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Best Video Cameras for Fishing

Top choices for a variety of uses offshore

March 3, 2021
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When you need to capture a tournament release, or film in near-total darkness, underwater or even in 360 degrees, one of these digital video cameras is sure to fit your requirements.

GoPro Max

GoPro
GoPro Max GoPro

If you really want to capture all the action, check out the Max: Dual 180-degree lenses shoot 16.6-megapixel 360-degree photos or 6.2-megapixel 270-degree panoramics. For video, it can capture 1440p, 60 frame-per-second footage with a single lens and 5.6K 30 fps 360-degree clips. Pretty incredible.

FLIR Scout II

FLIR Scout II
FLIR Scout II Courtesy FLIR

Rather than relying on visible light, the Scout II generates images based on the object’s heat, which gives the user better situational awareness in complete darkness. The rugged IP-67 rating means it’s water- and shock-resistant as well.

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Nikon KeyMission 360

Nikon Keymission 360
Nikon Keymission 360 Nikon

Perfectly suited to onboard life, the KeyMission 360 from Nikon is waterproof to 98 feet and shockproof for drops of up to 6.6 feet, with no additional housing required. Two Nikkor lenses and two image sensors record in full 360 degrees at 4K ultra-HD resolution, putting the viewer in the center of the action.

GoFish Cam

GoFish Cam
GoFish Cam GoFish

Designed as an in-line camera system, the GoFish Cam is just 4.5 inches long and 3.3 ounces, with three stabilization fins and a preset weighting system to reduce roll. Pull it just in front of a bridge teaser, and you’ll capture those crash bites in high definition.

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TrollPro

TrollPro
TrollPro TrollPro

For a unique look at your spread from a predator’s perspective, check out the TrollPro: a housing for GoPro-style cameras that is durable, hydrodynamic and weighed for stability up to 10 knots. Another option is the DredgePro, specifically designed to capture those ­jaw-dropping shots of a gamefish in the dredge.

GoPro Hero9

GoPro Hero9
GoPro Hero9 GoPro

GoPro geeks rejoice: Introduced in September 2020, the Hero9 has several upgrades over the earlier versions, including a full-color, front-facing video screen, 5K30 video capability, a 20-megapixel image sensor and a larger, more powerful battery for longer shooting times. Time for an upgrade.

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Sionyx Aurora Pro

Sionyx Aurora Pro
Sionyx Aurora Pro Sionyx

The Aurora Pro is Sionyx’s flagship full-color digital night-vision camera, with new sensor technology and enhanced optics for advanced capabilities. In fact, it performs best in the darkest conditions. It’s designed with extreme environments in mind, and has superb recording and streaming functionality as well.

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