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Product design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
This includes primary product specifications, software, software drivers,
and user’s manual. This User Manual is a general reference guide for the
product.
The illustrations in this manual are for the purpose of explanation and may
differ from the actual design of your camera.
The manufacturer assumes no liability for any errors or discrepancies in
this user manual.
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Safety Instructions >>
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read and understand all Warnings and Cautions before using this product.
Warnings
Continued use under the following conditions may cause fire or electric shock.
Contact your local authorized SeaLife dealer for repair service if the product
is damaged.
If foreign objects or water have entered the camera, turn the power
off and remove the battery.
If the camera has fallen or its case has been damaged, turn the power
off and remove the battery.
Do not disassemble, change or repair the camera.
Use the supplied AC adapter only with the indicated power supply
voltage.
Do not use the camera in areas near water, rain, snow, high humidity,
sand, dirt or combustible gas* unless it is properly sealed in the
waterproof housing provided.
* Warning - the camera inside the waterproof housing IS NOT certified
to be intrinsically safe. Using the camera in an environment containing
combustible gases may result in explosion or fire.
Keep the battery out of the reach of children.
The battery might cause poisoning. If any part of the battery is accidentally
swallowed, immediately consult a physician.
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Do not fire the flash close to anyone’s eyes.
This might cause damage to the person’s eyesight.
Do not subject the LCD monitor to impact.
This might damage the glass on the screen or cause the internal fluid to
leak. If the internal fluid enters your eyes or comes into contact with your
body or clothes, rinse with fresh water. If the internal fluid has entered your
eyes, consult a physician to receive treatment.
Cautions >>
Cautions
A camera is a precision instrument. Do not drop it, strike it or use
excessive force when handling the camera.
This might cause damage to the camera.
Do not remove the battery immediately after long period of continuous
use.
The battery becomes hot during use. Touching a hot battery might cause
burns.
Do not wrap the camera or place it in cloth or blankets.
This might cause heat to build up and deform the case, resulting in fire.
Use the camera in a well-ventilated place.
Do not leave the camera in places where the temperature may rise
significantly, such as inside a car.
This might adversely affect the case or the parts inside, resulting in fire.
Before you move the camera, disconnect cords and cables.
Failure to do this might damage cords and cables, resulting in fire and
electric shock.
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Battery Usage >>
Notes on Battery Usage
When you use the battery, carefully read and strictly observe the Safety
Instructions and the notes described below:
 Use only the specified battery (3.7V) provided with the camera.
 Extremely cold environments can shorten the battery life and reduce camera
performance.
 When you are using a new rechargeable battery or a rechargeable battery
that has not been used for an extended period of time, it may affect
the number of images that can be captured. Therefore, to maximize its
performance and lifetime, we recommend that you fully charge the battery
and discharge it for at least one complete cycle before use.
 The battery may feel warm after a long period of continuous use of the
camera or the flash. This is normal and not a malfunction.
 The camera may feel warm after a long period of continuous use. This is
normal and not a malfunction.
 If the battery is not to be used for a long period of time, remove it from the
camera to prevent leakage or corrosion and store it after no battery power
is left. Stored for a long time in a fully charged condition, its performance
may be impaired.
 Always keep the battery terminals clean.
 There is a risk of explosion if the battery is replaced by an incorrect
type.
 Dispose of used battery according to your local recycling laws.
 Charge the battery fully before using for the first time.
 To prevent short-circuiting or fire, keep the battery away from other metal
objects when carrying or storing.
This symbol mark [crossed-out wheeled bin] indicates separate
collection of waste batteries in the EU countries. The batteries
provided with this product shall not be treated as household
waste. Please use the return and collection systems available
in your country for the disposal of the waste batteries.
If a chemical symbol is printed beneath the symbol mark, this
chemical symbol means that the batteries contains a heavy
metal at a certain concentration. It is indicated as follows:
Hg: mercury, Cd: cadmium, Pb: lead.
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Read and understand the instructions contained in this manual before
using underwater.
The inner camera is not waterproof or shock protected. Seal the camera
inside the waterproof housing in areas of water, rain, snow, high humidity,
sand, dirt or combustible gas*.
