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October 10, 2014

SeaLife Micro HD Review

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-HDWhat Is In the Box?

  1. SeaLife Micro HD/SeaLife Micro HD+ camera
  2. USB cable & adapter
  3. Pouch for the camera
  4. User Guide
  5. 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.

  1. Remove the USB cover on your SeaLife Micro HD
  2. Dry your SeaLife Micro HD if it is wet
  3. Plug the USB cable into the adapter and then plug it into the USB port
  4. Insert other end of the cable into the wall charger
  5. Plug the wall charger into outlet
  6. You’ll see a display on the screen asking you to choose either “PC” or “Charge” (first interaction with your SeaLife Micro HD)
  7. Select “Charge” by using the “Up” or “Down” buttons
  8. 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.

Easy Setup of SeaLife Micro HD

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White Balance of SeaLife Micro HD

You don’t need a red filter for your SeaLife Micro HD.Sealife-Micro-HD-2

There is a built-in color corrector instead.

You can easily select between five white balance options as listed below.

  1. Auto: Your camera chooses the best white balance. You can only use this option if you are going to shoot on land, not underwater.
  2. U/W Shallow: Select this option if you will NOT dive deeper than 8 meters.
  3. U/W Deep: Select this option if you will dive deeper than 8 meters.
  4. Daylight: This option is for sunny days.
  5. 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.
    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

  • 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.

  1. Remove the USB cover (just like charging)
  2. Dry your camera (if you haven’t already) and plug the USB cable into the adapter and then plug it into the USB port
  3. Connect the other end of the cable to your laptop
  4. You’ll see a display on the screen asking you to choose either “PC” or “Charge
  5. Select “PC” by using the “Up” or “Down” buttons
  6. Push the “Shutter” button to proceed
  7. You’ll see a PC connection icon on the screen
  8. 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.

sealife-micro-HD-underwater-camera-wifiIf you own a SeaLife Micro HD+, you will also have WiFi connection to your smartphone or tablet.

Follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install “Action Cam HD” application (both available for iOS and Android)
  2. Both your  SeaLife Micro HD+ (go to “System Settings” to turn it on) and your smartphone/tablet’s WiFi must be turned on
  3. Go to “Settings/WiFi” from your smartphone/tablet to see the list of available WiFi connections
  4. Select “SeaLife micro HD+” from the list
  5. Password is “1234567890
  6. Click to open the “Action Cam HD application
  7. 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).

Both GoPro Hero 4 and SeaLife Micro HD have similar technical features.Gopro Vs SeaLife Micro HD

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?

Choose wisely.

sealife-sea-dragon-2000-photo-video-dive-light-Accessories For You SeaLife Micro HD

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 Interviewphotos, 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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  • Rory Sharrow
    2015-01-08 17:04

    Thanks for such an informative article I really appreciate it. I currently have an older Sea Life camera with a video light and Flash. I was looking to upgrade this year and my level I would grade my needs as is beginner/amateur. I am wondering would you suggest the DC1400 or the MicroHD, my inclination given the article is the MicroHD. Do you feel it gives good enough screen capture vs the DC1400, your pictures are great but I thought I would ask.

    • Seaman
      2015-01-12 14:15

      Hello Rory Sharrow,

      I’d suggest you to buy a MicroHD, it does give good enough screen capture.

      DC1400 isn’t a bad camera, but as a brand-new product, I recommend you to buy this technology built in SeaLife Micro HD.

      Have fun.

      • Rory Sharrow
        2015-01-16 18:36

        Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. I think I will go with the Micro HD.

  • 1100rosie
    2015-02-24 22:37

    Hi, I purchased a SeaLife Micro HD as my first camera in November and proudly unveiled it in the Maldives recently. However, I was crushingly disappointed with the results. When diving around 15 mts with the white balance set to ‘underwater deep’ everything came out with a very red tinge – clearly overcompensating. I tried the shallow setting but then everything was colourless! Given that we were fortunate enough to have a close encounter with a Whale Shark and several with groups of Mantas, I feel like I missed the opportunity of a life time to record it in a way that Im happy to share with my friends. I wish I’d bought something else!!

    • Seaman
      2015-02-27 15:19

      Hi Rosie,
      It seems like you had a bad experience. Missing the chance of getting the shots of Manta and Whale Shark is annoying, I know. I had the similar experiences, either.

