DeepPro Systems Domed GoPro Housing

DeepPro Systems Domed GoPro Housing

The Deeppro Systems Dome Port Optically Corrected Underwater Housing was designed for the GoPro® Hero line of cameras.

Record Amazing Underwater 4K Extreme Wide Angle Video for Half the Budget and at Half the Size:

Our unique domed housing combined with your Hero4 Black edition GoPro camera and LCD Touch Bacpac will allow you to capture amazingly high quality 4K wide angle video for less than half the budget of a larger system. To approach the same quality wide angle look in any other system you will will have to spend around $5000 total for a camera, lens, housing and dome.  Our system’s total budget is around $2000 for the housing, camera and LCD back.

The DeepPro GoPro Domed Optically Corrected Housing boasts several amazing features:

  • Optics that have been optimized for underwater imaging using a built in concentric dome port / diopter system. This optical system corrects for the lost Field of View inherent in other flat port housings. Our dome system allows you to recover and take video underwater just like the GoPro’s in air Field of View (FOV).
  • The dome port system films a 33% wider and taller image underwater compared to any flat port housing.
  • Easy to operate mechanical controls that are ideal for divers wearing thick diving gloves. Controls are unaffected by depth pressure.
    Four controls support: 1)Power/Mode access  2) Record Start/Stop  3) LCD Touch Bacpac Power  4)Setup Button
  • Depth rated to 450 feet / 139 meters
  • Greatly improved image sharpness and contrast especially at the frame edges compared to a flat port housing.
  • The minimum focus distance is now reduced to around 6 inches.
  • No vignetting (corner darkening) at any imaging mode, still or video, including  16:9 Wide, 4:3 2k, 4k and SuperView® modes.
  • A pre-threaded and plugged accessory port is already provided for adding a bulkhead fitting. Use this to add a cable feed for HDMI output or for adding a vacuum leak check system.
  • Supports internal screw in high quality glass 77mm Color Correcting (CC) filters inside the dome chamber.
  • The dome chamber is isolated from the camera compartment and is purged with dry nitrogen to reduce condensation formation.
  • Camera compartment has desiccant packs pre installed to help reduce moisture condensation.
  • Machined from 6061 Aluminum barstock, with a dull black Hard Anodized sealed finish. Stainless Steel hardware.
  • Multiple top and bottom female 1/4-20 mounting holes to support various hardware mounting scenarios.
  • Comes with a simple yet robust dual handle “tray” for mounting video light arms. Includes a protective dome lens cap.
  • 2 Year factory warranty. A factory service option exists with a renewable warranty.
  • Supports GoPro® Models: Hero4 Black and Silver, Hero3+ and Hero3 any color edition.
  • Accessories: Li-Ion Supplemental Battery Cell provides USB power and provides 66% longer run times; Leak Sentinel
DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

Record 33% Wider Video Underwater with the GoPro:

Ever notice how when you put on a diving mask and go underwater, how everthing looks 33% larger. Thats because the mask’s flat port reduces the Field Of View (FOV) by around 33%.

Our new DeepPro Water Corrected Domed housing for the GoPro® was designed around the concentric dome port optical system which eliminates this same image distortion that is experienced with any other flat port GoPro housing.  With our domed housing, you will obtain much wider and sharper images underwater.

What makes this happen? Any flat port used on any underwater camera housing will experience roughly a 33% reduction of the camera’s native “in air” Field of View (FOV) when placed in water. This is due to the light refraction and distortion caused by the flat port interacting with the water and air surfaces.

The Deeppro GoPro Housing’s unique Concentric dome system underwater restores to the GoPro Field of View (FOV) to what it was in air.  That’s right, the DeepPro Domed housing will allow you to capture that GoPro “signature” wide angle look underwater.  The “concentric dome” system is a well proven method and has been used for many years on much larger housings.

Fig 4. Concentric Dome Fix.

Fig 4. Concentric Dome Fix.

DeepPro Systems is the first to implement the concentric dome optical system into a GoPro housing. We’ve taken “big housing” technology and wrapped it around the GoPro which result in amazing image quality. The below images were taking side by side at the same time with both a stock flat port GoPro housing and our domed corrected housing.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing Comparison

Take a look at our Videos page for more side by side comparisons   Or click here to learn more at how the Concentric Dome Port works.

DeepPro’s Wider Coverage + Your GoPro = Lets you Film Like a Pro!

