The Bottom Line
- Easy to use
- 6.1 and 6.0 megapixel cameras ensure crisp photos
- ReefMaster Mini exceptionally durable and rugged
- DC600 top-end camera in SeaLife line
- Big improvement over disposables
- Carrying external flashes is cumbersome and bulky
- Unless you scuba, staying underwater long enough to get good photos is difficult
- Cost may be prohibitive unless you regularly take underwater photos
- The slim DC600 (2.3” x 3.6” x1.1”) has an underwater polycarbonate shell, and rubber armored for sure-grip handling.
- Easy-to-read-and-push buttons on the DC600 protective housing transfer commands to the camera.
- The DC600's super macro auto-focus system permits close focus to within two inches of subject.
- Both cameras come with “Spy Mode,” allowing you to take continuous photos at intervals of five seconds to 30 minutes.
- The DC600 has virtually no shutter lag, with shutter response time as quick as .37 seconds,
- The high-end DC600 also features all manner of exposure programs for underwater and on-land shooting.
- The DC600 has a built-in flash but buy the optional external flash for the best exposure in murky settings.
- The DC600 Elite Set includes external flash, wide angle lens and other accessories, all in a deluxe padded travel bag.
- Both camera models feature video mode as well.
- Price: ReefMaster Mini list price, $329.95; DC600, $549.95
Guide Review - SeaLife Underwater Cameras (DC600 and ReefMaster Mini)
SeaLife’s new DC600 is a 6.1 megapixel beauty, easy to use and designed to take high-res images up to 200 feet underwater. If you’re going to go that deep, you’ll obviously be scuba diving and that’s the absolute best way to use high-end gear like this.
I was confined to snorkeling since I’m not scuba certified, and that’s a drawback. With a camera this exquisite, you want to languish in the briny deep, not hold your breath, dive down, hope for a photo, and then scurry back up when your lungs burn.
The ReefMaster Mini is a perfect take-along camera, compact, rugged and durable, for activities in and around water, and good to 130 feet. It features a unique land-and-sea exposure program so the camera automatically takes sharp, colorful pictures in a variety of applications.
SeaLife products are available online and at a variety of dive shops nationwide.