Ely Optics designed and implemented the optics for Wild Insight’s Venus camera, which required an image recording and illumination system suitable for dive depths down to 2000 metres. Features such as illumination spectrum, detector sensitivities, optics survivability and manufacturing cost were all critical factors of the design. The system has been very successful and unique results have been achieved from the pioneering studies made with the aid of this camera. Wild Insight has also investigated the application of the Venus technologies to a diver-held camera, and again Ely Optics assessed and designed the optics for this demanding application.