Coming in at #3 on our review list of best dive cameras available in 2017 is the Sealife Micro HD.
There are a wide variety of reasons why we believe that this camera is the third best dive camera one can purchase on the market in 2017. For one, the specs on this device are absolutely incredible. Also, it has an extraordinary amount of features that greatly enhance its overall utility and practicality.
We’ll explain in much greater depth in this article why we believe that the SeaLIfe Micro HD is one of the top three dive cameras available on the market.
Aesthetically, this is one of the better devices in our list of the best dive cameras of 2017. We absolutely love the all black exterior of the camera ,with a synthetic polythane-like covering that gives it a very ‘durable’ look. We also like the overall orientation of the device.
The lens on the camera is huge in relation to the entire size of the device. The fact that the specs are printed around the circular frame on the lens gives a cool aesthetic to it as well. In addition, the design of the camera seems fairly simple and implicit. We’ve learned over time that usually less is more when it comes to most designs, as they lead to a more intuitive understanding of how to use the product.
There are numerous features that we discovered on the Sealife Micro HD that really blew us out of the water! (pun intended)
- Three Modes – This camera comes with three modes that are labelled as; camera only, single photo-video light, and dual photo-video light. In the camera-only mode, individuals are able to use the Micro HD feature of the camera during their snorkelling expeditions. The single photo-video light mode reduces the camera’s clarity to 9 megapixels while allowing for a 90-degree view of one’s field of vision while under water, which is pretty useful. The dual photo-video light mode works in a manner similar to the single photo-video light, in that it allows for a maximum of 13 megapixels to be utilized by the camera while yielding results that cover a 130-degree range of view. All of these features are definitely great additions to the camera.
- 200 feet depth rating – This depth rating is fairly substantial in comparison to most other dive cameras out there on the market. If you remember the depth rating of the other dive cameras that we’ve covered thus far, then you’ll note that this dive rating currently ties the highest one that we found prior to this. At a depth of 200 feet, one will have a significant amount of flexibility in what they’re able to capture underwater with this camera. Thus, this is an excellent camera for those who are professional, or very experienced divers.
- Instant Focus Lens – The instant focus lens is a great feature on this camera, that allows for a 12-inch minimum focus. Thus, while you’re on your diving expeditions, you won’t have to worry about the failure to receive a clear image of an object that contains minute details that you’d like to get on camera. This feature essentially allows you to take very close up photos of different objects and phenomenon under the water. This means that there are many different photos and observations that can be gleaned from one’s underwater treks with this device.
- Piano Key Controls – The feature, aptly termed ‘piano keys’ is another major addition to the Sealife Micro HD. Piano keys refer to the thick nature of the buttons on the device. This is useful because, on other cameras where the buttons require a more precise touch, it may be difficult for divers to find good utility out of the device while they are underwater. However, the installment of the piano keys on this camera makes it substantially easy for an individual to toggle between different settings and features even while wearing gloves. This is a feature that greatly enhances the utility of the camera as well.
- The camera is optimized to be used under the water. Because this camera was created for the purpose of being used on scuba diving expeditions, it is naturally more tailored to provide a better experience. This means that the camera is adjusted to capture the range of colours underwater, as well as account for the nuances of underwater photography. While this is often an underrated feature of dive cameras, it is a very important one, as cameras that are simply created to be ‘waterproof’ but not specifically for the purposes of diving will always provide an inferior experience to this device.
- Wi–Fi – Wi-Fi capability is just something that we really love seeing in dive cameras. Thus far, it is the second camera on our list that contains Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities, and that just blows our mind. However, in 2017, it is a feature that will prove to be extremely useful to any user of this camera.
- 32 GB of storage – The storage on this device is absolutely monumental. With 32GB, you won’t have to worry about your memory storage space, or decide which pictures or videos you would delete. You can keep everything without worry!
If you’re looking for one of the better dive cameras, hands down, then this is absolutely the model that you should decide to go with. The Sealife Micro HD is cheap, has amazing clarity and quality, and is very easy to use. In addition, it is virtually optimized to be used while one is diving.
Both beginners and professionals alike would find equal utility out of this device because of the plethora of features and the ease of accessibility. If you’re on the fence about getting this dive camera, then we’d highly recommend that you pull the trigger and just get it.