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Sealife ReefMaster Mini II Underwater Camera Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sealife ReefMaster Mini II Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

Sealife’s new ReefMaster Mini builds on their solid pocket dive camera, the Mini II. The new version retains the same rubberized, shock-proof underwater housing, but now with distinctive red trim and, more importantly, an improved depth rating of 200 feet (60m). The Mini II’s depth rating is 130 feet (40m), so taking it on deep recreational dives pushed the camera’s seals to their limits. This is not longer a problem for the ReefMaster Mini, and the enhanced depth rating means the camera can now also function as a pocket back-up for ardent underwater photographers on middling tec dives.

In terms of camera tech, the ReefMaster uses a modified version of the pocket digital camera as the Mini II. The main change is the revamped on-board photographic software, with an emphasis on dive-friendly formats. The final new feature is that a wide-angle lens, designed specifically for use with Mini cameras, comes as standard.

In all other respects, the camera is just like the Mini II. They have the same 2.4-inch display screen, the same nine megapixel resolution, the same video-shooting functions, and both draw power from a pair of AAA batteries. Since those batteries are limited by nature, divers need to be careful about leaving the camera on, since even with conservative use two dives will likely drain the batteries. The latter point is a common complaint among owners of the Mini II. Also, the underwater housing is designed in such a way that the zoom function cannot be used with the camera in the housing.

Average Price: The ReefMaster Mini II is listed at $260, but is often available for less than $200.