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Follow these important O-ring care instructions or the waterproof housing
may leak.
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Warning - the camera inside the waterproof housing IS NOT certified
to be intrinsically safe. Using the camera in an environment containing
combustible gases may result in explosion or fire.
Do not lubricate o-ring.
Inspect and clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces for sand, hair and
other debris before every use. Clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces
with cleaning brush provided.
Inspect O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces for damage (cuts, scratches,
tears, cracks, dents and any other imperfections.) Replace O-ring or have
waterproof housing serviced if the O-ring or O-ring contact surfaces become
damaged.
Do not use underwater housing if O-ring or O-ring contact surfaces are
damaged.
Make sure O-ring is completely seated into O-ring groove before sealing
housing.
Make sure the O-ring is not twisted when seated in the O-ring groove.
Carefully follow O-ring removal and installation instructions contained on
page 64 of this manual.
Replace O-ring every year to ensure proper seal. Only use approved
SeaLife O-ring designed for the DC1200 (Item # SL17017). Replacement
O-rings are available at your local authorized SeaLife dealer, or online at
www.sealifepartsdirect.com (USA Only).
Important Notes on Waterproof Function >>
Important Notes on Waterproof Function and Waterproof Housing
Carefully close lid and latch to seal housing and make sure there are no
obstructions that prevent housing from closing or sealing properly.
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Notes on Waterproof Function >>
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Soak and rinse waterproof housing in fresh water for about 2 minutes after
underwater use or if the housing becomes dirty.
Press each button several times to clean out any saltwater, sand or dirt
that may be trapped under the buttons.
Use clean, soft cloth to dry housing.
Store camera and housing only after careful cleaning and when totally
dry.
Do not let any moisture or dirt get inside housing when opening. This may
result in damage to the inner camera.
Make sure that you and the waterproof housing are completely dry before
opening the waterproof door or changing the batteries or the SD memory
card.
Avoid opening housing in wet, sandy or humid environments. It is
recommended to open and load the housing in dry cool air, such as inside
an air conditioned room. This will prevent water or humidity from being
trapped inside the housing, which may cause fogging to occur or damage
the inner camera.
Avoid getting sunscreen or suntan oil on the camera as it may cause
discoloration of the surface. If any oil gets on the camera, wash it off
immediately with warm water.
The waterproof function does not apply to the camera’s accessories.
Do not exceed the depth rating of 60m (200ft.) or the housing may become
damage and leak.
The camera may sink if dropped in water, so be sure to attach the strap
to your wrist or buoyancy control device (BCD) when using the camera in
or near water.
Store housing at room temperature in a clean and dry place.
Do not expose housing to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
Do not store housing in extreme high temperatures, such as the trunk of
your car.
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INTRODUCTION
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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA
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Recording Video Clips
Playing Back Video Clips
PLAYBACK MODE
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Capturing Images (Taking Pictures)
Setting the Focus
About Easy Set-up Mode
About External Flash Modes
About Sea and Snorkel Modes
About Spy Mode
Recording a Subject onto an Existing Background Image
Combining Shots of Two People into a Single Image
Setting the Panorama Mode
VIDEO MODE
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Preparation
Charging the Battery
Speed Scrolling and Menu Navigation
Initial Settings
CAPTURE MODE
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Front View
Rear View
LCD Monitor Display
GETTING STARTED
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Overview
Package Contents
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CONTENTS
Playing Back Still Images
Removing Red-eye
Attaching Voice Memos
Playing back voice memo
Protecting Images
MENU OPTIONS
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Capture Menu
Setting Manual White Balance (WB)
Video Menu
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TRANSFERRING FILES TO YOUR COMPUTER
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Downloading Your Files
EDITING SOFTWARE
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SPECIFICATIONS (INNER CAMERA ONLY)
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APPENDIX
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Possible number of shots (still image)
Possible recording time / sec (video clip)
UNDERWATER HOUSING INSTRUCTIONS
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Playback Menu
Setup Menu
MUST DO for underwater housing:
Maintaining a waterproof seal
Quick waterproof test (before you depart on your dive trip)
HOW TO INSTALL AND REMOVE O-RING
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HOW TO OPEN AND CLOSE WATERPROOF HOUSING
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INSTALLING THE FLASH LINK OPTICAL CABLE ADAPTER
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HOW TO SET-UP THE WATERPROOF HOUSING
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USING AND CLEANING THE UNDERWATER HOUSING AND
CAMERA
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GREAT UNDERWATER PICTURES MADE EASY
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
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HOUSING SPECIFICATIONS
Overview
Thank you for purchasing the SeaLife DC1200 digital underwater camera. This
is not your ordinary land camera in a waterproof housing. The SeaLife camera
includes special onboard software and exposure programs that have been
developed through extensive underwater testing and research to ensure bright,
colorful underwater pictures and video. It is equipped with the latest digital
technology which means the camera is automatic and easy to use.