      What i understood from your post is that it was the very first time with your SeaLife Micro HD.
      As an experienced scuba diver and u/w photography specialty instructor, i advise you to make “sample dives” with your equipment first, especially if it is a camera.
      Because it takes time to understand the dynamics of the equipment to achive our goals.

      Camera-photographer relationship is all about expectations.
      Ofcourse SeaLife Micro HD has some cons. We cannot expect a performance just like a $ 50 .000 camera does.

      So, understand your needs and what you expect from a camera first.
      It all starts with this. If your needs are fulfilled with an x camera, then you are satisfied.
      In this case, your needs aren’t fulfilled with SeaLife Micro HD.

      Know what you need, buy what you need.

      Kind regards

      • Serge
        2015-03-13 11:30

        Hi there,

        I also recently bought a HD+ and will use it first time coming May in the Maldives.
        Concerning your issue. There is a setting on the HD_ that will allow you automatically to take 3 copies of each picture i.e. one under-exposed, one as intended by the camera settings and one over-exposed. It takes more space from your memory card but you can throw the pictures away you do not like.

        My previous camera was a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition and i did not like it for taking photos, nor video. The camera is too small and hence very difficult to stabilise, especially when drift diving, wreck or cavern diving where you have to pay attention to other things than keeping your camera very still. The Sealife camera with light tray and handle seems better to me. We’ll see.

        Before that, I had a Canon Powershot S11 with external strobe and housing. Good but in the tropics, I had several times issues with condense / fog inside the housing, once in the water, ruining the photos/videos.

        So no underwater housing and condense problem and big enough with a tray to stabilise the camera made me choose for the SL MicroHD+

        Hope this helps.


      • Jon
        2015-03-22 00:25

        Perhaps you can save your photos or videos with post color correction. You can use Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture, Final Cut Pro X, etc. to recapture some colors lost because of depth and because of not having a light…. It might bring a smile back.

      • Adam Cohen
        2016-11-24 17:16

        Actually, I had a similar experience with the camera set on deep dive at about 90 feet in very dark conditions in the North East. I was using two Sea Dragon 2000 video lights and my entire video came out very red. I have used the system before with the two lights with the WB set at shallow in a lake at about 20 feet and the video came out just fine. I also used it under sunny conditions on a shallow seal dive with the WB set on sunny and both lights and the video came out beautiful. Deep dive setting with the video lights seems to be a problem. Any advice?

    • Jerry
      2015-10-15 23:33

      I have on older Sealife Reefmaster. Most underwater shots come out reddish. I use Adobe Photoshop to automatically color correct with great results. Strangely videos on the same camera have no issues.
      I will be upgrading, most likely to a 1400 next year.

  • April Hacke
    2015-04-17 00:08

    Hi there! I want to purchase an underwater camera (most likely the Micro HD), and am confused as to whether I should also purchase the external light. This will be our first underwater camera. We go to the Caribbean a few times a year, and do snorkel excursions, not deep dives. On occasion we are in open water, but most of the time it’s around coral. I would like to get crisp pictures and nice colors, but I am definitely a novice and don’t want overkill. Would you recommend I get the external light, or just go with the camera? Your help is appreciated!

    • Seaman
      2015-05-01 13:00

      Hello April,

      Thanks for visiting

      Well, if you are a snorkeller rather than a scuba diver, an external light is not that necessary.

      The idea behind using an external light it to re-color the objects. Because the ocean absorbs the colors.

      In 20 meters, for instance, you may be seeing a grey fish, which is in fact, red.

      U/W lights help us to shoot the original colors.

      On the / near surface however, doesn’t require much artifical light (if it is not cloudy outside),because technically, there is no color absorption on that level.

      If i sum up, in your case, I don’t recommend you to buy an external light for now.

      Hope this helps, April.

      Have good and safe dives.

  • Irish
    2015-05-04 13:40

    Can you tell me what the difference of the HD and HD+ and why you would not recommend this? I am newly certified diver and want to invest on a good camera and I will most take pictures underwater. Thank you in advance.


    • Seaman
      2015-05-16 12:27

      Hello Irish,

      Thanks for visiting.

