SeaLife ReefMaster DC300 Review

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Review posted 9/20/03

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The SeaLife ReefMaster DC300 is a high quality 3-megapixel digital camera for use on land or under the water. It's rated waterproof to 200 feet when mounted in the included housing and can be set to one of three different automatic exposure modes: Land, Sea or Sea w/external flash. The "Sea" modes set the camera for optimal color reproduction in the deep blue. The DC300 is the 3-megapixel point-n-shoot model with minimal control buttons on its housing. The Reefmaster DC310 is the 3-megapixel deluxe model with a complete set of control buttons and can be changed from still to movie mode while underwater, the DC300 (and DC250) housing lacks a mode dial control.

The Reefmaster cameras feature a bright yellow, rubber armored outer housing and large non-slip grip areas to make them durable and easy to use when wet. They also feature an Instant Delete function -- after taking a picture it is displayed on the color LCD along with a "Delete Current?" prompt for 4 seconds. If you like the shot - just wait a few seconds. If you don't like it, simply hit the shutter again and it's deleted. This makes it easier and faster to keep only the shots that you want!

The 1.5-inch color LCD makes it easy to review images and access the menus. Get long battery life using lithium CR-V3 or high-capacity AA rechargeable NiMH batteries. The DC300 can also be enhanced with SeaLife accessories like macro and wide angle lenses, and external flash units. The perfect gift for the warm-water tropical vacationer or diver in your family! They also make great cameras for those engaging in water-based sports or extreme weather conditions.

SeaLife ReefMaster DC300

And don't forget that the camera comes out of the housing and can be used liked any other digital camera when you're not diving or snorkeling. The DC300 is an easy to use camera that can create photo-quality 8 x 10-inch prints and is small enough to fit in your pants pocket.

ReefMaster DC300 Features

  • 3-Megapixel CCD, creates up to 2048x1536 images
  • Land Mode, Sea Mode and Sea Mode w/External Flash
  • U/W case is depth tested to 200 feet
  • Sea modes generate vivid colors in low light
  • Review and Instant delete option in both Sea Modes
  • 1.5-inch color TFT monitor
  • Automatic TTL exposure control in 3 programs
  • Normal, Portrait and Macro focus modes
  • Adjustable ISO speed, white balance and exposure compensation
  • Automatic power save mode to extend battery power
  • Expandable with ReefMaster lenses, flashes and accessories
  • Powered by 2xAA batteries or a CR-V3 battery
  • 8MB internal memory expanudable with optional SD cards
  • USB connectivity and Video Out

The ReefMaster DC300 outfit is available now and includes: 3-Megapixel DC300 digital camera, Underwater housing, wrist and safety strap, CD with MGI Photo Suite software, USB cable, Video cable, Care Kit with anti-fog desiccant cartridges, Full color manual, Detailed instruction book, Soft case for inner camera.

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SeaLife ReefMaster DC300

SeaLife ReefMaster DC300

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SeaLife ReefMaster DC300

SeaLife ReefMaster DC300

The DC300 is -not- waterproof unless it's inside of the underwater case.

SeaLife ReefMaster DC300

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Reefmaster DC300 Specifications

Rated Depth: 200 ft.
Effective Pixels: 3 Megapixels
Image Quality: 3 levels (Super Fine, Fine, Normal)
Image Sizes: 2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480
File Format: JPEG, EXIF 2.1
Exposure Modes: Land, Sea, Sea w/external flash
Lens: 7.9mm (~38mm in 35mm equivalent) f/3.5, fixed focus lens
Focus Modes: Landscape / Seascape - 6 feet to infinity on land
3.5 feet to infinity underwater
Portrait - 3 to 6 feet
Macro - 2 to 3 feet
Exposure Compensation: -1.8 to +1.8EV in 0.3EV steps
Digital Zoom: Yes, 2X
TTL Exposure Control: Aperture: f/2.8 or f/8
Shutter speeds: 1/30th - 1/800th
Shot-to-Shot: approx. 4 seconds in Land mode w/out flash
approx. 8 seconds in Sea mode w/flash
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Sunset, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Flash Modes: Auto, on, off, pre-flash Red Eye reduction
Self timer: 10 seconds
Slide Show: YES
Color LCD: 1.5 inch color TFT monitor
Data LCD: n/a
Optical Viewfinder: Yes, with 85% frame coverage
Memory: 8 MB builtin
plus optional Secure Digital card (up to 256 MB)
Number of pictures: 8 MB internal: 3 high quality, 90 e-mail quality
128 MB card: 145 high / 1,283 email
Connectors: Video/USB/DC IN
Video Signal: NTSC or PAL selectable
Playback Features: Single image, image with information, multi-image 3x3 thumbnails, slideshow, delete, DPOF
Power: 2 x AA alkaline, NiMH (recommended), lithium
or one CR-V3 type lithium
Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.4 x 1.6 x 2.2 inches
112 x 41 x 56 mm
Weight: 5.2 oz / 150 g (without batteries and SD card)
Dive Easy Housing
Depth Rated: 200 ft. (60m)
Construction: Fully rubbered armored for water and shock protection
Grips: Soft rubber
Hardware: Stainless Steel
O-ring: Yes, on lid - Teflon coated
Closure: single latch
Leak Check: Window let's you see if housing leaks while underwater
Lens Port: Optical glass port accepts auxilliary macro or wide angle lenses
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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