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New Camera from Paralenz Turns Divers into Citizen Scientists

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The new Parelenz Vaquita has an all-new exterior and much-requested OLED viewscreen (Photo: supplied)

Danish action camera specialist Paralenz is launching its newest piece of technology this week at Boot Düsseldorf. The new Paralenz Vaquita features a completely new camera exterior, new sensors, a faster processor, and a much-requested inbuilt view screen.

According to a Paralenz press release, the new features will work as 'levers of continuously improved user experiences, even better quality videos and lead to a higher volume of shared ocean footage and data for the sake of our ocean'

'Our collaborations with organizations such as NOAA give divers the possibility to actually contribute [to scientific research] without lifting a finger,' said Paralenz CEO Ulrik Hvid. 'As marine life is declining dramatically, we strongly believe our users will value the possibility to add more meaning to their dives by putting this ocean data in the hands of organizations who know what needs to be done.'

A new inbuilt GPS sensor makes it possible for divers to share their dive footage by location, as a pin on the world map available in the Paralenz app. This new feature not only enables users to view dives from fellow Paralenz users all around the world but also contributes to the creation of a database of ocean knowledge.

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The new GPS-enabled map feature will allow users to share their dives around the world (Photo: supplied)

The Paralenz Vaquita's new powerful processor should allow for smoother, brighter and higher quality videos, with improved image stabilisation and the ability to shoot 4K video at 60fps. The Vaquita will offer smaller file sizes without loss of quality, and automatically geo-referenced footage for simpler organization. Other sensors provide comprehensive data collection to document the condition of the Ocean, including conductivity, temperature, depth and location.

One new feature which will surely appeal to existing users of the Paralenz and Paralenz+ is the addition of a True Colour OLED display and viewfinder at the rear of the camera, the lack of which was the most common criticism of the otherwise highly regarded cameras. An improved WiFi antenna and added Bluetooth connectivity will increase the ease of data transfer between camera and app. 

'The Paralenz Dive Camera+ was a solid step forward [from the original Paralenz], but with the Vaquita we have reworked everything to incorporate all the features and improvements that our users wished for,' said Martin Holmberg, CO-Founder and Parelenz CPO. 'And stay tuned, we will introduce some groundbreaking software updates for the Vaquita in the near future.'

Why 'Vaquita'?

'As an ocean company, Paralenz feels obligated to educate and inspire, and therefore chose to integrate the mission of ocean regeneration in the name of its upcoming camera. According to IUCN, the Vaquita Whale is a critically endangered marine species with less than 19 in existence. Their sad story raises awareness about how human interests impact the livelihood of entire species, whipping them out entirely for profit. The 'Vaquita' is a tribute to the ones that remain.'

New Features: 

  • True colour OLED Display and live viewfinder
  • Automatically georeferenced footage
  • Better quality videos with a higher frame rate
  • More colours and much smaller file size
  • Great image stabilization - even in 4K
  • More data collected for our Ocean conservation partners
  • The Vaquita camera is packed with sensors that collect data

The estimated release date of the Vaquita is April 2020. For more information visit www.paralenz.com/product/vaquita

 

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