Finally, I got my cargo one week ago.
I was really excited about my new “toy.“
Signed the paper for the delivery man, closed the door and ran to my bedroom like a child, holding the box ready to get opened!
There it was!
My SeaLife Micro HD 32 GB with Wireless (simply called SeaLife Micro HD+) was ready to get unleashed.
I opened the box in a rush.
- SeaLife Micro HD/SeaLife Micro HD+ camera
- USB cable & adapter
- Pouch for the camera
- User Guide
- Charger and the plugs, as well as international adapters
Then I started to read the user guide.
First, I needed to charge my SeaLife Micro HD.
This ready-to-get-wet camera has a USB port and it is waterproof. However, because USB adapter is not waterproof, you should dry your camera before inserting the USB adapter.
Charging the SeaLife Micro HD
I will explain you how to charge your SeaLife Micro HD step by step.
First of all, use the wall charger if you have enough time.
You can also charge it by using your computer, however it takes more time (twice) to fully charge it.
- Remove the USB cover on your SeaLife Micro HD
- Dry your SeaLife Micro HD if it is wet
- Plug the USB cable into the adapter and then plug it into the USB port
- Insert other end of the cable into the wall charger
- Plug the wall charger into outlet
- You’ll see a display on the screen asking you to choose either “PC” or “Charge” (first interaction with your SeaLife Micro HD)
- Select “Charge” by using the “Up” or “Down” buttons
- Push the “Shutter” button to proceed
You’ll see a battery icon in the middle of the screen.
It will start to blink, showing one to three bars in the battery display just like the majority of the mobile phones
When your SeaLife Micro HD is fully charged, blinking will stop and you’ll see a solid battery display on the screen.
I was afraid when the blinking battery display disappeared, then I realized that it goes stand-by to save power after one minute. You can push any button to see the charging level.
Easy Setup of SeaLife Micro HD
Before you dive, you should setup your camera.
It is very easy.
You are selecting whether you are going to shoot on land or underwater.
If you select underwater, there are also some subcategories.
Snorkeling or scuba diving?
With an external light or two or even non?
You can use the chart below to setup your SeaLife Micro HD before you start to shoot.
White Balance of SeaLife Micro HD
There is a built-in color corrector instead.
You can easily select between five white balance options as listed below.
- Auto: Your camera chooses the best white balance. You can only use this option if you are going to shoot on land, not underwater.
- U/W Shallow: Select this option if you will NOT dive deeper than 8 meters.
- U/W Deep: Select this option if you will dive deeper than 8 meters.
- Daylight: This option is for sunny days.
- Cloudy: This option is for cloudy days.
Time to Test SeaLife Micro HD
I don’t want to repeat the technical features of SeaLife Micro HD, because I have already talked about it in my SeaLife Micro HD Announced article. Click here if you would like to read it.
I only talked about the white balance and easy setup here not to get you bored.
But you can also customize the exposure value, ISO, sharpness, size (7 different resolutions and image formats) and quality (how much your images/videos are going to be compressed).
When my SeaLife Micro HD was fully charged, I put it in its pouch and it was ready for a good dive.
The day after, I was ready to jump into the blue waters of the Red Sea in Ras Mohammed.
There I was, looking forward to see how my SeaLife Micro HD, world’s first permanently sealed underwater camera will work.
Here are some snapshots of mine in Sharm El Sheikh a couple of weeks ago by using my SeaLife Micro HD+ without a light source. With a strobe like Sea Dragon 2000 underwater light, results will definitely soar.
Want to see some videos taken by SeaLife Micro HD?
I have listed pros and cons of SeaLife Micro HD below.
If you have experienced more pros and cons, please let us know by using the comment section at the bottom of the review.
Pros of SeaLife Micro HD
- Well, it is ergonomic and easy to use underwater.
- Large buttons (they call them “Piano Keys”) do a good job even if you are using gloves
- Being able to take photos (2 MP) during taking a video is a helpful feature
- You don’t have to worry about testing your housing prior to your dive
- No o-rings to think about
- Just dive and take your SeaLife Micro HD with you
- 1080 HD video @30 fps, 140° Fisheye Lens and 13 MP image resolution is cool
- Easy menu navigation
- No need for a red filter due to the built-in color correction
Cons of SeaLife Micro HD
- However, you definitely need a light for good coloring in both video and photo modes
- SeaLife Micro HD is not a DSLR, so it may not satisfy professional underwater photographers
- You cannot change the battery of your SeaLife Micro HD, so you’ll have to buy a new camera when your battery lasts
- Same logic is for the memory card
- Price for SeaLife Micro HD+ (32 GB + WiFi) is $100 more expensive than a similar quality camera such as GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
- SeaLife DC1400 is better in macro. It focuses to within an inch of the subject, whereas SeaLife Micro HD has a focusing range from 12″ to infinity
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Exporting & Sharing Your Photos/Videos With SeaLife Micro HD
After your dives, you’ll be dying to see your still images and/or videos.
