TyphoonHD4: HD slo-mo camera in totally tubular BBC doc

The TyphoonHD4 is a gobsmackingly fast -- and expensive -- HD camera that's been gently packed into an underwater housing and dispatched to the South Pacific for some jaw-dropping surf footage

A top surfer, an underwater camerman and a slo-mo video expert have come together -- like an aquatic A-Team -- to capture some gobsmacking slo-mo, high-definition footage of the ocean. As impressive as the swell is the piece of kit used, the $100,000 TyphoonHD4.

Australian underwater cameraman Bali Strickland teamed up with top Aussie surfer dude Dylan Longbottom and German camera expert Dr Rudolph Diesel to capture amazing slo-mo surf footage for the BBC's South Pacific documentary. Diesel built a unique housing for the TyphoonHD4, allowing the high-speed camera to capture the swirling vortices of the waves, and capture a stunning shot of Longbottom hanging out in 'the green room', the tube formed by the enormous wave.


The TyphoonHD4 packs an advanced CMOS sensor with ultra-high light sensitivity of 1,000 ASA to cope with the darker conditions under the water. It shoots jaw-dropping 1,280x1,024-pixel footage at up to 1,000 frames per second.

The amazing footage was filmed in the surf hitting Micronesia's tiny Caroline Islands. The underwater housing includes a live view monitor and allows for 14mm and 17mm Nikon wide-angle lenses with the 200mm wide-angle dome port.

Sadly, you won't be able to buy the TyphoonHD4 for your next jaunt to Cornwall, but it can be hired for telly work. Radical.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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