The Liquid Image Explorer Series Camera Mask is an underwater camera for kids with a difference. Forget about trying to keep hold of the camera under the water – this model is worn like a mask, leaving hands completely free! This makes it perfect for snorkeling and underwater exploration (to a depth of 15 feet). It is recommended for kids aged 8 and above, and we think this is about right. It is likely to be too big and difficult for younger kids to use. Some users have reported that the mask doesn’t fit their child well, and slips around, but this is probably simply because the child is too small.
Features of the Liquid Image Camera Mask
- Takes still images and video footage
- 3.1 mega-pixels
- Built-in memory of 16 MB
- Micro SD card slot for external memory up to 2GB (3000+ photos or up to 72 minutes of video)
- USB cable included for downloading images and video to computer
- Attachment for light
- Photo and video editing software included
- Case included
The Liquid Image Mask is ideal for kids because they can simply pop it on and forget about it. No need to worry about dropping it while getting into the best position for snapping! Hands are kept free to help little bodies stay afloat!
This underwater model receives really mixed reviews and seems to be one of those love it or hate it products. Some testers found that the fact the controls are on the very top of the mask to be a hindrance rather than a help, and suggested that young children would find this too difficult. Others felt that the good points outweighed the bad, and believed that after being shown what to do a couple of times, kids would have no problem taking images underwater. It probably depends on the age of the child and how quick they are at picking these things up. A good tip is to practice using it out of the water first.
These camera goggles are also available in 5.0 MP and 8.0 MP, but for a child the 3.1 MP version is more than adequate – remember their priority is going to be having fun, not taking serious, top quality pictures.
To get even more out of this product, you could consider buying an external light source, such as the Liquid Image Waterproof Side Torch. This is a compact, lightweight attachment that fits onto any underwater camera mask. It creates a complete Liquid Image scuba photography kit, makes viewing objects underwater much easier and results in better pictures!
Amazon Customer Review:
These waterproof video camera goggles really work well. They take good quality video and pictures given they are only 3.1 MP. Of course they do not record sound so don’t be surprised. When you add the optional storage card, you can take tons of pictures and video (I bought a 1 GB card separately). The 5 MP version takes better quality pictures and video but costs much more, but you get what you pay for. I’d recommend either product, I have them both and they both work well.