If you’re one who tends to love spending your vacation time near beaches as well as diving and snorkeling spots instead of the great outdoors in the mountains far away from civilization, then you would do well to tote around some sort of underwater-capable digital camera.

SeaLife intends to cater for that particular market with their new Mini II Dive & Sport digital camera, as this 9-megapixel shooter might be small in stature, but it is definitely no slouch when it comes to performance. Capable of shooting all your great underwater and outdoor adventures, the Mini II also comes with an intuitive interface so that you need not waste precious oxygen underwater when panicking on fiddling with its controls.

One standout feature of the Mini II would be its ruggedness – how many of you can say the same for your underwater equipment? Granted, this is a whole lot cheaper than the professional gear that you tote around, so the Mini II clearly targets casual users instead of seasoned professionals. The truly amphibious shooter is both waterproof and shockproof, where it is guaranteed to function underwater at depths down to 130 feet without the need for an external housing.

Not only that, its rubber armor also delivers a surefire grip, even when it is wet, and will still be able to keep on shooting even if you drop it from 2 meters high. An unbreakable ruggedized body more or less makes the Mini II virtually crush-proof, but we wouldn’t want to take the chance by having a shark bite into this since we’re sure it will be crushed in no time.

There are new underwater modes in the Mini II, making it a snap to use and eliminate the common blue hues of images taken underwater. With the Land Auto mode, it will automatically control exposure and internal flash. When you’re underwater, the Sea Mode brightens up the exposure while eliminating the “blue effect,” and the Snorkel Mode controls exposure and color correction in shallow-water settings.

Kathy Dowsett

www.kirkscubagear.com

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About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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