SeaLife Mini II Dive & Sport digital camera for casual users

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If you’re one who tends to love spending your vacation time near beaches as well as diving and snorkeling spots instead of the great outdoors in the mountains far away from civilization, then you would do well to tote around some sort of underwater-capable digital camera. We’re looking at either an underwater case for your camera, or if you want to get more direct, a waterproof shooter.

SeaLife intends to cater for that particular market with their new Mini II Dive & Sport digital camera, as this 9-megapixel shooter might be small in stature, but it is definitely no slouch when it comes to performance. Capable of shooting all your great underwater and outdoor adventures, the Mini II also comes with an intuitive interface so that you need not waste precious oxygen underwater when panicking on fiddling with its controls.

One standout feature of the Mini II would be its ruggedness – how many of you can say the same for your underwater equipment? Granted, this is a whole lot cheaper than the professional gear that you tote around, so the Mini II clearly targets casual users instead of seasoned professionals. The truly amphibious shooter is both waterproof and shockproof, where it is guaranteed to function underwater at depths down to 130 feet without the need for an external housing.

Not only that, its rubber armor also delivers a surefire grip, even when it is wet, and will still be able to keep on shooting even if you drop it from 2 meters high. An unbreakable ruggedized body more or less makes the Mini II virtually crushproof, but we wouldn’t want to take the chance by having a shark bite into this since we’re sure it will be crushed in no time.

There are new underwater modes in the Mini II, making it a snap to use and eliminate the common blue hues of images taken underwater. With the Land Auto mode, it will automatically control exposure and internal flash. When you’re underwater, the Sea Mode brightens up the exposure while eliminating the “blue effect,” and the Snorkel Mode controls exposure and color correction in shallow-water settings.

Would you fork out $259.95 to bring the SeaLife Mini II with you on your next diving adventure?

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4 reviews or comments

sports Says: March 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

soo nice

Bryan Says: May 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I would definately NOT recommend this camera. We bought one and are in Maui right now using it. The pictures are not that great, and close ups (macro) are always blurry. Above or below the water. But the worst part of all is the battery life and indicator. Its all over the map. It will show full strength one minute and go to zero the next and auto shutdown. But after a while, it will show 3/4 again for a few pictures. This is after contacting their tech support and getting a response like this from Karl Schuster, Sealife Technician:

“It’s not a defect. The Mini 2 camera does not have a sophisticated voltage measuring circuit for the batteries. I would recommend using either Lithium or rechargeable batteries in this camera the Alkaline batteries will only yield approximately 100 pictures.”

We would have been happy with 100 pictures, but too much else is wrong with this camera and we will be returning it once we get back home.

Edwin Says: May 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thx for the input, Bryan, and sorry about your experience with it.

Julio Says: July 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I switch to the AAA energizer lithium and the camera its working fine. Great pic and videos!!!

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