Ever arrived at a new or remote dive spot and wanted to check it out before going diving? Well, Chinese underwater drone manufacturer Chasing Innovation might have something for you.

The company has unveiled the GLADIUS Advanced Pro, an LED-equipped smart submersible underwater drone with omni-directional capabilities.

The camera can dive up to 328 feet to capture 4K images and video, and live stream with incredible clarity.

Following a successful Indiegogo campaign, GLADIUS is now available to buy with a suite of new updates.

The drone is equipped with an in-built 1080P (Standard) or 4K (Advanced) camera to create superior quality UHD imagery. The device enables users to capture photos or video directly to the internal storage or live stream in real-time. The unique stabilizing mechanism combined with low-light sensors and an image-quality optimization algorithm allows for stunning underwater footage without distortion.

The GLADIUS has LED lights on either side of the camera for a 135-degree illumination angle to light a clear path to see underwater subjects. Each light is 1200 lumens and features dimming controls for varying conditions.

The polymer lithium-ion batteries support up to three hours of continuous shooting and only require an hour and a half of recharge time. It is equipped with low battery protection, which notifies users when the battery power drops below 10 percent. When the power is below 5 percent, the system will enter “lock” mode in order to avoid permanent damage to the battery.

The GLADIUS Advanced Pro comes with a portable lightweight backpack, and is compatible with dedicated iOS and Android apps, where users can easily select and save images to their smartphone. It also provides the ability to live stream directly to social media platforms.

Jacky Yang, chief of marketing at Chasing Innovation, says:

“The GLADIUS Advanced Pro can be used by photographers, filmmakers, and underwater explorers to learn more about our oceans and capture stunning content easily. Whether using it to live stream on Facebook, or photograph unusual fish — the GLADIUS Pro has you covered.”

The GLADIUS Advanced Pro retails for US$1,999/1,999 Euros. For more info, check out the video below or Chasing Innovation’s website.

(Video credit: Stan Adam)

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