Flat Underwater Lenses now available for your GoPro HD HERO

The GoPro HD HERO is designed to be waterproof up to 180’/60m making it perfect for capturing underwater footage at these deep depths, with one small setback…

As many of you may have found, the curved glass factory lens that comes with your HD HERO will cause your pictures and videos to be slightly blurred compared to filming above water. This is caused by the index of refraction which is much different between air and water. Curved glass that has neutral or nearly neutral properties in air may amount to a massive correction underwater.

Rumor has been that GoPro was coming out with a flat underwater lens for their popular HERO camera, but any such accessory has yet to hit the market. Since the release of the HD HERO, we’ve seen many companies come up with their own aftermarket flat lenses or modified housing.

We’ve tried several different models and found that the lenses from Pursuit Diving worked best while maintaining the appearance of your camera’s housing. These are available in two options, one made from polycarbonate and one made from glass. While the glass runs at a premium price, it provides the most superior image quality.

With either option, you’ll be ready to film crystal clear, 1080p HD video and high quality 5MP still photos underwater with your GoPro HERO!

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By David Corby
13 08 2011 at 11:04 AM

I got a flat lens from Pursuit Diving and it was cracked. When I tried to get a refund it was like pulling teeth. Pursuit Diving blamed me for the shipping damage. Paypal forced them to give a refund.

Also upon examination of this lens it is very thin glass. I highly doubt the glass lens would stand up to any actual underwater use.

By PointofViewCameras
19 08 2011 at 08:02 AM

@David Corby
Sorry to hear about the issues you had when dealing directly with the manufacturer but glad to hear that you were able to receive a refund in the end. We stand behind all of the products we sel. While we haven’t had the opportunity to put these lenses to the full 180’ pressure test, we’ve successfully used both versions underwater to about 10’ without any issues. As with all underwater gear, be sure to test the product without electronics to the depth you’re going to ensure a secure seal before putting your GoPro camera inside.

By Ben
23 09 2011 at 12:44 PM

I use the http://www.sarind.com/ product - it was $99 but that includes the housing and very well made lens, all installed and tested.  Been great!  Video lights are MUST for BC waters.  Tested in shallow water - worked GREAT.  80ft dive and color loss was very bad (nothing to do with the lens..be sure to get a GOOD video light).

By steve
26 09 2011 at 06:05 PM

i tested the flat glass len to 50ft it worked great.


By Keith
05 12 2011 at 05:06 PM

I have tested the Glass Flat lens from Xsories and found the results to be amazing. their lens even comes with a red filter for deeper dives.
Check out the “Imaging” section of their site at www.xsories.com

By PointofViewCameras
16 02 2012 at 02:14 PM

The flat lenses from Xsories are a similar design to the ones we offer from Pursuit diving except they include the colored transparent film for white balance correction in blue or green waters. They have however discontinued their version of the flat lens in anticipation of the upcoming GoPro Flat Lens Housing.

By Grant
10 04 2012 at 11:46 AM

I purchased the GoPro flat lens from PointofViewCameras in December of 2011.  It was a very simple procedure, but I do have concerns about over tightening the retaining ring… not the gasket compression, but stripping the holes in the GoPro case.  Moving on… I recently used this camera/lens combination to 110’ in the Bahamas.  Super clarity, great resolution, and no blur!