The SeaLife waterproof housing is constructed from the finest materials to
ensure long-lasting and reliable performance. It’s fully rubber armored body
offers superior shock protection. The durable polycarbonate underbody can
withstand underwater pressure down to 200ft/60m. It’s large shutter button and
wide-spread controls ensures a sure-grip and easy handling, even with dive
gloves on. All metallic parts are made of high-grade stainless steel to survive
the punishing saltwater and marine environment.
If you do not already own an underwater strobe, you may consider purchasing
this important accessory to add color and brightness to your underwater
pictures. The seemingly dark and colorless underwater world is actually
bursting with magical, vibrant colors - you [and your camera] just need a light
to see it. You will be amazed at the great underwater pictures you can take
with the addition of the SeaLife Digital Pro Flash (item # SL961). Please visit
your local dive shop or www.sealife-cameras.com for more information about
the SeaLife flash.
There are so many more features and benefits that you will surely enjoy. All
of us at SeaLife hope to exceed your expectations with this new camera.
Happy diving!
UW picture taken with
SeaLife flash
UW picture taken
without SeaLife flash
Picture of
DC1200 Elite
Introduction >>
INTRODUCTION
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Package Contents >>
Package Contents
Carefully unpack your camera and ensure that you have the following items:
Common Product Components (with item #):
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Digital Camera (SL70001)
Underwater Housing (SL117) with lanyard (SL32070)
Instruction manual (SL70025) and Quick Guide (SL70024)
CD-ROM (SL70020)
USB cable (SL18130)
AV cable (SL18131)
Camera strap (item # not available)
Camera pouch (SL70090)
AC power adapter (SL70032)
Battery charging tray (SL70035)
International plug adapters (SL19003)
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (SL7014)
Flash Link optical cable adapter (SL17052)
Moisture Muncher capsules / 2-pack sample (SL2522)
Cleaning brush (SL256) and lens cloth (SL25210)
Common (Optional) Accessories:
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SD/SDHC memory card
Spare battery (Item # SL7014)
SeaLife Digital Pro Flash (SL961)
Moisture Muncher capsules 10-pack (SL911)
SeaLife Wide Angle Lens (SL970)
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Accessories and components may vary by retailer.
Visit your local SeaLife dealer or www.sealife-cameras.com for a
complete listing of accessories.
Front View
2 3 4
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1.
Zoom lever (Menu scrolling lever)
2.
Mode button (To select picture or video mode)
3.
Status LED
4.
ON/OFF Power button
5.
Self-timer LED
6.
Microphone
7.
Lens
8.
Flash
Getting To Know Your Camera >>
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA
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Getting To Know Your Camera >>
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Rear View
a.
b.
c.
d.
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Item
LCD monitor
USB and AV OUT terminal
Strap holder
Tripod mount
Battery / Memory card cover
Function
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Playback Mode
1.
Shutter button
(Set button when in
menu)
Record button
(Set button when in
menu)
Still Image:
Records voice memo
(if “Voice Memo” is “On”).
Video clip: to play video clip
2.
Playback mode
Playback mode
Still image: to capture mode
Video clip: to video mode
3.
Capture menu
Video menu
Playback menu
4.
Self-timer
Self-timer
Previous image
5.
Compensation
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Focus
7.
