Sealife DC1200 Review

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irishstout

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Thanks for the post... it was nice to see some good shots taken with this camera. I know that there are many negative comments on this but is still something that I am considering purchasing.

Do you have any personal complaints about it or things you wish were different? How is the shutter lag for the most part?

Thanks, Sean
 

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Thanks for info and viewing samples as am doing my due diliegence on upgrading versus remaining the the point and shoot ie SeaLife 1200 Duo Maxx. I have a question when looking a videos I noticed one had a sepia tone and another green tone (phillipines) and thought I understood that this unit had built in filters. Are these active in the video mode and 2nd where you able to use the zoom when in u/w video mode? Thx.
 

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Hi, i was wondering if i bought the duo maxx would i need to use wthe red filter because i would have the light, or could i use the light and red filter and light, or would that look crappy? Thanks
 
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Thanks for the post... it was nice to see some good shots taken with this camera. I know that there are many negative comments on this but is still something that I am considering purchasing.

Do you have any personal complaints about it or things you wish were different? How is the shutter lag for the most part?

Thanks, Sean

I just looked at this thread for the first time in a while so sorry about not responding. I don't have any complaints about the DC1200. I just would like to have the strobe for it. Its difficult to get good shots in underwater mode if the viz isn't good and/or natural light is not abundant. This is probably true with any point-and-shoot underwater camera. I have taken to using Land mode with a flash and shooting close while diving in the silty Pacific.
 
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Thanks for info and viewing samples as am doing my due diliegence on upgrading versus remaining the the point and shoot ie SeaLife 1200 Duo Maxx. I have a question when looking a videos I noticed one had a sepia tone and another green tone (phillipines) and thought I understood that this unit had built in filters. Are these active in the video mode and 2nd where you able to use the zoom when in u/w video mode? Thx.

You may have been taking video in Land mode while underwater. Make sure you are in underwater mode before switching to video. I don't think the zoom operates while in video mode. Also, natural light has to be decent. Not usually a problem while diving in the Philippines.
 

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What's up with the red tint to my videos? The DC1200 was in U/W mode and a video taken at 25fsw w/o artificial light is tinted red.
 

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AfterDark, change the settings to cloudy.
Thanks I'll give it try.
 

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What's up with the red tint to my videos? The DC1200 was in U/W mode and a video taken at 25fsw w/o artificial light is tinted red.

I bought this camera 2 weeks ago for a Sharm diving holiday and I was deeply disappointed with what I can only suppose was a "rushed" operating system: I, too, had the same query as you:

I put the cam on underwater mode and then wondered why, when reviewing on the surface, the videos had a red tint: it seems that the camera stupidly keeps the video in land mode and only the photos are placed in underwater mode.

For me, it would make more sense that a user would probably want both photo and video modes to go into underwater mode if he selected underwater.

Careless programming from the manufacturer?
 

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