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ROV Comparison: DTG3 vs REVOLUTION

Deep Trekker is proud to offer two innovative remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with the DTG3 and the REVOLUTION.

Deep Trekker ROVs are durable, affordable and easy to use, providing reliable solutions for underwater tasks. All configurations are battery-powered and operate several hours on a single charge, meaning no external power sources are required to complete the job. Smart design paired with the lack of external power makes Deep Trekker ROVs easily portable for missions in any location. Rapid and convenient deployment means that operators can get to work quickly and efficiently. Both the DTG3 and Revolution ROVs can be out of the case and in the water in under a minute.

The open platform, modular ROVs accept a variety of sensors including imaging and navigation sonars, USBL tracking systems, multi-function manipulators with a variety of attachments, and non destructive testing tools such as the ultrasonic thickness gauge, among other options. With mission specific underwater tools, users can be ready for whatever task is thrown their way.

The propeller assembly and drive motor are connected together using magnets, meaning that the thrusters are very durable, they do not wear down over time and they do not require ongoing maintenance such as oiling, greasing or regular replacement.

Suitable for a wide range of applications, Deep Trekker ROVs are versatile vehicles. Proven in industries like aquaculture, energy, search and recovery, defense and maritime shipping, as well as ocean science and research applications, Deep Trekker vehicles are up for the job. As innovators in the ROV industry, our team can provide you with the right robotic system for your application.

Both vehicles operate using our BRIDGE technology. Enhancing operation capabilities with a seamless technology platform, BRIDGE provides simplified control and constant communication for an optimized experience.

Read on to learn more about both the DTG3 and the REVOLUTION to see which vehicle is right for you.

Depth rated to 200m (656ft) Depth rated to 305m (1,000ft)
Battery life of up to 8 hours (hybrid power - trickle charge for longer operations) Battery life of up to 8 hours including quick swap
Weight (in air) of 8.5kg (18.7lbs) Weight (in air) of 26kg (57lbs)
Body made of die cast aluminium Body made of anodized aluminum, carbon fibre, stainless steel


The DTG3 is a mini observation-class underwater ROV built to provide operators the ability to quickly deploy and visually inspect within underwater environments. Equipped with an internal pivoting 4k camera, the unit can hold position in the water while the camera is rotated 270° above and below. With expert engineering and the help of gravity, the ROV shell and thrusters can be rotated while gravity holds down the internal semi-circle weighted frame, allowing the ROV to drive straight up and down, side to side, forwards and backwards while using the same thrusters. Intelligent and advanced capabilities make this portable, commercial-grade remotely operated vehicle the best in its class.

The DTG3 has numerous package options to suit a variety of jobs, budgets and capabilities. For those looking to get started with just the essentials, with the potential to add more later, the DTG3 Starter is a great fit. Everything you need to start diving, the DTG3 Starter covers all the basics.

The DTG3 Smart unlocks greater stability and navigational awareness with Deep Trekker’s sensor pod combined with Bridge software. The reel, carrying case and longer tether add convenience and easy portability.

The DTG3 Expert is a versatile package that has capabilities across numerous industries. With the added manipulator arm, advanced sensor technology, and laser scaler, this ROV is prepared to tackle your underwater tasks.

The DTG3 Navigator provides users with the most complete DTG3 package. With all the standard capabilities you expect plus the power of a vertical thruster and standard USBL. The vertical precision thruster at the rear of the vehicle enables users to move up and down without utilizing the pitch function, perfect for making depth changes without any rotation of the ROV. The ultra short baseline (USBL) system uses triangulation to indicate the position of the ROV. Wifi enabled maps allow you to see where both the controller and the ROV are located on a detailed map.

DTG3 Starter DTG3 Smart DTG3 Expert DTG3 Navigator
7 inch sunlight readable controller 7 inch sunlight readable controller 7 inch sunlight readable controller 7 inch sunlight readable controller
Buoyancy weight set Buoyancy weight set Buoyancy weight set Buoyancy weight set
Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
50m (164ft) of tether 75m (246ft) of tether 100m (328 ft) of tether 200m (656 ft) of tether
n/a Wheeled Pelican case Wheeled Pelican case Wheeled Pelican case
n/a Heavy duty tether wheel with bearings and electrical slip ring Heavy duty tether wheel with bearings and electrical slip ring Heavy duty tether wheel with bearings and electrical slip ring
n/a n/a 2 function grabber arm 2 function grabber arm
n/a n/a Laser scaler Laser scaler
n/a n/a n/a Intelligent sensor package complete with depth and heading
n/a n/a n/a Vertical thruster

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The Deep Trekker REVOLUTION is a completely re-imagined ROV. This mission-ready ROV offers greater payload capabilities, deeper depths, and advanced stabilization. REVOLUTION is the most intuitive and stable ROV for underwater surveys and inspections, built tough to survive harsh underwater conditions to accomplish complex missions. The patented pending revolving head allows operators to rotate the camera, manipulators, and sonar 260° all while station holding in moving water. The 6 vectored thrusters allow for lateral movement side to side and precise turning forward and backward, providing maximum control and advanced station keeping. Each REVOLUTION purchase includes a free online training session with our Technical Trainer to set you up for success.

The standard REVOLUTION ROV package gives you everything the REVOLUTION has to offer. The defining feature is the 260-degree revolving head at the front of the vehicle. In the center of this head is the ultra high definition camera that you see the view from on your controller, as well as powerful LED floodlights and a laser scaler. The REVOLUTION’s 6 vectored thrusters utilize an innovative design called magnetic coupling. The direct sonar integration above the camera head allows pilots to use the sonar to get a visual through murky water or over longer distances, monitor sonar footage live and record it alongside your video all on your handheld controller, no extra laptops or monitors required.

The REVOLUTION NAV package gives you Deep Trekker’s first semi-autonomous vehicle. The REVOLUTION NAV provides users with real time location data making locating, tracking and operating an ROV easier than ever before. Users are able to see a Google map showing their ROV’s position on screen, allowing users to see where they are, leave a trail to show where they have been and set points of interest where they want to return to. This is especially useful for applications in open, murky water or when there is significant current. Advanced stabilization features allow users to station hold against currents and pilot their vehicle precisely and accurately through varying water conditions. Auto altitude provides pilots with an accurate way to hold an exact distance from the bottom. Deep Trekker's Bridge software utilizes the various sensor data from IMUs, DVLs, USBLs and more to help the ROV hold its position and travel to new locations more precisely by feeding off of each other's data. The sensors are optimized and compensated for as you add more intelligence to the vehicle.

7 inch sunlight readable controller 7 inch sunlight readable controller
2 function grabber arm 2 function grabber arm
Intelligent sensor package complete with water temperature, battery levels, auto depth and auto heading Intelligent sensor package complete with water temperature, battery levels, auto depth and auto heading
Wheeled Pelican case Wheeled Pelican case
Laser scaler Laser scaler
Microphone Microphone
Spare batteries Spare batteries
Chargers Chargers
Ballast tool kit Ballast tool kit
300m (1000ft) tether on reel 300m (1000ft) tether on reel
n/a SeaTrac USBL positioning system
n/a USBL integration kit (hardware and BRIDGE firmware)
n/a Waterlinked DVL

Looking for a more personalized ROV? We’ve got you covered! Learn more about our available add-ons in our Which Add On is Right for You.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts.

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