Professional underwater filmmakers know that the closer you get to the subject the better the image will look. Closer is better when filming underwater. Getting closer provides more vivid color saturation and power from your video lights.  Also, there will be less particulate matter between you and your subject and you’ll experience reduced back scatter.   Our domed housing provides a much wider FOV and you’ll be able to move closer to your subject and obtain a better image.

Record Sharper Images:

A flat port housing optical design also introduces Chromatic Aberration (CA) (the color splitting of the light) caused by the light passing at angles through the flat glass. This results in a subtle “blurring” or softening of the image at the frame edge.   Because GoPro cameras are wide angle cameras by design the CA distortion is more noticeable when a GoPro is housed behind a flat port housing. Our concentric dome port housing significantly reduces this CA distortion. You will see an image that looks sharper and has improved contrast with our domed housing.

Closer Focusing:

Another great benefit of our concentric dome port design is that the minimum focus distance is now reduced to about 6 inches from the lens. Normally, a GoPro camera behind a flat port has a minimum focus distance of around 12 inches give or take. Our dome system’s built in close up diopter combined with the optical physics of the Concentric Dome result in a much closer minimum focusing distance. You will be able to obtain sharp images close to your subjects.

Click on the image below to see an example. The subject was filmed at the same time with a flat port housing and our Domed housing. Both were the same distance from the lens about six inches away. The left image shot with a stock flat port GoPro housing is too close to be sharply resolved. The image on the right taken with our Dome housing has much sharper focus. Click on the image below to see it larger.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Water Domed Corrected Housing Image Sharpness Comparison

No Vignetting and 100% Full Frame:

We’ve made sure that there is no “vignetting” (corner darkening) in our housing, at any imaging modes; still or video.  Our housing captures full frame at every GoPro still and video setting including but not limited to; 4:3 Wide (149 degree FOV), 17 :9 Wide (139 degree FOV), 16:9 Wide (133 degree FOV), and also the the SuperView® mode (about 170 degrees… I think).

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

Tech Divers will love the Smaller Housing Size with Less Drag:

Divers going deep love this housing.   It’s about half the volume of a medium sized camera housing and is much smaller than a “big rig” system. This housing is about the size of a soccer ball. This housing is easier to dive with, has less drag and you will experience less exertion to operate at depth.  It’s slightly negative underwater and has just a few ounces of negative “feel” to provide improved image stability.  Yes, this unit is larger than the “stock” GoPro housing, but its half the size of any more expensive mid sized housing.

An Airline Friendly Sized Housing:

Now you can now easily pack a housing, a camera, the handle tray, a pair of video lights, all arm hardware and lots of accessories easily into one regulation sized carry on bag. This smaller sized system is a joy to travel with. The unit weights about 4 lbs out of water.

Now you can finally Operate your GoPro’s buttons, even while wearing thick dive Gloves:

The DeepPro GoPro housing features all mechanical oversized lever controls which are easily operated while wearing thick dive gloves. Divers with neoprene gloves or drysuit dry gloves have no problem operating this housing! Each control rotates so that deep water pressure will not activate any control. And each control has a spring return mechanism to give you positive feedback when depressed.  There are now Four control levers which give access to the following Hero4 camera functions:

  • Power On/Off/Mode Menu button,
  • Record Start/Stop button,
  • LCD BacPac monitor power On/Off button.
  • Setup Button

Take Full Creative Control and realize Improved Battery Life:

In the past while using the stock GoPro housing, because of the difficulties of operating the buttons while wearing gloves, I resigned myself to turning on the camera recording at the start of a dive and simply left it recording for the entire dive.  If the LCD back was installed and running my GoPro battery stopped working after about 50 minutes or so.

Because of teh DeepPro housing’s large controls you now have the ability to control of the camera during a dive. No longer do I let the recording capture run all the time. I now selectively record subjects and I’ve discovered that by using this method that my camera’s battery lasts longer. I now realize over an hour of battery life, with a couple of bars remaining even with the LCD back turned on.

The housings top control also allow you to access the setup menu to adjust the camera. Finally underwater you can cycle the menu and change settings such as exposure metering, recording modes, resolution, angle of coverage, change the white balance, etc.  Now you can experiment and tailor the camera settings to the needs of the situation all while underwater. And there is also a control to allow you to power off the LCD back sould you decide to conserve power.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

Go Deep with the DeepPro:

The DeepPro Domed housing was built for deep divers and has been tested to 450 feet / 139 meters.  All controls on the GPH3 housing use a “rotational” design which is unaffected by depth. You actually “toggle” the spring backed levers to depress camera buttons. This rotational design eliminates any chance that increasing water pressure will induced a false control input at extreme depth. Tech divers will love this feature and can be confident that the controls will operate properly at 400 feet just as they do at 40 feet.

