Diver Cam Turns Heads (and Helmets)

Inuktun has gone to new depths to provide divers with durable, compact and affordable cameras.

The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company's Diver Cam is intended as a general commercial dive camera, and with controller dimensions of just 16.68 inches by 13 inches by 4.3 inches, it is by far the smallest unit available.

"The controller and camera are much smaller than anything else on the market today," said Milton Morris, director of Inuktun USA. "Plus, the camera is virtually indestructible. This system will be far superior to all of our competition while being twice as small with more features."

Which isn't to say picture quality has been compromised.

Built with Inuktun's well-known Crystal Cam platform, the Diver Cam has built-in LED lighting that enhances the high resolution LCD monitor's video display. There is also an auxiliary underwater LED light which provides a crystal clear picture.

"The unit uses LED lights for the camera and the external light, allowing (the user) to use only camera lights or both," explained Morris. "LED are truer lights."

Inuktun listened carefully to client needs in developing the Dive Cam, and it was evident that in tough economic times price point was just as important as durability and quality.

"The biggest single challenge, I think, we have faced, is designing the unit to be durable, reliable and economical," said Colin Dobell, Inuktun president. "We recognize that quality and safety are hugely important for the commercial dive industry - all that isn't worth much if nobody can afford to buy a system."

With that in mind, Inuktun set a goal of making the unit easily accessible for customers to acquire and use.

While the system comes with a 500-foot tether - the camera is rated to a depth of 1000 feet - but if clients need to go deeper they can.

"Customers can always buy longer cable, but the beauty is they can use the cable they already own if they want," said Morris.

Along with the cable, camera, LED lights and controller (complete with a 1470 Pelican Case), the system includes a 12-inch high resolution monitor, CF card, 83-key keyboard for light control and text overlay, line-in and microphone audio in, built-in gel cell batteries and universal AC input.

The entire unit is housed in a 1600 Pelican Case for a total cost around $7,000 US.

Author: Toby Gorman