With all of the hype surrounding SeaLife’s new Micro HD underwater cameras, they sure had a lot to live up to. Here in the store we’ve been receiving brochures and reading articles in all of the dive magazines non-stop for the past few months, all highlighting and reviewing the new cameras. So as you can imagine, when we finally received our first shipment, we were all excited to get our hands on them. The main idea I kept on hearing was how these cameras were going to be SeaLife’s answer to the GoPro, and as a GoPro user myself, I was a bit skeptical.
The first thing I noticed when I saw the camera was its size. The Micro HD is incredibly small at 4.2 inches wide and weighs only 8.8 ounces making it the perfect travel camera. You also notice that it is permanently sealed. There are absolutely no doors to open or o-rings to maintain making it impossible to flood. Turn it around and you see the 2.4 inch LCD display along with the easy to use “piano keys” SeaLife introduced with their DC1200 model. The three keys allow you to quickly change settings such as switching between land, snorkel, or dive mode. This is one of the coolest things about this camera—it automatically color corrects for underwater use, thus eliminating the need for an extra red filter for the lens.
I finally got the camera wet a couple of weeks ago during a scuba party we had at a local pool. We attached it to one of SeaLife’s Aquapods and just by clicking the video key, footage started to roll. With another click of the shutter I was capturing photos while still taking video. After a while we decided to attach a Sea Dragon 2000 Lumen video light. Again you can easily change the settings and let the camera know that there is an external light attached. It immediately alters its color correction.
After almost two hours of use in the pool there was still plenty of battery life left and storage to continue taking pictures. I was amazed with how easy the camera was to use and the fact the LCD screen made it so simple to frame my subjects and then show everyone the video I had taken.
When I got back to the store I just had to try out the Wi-Fi sharing. The Micro HD+ actually creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot to connect your phone or tablet to so you can share and download photos, adjust the camera settings, and even see a live feed of what the camera is seeing.
Honestly I was skeptical at first when comparing the Micro HD to the GoPro. After actually using it and seeing how sharp the photos were, I was not only impressed, but convinced that the Micro HD is a much better underwater video camera than the GoPro.