Largest underwater camera system
Last updated: September 4, 2017 at 21:34 pm
Howard Hall Productions (USA) designed and built an underwater housing for the Mark II IMAX® camera (2D), and consulted on the housing design for the IMAX 3D Soledo camera. These camera systems have been used in the production of several large format films, including Island of the Sharks (2D), Coral Reef Adventure (2D), Into the Deep (3D), and Deep Sea 3D (3D). While both systems are neutrally buoyant in the water, on the surface the Mark II system weighs 114 kg (250 lbs) and the Solido 3D system weighs around 590 kg (1,300 lbs). During the filming of Coral Reef Adventure, divers took the Mark II system to 114 m (373 ft): the deepest a diver has ever taken an IMAX camera. IMAX is a Canadian corporation that is based in Toronto and Mississauga.
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