I mentioned before that one of the biggest differences between the Housemate's underwater camera and my new Panasonic Lumix TS2 is that mine takes HD video. So how is this underwater HD video? Here is a collection of clips that I took snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Unfortunately there's nothing exciting like on my last trip there, and I apologize for the shakiness of the cinematography--I blame it on the waves in this part of the bay, but I'm sure I can improve. Still, it's enough to get an idea of what the camera's underwater video looks like. (You should be able to watch it at 720p.)
First, the sound is weird. Maybe little tiny flows of water around the microphone, with particles of sand hitting the camera? I expected to hear me breathing, since that's the sound that I notice most while snorkeling, in addition to background water movement sounds. It's a bit annoying, but not too bad. I am impressed by the auto focus. There's one moment in one clip where I notice it trying to focus on a field of fish as I swing it to the right, but the rest looks pretty smooth. And the HD is a noticeable improvement over the other camera's video.
Next time I'll try not to jiggle the camera as much. Then all I'll need is to be attacked by a fish, and it'll be golden.
I've been posting all photos for the past two weeks (yes, I'm a bit obsessed with my new camera). I'll return to a little normal geekery soon.