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Biggerdog

Underwater Cameras

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Biggerdog

Hello All, I am looking to purchase a underwater camera, what is out there that is the best bang for the buck so to speak. Thanks for the info!

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Christopher Quast

Dont go cheap or you will get what what you pay for, my buddy has a FISH CAM from GM and he likes it has a nice big screen, Not much over a 100.00 and I have a aqua view ZT and liked till yesterday when I dropped the little fish and broke the fin off of it and now I think it is shot.

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Stradic

GM had a 7" Fish Cam for $149.99 and the 5.5" screen for $99.99.

I've heard good things about these.

Try doing a search for underwater camera on here and see what you come up with. There's a lot of good info on here.

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Shack

Personally! I would either by the cheapest one, or put out the doe for the best Marcum has to offer.

Even the $100 units will do what you want (see under the ice in relatively clear water during the day). I purchased an Aqua Cam 4 or so years ago and it has worked very well for the price I paid for it. I figured I would start out with this unit and if I really got into it, upgrade when needed. Well, after the years I still find this unit does what I want, for the limited capabilities it has to offer. But, I feel if I had the top of the line Marcum, I would use a camera way more than I use the one I have now.

I wrestled with the thought of buying the top of the line Marcum this year, but I backed off. I told my self to use my camera more this year and then next year (if justification can be had), buy the best Marcum has to offer. (IMO), why drop $300-$400 bills on a large screen, SD card slot, video jacks, when a couple hundred more can get you color, better camera for dark light and an all around way better quality unit. If you going to go with a higher end unit, just spend or save up the extra money and buy the best from Marcum. Or!! For right now buy just a plain old camera, to experiment with and see if it is something you want to further.

Good luck!

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Red Miller

I have the $100 FishTV and it works fine for what I want. I find the biggest pain is bending over in tight quarters (ice shack) an dicking around with positioning the thing. I have a Marcum disk that works once its set. I was eyeballing a better holder like the tripods. Any opinions there would be appreciated. Thanks all and good luck!

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thedebsterus

AguaView Scout XL w/ a 7" screen and I like it alot. I hook it up to my TV in the shack and its awesome...good quality piece of equipment and its amazing how many fish come up to the camera to check it out.

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leech~~

Red, stay with the Marcum disk! I've had both, and the disk holds the cord better so even though you still have to d i c k with it to see your jig, it doesn't keep spining in the holder like the little black button does on the tripod frown Oh plus the little black buttons that hold the cable on the tripod, don't float if your hands are freezing and you are trying to adjust the cable depth and drop it in the hole!! crazy

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BuckKiller

I have the $100 FishTV and it works fine for what I want. I find the biggest pain is bending over in tight quarters (ice shack) an dicking around with positioning the thing. I have a Marcum disk that works once its set. I was eyeballing a better holder like the tripods. Any opinions there would be appreciated. Thanks all and good luck!

yup I have the same problem. what I usually do is put it on the hook so if faces down. that works very well for me.

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redbandit

Hello All, I am looking to purchase a underwater camera, what is out there that is the best bang for the buck so to speak. Thanks for the info!

Check out the [email protected]@'S 5" & 7" B/W units. They have a Sony lens (same one that's on the Marcum's vs250 and vs380). I have the vs380 and the clarity is great.

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Biggerdog

Thanks for the info everybody, Redbandit, how does the one that you have work at night? Thanks.

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Legend_89

I also have the Aquaview Scout w/a 7" screen and I am on my third camera. Just wondering if anyone else has encountered problems? The camera leaked and would "fog" up the lens. I returned the first unit 2 years ago. The second unit lasted a full ice season and then started to do the same thing as the first. I just returned from the pond today and my third camera seems to be right on track with the two previous with the "fogging". Is it just me or has anyone else had problems?

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Stradic

You cab pretty much forget about night viewing on any camera.

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Charries

No cameras work at night...

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leech~~

legend_89 I had two Aquaviews that leaked also! The issue with some of them is that the camra doesn't leak but the braiding on the wire inside the cable pokes little holes in the rubber cover when you wind it up and let it out and then the water runs down into the camra through the cable at the top. frown They said they were working on a fix for that issue but after 2 and paying for the second repair! I wasn't going to wait and got a different camra that I have had for about 3 years now without a leak!

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mnwildman

I also have a Marcum VS350 and have never had a problem with it. Very clear picture, especially when you hook it up to a bigger TV wink.

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OLY

I would recomend that you look into the cabelas models. I have the seven inch model and it was cheap and works awesome. They have a few new models out this year and the price has come down even lower from last year, thay are sweet cameras.

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Burnham

i bought the last 5" scout at a store today, and they said they dont make them anymore....i was wondering, could i hook it up to a regular maybe 12" tv and record it...because i thought the nicer aqua views had a built in vcr, but was thinking i could just hook it up to a tv somehow???

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Burnham

oh wait, if i can even do that i will probably have to bring out a generator for power and stuff right?? sorry bout the stupid questions lol

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