The problem with many underwater video housings is that they are far more expensive than the camera they house. This limits many people with video cameras from capturing their underwater experiences on video. Another problem with them is that many are so model specific that either divers are reluctant to replace their video cameras and take advantage of new features (including digital videography), they lose the ability to use their housings as it won't fit a new model if they get one, or they must incur still another great expense to get a housing for the new model. This assumes that a new housing will even be available when they want it. The rapid changes in the video camera market can be hard for underwater housing manufacturers to keep up with.
The Econo Subcam doesn't have those limitations. It was designed around smaller camcorders such as 8mm and VHS-C. Although it can be made to house any video camera, including full size VHS and Beta camcorders, the sheer size of those units is detrimental to the enjoyment of diving and taping. It makes it harder to move around underwater, increases the bulk and weight, and can be cumbersome. Less is more. Think small and you'll enjoy it more.
Once you've built your Econo Subcam, if you get a new model camcorder and the controls don't line up with the placement of your old camcorder, you can plug the old holes and drill new ones, or just build a new housing. It is so inexpensive that it becomes practical to do so. You can even sell your old Econo Subcam along with your old camcorder, increasing the value to the buyer, especially if he or she is also a diver.
Another advantage of the ASP Econo Subcam is that if you should break any parts, including while away diving, inexpensive replacements are available at most hardware stores.
Tools needed to build it:
a table, band or jig saw
a router is helpful but not required
drill press or hand drill
|cost of plans||estimated cost
|Econo Subcam||underwater video camera housing||$30||$20 - $40|