GoPro Video Settings for Scuba Diving

Scuba diving provides a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the ocean. Being able to capture and share what you see can present some challenges when your just getting started. What equipment do you purchase? Are you capturing photographs or video? How do you mount the camera? What is your budget?

In this post I will focus on the GoPro Hero 8. I have used older GoPro models for other activities, so i was familiar with operating them, and the GoPro Hero 8 was affordable and easy to get started with.


My current setup for scuba diving is:

  • GoPro Hero 8

  • GoPro Dive Housing

  • Hollis M3 Mask

  • 128 GB SD Card

My GoPro is mounted to my mask providing a POV view. With this view there are several things to keep in mind. Once I start recording (usually right before I descend), I can not make any changes to the GoPro as I can not remove my mask underwater (nor would I try to). I usually let the camera continue to record until I surface at the end of the dive. In most cases the GoPro records between 50-60 minutes of video, which is right around the length of my dive. Downside is if your dive is longer, the battery will die before your dive ends.


The POV setup I use works for the type of video I'm recording. Your setup will need to be configured to what is the best way for you to use.


Once you have the gear, you will need to adjust the video settings based on personal preferences and the quality of the video you want to capture. I have experimented with several video settings, see below for the break down.

POV


GoPro recommends certain video settings for POV (Point-of-View). I used this setting as the GoPro is attached to my dive mask and mounts directly above my field of view.

GoPro Video Settings:

  • 1440p resolution

  • 120 frame rate

  • Wide Lens

The video below was captured using these settings.


Overall I like these settings for scuba diving. With the 1440p resolution, the video has an increased height, however it does not have the wide view which would come with a higher resolution (such as 2.7k). On YouTube, when viewing HD, it has the black bars on the sides of the video. The 120 frame rate did allow for some great pictures to be exported from the video.

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Custom Video Settings


These are the video settings that I used to capture some of my first recordings when scuba diving.

  • 2.7k resolution

  • 60 frame rate

  • Superview

The video below was captured using these settings.


In addition to recording in a higher resolution, you also need to purchase a larger SD card. Since I am uploading my scuba videos to YouTube only the higher resolution is not needed. The 1440p resolution looks great when viewing on mobile and desktop.


I recommend trying out different video settings on a couple of dives and see what works best for you. Keep in mind higher resolutions and frame rates will consume more power. Be sure to turn off unneeded settings such as WiFi, and GPS to improve battery life while diving.

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