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SeaLife Makes Things Easy With The New DC1200
By Matt J. Weiss, February 26, 2010 @ 12:40 PM (EST)

We recently found out at Our World Underwater that SeaLife is releasing the DC1200, an upgrade from the wildly popular DC1000. Part of what makes SeaLife cameras so popular is that they are dedicated underwater cameras that are designed to make underwater photography as simple as possible while still getting good results.

The DC1200 has taken simplicity to the next level by offering ergonomic controls so you never have to take your finger away from the shutter to change settings.  They have done this by removing the complicated buttons on the back of the camera and replaced them with simple "piano keys."  The DC1200 also includes a front zoom lever that can be used to control the menu options. Other key features include:

  • 12 mega pixel CCD (1/2.33”)
  • 4 Underwater modes including Sea Mode and Snorkel Mode
  • Full Manual Controls
  • White balance presets for different depth and water color

Below is a video demonstration of the piano keys and lever in action from OWU as well as the full press release. Complete specs can be found in the Equipment Section.  


Press Release

One outstanding feature of SeaLife’s new 12 megapixel dive camera is its simplicity. In the past, the diver or snorkeler had to take the hand off the camera and shutter in order to operate the zoom or the button cluster on the back of the camera. Now, as a first among underwater cameras, the new SeaLife DC1200 eliminates the typical button cluster on the back of the camera in favor of five easy thumb-operated “Piano Keys”.  Simplifying the operation even more, the large shutter button extends forward with a fingertip-control lever that allows scrolling through menus or zooming in and out without releasing your grip from the camera.  This “Central Command Lever” and the “Piano Keys” are making great underwater pictures and videos easier than ever before.

The DC1200 includes four specially designed underwater modes making it possible for anyone to take sharp, colorful underwater pictures in any setting.  Just in case you forget which underwater mode to choose, SeaLife includes an Easy Set-up mode - a graphic on-screen guide that takes the guess work out of setting up the camera for great pictures on land or underwater. 

SeaLife DC1200

The camera functions just as effectively top-side as it does underwater by easily removing the slim inner camera from its waterproof housing.  The 12-megapixel camera includes 5x optical zoom, auto-focus to 4 inches (10 cm) and features a video mode for shooting continuous, high-resolution digital videos with sound.  Its large 3 inch LCD allows perfect framing and easy on-camera viewing. 

“The DC1200 takes our belief in making underwater photography easier and more enjoyable for all levels of divers” said Joe Ifi, SeaLife’s director of Sales and Marketing.  “Ease of use and advanced adaptation to underwater conditions has made SeaLife the leader in underwater cameras. With its new features and advanced technology, the DC1200 is sure to add a new dimension of fun in and out of water.”

SPY mode allows the camera to take continuous pictures at set time intervals so you capture the perfect shot of hard to photograph subjects.   Select the desired time interval from 5 seconds to 5 minutes and push the shutter button.  The camera will automatically take pictures until the memory card is full, you push the shutter button again or the camera runs out of power.  Capture those impossible pictures when you can’t get close enough to the subject.  The SPY mode has endless applications limited only to your creativity.

SeaLife DC1200


The DC1200 is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 200 feet (60 meters) although its total weight is less than 17 ounces (482 g) and its compact size is only 3.5” x 5.5” x 3.4” (HxWxD). It features a 25X Mega Zoom (5X optical zoom plus 5X digital zoom), four underwater exposure modes (Sea, Snorkel, External Flash Auto, External Flash Manual) and 12 land modes (Auto, Sports, Sunset, Sunrise, Snow, Beach, Panorama, Splash-water, Flow-water, Night Scene, Landscape, Fireworks). The camera’s external polycarbonate body is rubber-armored for sure-grip handling and shock-protection in all conditions. 

The camera system includes 29 MB of built-in memory, and an SD/SDHC Card can be added for up to 16 Gigabyte of memory. Included is a rechargeable lithium battery that will power the camera for a two-tank dive and 200+ photographs. 

The SeaLife DC1200 Underwater Camera (item # SL700) is available at dive and photo shops nationwide at a suggested list price of $499.95.  The DC1200 Elite (Item SL708), which includes the popular Digital Pro Flash (SL961), Wide Angle lens (SL970) and Travel case, retails for $899. 

SeaLife Cameras is a leading manufacturer in digital dive cameras, with over 25 years of experience designing durable waterproof cameras to the specific needs of outdoor and watersports enthusiasts.



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