Low-cost small action cameras in stereo generates accurate underwater measurements of fish

Tom Bech Letessier, J.B. Juhel, L. Vigliola, Jessica Meeuwig

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    © 2015 Elsevier B.V. Small action cameras have received interest for use in underwater videography because of their low-cost, standardised housing, widespread availability and small size. Here, we assess the capacity of GoPro action cameras to provide accurate stereo-measurements of fish in comparison to the Sony handheld cameras that have traditionally been used for this purpose. Standardised stereo-GoPro and Sony systems were employed to capture measurements of known-length targets in a pool to explore the influence of the type of camera, distance to camera rig, angle to the optical axis and target speed on measurement accuracy. The capacity to estimate fish length in situ was also compared by measuring the same fish on a coral reef with two baited remote underwater video systems, each fitted with both a GoPro and a Sony camera system. Pool trials indicated that the GoPros were generally less accurate than the Sonys. Accuracy decreased with increased angles and distance for both systems but remained reasonably low (
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)120-126
    JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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