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February

SeaLife DC1200 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on SeaLife DC1200 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

This is the 12 megapixel camera in SeaLife’s proven line of underwater dive cameras, following the same basic format that was started with the DC600 some years ago. As a purpose-built housing and camera combination, the DC1200 has a handful of winning features.

Most of the control buttons are arranged in a panel of “piano keys,” big and easy to manipulate, as are the other, remaining buttons and knobs. This makes the camera easy to control with one hand and in thick neoprene gloves, and because the housing and camera were made to work together, there is little fear of a misalignment or poor seating of the camera resulting in a key or button failing to work in the middle of a dive. The Sea picture mode, with its blue and green color correction, allows even a novice to take brilliantly colored pictures. The video feature works well enough, but is limited to a 640×480 picture that many modern computer users (with screen settings set for double that) will find small.

On the minus side, however, the battery is somewhat underpowered for the demands placed on it. A diver should not expect the battery to last for two full dives except through very minimal use, and therefore be prepared to replace the battery or to recharge it between dives. Since the latter is not always possible on boat dives, as a practical matter an owner of the DC1200 needs to own two batteries to make full, flexible use of the camera. Also, while the LCD display is big and bright, it’s contrast is inferior, so you won’t really know what kind of pictures you have until you get back onshore and download the images into your computer. Overall, however, it is a solid point-and-click dive camera with some good, basic photographic accessories.

Average Price: $250 (underwater camera and housing only); $800 (with flash, diffuser and wide angle lens).