Precision Construction and Materials:

The DeepPro Domed housing is tough and is CNC machined from solid blocks of aircraft grade 6061-T6 Aluminum, We finish the parts with a Type III Hard Anodize coating, with a sealed finish for maximum corrosion protection. The housing is an overall dull Black color inside and out to reduce stray light reflections from spoiling your images.  All hardware is stainless steel or plastic and all controls are mechanical for “robust” reliability.   All small control set screws are “locktite” secured so that they don’t vibrate loose during transport and we also use robust stainless “locking” style latches on the housing so there are no accidents underwater.

The dome port is made from a High Definition Video grade Polycarbonate dome plus we’ve factory installed a German made glass Anti-Reflection (AR) coated correction diopter. This is part of the Dome Port systems optics.

Our No Fog Solution is Simple and effective:

All underwater housings are prone to condensation forming on the inside. If you open the housing inside a humid dive boat or an air conditioned hotel room might introduce condensation formation inside the housing which could spoil your images. Condensation is a fact of life for underwater housings and you must have a strategy to combat it.   We pre mount inside the camera chamber Silica Gel desiccant packs to help combat condensation formation.   Also, the housing’s dome chamber has been isolated from the camera compartment and this dome chamber is purged with dry nitrogen which helps minimize condensation.

Multiple Mounting Options for Hardware and Video Lights; and we sell Lights too!

Both the top and the bottom surfaces of the housing have two  1/4-20 female threaded mounting holes on each surface, four holes in total.  Mount the housing on a scooter; mount it from the top on a long pole; add video light arms. You get the idea. 

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

The housing includes a simple and robust Dual Handle mounting tray.  The top of each plastic handle has a 1/4-20 female threaded holes with stainless inserts, ideal for mounting video light arms as shown above.  

Options for Growth and Customization:

The DeepPro Domed Underwater housing comes with one (1) 7/16-20 UNF threaded and plugged accessory port that will allow you to add a bulkhead fitting for and external feed.  This is to allow an option to connectt to an external Power Supply or an external HDMI monitor or recording device. This port can also be used to install a vacuum leak detection system.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

Add Color Correcting (CC) Filters Inside the Housing:

Our dome port design supports the addition of off the shelf high quality screw in 77mm CC filter inside the dome chamber. 77mm filters will not obscure the image corners at any imaging mode. We can furnish filters, or send us your favorite CC filter and we will install if for you, or do it yourself if you are mechanically inclined.

Worth mentioning: The DeepPro domed GoPro housing was designed with the optics as the primary design feature.  The housing is built around the dome.  So, in order to obtain the best best possible image we have purposely obscured the camera’s front blinking “recording light”. We did that as to eliminate the recording light from reflecting off the inside of the dome and spoiling your image.  In order  to get the most functions out of your GoPro we highly recommend you install the GoPro LCD Backpack in order to see what you are recording and to make camera setting changes. Its not required, but extremely useful and the only way to go. Mount either a Hero4 Black, H3+, H3 and a LCD Back, or mount the Hero4 Silver.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing Supplemental Battery

Internal Li-Ion Battery

Our new GoPro supplemental battery cell allows the camera with a powered up LCD Touchback screen to keep running for about 66% longer than the normal time. It saves you from having to open the housing in between dives, or is great for powering the camera on one very long dive.

This small 1200mAh Li-Poly cell fits snugly inside the Domed housing along side the camera. It plugs into the camera’s USB connector and emulates having your camera on a wall charge.  It tricks the camera to think it is on charge and provides a trickle charge during your dive topping off the camera’s internal battery. The net result is you obtain much longer recording / run time.   See the LIPO Battery Cell page for more info.

What Comes in the Box:

The DeepPro GoPro Domed Housing ships complete with the Built  in Dome and Diopter systtem, includes a robust dual handle mounting tray. Each handle has a 1/4-20 mounting hole for affixing 3rd party video lights such as our BigBlue line of video lights.

The housing also comes supplied with a “petal type” protective lens shade. This shade protects the dome from accidental bumps as well as to reduce stray light from spoiling your images.  You can remove the lens shade to streamline the unit if needed.

We also include a large fitted vinyl dome cap as well. I recommend that you always take the lens cap along during dives to protect the dome if you can.  I enter and exit the water with the cap in place to protect the dome from careless deckhands.

