When the temperature rises (and ain't it just doing that in London this week?) my thoughts turn to a life aquatic, and scuba diving. My battered old Cressi mask, which has survived an attack by a randy parrot fish in the Perhentian islands, who thought I was muscling in on his women, may find itself cooling its heels in my closet. The reason? Liquid Image's VideoMask HD 320 Mid, a self-explanatory mask-camcorder combo.
Okay, so it may look uber-nerdy with a set of headlights to make you resemble some kind of weird hybrid of lobster roadkill and Orbital, but the HD 320 Mid has got two things going for it over a conventional waterproof camcorder: first, and most important, you can go to 115 feet with it; and second, it leaves your hands free to deal with other stuff — hanging on to the sea bed for grim life in a Six current, for example.
A five-megapixel camera delivers 720p HD video. That's not bad for $250 — I remember looking into buying a waterproof case for my Ixus a few years ago and being put off by the price. Then there's the fact that scuba diving videos can be awfully boring to sit through — did I want to be known as the girl who made friends narcoleptic? Not really.) You also get a 4GB MicroSD memory card thrown in for free. Anyone into making bubbles or Finding Nemo can scout out what the HD320 can do in the video below.