippi is such a great smallie fishery. Im blessed to live right next to it too. Now lets get the current to go down some!