Summary: I only used the Sea Life DC1000 about 18 times over the last year and a half.We used it only on warm destination dives.The external flash unit has a on/off/test lever on the top of the housing which has always been very easy to move , so much so that when traveling it would often move to the on position by itself and then drain the batteries.I learned after 3 times to remove the batteries when traveling.I just got back from a dive holiday in Belize to find that the lever...
Pros: Pictures are of fair to good quality.In all fairness to the camera you need to practice all the settings in different water conditions with and without the strobe to achieve the best possible picture quality.The strobe reflects back on particles in the water on overcast days and you should be closer to the subjects when taking the pictures.
Cons: The wide angle lens has to be installed after you are under the water or there will be a water level line on your pictures.The lens fit is tight and won't let the air out very fast.I am still trying to get the movie to work with there instructions when you have it set on the camera underwater setting.The strobe on lever is very sloppy and now broken.
Some nice underwater features but color software needs improvement
Field Animal, Amazon
17 February 2010
Summary: For a trip to the Yucatan, I purchased the SeaLife DC1000 with single flash unit, as we anticipated diving, and also a Canon D10 to allow more options while snorkeling. The DC1000 has some nice features (push-button controls are generally easy to use underwater) and comes at a reasonable price for a dive-capable camera for those of us that have limited chances to do photography with scuba.
with some experimentation a great camera,requires patience
S. Sadler, Amazon
5 February 2010
Summary: this camera has great potential, BUT not for snorkeling in under 15 feet. Buy one of those cheap ones for that. The color adjustor for the DC1000 is overkill for blue (Hawaiian, Caribbean) water and most pics are very orange! I had to use the LAND setting to avoid that problem, then adjust the exposure based on the depth and sunlight. ALOT of practice is needed for this. Fortunatley I had over a week in Hawaii! Diving over 15 feet however, is another story.