      There are two major differences between SeaLife Micro HD and SeaLife Micro HD+ :

      1- SeaLife Micro HD+ has 32 gb of internal memory, whereas SeaLife Micro HD has 16 gb.
      2- SeaLife Micro HD+ can wirelessly share and download images to your smart phone/tablet, but SeaLife Micro HD doesn’t have such a feature.

      There is nothing like i would recommend SeaLife Micro HD+ rather than SeaLife Micro HD or vice versa. It is up to you. If you say you don’t need wireless communication and 16 gb of internal memory is enough, you should consider buying a SeaLife Micro HD and save $100. On the other hand, if you are a “wireless” freak, love to share what you shoot and thinking that 16 gb is not enough, then you better buy the + version.

      It is simply knowing your needs and optimization.

      Hope this helps.


  • Victoria
    2015-05-06 06:30

    We are going to the Philippines next week. I snorkel only , hubby dives. I’m thinking of getting this Micro HD+ but have questions. The dive resort has spotty Wifi, so is there another option to get my photos to my iPad? Also hubby says I can get an Aquapod so I can extend below to a few feet- but how does it work-leave it on video? Or is the Aquapod synced to shutter ? And if several feet down with no light will photos still be ok? I’m thinking on a bright summer day in the PI with good visibility that it will be fine. Anyway, appreciate any advise. Thanks!!!!

  • Seaman
    2015-05-16 12:45

    Hi Victoria,

    Thanks for visiting

    First, you can use a USB cable to connect to your iPad. Wireless is NOT the only option.
    But you must buy an adapter according to the model of your iPad.
    You can find one easily from any electronic shop. I advise you to take your iPad with you so authorized workers in electronic shop can help you.

    Second, you can use an Aquapod, that’s a good idea if you are going to shoot animals like sharks and moray eels.
    The system in Aquapod is to set the camera mode to “SPY” and your SeaLife Micro HD will shoot automatically at certain time intervals. The Aquapod is not synced to shutter.
    If you’d like to record a video, simply set you camera to video mode and start to shoot.

    Third, first couple of meters blow the surface doesn’t really need an external light unless it is cloudy outside. Since you know that it is gonna be a bright summer day, i don’t advise you to buy external lights for now.

    Have a good time in Philippines and enjoy it!


  • Lisa
    2015-05-20 21:55

    Hello! Thank you for the informative review. I am a diver, and I’m looking to invest in a nice camera. I am by no means a “professional” photographer or anything. I am just a diver that wants to take nice videos and photographs. I am thinking of getting the Sealife Micro HD+ along with one Sealife Seadragon 2500. I am wondering if you think that the 2500 is excessive. I dive between 50-100 ft. I know the light has got to make an immense difference in performance, but I’m not sure if I should just get one with less lumens or if its necessary to get two or what. Is it possible to get nice photos on this camera when I’m a noob photographer?- I really only know point and shoot, not too great with manual settings. haha I’m trying to learn. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

  • Lisa
    2015-05-24 18:21

    Was trying to check out the wifi app b4 I got camera….
    I don’t see the app for droid or Apple?? There is one called “action cam hd”, but it has bad reviews & doesn’t say anything about sea Life? Or any other info??
    Did I miss something?!

    • Seaman
      2015-05-24 23:59

      Hello Lisa,

      Here is the link for downloading the Android App:

      SeaLife Micro HD Android App

      For Apple, App is Action Cam HD as you have mentioned, however it worked well for me.

      Action Cam HD app is actually for iPhone, but you can also use it on your iPad as well.

  • Maria
    2015-06-09 12:49

    I am considering buying Sealife HD+. I would like to use it for diving and also a bit of scuba divin, but I would also like to be able to take it with me in the kayak, and take pictures above water. Does it also take nice qality pictures above water?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    Kind regards, Maria

    • Seaman
      2015-06-10 10:49

      Hello Maria,

      Thank you for visiting.

      You can take quality photos both under and above the water.

      Actually, this is what i also do 😉

      You can re-check the tehcnical features of SeaLife Micro HD+ from my review above; It is all valid for taking photos on land.

      Take care and have a nice summer.

      • Rebecca
        2015-07-22 01:24

        Do you have to set up the camera again every time you want to switch between land and dive?

