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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.
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scratchee, can you post the url for that specific camera? I want to check the zincs and happy to spend $25 if the camera even lasts for one viewing!
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scratchee, can you post the url for that specific camera? I want to check the zincs and happy to spend $25 if the camera even lasts for one viewing!
I had the same thought you did: even if it only lasts for a couple uses I got my money's worth. But I have no reason to think it won't be around for a while. I've actually had pretty good luck with cheap Chinese electronics and tools, which I often buy for specific one-off projects.

Here's the exact one I got. There are several like it for under $50.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MRZKGZE
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I had the same thought you did: even if it only lasts for a couple uses I got my money's worth. But I have no reason to think it won't be around for a while. I've actually had pretty good luck with cheap Chinese electronics and tools, which I often buy for specific one-off projects.

Here's the exact one I got. There are several like it for under $50.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MRZKGZE
Just ordered it, thanks!
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Just ordered it, thanks!
Post some pics when you get 'em!

PM me if you need help...mine didn't come with a manual and I did a lot of random button pushing.
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hmmm, if you're concerned about a fouled prop, why would you take it out? Dive on it where it sits, or have a local diver do it, and clean the bottom while down there...our diver cleans bottoms in marinas daily, and affordable...I won't bother putting my gear on for what little expense is involved...

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Post some pics when you get 'em!

PM me if you need help...mine didn't come with a manual and I did a lot of random button pushing.
thanks, as Confucius says, you get what you pay for.
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hmmm, if you're concerned about a fouled prop, why would you take it out?
To be clear, I'm talking about growth on the prop. It's always going to have some, and I want to be able to monitor that so I can plan when/how to deal with it.
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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.
And it won't, because radio waves do not travel very far underwater. But you can rig an antenna to make it work:
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hmmm, if you're concerned about a fouled prop, why would you take it out? Dive on it where it sits, or have a local diver do it, and clean the bottom while down there...our diver cleans bottoms in marinas daily, and affordable...I won't bother putting my gear on for what little expense is involved...
I can't say with OP's marina, but a few of the local ones to me prohibit any kind of underwater cleaning inside the marina.
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