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Cheap GoPro knockoff for underwater inspections
I bought a $24 GoPro knockoff on Amazon ("Chinese Action Camera"), hoping to use it to inspect my prop and rudder in the slip. While the camera itself is a typical cheap digital movie camera, the waterproof housing and various mounting attachments are easily worth $24 by themselves.
I mounted it to my boat hook and tried it out. The results exceeded my expectations; see screenshot from the video, below. I consider it a very well spent $24.
The problem I had been trying to solve was to check the fouling on my prop so I'd know 1) whether I was going to have trouble getting out of the marina (as I have in the past), and 2) whether I should plan on diving once out in the open water (will not dive in the marina).
For now I'm just maneuvering the camera by feel, then watching the video afterward. Amazingly, this cheap camera also has wifi so I can watch live on a cell phone or tablet. So far that has not worked under water though.
By the way, this prop has been in the water for one month, middle Chesapeake, coated with Pettit Prop Coat.
Last edited by scratchee; 21 Hours Ago at 09:57 AM.