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SeaLife Mini II Underwater Camera Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on SeaLife Mini II Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Underwater Cameras

The Mini II is essentially SeaLife’s successor to the discontinued Reefmaster Mini underwater digital dive camera. SeaLife specializes in point-and-shoot underwater cameras for scuba divers, but with the Mini II they have introduced a camera aimed, at least in part, at the larger adventure sports market. Like its predecessor the Reefmaster Mini, the camera has a depth rating of 130 feet (40 m) and a shockproof (i.e. drop) rating of six feet (2 m).

The Mini II has a couple of advantages over the Intova CP9, which occupies the same niche in the underwater camera market. Both cameras have similar depth ratings, and both consist of micro-pocket cameras and compact underwater housings. Both are 9 megapixel cameras, and both are power hogs drawing from the limited supply of two AAA batteries, so users should not expect their batteries to last for two dives. Both have color compensating settings for moderate and deep water dives. Both cameras have moderate zoom capability, however that capability can only be used on dry land because the underwater housings of both the SeaLife Mini II and Intova CP9 block the use of that zoom.

However, the SeaLife Mini II has much better buttons than the Intova C9, making the camera more reliable to operate. Also, the SeaLife camera can be fitted with a wide-angle lens and underwater flashes and lights from the SeaLife line. The Intova CP9 cannot accept any accessories of any kind. Although the kind of diver who might want gear like an underwater flash would probably also want a bigger and better camera, the wide angle lens has its uses for even the most casual photographer who is an avid diver or snorkeler, and that lens can then be applied to a bigger SeaLife camera if the diver later decides to upgrade his gear.

Those extra features come at a price, however. The SeaLife Mini II costs more than $100 more than the Intova CP9, so a diver in need of a dirt cheap, bargain basement camera should probably go with an Intova. Likewise, a diver who knows they will eventually want an underwater camera with more capability should save her money and wait until until she can afford a $500 camera. However, the SeaLife Mini II fits the needs of a casual, traveling diver who needs a solid, reliable camera that won’t let him down on during his precious dive vacation time and occupies a minimum of space in his luggage.