XS Scuba Switch Mask Review
Review of the XS Scuba Switch Mask – Color Filters Make the Difference?
You know the secret to a great underwater video with your GoPro camera? You use lens filters to improve the color in the video. And that’s not just a little improvement on the colors, it’s a dramatic change!
You probably wondered why the world under water doesn’t look the same for you as it does in some of the videos you see. The filters make the difference.
XS Scuba thought the same and they created the XS Scuba Switch Mask. You have the ability to drop filters in front of the lens of the mask. And you won’t believe what a difference these filters can make!
To optimize your viewing experience under water you do need various filters. Depending on the light conditions you have to enhance and filter certain colors.
Does it really make a difference?
Just have a look at the images below from XS Scuba. On the left you see the view without a filter and on the right with the red filter. The difference is truly astounding.
The Color Filters to get
There are a number of different color filters that you can get with the Switch Mask. And each of those filters is used for a different condition.
You use the red filter to enhance the warm colors. These warm colors usually fade out when the sunlight penetrates the water. Scaling back the light that is not faded out brings the warm colors to the forefront.
The magenta filter should be used in green water. It performs color corrections and makes the overall colors around you more realistic and pleasant.
Amber (Yellow) Filter
This filter improves the overall contrast under water. That’s specifically true in low light conditions like early morning or late in the afternoon. Everything around you will look brighter while you’re also able to see further due to the improved contrast.
The tinted filter works the same as it does on your sunglasses. It reduces the glare and filters out the bright sunlight. It also filters out the UVA and UVB rays. You best use this filter for surface swimming or for shallow dives when it’s really sunny.
This filter really only has limited use for training purposes. The filter blocks out all light which allows dive instructors to train divers for conditions with no visibility. Most people will never require to use that filter but if you are training divers then it’s a great thing to have!
This is the filter to use on a night dive. However, only in combination with a blue LED light. Take that to a reef and it turns alive with fluorescent colors all around you.
How to use the filters?
The XS Scuba Switch Mask is designed to have a slot in front of the clear lenses into which you can drop the different filters. There’s a locking mechanism that makes sure that the filter lens stays in place.
You can get a caddy for the different filter lenses so you can bring a bunch of them to a dive. The caddy conveniently straps to your forearm allowing you to quickly switch filters if needed.
Is the Mask any good?
This mask is not just a gimmicky cheap scuba mask with a bunch of color filters. It’s constructed with high quality materials as you’d expect from any top notch scuba mask.
It’s a low volume mask with two tempered glass lenses. They are made from clear glass for the best visibility available. The mask uses a frame which makes sense as it needs to have the ability to hold the filter lenses. The frame itself is made from high-quality, sturdy Polycarbonate. The filter lenses are made from the same long-lasting material.
The skirt is wide and made from hypo-allergenic silicone. It uses a double feather-edged sealing surface to provide a tight and waterproof seal with no leaks.
The strap is linked with quick connect, swivel design buckles. The ratcheting single-pull adjustments allow for easy and quick fitting.
If you envy the colors you see on many of the underwater videos then you clearly should try the XS Scuba Switch Mask. It’s made of high-quality, long-lasting components and it truly will allow you to see the world under water in a different light!