OrcaTorch D900V Underwater Dive Light Review

By Laura James

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I recently had the opportunity to dive and film with the OrcaTorch D900V underwater dive light. This dive light has 3 colors, a bright white setting with wide beam for videos and photos, Red for sneaking up on your favorite subjects and blue for capturing and UV fluorescence.


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Build quality on this light is solid. With a depth rating of 150m it can go deeper than you want to go. It has a good button array, the right button for white and the left button for red/blue. There are 2 brightness settings for the wide white beam, and two brightness settings for the spot and the buttons are easy to use with both warm and cold water gloves.


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Charging this light is a breeze, I really appreciate the magnetic charging, no plugs to get corroded or bent. The magnetic connection is strong enough that it held well even on the deck of live-aboard in rolling seas.


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The wide white 2200 lumen beam is great for standard video projects and held its own brightness wise against the competitors. I don’t think it is quite as wide as advertised but that is fine as it still does a great job with solid coverage. I did not shoot any high speed footage so i cannot comment on flicker. It is similar enough in color to the other LED’s on the market that I could use it side by side with other lights both big and small without any color aberration issues. I also used this light as part of a 3 lighting array on my 360 camera rig, and I did not notice a difference in color, what this means to you is that even if you already started out buying one light from another manufacturer, you can buy one of these without concern.


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Having a spot beam built in is a nice touch, as a back up for your primary light or to get a quick look into the distance (beyond the bubble of the video beam) and also as an option to light up a creature in a crack or den. I use this technique quite regularly where I will have one or more lights on wide video beam and a single light on spot that highlights the subject matter that is tucked into a hole and would normally be too dark to see.


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The light comes with a nice storage case, complete with 1” ball and requisite spare o-rings and tools needed for mounting your new light. The build quality is VERY solid and i did not feel any concern packing it for our great white shark trip to Isla Guadalupe. I then clamped the light to the shark cage so that i could capture better 360video of the great white sharks in 360 video.


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The Red light is great for sneaking up on your subject matter and the quick two touch switchability between beams is a bonus.


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I tried to test Fluorescent video on a couple of dives (I tested the blue light extensively topside) but unfortunately I did not encounter any critters that lit up on our dives as of yet and am still working to get a nice example of cold water fluorescent video.



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All in all this is a solid option for entry level underwater video light (you’ll want 2) and it will take good care of your videography needs and when/if you upgrade to larger lights it will work well as your fill or auxiliary / off axis light.


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