        • Seaman
          2015-07-22 12:05

          Hello Rebecca,

          Thanks for visiting.

          Well, yes. You have to.

          For almost every U/W camera, this is how it works.

          We are lucky that we are not switching from U/W mode to Land mode in every five minutes and it doesn’t take much time (actually only 6 seconds for me) when we need to.

          Hope this helps.

  • Jackie Wildstar
    2015-06-12 07:38

    Hi there! Thanks for the informative review, it is very much appreciated! I am a newer diver with a serious interest in photography, but also a seriously lowwww budget. I’ve been using my partners underwater point and shoot and its okay, but can’t go to some depths we dive at, and I’ve had some pretty disappointing results at times. (its pretty good for snorkeling, though.) I have been considering this camera and later adding some lights, or the newly released Olympus TG-4, which can go up to 50 feet, but you can purchase housing for it so it can go to greater depths. Things I’m curious about with the SeaLife HD are: is it *always* on a fisheye lens setting? Are you able to shoot macro with it? Also, what is the fastest shutter speed??? Both of these cameras I am considering have a similar start price, and would need expensive upgrades for my uses. Trying to figure out which one is really the right one for me. Thanks so much!

    P.S. any more photos you’d like to share with us????? 🙂

    • Seaman
      2015-07-03 12:48

      Hello Jackie Wildstar,

      First of all, sorry for the delayed response. I was testing some u/w cameras for my reviews here and dived very frequently, had no time to answer comments here. Today I am dry again and right infront of my lap-top :))

      Well, SeaLife Micro HD has a default fisheye lens, it is build to capture wide angle. However, you can still shoot macro with wide scenes. The field of view is 140° Super Wide, 130° Wide, and 90° Standard.

      You can take a look at SeaLife Micro HD Brochure from the link below.
      SeaLife Micro HD Brochure

      Second question, the shutter speed. For land and underwater, it is different as you can see below:

      Land: 1/25 to 1/2000 second
      Underwater: 1/45 to 1/2000 second

      Please feel free to ask any questions you may come up with.

      Have good dives and thanks for visiting

  • Charlie
    2015-07-26 02:24

    Hi..Thank you for taking the time to review these cameras. I have been using Gopro 2 and 3 silver for few years. I had been pleased until my 3 stopped working just out of the warrantee and they really didn’t have any help for me. No it didn’t flood haha. I have the camera light and have gotten some awesome pics and videos but am now concerned about quality of the next camera I purchase. I was looking at the Sealife dc1400 reef package with Dragon lights. I am curious to your thoughts on this vs the Gopro 4 black or Sealife Micro hd? I am an avid diver and love to take pics and videos. Thank you for any advice

    • Seaman
      2015-07-26 14:01

      Hi Charlie,

      Thank you for visiting

      First of all, you must know what you really want to do with you next camera.

      Are you an action-cam guy or an underwater photographer?

      If you like to record your whole dive, a giant grouper approaching you on xxxth minute or your favorite cavern dive, you should be considering to purchase an action cam. I don’t advise you to buy the brand-new GoPro Hero4 Session (read my review for reasons). In this case, I definitely suggest you to buy GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition, with LCD touchscreen and higher image/video resolution than the Session with the same price. Please take a look at my GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition Review here for details.

      I think GoPro Hero4 Black doesn’t feature enough to earn another $100. Silver is my favorite for now when we talk about owning an action-cam.

      On the other hand, if you like to work more technical and calculate the light, iso and etc, you have the first steps to become an U/W photographer. Well, in this case, I suggest you to try SeaLife Micro HD (basic or plus, up to you). SeaLife DC1400 is a good camera for sure, however counting on a housing is always an aspect you should consider. SeaLife is always ready-to-use for your next dive. No o-rings and buckles to worry about!

      Let’s talk more technical.

      SeaLife Micro HD features 1080p HD @ 30 fps movie resolution, SeaLife DC1400 Reef 720p HD @ 30fps.

      Both have 14 mega pixel image sensor.

      I own a SeaLife Micro HD+ and having a ready-to-use U/W camera means a lot to me. From now on, I cannot switch back to an housing model… Take it with you and jump into the oceans. That’s a really big ease that I suggest to every friend and reader here.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions and contact me from here or DWS Facebook Page.

