The new Liquid Image Wide Angle VideoMask features a 135 degree wide angle lens and D1 video. The lens modification more than doubles the original VideoMask’s field of view to capture all the action underwater while snorkeling or scuba diving.
The Wide Angle VideoMask Model 312 is a mid size dive mask that records D1 video (720×480) at 30fps along with 5.0MP still images. The depth rating on this new model is 20m/65ft, which covers depths reached by many certified recreational divers, beginning divers, free divers and snorkelers.
The internal memory has 16MB NAND Flash. The mask has a micro SD/SDHC card slot to expand the memory up to 16GB, to record thousands of still images or approximately 5.33 hrs of video. The Camera operates on 2 x AAA Batteries. Estimated Lithium battery performance is 2200 still images or 2.2hrs of video.
The new Wide Angle VideoMask features lever style buttons. These buttons are easier to press while wearing diving gloves. To record a photo or a video, simply turn on the camera, choose the mode, then press the shutter button. LED lights inside the mask indicate the mode to the user. The buttons are positioned along the upper right corner of the frame and area easy to access.
The new wide angle will solve the issue of not completely framing the subject that some first time Camera Mask users have experienced with the original 54 degree lens. The wider angle POV camera will capture a larger field of view and therefore allow the user to think even less about the operation of the camera while snorkeling or scuba diving.
The Wide Angle VideoMask model number 312 has an estimated US price of $200. The mask will also be available with a large silicon skirt, Item #313.
The Wide Angle VideoMask models 312 and 313 are estimated to ship in May 2010, in time for summer. These new models follow the concept of the original Liquid Image Underwater Digital Camera Mask by creating an easier way to record photos and videos. The concept of integrating the camera into the sports equipment allows the user to travel with fewer items and to keep their hands free while performing sports activities. The integrated camera records a view similar to what is seen, allowing the user to share their experience with other people, and to enjoy their activities to a greater extent because they concentrate less on holding and operating the camera.
Accessories include 4.7 Watt LED Torch (side lights) and the Blue Water Filter that began shipping at the end of 2009, plus the Green Water filters that will begin shipping in January 2010.
Liquid Image Co, LLC, is a manufacturer of cameras, electronics, toys and games that target sports and outdoor activities with an emphasis on Sports Technology and POV cameras. The corporate office is located in Sacramento, CA, with an international office located in Hong Kong.