You can easily export your media to your lap-top within a few steps.
- Remove the USB cover (just like charging)
- Dry your camera (if you haven’t already) and plug the USB cable into the adapter and then plug it into the USB port
- Connect the other end of the cable to your laptop
- You’ll see a display on the screen asking you to choose either “PC” or “Charge“
- Select “PC” by using the “Up” or “Down” buttons
- Push the “Shutter” button to proceed
- You’ll see a PC connection icon on the screen
- If you are a Windows user, you can go to My Computer and click on “Removable Disk” and if you are a Mac user, click on “unlabeled” or “untitled” icon on your desktop.
If you own a SeaLife Micro HD+, you will also have WiFi connection to your smartphone or tablet.
Follow the steps below.
- Download and install “Action Cam HD” application (both available for iOS and Android)
- Both your SeaLife Micro HD+ (go to “System Settings” to turn it on) and your smartphone/tablet’s WiFi must be turned on
- Go to “Settings/WiFi” from your smartphone/tablet to see the list of available WiFi connections
- Select “SeaLife micro HD+” from the list
- Password is “1234567890“
- Click to open the “Action Cam HD application“
- Your SeaLife Micro HD+ will be connected shortly
You’ll be catching the further steps.
Download the SeaLife Micro HD & Micro HD+ User Guide here!
SeaLife Micro HD Vs GoPro
It obviously looks like SeaLife wants to compete with GoPro.
GoPro launched the brand-new family member: GoPro Hero 4.
You can take a look at GoPro Hero 4 Black review by clicking here (a new window will be opened).
WiFi connection, image and video resolutions…
Even the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition has similar features.
To choose in-between, we should analyze what we need/want.
If you like an “action cam,” nothing less nothing more, you should consider buying a GoPro.
GoPro is smaller and can be attached to anywhere, even your head! You can record your whole dive with it! No need to stabilize it if you attach it wherever you want properly.
GoPro is for people who want to record videos of what they do/see. They are not photographers, but “adventure sharers.“
On the other hand, if you like to take underwater photos and willing to become an underwater photographer, you should be considering to buy a SeaLife Micro HD.
You can learn about ISO and Exposure Values. Want strobes? SeaLife Micro HD has a couple of expansions like SeaDragon Underwater Lights (I’ll be talking about them in a minute).
An outdoor adventurer or an underwater photographer?
As we all know, light is an important issue underwater.
You see a beautiful red coral and push the button. You think you got a great snapshot.
When you get off the boat and see what you have done with your camera, what you see is often a brown coral rather than a red one!
This is because of the lack of light underwater.
To overcome this issue, some external lights can be used.
SeaDragon 2000 U/W Light will definitely change the results.
What is better than a SeaDragon 2000 U/W Light?
The answer is 2 SeaDragon 2000 U/W Lights 🙂
Your SeaLife Micro HD will be easily attached to both.
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What Does Seaman Say?
I know how it feels to think about using WiFi with your underwater camera.
However, I have only used it once!
That’s because unlike GoPro, SeaLife Micro HD is an underwater camera, not an exact action cam.
So it requires a little bit of editing before publishing.
High quality editing software require a computer instead of a tablet/smartphone.
Even I have the opportunity to send the photos/videos to my smartphone, I prefer to attach my SeaLife Micro HD+ to my lap-top and export the media via USB cable. By this way, it also charges.
Maximum duration with a full battery is 3 hours. So it needs to get charged during the day. You are previewing the photos, selecting the options and etc. These consume power. In addition, if you prefer to dive shallower, your bottom time is more.
If you are a diver like me, I suggest you to buy SeaLife Micro HD, not HD+.
But if you hesitate about this, go and buy the HD+ version, because it does worth couple of $$ more for the ones who prefer to use this technology.
SeaLife Micro HD is a revolution. It is the first fully sealed underwater camera.
If you like to take underwater photos and want to practice in this field, you can consider buying one.
I use one SeaDragon 2000 U/W Light with my SeaLife Micro HD+.
If you are not planning to dive deeper than 20-25 meters with your camera, you don’t need a second one.
On the other hand, if you don’t really like to take photos underwater, but like to record your dives from your angle of view, your camera is a GoPro.
You have questions or personal experience?
Please share it with us buy using the comment section below!
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