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Old 10-08-2018, 09:58 PM
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Figuring on buying a camera for hard water this year. Something to keep my 4 year old interested. What is the best option?

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Old 10-09-2018, 07:25 AM
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I have a Marcum 485C, paired with a AquaVu MoPod that has been good to me. The only downside of the Marcum is the carrying case is not the most stellar. It seems a bit tight and the Velcro doesn't hold really well when its cold and stiff. The upside is the video quality is good down to around 27' (I haven't tested it deeper than that) and the battery life seems good too.

If you are getting a camera you will want a panner of some kind. It helps hold the camera steady and in the direction you are wanting to look. Plus its pretty cool to spin it around and see all around your location.

I had a cheap Cabelas Advanced Angler unit for a couple years but it packed it in. A buddy has an AquaVu 715 but I haven't seen it in action so I cannot comment on how the image quality compares.

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ETA: The little AquaVu cameras look pretty neat for adults that hole hop and want to minimize bulky gear, but my kids had a tendency to drop stuff down holes when they were younger so I shied away from anything small enough to fit down an 8" hole. The same for the cameras that linked to your phone or tablet. Cold fish slime covered hands and small electronics seemed like a recipe for trouble.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:13 AM
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I have a few Marcums - the high end on 825?? IIRC and the 485c - both are spectacular images compared (side by side) with the high end Aqua View a fishing partner has.

The high end Marcum is better in deeper water, in low light and is definitely a little sharper (you can really see details in the scales of the fish).

For those longer days on the water - buy a spare battery ($30-$35 at Battery World) and you are set.

And yes, I agree, the Velcro and case sucks - a struggle to wind up the camera and wire after a long day out on the ice and unless you wind it perfectly - it isn't going to fit back into the tray/box ...... kind of a minor annoyance.

I just have each camera, and panner, a spare battery, in a milk crate and that's how they get transported. After they get set up the camera sits on top of the milk crate keeping the battery off the cold ice and at a better viewing angle.

I use a pine wooden plank 12"x12"x3/4" with a "keyhole" cut into it to rest the panner over and above the hole as well - keeps the panner out of the melting water, and keeps the hole from freezing over too quickly. Tried hard foam which was awesome for keeping the ice from freezing but it sucks in the wind (ask me how I learned this one ... lol).
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:43 AM
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I have the AquaVu 715C - I like it fine, except that it doesn't really show well in low light conditions, first it switches to B&W and then it just becomes hard to make anything out at all. But if there's not a lot of snow cover and the sun is shining, I get sweet visibility with great detail. I think if I had to do it all over again I'd probably shop a marcum unit or something else.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:26 AM
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I have the Marcum 385c and it works well up to about 25 feet or so depending on sunlight and snow cover. Have the Marcum planner as well. As mentioned before can be tough to get everything back into the case at the end of the day.

Have heard great reviews of the ones found on Amazon for considerably less money. Was a discussion about them this past winter. Longtime member here, muzzy, has one. May want to pm him.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:59 AM
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I bought an Eyoyo off Amazon for $160, used it about 20 days and am happy with it so far. Decent battery life and good picture. If you search for "eyoyo" there is a thread where I posted a few screen shots
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:29 PM
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I also run the Marcum 485C, paired with a AquaVu MoPod works great no issues so far after 3 seasons.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:51 PM
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Thanks for the replies! Really considering the marcum but might take a gamble on the amazon job. Hmmm
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:19 AM
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I would just bite the bullet. Get the marcum and avoid trading up later on.
You will be happy with there product.
I love mine .
Excellent camera
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As John in Ab mentioned I bought a Boblov off Amazon last year. $152 delivered. 7 inch color screen color down to 25 ft crystal clear and still good clarity when I used in in 45 ft although you lose color. 100 ft cable. Comes with nice metal carrying case and battery life was excellent. The Eyoyo someone mentioned above from amazon looks identical in pics to my Boblov. I fired mine up the other day to show my dad who was visiting and still working great. The price is right and so far quality is holding up. I paired it up with an Aqua-Vu pod for rotation of camera.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:17 PM
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As John in Ab mentioned I bought a Boblov off Amazon last year. $152 delivered. 7 inch color screen color down to 25 ft crystal clear and still good clarity when I used in in 45 ft although you lose color. 100 ft cable. Comes with nice metal carrying case and battery life was excellent. The Eyoyo someone mentioned above from amazon looks identical in pics to my Boblov. I fired mine up the other day to show my dad who was visiting and still working great. The price is right and so far quality is holding up. I paired it up with an Aqua-Vu pod for rotation of camera.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:26 PM
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Another vote for the Amazon eyoyo. Used all last season with no issues
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I had a Marcum 485C. It was a good unit. Being used now by our resident perch whisperer aka Super Mario
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