So you want to photograph a skittish hammerhead up close or perhaps film great whites out of the cage? Well, you could learn how to use a rebreather so you stop making bubbles. Or you could do a Botelho and go cageless... Yeah, we didn’t think so. Luckily, there is another way! Introducing Boxfish Luna, the underwater drone.
Created by two mates from New Zealand who are qualified engineers as well as passionate underwater shooters, Boxfish Luna has brought the flagging underwater ROV scene up to date with its ability to house either the Sony Alpha 1 or a7S Mark III. These new full-frame cameras are, of course, capable of shooting up to 8K/30p 10-bit 4:2:0 video or 4K/120p 10-bit 4:2:2, respectively—as well as capture 50-megapixel stills, in the case of the a1.
Measuring 28 x 17 x 14 inches and weighing in at 53 lbs, Boxfish Luna features eight 3D-vectored thrusters, a couple of navigation cameras for situational awareness, a compass, and two 8500-lumen dimmable video lights mounted on arms. Meanwhile, the operator on the surface gets a 17-inch monitor with “near-zero latency,” according to the company. The ROV can descend up to 1,600 feet (with a custom option to go to 3,300 feet).
Check out the Boxfish website for more details.
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