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Sea and Sea DX-GE5 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sea and Sea DX-GE5 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

Sea and Sea’s latest entry for underwater digital cameras is the DX-GE5, building on their previous entry, the DX-2G. This is a 12.2 megapixel camera that is waterproof in and of itself to a depth of 16 feet (5 m). That gives the camera the flexibility to be used as a handy snorkeling camera, which might come in handy if you need to snatch up your disassembled camera and dive in (this situation comes up quite a bit on liveaboard cruises). It also improves the camera’s survivability against leaks in the housing. That Sea and Sea DX-GE5 underwater housing that comes with it is rated to a depth of 55 m (180 feet).

As a camera, the Sea and Sea DX-GE5 has an optical x4 zoom, buttressed by a digital x4.5 zoom. The photography electronics and software include blur reduction, face detection focus, video shooting, seven white balance modes (including manual), a diverse field shooting modes, including panoramic view field,  and an on-board memory of 16 MB. The camera has a 2.7-inch LCD screen.

The main competition for Sea and Sea cameras usually comes from Sealife, so comparing the DX-GE5 to the DC1400 is useful. The underwater housings for Sea and Sea cameras have always looked more high tech and professional than those of Sealife, but don’t let that fool you, because both cameras are point-and-shoot (POS) systems for divers, and both come with a full range of accessories, such as wide-angle lenses and exterior flashes. In fact, while the DX-GE5 is Sea and Sea’s newest POS camera, it has slipped behind the competition. The DC1400 offers more resolution (14 megapixels vs. 12.2), more zoom capability, more on-board memory, and more electronic features, while its underwater housing features buttons and controllers that are much easier to use. Even the Intova IC14 exceeds the Sea and Sea DX-GE5 in some respects (resolution in particular, as it is also a 14 megapixel camera), and is much cheaper to boot! The only feature where the DX-GE5 that clearly exceeds its rivals is in the waterproofing of the camera itself.

The bottom line on this camera is that there are better and cheaper cameras in the same class out there, so the only reason to buy this Sea and Sea over its competitors is for the extra protective margin of having a camera that is waterproof, even without the housing.

Average Price: $500