Two moisture absorbing Desiccant packs are also included and pre installed.  We also include an extra main body o-ring as well.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

Leak Sentinel

Leak Sentinel System. This unique accessory screws into the accessory port and provides you piece of mind if the unit is water tight or not. The Leak Sentinel screws into the accessory port and remains in place. Remove the small black cap, attach the hose to a small hand operated vacuum pump and watch the Leak Sentinel’s LED lights status before and during a dive. Take a look at the accessories section for more information.

Two Year Warranty on all Housings:

We at DeepPro Systems take pride in our products and want them to work out of the box and for many years after.  We offer a two year limited warranty on our underwater housings.  (See the Warranty page for full details and exclusions.)

Did you know that most underwater camera housing floods occur in just a few inches of water?  That’s why we test every housing at both shallow and deep pressure ratings.  Then we put every assembled housing through a 12 inch and 200 feet in water pressure  tank test and test for leaks prior to shipping. The units have been designed and tested up to 450 feet depth.

Service your Housing to Extend Your Warranty:

For an additional fee the original owner of the housing may return their housing to the factory for service.  The housing will be cleaned, all o-rings get replaced and lubricated, controls are adjusted and functional tested made with your actual camera, and also we conduct a in water pressure leak test.  This factory service will give you piece of mind but also extends the limited warranty for an additional two (2) years.  See the warranty section for details.   We recommend that you ship your camera along with the housing so that we can adjust the controls to your camera. Contact us before shipping your camera to us for packing instructions and payment instructions.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Domed Water Corrected Housing

Replacement Parts:
Replacement Dome ports and o-rings are also available for “in the field” repairs.  If you are mechanically inclined carry along an extra dome so you can replace it yourself.   Of course, if you decide to replace domes and o-rings yourself we recommend that you perform a water check without a camera installed and self made repairs will limit your warranty too.

Also, if you have a favorite CC filter that you plan to always dive with send it to us and we will install the CC filter into your unit at no extra charge.  (You supply the filter and pay all shipping charges.)

Specifications:

Depth Rating:  450 feet /139 meters
Weight in Air: Housing only: 3.5 lbs. With Handle Bar: 4.25 lbs.
Weight in Water:  Housing only: about 6 oz negative,  with handle bar about 8 ounces negative.
Minimum Focus Distance: Appx. 6 inches
Field Of View (FOV) Vignetting (no corner cutoff): All imaging modes supported
Internal Filter Size: 77mm*
Size: Housing Only:  Appx: 6″ x 5″ x 5.5″  or  153mm x 127mm x 140mm
Supported Camera Models:  GoPro Hero4 Black and Silver, Hero 3+, 3  any color edition. LCD Touch Back highly recommended.
Accessories:   One 7/16-20 bulkhead gland. Used for adding a cable out feed or a leak check system.
Mounting Options: Both top and bottom 2 x  per surface, 1/4-20 female mounting holes. 4 total.
Includes: Protective Dome cap, a dual handle mounting tray, Housing and Dome System, desiccants. Spare main o-ring. Camera not included.
Warranty: 2 year factory limited. Renewable with a factory service option.
Note: The housings Optical design is optimized for underwater use. Images taken in air be slightly out of focus.

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

DeepProSystems.com GoPro Housing

Product Availability:

The GPH3 Dome Underwater Housing is available direct from Deeppro Systems and is made by us in the USA.  Initial production units have already all sold out and we plan to ship our next lot of production units in December 2014.

Where to Buy:

DeepPro products are only sold direct from the us, the US manufacturer. We sell direct to you the diver via our secure online store which saves you money.    Click here to visit our online store.  During the check out process all sensitive information is transmitted via HTTPS secure protocol.

Price: $1299.95 USD      (GoPro® Hero 4, 3+, 3 camera and LCD Touch Bacpac is not included. Shipping charges are extra. Supplmental Li-ION battery is not included.  See our Sales Policy page for more information. Buyer to pay the actual freight costs and any taxes. International buyers please email me to obtain a shipping and insurance cost estimate. International customers pay any taxes and VAT, or import duties.)

Some Other Legal Stuff: GoPro®, the Hero® line of products, SuperView®, LCD Touch Bacpac and any other items I may have forgot to mention are all trademarks of the amazing GoPro Company.  Also worth noting, some images shown on this website might be of prototype, or older units. The final configuration of the housing, tray mounting methods, control alignment, port locations, are subject to change. We continually keep improving our design … but any changes will be improvements rest assured.