The Best Aquaculture ROVs 2023

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We created a comparison table of the 12 most well-adopted ROVs across 14 important technical specifications to help you decide which ROV is the best for your needs and the environment of your fish farm.

Precision aquaculture starts with hardware – in our case, with cameras. Although we developed KAMENstudio as a robust AI software working well with any camera/ROV, our clients often ask for a recommendation on which ROV to buy. It is hard to give a universal recommendation having in mind the diversity of the fish farms. That’s why we decided to choose and compare 12 of the most popular ROVs. We hope you will find it useful.


Technical specifications:

  1. Depth range
  2. Dimensions
  3. Run-time
  4. Battery
  5. Thrusters
  6. Tether
  7. Sensors
  8. Storage capacity
  9. Camera (resolution, FOV, tilt)
  10. Drone controller
  11. Warranty
  12. AI video analysis software
  13. Compatibility with KARMENstudio AI video analysis software
  14. Producer’s software features and functionalities

If you have any questions about KARMENstudio AI video analysis software or recording protocols providing the best videos for computer analysis, please feel free to contact us at contact@karmenstudio.ai

You are an ROV producer and would like your ROV to be added to our comparison table? Please contact us at contact@karmenstudio.ai


Check comparison table bellow this text or download pdf


ROV MODELDEEP TREKKER – DTG3 PACKAGECHASING – M2 ROVCHASING – M2 ROV PRO
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DEPTH RANGE [m]200100150
DIMENSIONS [mm]325 x 258 x 279485 x 257 x 354440 x 235 x 717
WEIGHT [kg]9 926
SPEED1.5 m/s (3 knots)1.5 m/s (3 knots)
RUN-TIME2 hrs normal operation2 hrs normal operation3-6 working hours
BATTERY96 Wh lithium ion smart battery / user replacable96 Wh lithium ion smart battery / user replacable19.2 VDC
THRUSTERS4 powerful thrusters 4 x 350 W4 powerful thrusters 4 x 350 W6X INDEPENDENT CONTROL INFINITELY VARIABLE 100% REVERSIBLE
THETHER [m]75min 75300
SENSORSInertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerometer. Depth sensor
Magnetometer (compass)
Temperature (inside and putside)
Internal pressure sensor
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerometer.
Depth sensor
Magnetometer (compass)
Temperature (inside and putside)
Internal pressure sensor
Intelligent sensor package complete with water temperature, battery leves, auto depth and auto heading
STORAGE CAPACITY64 GB256 GB
CAMERA RESOLUTIONFULL HD 1080p/30fpsFULL HD 1080p/30fpsFULL HD 1080p/30fps
FOV115°115°
TILT-30° to + 30°-30° to + 30°
DRONE CONTROLLERWireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tabletsWireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tabletsWireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
LINKWEBSITEWEBSITEWEBSITE
WARANTY1 year1 year1 year
AI VIDEO ANALYSIS SOFTWARENONONO
COMPATIBLE WITH
KARMENstudio
YESYESYES
SOFTWAREBlueye App / Blueye Observer / Blueye File Transfer AppBlueye App / Blueye Observer / Blueye File Transfer AppBridge Technology
Blueeye App – operating underwater dron, downloading media files and dive logs, generateing inspection reports from any device

Observer App – allowes mulitple people to connect to the drone and view the video stream at the same time
Blueeye App – operating underwater dron, downloading media files and dive logs, generateing inspection reports from any device

Observer App – allowes mulitple people to connect to the drone and view the video stream at the same time
Bridge software – enables to see and record dana from many different sensors all from a handheld controller. If positional sensors are added such as USBL, position on screen via Google map can be seen. Same for other sensors integrated in ROV, they all can be seen on the BRIDGE software

ROV MODELBLUEYE ROBOTICS – BLUEYE PROBLUEYE ROBOTICS – BLUEYE X3DEEP TREKKER – REVOLUTION ROV
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DEPTH RANGE [m]200100150
DIMENSIONS [mm] 325 x 258 x 279380 x 267 x 165480 x 267 x 165
WEIGHT [kg]8.54.55.7
SPEED 1.5 m/s (3 knots)1.5 m/s (3 knots)
RUN-TIME 2-4 hoursUp to 4h
BATTERY 19.2 VDC97.68 Wh302.4 Wh
THRUSTERS 8 VECTORED-THRUSTERS LAYOUT, OMNI MOVEMENT8 VECTORED-THRUSTERS LAYOUT, OMNI MOVEMENT
THETHER [m]75 – 700100 or 200200
SENSORSIntelligent sensor package complete with water temperature, battery leves, auto depth and auto headingInertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerometer.
Depth sensor
Temperature sensor
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerometer.
Depth sensor
Temperature sensor
STORAGE CAPACITY 512 GB512 GB
CAMERA RESOLUTIONFULL HD 1080p/30fpsFULL HD 1080p/30fps4K 3840 x 2160 / (30fps)
FOV 270 °(TOTAL RANGE OF VIEW)*152°152°
TILT
DRONE CONTROLLERWireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tabletsWireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tabletsWireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
LINK WEBSITEWEBSITEWEBSITE
WARANTY2 years2 years2 years
AI VIDEO ANALYSIS SOFTWARENONONO
COMPATIBLE WITH
KARMENstudio
YESYESYES
SOFTWAREBridge TechnologyAndroid and IOS appAndroid and IOS app
Bridge software – enables to see and record data from many different sensors all from a handheld controller. If positional sensors are added such as USBL, position on screen via Google map can be seen. Same for other sensors integrated in ROV, they all can be seen on the BRIDGE softwareAndroid or IOS application is designed for:
controlling ROV
live streaming
taking snapshots
recording videos
setting camera settings while ROV is underwater
Android or IOS application is designed for:
controlling ROV
live streaming
taking snapshots
recording videos
setting camera settings while ROV is underwater

