Heads up, underwater photographers and videographers, you might want to dive deep into this news. Underwater robotics specialist Navatics has recently introduced the Navatics MITO, an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which is equipped with 4K video recording capabilities and advanced active stabilization technology. With this new underwater drone, Navatics aims to make marine videography accessible both for consumers and professionals alike.
The perfect companion for intrepid explorers and visual storytellers, Navatics MITO weighs at just 6.6 lbs, designed to both fit airline specifications for carry on luggage and be greatly maneuverable underwater. It boasts of being able to capture 4K videos at 30 fps and 8-megapixel still images at depths of up to 130 ft. It’s also attached to a floating tether that precisely transmits controls to the drone as it goes deep underwater. Want to live stream your underwater adventure? A mobile app for both iOS and Android is included so users can stream the footage up to 500 meters (1,640 ft) away at 1080p resolution.
The Navatics MITO’s advanced active stabilization algorithm allows it to “hover” and maintain its orientation for up to four hours, as it cruises up to 2 meters per second and even in complex underwater currents. Four thrusters allow it to tilt up and down to 45° angles as it keeps its depth, heading, and orientation. It also has two 1,000 lumen LED lights that enable excellent vision underwater, ensuring better colors for both images and videos.
Aerial photography and videography has soared by leaps and bounds for everyone with the introduction of camera drones, so it’s exciting to see it happening as well for underwater photography and videography. Want to take the plunge and explore the depths of this shooting opportunity? Navatics is currently offering the Navatics MITO for a pre-sale at an early bird price of $1,199 on Kickstarter. The package includes the drone with 4K camera, one battery, a remote controller that attaches to a smartphone, and a 50-meter (165 ft) tether. Shipping is set for September 2018.