One of the main features that have made GoPro cameras so popular is their waterproof abilities. After all, who wants to invest in a camera that will get spoilt immediately it comes into contact with water? And who wants to experience an unbelievable snorkeling, surfing or poolside activity, only to be unable to share the moment with loved ones as your camera has no waterproofing abilities?
Now that I know that I have your attention, it is time to learn more about waterproofing in relation to GoPro cameras. Read on for some enticing information.
- Waterproof Casing
The GoPro Hero 4 series features waterproof cases, which are guaranteed to protect the camera unit up to depths of 131 feet. This is excellent for pool activities and snorkeling, and will also serve an open water PADI/NAUI certified diver well.
If this standard casing is not sufficient for your needs, then you can opt to go with a hardened case that will accompany you up to depths of 197 feet.
- Quality of Image and Video Capture
The flat glass design on the dive housing of the GoPro Hero 4 cameras ensures that you will not experience focus problems when you use the camera underwater.
Additionally for those using the Hero 4 Silver camera, you will be happy to know that there have been no water protection issues surrounding the use of the touch screen capable case under the water. However it is recommended that you do not use the touch screen at depths below the standard pool and snorkeling depths, as the water pressure will impede your abilities. The side, front and top buttons will be more than sufficient when adjusting settings and taking photos.
There are also corrective color filters which you can employ later in the GoPro studio, in case you want to enhance your images and footage.
There is a floating door accessory which is recommended for those taking part in water sports, as this accessory helps keep the GoPro camera afloat in case you lose your hold of it in the sporting action. This is especially necessary in open water situations.
The weight of a GoPro Hero 4 Black is 88g without housing and 152g without housing, while the weight of a Hero 4 Silver is 83 g without housing and 147g with housing. This housing weight is minute and won’t be felt if you are holding the camera or attaching it to your surfboard.
- Depth Rating
The depth rating will differ depending on the housing you are utilizing.
– The standard housing that comes with the Hero 4 cameras can withstand depths up to 131 feet (40 meters)
– The dive housing can withstand depths up to 197 feet (60 meters)
– The dive housing BacPac Backdoor can withstand depths up to 197 feet (60 meters)
– The standard housing with the standard BacPac Backdoor can withstand depths up to 131 feet (60 meters)
– The standard housing with the touch BacPac Backdoor can withstand depths up to 10 feet (3 meters)
- Quick Tips
– Ensure that there is no debris or dirt found along the white rubber gasket before you take the camera in the water, as this can compromise the waterproof case
– Push the housing backdoor fully in and then secure the back latch found on top of the case, in an effort to ensure that your GoPro is fully sealed
– Remove the camera from its housing and then wash the housing with fresh water if you have used the camera in salt water
That is everything you need to know about GoPro Hero 4 waterproofing.