      You can take a look at the product below which I assume your need will be fulfilled as far as I have understood from your comment.

      Take care Charlie.

      • Charlie
        2015-07-27 05:22

        Thanks man…you explained it perfectly

        • Seaman
          2015-07-27 12:15

          You are welcome Charlie,

          Any time you need…

          Take care and dive safe.

          Kind regards.

          • Avatar
            2016-11-17 04:50

            Heya,,,A year has passed and I bought the Micro HD+ with lights. Pictures and videos are awesome however the battery life is getting shorter every time I dive now. Have you had this experience?

          • Seaman
            2016-11-17 16:03

            Heey Charlie,

            It’s great to see you again, buddy. Hope you are well.

            I’ve been using my SeaLife Micro HD for 2 years and used it apprx. in 50 dives, half-an-hour records each.

            Personally, I didn’t experience a battery life reduction yet.

            However, built-in battery suc*s at this point. That’s why I wrote Cons #3 in my review years ago.

            “You cannot change the battery of your SeaLife Micro HD, so you’ll have to buy a new camera when your battery lasts”

            Take care.

  • Jac
    2015-08-09 11:24

    Hi, thanks for the review. I’ve got the micro HD+ which I’ll be using for the first time soon. Is there any kind of lens cap that would fit this model as I’m a bit worried about this getting damaged especially during entry and exit? Cheers!

    • Seaman
      2015-08-09 12:57

      Hello there Jac,

      Thanks for commenting.

      Lens cover for SeaLife Micro HD is something that I also want to have. However, I wasn’t able to find such a cover, either.

      What I am doing is to wrap my SeaLife Micro HD into a beach towel :))

      Hope this helps.

  • Bob Clark
    2015-08-11 03:13

    I was wondering how well the Macro adapter lens works. Is it possible to get decent Macro shots with this camera and the adapter? Any example pictures?

    • Seaman
      2015-08-18 10:14

      Hello Bob Clark,

      Thanks for visiting.

      Macro lens for SeaLife Micro HD has a focusing range of 15-60 cm (6-24 inches).

      I don’t have photos taken by macro lens, but the video below may give you an idea about it.

      If you can share photos taken by macro lens with SeaLife Micro HD (when/if you purchase it) with us, this will be appreciated.


  • Lenny
    2015-08-17 23:30

    Hi. Thanks for the informative review, and I read all of your question/answers which also helped. I’m close to ordering the Micro HD (not the plus), but most of my pictures are above water. I have had pretty much every “rugged” camera they make out there, but they always fail sooner or later because of the o-rings. I also have all the GoPros that they make, but I hate the fisheye look they have, which does only improve a little when you use the “narrow” option. This Sealife camera seems like the best option so far, but i’m concerned about the fisheye GoPro look. Here are my questions:
    1)You wrote that it also has cropping options, do these crops look like the GoPro crops, meaning, are the horizon lines still curved?
    2)When you crop, are you now using less pixels? Meaning, is it now a 9 or 7 megapixel camera when in the narrowest crop?
    3)How good are the higher ISOs on this camera? what are the physical limits and what are the descent quality limits?
    4)I read something that it was a fix focus camera, but it maybe it isn’t. can you clarify?

    thanks in advance for your prompt response, getting ready to travel to Puerto Rico first week of sept, and would like to order this camera, depending on your answers.


    • Seaman
      2015-08-18 18:50

      Hi Lenny,

      Thanks for following and your valuable comment.

      Here are your answers:

      1) In the picture size menu, you can select 9mp which has a smaller 90 degree field of view. That results in less bending of horizontal lines. You may also correct the bending effect using free software called ShiftN. Please see page 41 of the Micro HD instruction manual (has link on review).

      2) Yes, 9mp instead of 13mp.

      3) The Micro HD/HD+ has ISO setting from 100 to 800. The 800 setting is going to be a little grainier than 100 but all these settings are good. SeaLife purposely did not include 1600 or 3200 ISO because that’s too grainy.

      4) The Micro HD/HD+ has a fixed focus lens with a focusing range of 12″ to infinity. The nice thing about fixed focus is the fast shutter response (i.e. no shutter lag) and accuracy of the focus. Auto focus can miss the subject. They also offer a 10X close-up lens with a shooting distance of 6″ to 24″.

