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Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

The IC14 is Intova’s 14 megapixel entry in the point-and-shoot dive camera category, and thus a rival for the Sealife DC1400. It has a quick shutter speed (1/2000), can shoot 720hd video, and has a x5 optical zoom plus a x6 digital zoom. The IC14’s LCD screen is 2.7 inches wide (68.6 mm), it’s powered by a lithium ion battery, and uses an underwater housing with a double o-ring seal system and a depth rating of 180 feet (55 m). The entire package weighs a little under one pound (or roughly a third of a kilogram).

The Intova IC14’s specifications stack up well against the DC1400. The Sealife camera has a slightly bigger screen and can go a little deeper (200 feet). Both cameras have a similar power supply, and both have USB port charging. The Intova has a deep selection of photography and video modes, although the Sealife’s is moderately better. The IC14 has a slight edge on the digital zoom (x6 for the IC14 vs. x5). Sealife uses a no-grease o-ring, while Intova uses two of the more traditional greased o-rings.

The big drawback for the IC14 is its control system. Like all Intova cameras, the IC14 uses a system of minimalist, spring-mounted buttons in the housing the manipulate the buttons on the camera. Intova’s buttons aren’t very forgiving, so you must seat the camera  inside the housing  just right for the buttons to work. That translates into the annoying preparatory step of having to turn the camera on and check it in a safe, dry location (usually before getting on the dive boat). Also, all the buttons except the on/off button and the shoot picture button are small, so compared the the DC1400’s piano-key system, they area awkward to use with wetsuit gloves.

The big advantage of the IC14 is its cost, as the camera has a price tag roughly half that of its rival. That makes the Intova IC14 the cheapest full-function point-and-shoot dive camera around, and unlike the bargain basement Intova CP9, it’s not unreliable. The functionality and reliability of the camera are highlighted in the IC14’s early consumer feedback, which has been very positive.

Dive Gear Reviews thinks the Intova IC14 is an underwater camera that offers serious bang for the buck. The Sealife DC1400 is a generally better product, but costs almost twice as much. Sealife also has a better line of camera accessories, so if you intend to build on your dive camera with lenses and lighting systems, going with Sealife and investing  more money in the base camera from the outset is probably a better idea. However, if all you want is a workable, affordable point-and-shoot camera that can go to the limits of recreational diving (or even basic tec diving), the Intova IC14 is just the thing.

Average Price: $279