ROV MODELMISSION SPECIALIST DEFENDER ROVMISSION SPECIALIST PRO 5QYSEA – FIFISH V6 EXPERT
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DEPTH RANGE [m]1000350100
DIMENSIONS [mm] 751.6 x 393.7 x 266.7496 x 347 x 223383 x 331 x 143
WEIGHT [kg]32.525.24.6
SPEED 2.5 m/s1.5 m/s
RUN-TIME 2-4 hoursup to 4h
BATTERY no battery
400 VDC power module
no battery
400 VDC power module
156 Wh
Onshore Power Supply System (optional, 200M thether)
THRUSTERS 4 VECTORED HORIZONTAL THRUSTERS
3 VERTICAL THRUSTERS
2 VECTORED HORIZONTAL THRUSTERS
1 VERTICAL THRUSTERS
THETHER [m]400 – 1000400 – 2000100-300
SENSORS9 DOF IMU and Magnetic Compass
Pressure based depth sensor
Roll&Pitch
Yaw
Gyro Biass stability
9 DOF IMU and Magnetic Compass
Pressure based depth sensor
Roll&Pitch
Yaw
Gyro Biass stability
*OPTIONAL*
Dissolved Oxygen Sensor
Salinity Sensor
Turbidity Sensor
pH Sensor
STORAGE CAPACITY 64 GB
CAMERA RESOLUTION1920 x 1080 / 25fps1920 x 1080 / 25fps4K
FOV 180°180°166°
TILT
DRONE CONTROLLEROPERATOR CONTROL CONSOL (OCC)OPERATOR CONTROL CONSOL (OCC)REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM
LINK WEBSITEWEBSITEWEBSITE
WARANTY2 years2 years1 year
AI VIDEO ANALYSIS SOFTWARENONONO
COMPATIBLE WITH
KARMENstudio
YESYESYES
SOFTWAREOperator Control ConsolOperator Control ConsolFifish mobile app
OPERATOR CONTROL CONSOL (OCC)
– provides tools for operating ROV
– allows recording and streaming of the video
– enables users to set photo/video parameters

Workspace allows operators to use a single-screen interface to easily direct and maneuver ROV, and quickly adapt to changing mission objectives. Supports multiple devices and configurations.
OPERATOR CONTROL CONSOL (OCC)
– provides tools for operating ROV
– allows recording and streaming of the video
– enables users to set photo/video parameters

Workspace allows operators to use a single-screen interface to easily direct and maneuver ROV, and quickly adapt to changing mission objectives. Supports multiple devices and configurations.
FIFISH MOBILE APP provides following features:

– real-time transmission of depth, direction data, and camera parameters
– one-button control for shooting, recording & saving photos or videos
– adjustable focus and macro mode
– replays photos or videos at any time
– downloads original 4K video with high resolution

ROV MODELQYSEA – FIFISH V6sMISSION SPECIALIST PRO 5QYSEA – FIFISH V6 EXPERT
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DEPTH RANGE [m]100100300
DIMENSIONS [mm]383 x 331 x 143457 x 338 x 2541000 x 500 x 600
WEIGHT [kg]4.1 11-1260
SPEED 1.5 m/s1.5 m/s1.5 m/s
RUN-TIME 2 hours (normal use)
6 hours (light use)
BATTERY 156 Wh
Onshore Power Supply System (optional, 200M thether)
POWER SUPPLY
THRUSTERS 6 POWERFUL T200 THRUSTERS
– 4 Vectored
– 2 Vertical
5 HRUSTERS
– 4 Horizontal
– 1 Vertical
THETHER [m]100 – 300300450
SENSORS3-DOF Gyroscope
3-DOF Accelerometer
3-DOF Magnetometer
Internal barometer
Blue Robotics Bar 30 Pressure/depth and Temperature Sensor
Current and Voltage Sensing
Leak Detection
AUTOPILOT
(auto depth and heading, auto altitude, station keeping and fine postiton control)
STORAGE CAPACITY 128 GB
CAMERA RESOLUTION4K1080pxHD CAMERA
high resolution colour camera
FOV 166°110°
TILT
DRONE CONTROLLERREMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMBlueOS-REMOTE CONTROLSaab Seaeye’s iCON
LINK WEBSITEWEBSITEWEBSITE
WARANTY1 year90 days
AI VIDEO ANALYSIS SOFTWARENONONO
COMPATIBLE WITH
KARMENstudio
YESYESYES
SOFTWAREFifish mobile appBlueOS platform
FIFISH MOBILE APP provides following features:

– real-time transmission of depth, direction data, and camera parameters
– one-button control for shooting, recording & saving photos or videos
– adjustable focus and macro mode
– replays photos or videos at any time
– downloads original 4K video with high resolution
BlueOS-modular is a robust, and efficient platform for managing a vehicle or robot from its onboard computer.Software provides real time system control and feedback from the heart of every subsystem.