      Hope this helps.

      • Lenny
        2015-08-18 21:29

        Thanks so much for the prompt response.

        One last thing, in terms of picture quality, how does it compare to a GoPro 4? Never mind simplicity of use and all that, but comparing picture quality, how does it compare?

        • Seaman
          2015-08-19 22:22

          You are welcome.

          It is always my pleasure to help readers.

          That’s a hard question. SeaLife Micro HD has 13 MP camera, GoPro Hero4 Black has 12 MP.

          However, GoPro concept is another thing… It is amm.. Something outdoor, something action, see?

          If you are planning to become an u/w photographer, I advise you to own a SeaLife Micro HD. It is more “photographer”

          Other than that, photo quality is almost the same, but I always obtained better photo results with SeaLife Micro HD.


  • Dave Gordon
    2015-10-22 18:16

    Seaman–Thanks for all the great reviews. I flooded my 1400 and Sealife made a grand offer of allowing the wreck as a trade-up to the Micro HD (I really like SeaLife’s service department). I’m targeting still photography more than video, so The Micro HD seems to be what I’ll go with. I noticed that the 1400 has a nasty lag time between shutter-to-snap time (ergo I got a lot of fish tails). How is the shutter/response for the Micro HD?

    • Seaman
      2015-10-26 18:57

      Hello Dave,

      Shutter speed for Sea-Life Micro HD is:

      Land: 1/25 to 1/2000 second
      Underwater: 1/45 to 1/2000 second

      If you ask my opinion, SeaLife Micro HD’s shutter response is a little bit better than 1400.

      It will worth giving a try.

      Take care and dive safe buddy.

      • Dave Gordon
        2015-10-27 01:42

        Thanks for the great response. NW diving doesn’t allow for too many good viz photo days, so something like this little guy might be the ticket. I do dry-land video, and have always wanted to get into UW still photography. Cheers!

  • Johnny Notley
    2015-10-29 06:22

    Thanks for the great review. I currently use a Sealife DC1200 with an SL961 strobe and SL980 light. I generally dive in Indonesia, between 15 and 25 metres. Some questions for you:
    1. Would you recommend I upgrade to the Micro HD and use it with my existing light?
    2. Is there a way I could use my strobe with the HD Micro? Form what I’ve read it seems I can’t
    3. Overall I am happy with my underwater photos, and I get at least a couple from every dive of which I am really proud. My main problems have been shutter lag (should be resolved with a fixed-focus lens?), light (I actually often got better photos before I bought the strobe, as I think the camera compensated well with a slower shutter speed), and close-up (there is no macro adapter for the DC1200, but I see there is one for the Micro HD for only about $50). How do you think the HD will go to improving my results?

    • Seaman
      2015-10-30 21:26

      Hello there Johnny,

      Thanx for visiting.

      You cannot use a flash with the Micro as it does not have an external flash to trigger the strobe. You need to use your video light.

      And if you are happy with your u/w photos, i suggest you to go on with your current equipment, buddy.

      Take care and dive safe.

      • Johnny Notley
        2015-11-02 10:49

        Thanks Seaman. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.
        I flooded and fried my strobe shortly after I sent the message, so will think about changing my setup to a Micro. If I do that I’ll post some macro pics
        Take care

        • Seaman
          2015-11-02 17:43

          Owww, sorry to hear that, Johnny.

          But you’ll not regret owning a SeaLife Micro HD.

          Waiting to see your photos.

          Take care.

  • jaap sarvaas
    2015-11-03 20:54

    Hi there. Ik enjoyed trading tour review. I’m suffering soms minor problems without me micro HD +. I have an external Light (Sea Dragon) andere my scène in external Light and White balans ons undercover deep. The results are still reddish. What do I do wrong?

  • cheng
    2016-03-28 19:03

    I consider to buy u/w camera. Thinking either sealife dc1400 or olympus tg-4 or maybe hd+. Any recommendation?

    • Seaman
      2016-03-29 11:36

      Hi Cheng,

      Welcome to and thanks for your comment.

      If you are considering to use your camera often underwater, I advise you to purchase a SeaLife Micro HD.

      Because, SeaLife is focused on producing underwater cameras. This is their area of expertise. They know what an underwater photographer/videographer needs, their problems, desires and such things.

