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Submersible ROV inspections, Underwater photography & Digital Imaging

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Are you familiar with the term ROV?

Are you ready to explore what lies beneath?

We dive into these questions and more giving you the ultimate guide to ROV inspections, underwater photography and how this submersible technology is delivering useable and accurate digital imaging like never before.

Underwater photography with submersible ROV
submersible ROV

An underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is a robotic vehicle designed for use under water. ROVs are also known as submersibles in some fields of application. An ROV can be used to inspect, survey and conduct tasks on an underwater site, typically controllable by a human operator above the surface via an umbilical cable, television or radio tethers. They are tethered to the control station although they still have an internal propulsion system that allows them to move around.

Underwater photography
ROV pilots view


Affordable and Accessible Underwater Photography with ROVs

Underwater photography is a technology that is becoming increasingly more accessible thanks to the use of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). ROVs are portable and provide the ability to explore and capture the underwater world safely and cost-effectively. Not only can ROVs be used for underwater photography, but they can also be used to perform preliminary inspections of underwater structures for damage or corrosion, and to evaluate the underwater environment for potential risks.


Introducing ROVs: what they are and what they do

ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) are underwater drones used in a variety of scenarios from research to industrial inspections. Unlike traditional scuba diving or snorkelling, ROVs allow operators to have greater control and precision when inspecting or photographing underwater structures and environments. Rovs feature a range of features such as 8 vectored thrusters for omnidirectional movement, powerful motors for deep dives, and adjustable depth settings for accurate hovering and stabilisation.

With these features, ROVs are an invaluable tool for industrial drone inspections and photography. They allow detailed underwater photos without the risks associated with scuba diving. Furthermore, their advanced navigation systems enable easy access to difficult underwater locations that may be otherwise inaccessible. And the onboard cameras and lighting equipment enable vivid photographs even in murky underwater conditions.

Moreover, the data collected can be remotely accessed in real-time, allowing for faster decision-making and reduced costs. All of this has led to ROVs becoming increasingly popular for underwater photography & inspections.


Why ROVs are perfect for underwater photography & inspections

ROVs are a perfect choice for underwater photography and inspections due to their advanced features and capabilities. ROVs such as the one we use here at Motus Imaging comes equipped with a 4K/12M pixel camera, 1/2.3 SONY CMOS, EIS stabilisation feature, and up to 4000 lumens LED lights which allow for crystal clear and detailed photos and video in even the darkest depths of water.

In addition to this, ROVs also boast impressive specs such as maximum working depths of 150+ meters, operating temperatures between -10°C to 45°C, and speeds of 1.5+ m/s (3+ knots) with an impressive runtime of up to 5 hours. These drones are also perfect for underwater drone inspections in small, enclosed spaces where it would be dangerous for divers to go.


With all these features and capabilities, ROVs are a perfect choice for underwater photography and inspections, the question is how are you going to utilise this latest form of digital imaging

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