      Not only for u/w camera, my philosophy in every area is to choose the one that is focused on a certain product/niche.

      We got Sony as an action-cam, yes. And Sony is a good and reliable brand, we all know that. I may purchase a led TV from Sony, but when it comes to action-cam, I’d prefer to buy a GoPro. Ofcourse this is my point of view.

      And about DC-1400 VS Micro HD, please scroll up to the very first comment of Rory Sharrow’s and my answer for him.

      Hope this helps, buddy.

  • Ellis
    2016-04-26 23:00

    Hi Seaman,
    I made my underwater pictures at Raja Ampat with a new Sealife micro HD+. For 2 days it was possible to charge the camera with the wall charger and it was also possible to export the media to the lap-top. But, suddenly the camera want connect to the PC and want charge anymore.
    PC / Charge screen does not appear.
    I cleaned the gold plated contacts with isopropyl alcohol, but this also didn’t help.
    Have you heart about this problem and/or do you know what to do?

    • Seaman
      2016-04-28 10:23

      Hello Ellis,

      I feel sorry for the problem you experienced with your SeaLife Micro HD.

      Sadly, I haven’t experienced this issue and haven’t heard it before.

      You better take your SeaLife Micro HD to an authorized service, every wrong move you make would result in worse cases.

      Please let us know about it.

      Kind regards.

  • Ellis
    2016-04-28 11:22

    Hi Seaman,
    I contact the store where the camera was purchased and I’ll keep you informed.

    Kind regards, Ellis

  • Fabien
    2016-05-26 11:15

    Hello Seaman,
    Which setup is the best for taking still pictures?
    DC1400 Pro duo or Micro 2.0 pro 2500?
    On sealife website, pictures taken with the DC1400 seem more crispy and colors more accurate than the ones taken with the Micro 2.0, maybe because there is no flash ad no macro mode with the micro 2.0.
    So I’m wondering about the positioning of the Micro 2.0.

    • Fabien
      2016-05-30 10:32

      I think I’ll forget about sealife cameras: Micro 2.0 without integrated flash is not a good idea as it lacks light and pictures are not very good (look for yourself on the sealife gallery page). Could be fine for video, but not for photos. And the DC1400 requires a housing. I think I’ll go with a Canon D30 which comes without housing and with an integrated flash. It should be usable with an external flash (like a sea dragon) for enough light.

    • Seaman
      2016-05-30 11:05

      Hello Fabien,

      Thanks for visiting

      The DC1400 does have zoom and internal flash so stills are better with the DC1400 . SeaLife does have a new Macro close up lens coming out in June for the Micro . Couple that with a photo video light and the Micro pictures will be much better. It is matter of what you are looking for in a camera.

      Kind regards

  • Mike
    2016-07-05 11:07

    Hi Seaman, nice review – thanks!

    I saw a review on Amazon and the guy was complaining about excess noise and that his mates GoPro was much better in this respect.

    Do you have any experience of this issue?

    Thanks, Mike

    • Seaman
      2016-07-11 10:15

      Hello there Mike,

      We must describe “excess noise”. Because my SeaLife Micro HD is working properly, I haven’t experienced such a noise. If any of the readers have experienced, let them share info with us.

      GoPro and SeaLife Micro HD is slightly different in function. One is action cam, one is (as i say) for beginner and intermediate u/w photographers/videographers.

      What I am thinking is that this “noise issue” might be a technical problem that needs to be fixed particular to that user, not a total problem for the whole SeaLife Micro HDs.

      Take care.

  • Evelyn Colon
    2016-11-14 23:38

    Hi seaman , im planning to purchase micro hd 32 wifi and would like to know the life expectancy of the internal battery, i had the gopro hero and it only lasted a year in my hands. This also had an nternal battery.

    • Seaman
      2016-11-15 10:35

      Hello Evelyn,

      Thanks for visiting.

      This depends on how frequently you use your camera.

      For me, I use my SeaLife Micro HD for 2 years and used it apprx. in 50 dives, half-an-hour records each.

      Maybe other DiveWithSeaman readers here may answer your question, too. So we can make an estimation.

      By the way, how many hours/dives you used your GoPro Hero? I am sure this will help us, too.

      Take care and dive safe.

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