Flash
-Focus
Previous Image
Next image
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Next Image
8.
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Still Image:
Records voice memo
( if “Voice Memo” is “On”).
Video clip: to play video clip
9.
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Delete
Capture mode
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2.
3.
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5.
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14.
Image stab. icon
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] On
[ Blank ] Off
Battery condition
[ l ] Full battery power
[ o ] Medium battery power
[ n ] Low battery power
[ m ] No battery power
Flash mode
[ Blank ] Auto
[ a ] Flash On
[ d ] Flash Off
[ c ] Red-eye
[ ` ] Slow Sync
[ _ ] Pre-flash
[
] Macro Flash
(Ext Flash Auto mode only)
[
] Far Flash
(Ext Flash Auto mode only)
Storage media
[
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[
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[
] Histogram
Main focus area
Image quality
[
] Super Fine
[
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[
] Standard
[
] Economy
Image size resolution
[
] 3968 x 2976
[
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[
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[
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[
] 640 x 480
Available number of shots
ISO
[ Blank ] Auto
[
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[
] ISO 200
[
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[
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[
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Self-timer icon
[ Blank ] Off
[ f ] 2 sec.
[ g ] 10 sec.
[ h ] 10+2 sec.
Date and time
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Capture mode icon
[ Blank ] Single
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Continuous
Spy mode
AEB
(Auto Exposure Bracketing)
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[
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[
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[
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Slow shutter warning
White balance
[ Blank ] Auto
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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Focus setting
[ Blank ] Auto
[
] Macro
[
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Mode icon / Scene mode
[
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[
] Sea
[
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] ExtFlash Auto
[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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[
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Zoom status
Getting To Know Your Camera >>
LCD Monitor Display
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Getting To Know Your Camera >>
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Video mode
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Zoom status
Flash mode
Battery condition
Storage media
Main focus area
Video quality
Video resolution
Available recording time/Elapsed time
Self-timer icon
Date and time
Focus setting
Mode icon
Sound off icon
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Playback mode - Still image playback
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15.
16.
Voice memo
Battery condition
Storage media
Histogram
Image quality
ISO
Image size resolution
File number
Folder number
Date and time
Exposure value
Aperture value
Shutter speed value
DPOF icon
Protect icon
Mode icon
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Video status bar
Elapsed time
File number
Folder number
Sound off icon (When the  button is
pressed during video playback)
Play mode
Mode icon
Total recorded time
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Total
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Play
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Playback mode - Video playback
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Getting Started >>
GETTING STARTED
Preparation
1.
Attach the camera strap.
[Important: Camera strap must be removed
when using camera inside the waterproof
housing]
2.
3.
Open the battery/memory card cover.
Insert the supplied battery with correct
orientation as shown.
4.
Insert an SD/SDHC memory card (Optional).
 The camera has 32MB internal memory
(29MB available for image storage), but
you can load an SD/SDHC memory
card to expand the camera’s memory
capacity.
 Be sure to format the memory card with
this camera before its initial usage. Refer
to page 20 for instructions on how to
format the memory card.
Close the battery/memory card cover and
make sure it is locked securely.
5.
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To prevent valuable data from
being accidentally erased from
an SD/SDHC memory card, you
can slide the write protect tab (on
the side of the SD/SDHC memory
Write-protect tab
Write-protection state
card) to “LOCK”.
To save, edit, or erase data on an
SD/SDHC memory card, you must unlock the card.
To prevent damaging of an SD/SDHC memory card, be sure to turn off
the power when inserting or removing the SD/SDHC memory card. If
inserting or removing the SD/SDHC memory card with the power on,
the camera will automatically turn off.
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Charging the Battery
Charge the battery fully with the supplied battery charger before use.
1. Insert the battery into the battery charger. (Battery label side up)
2. Connect the power cord to the charger and insert the plug into a wall
outlet.
 The status LED on the charger
lights red when charging has
1
started and lights green when
2
charging is completed. The LED
also lights green if no battery is
inserted into the charger.
 Charging time varies according
to the ambient temperature and
the status of battery.
 Remove the battery after
charging is completed.
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NOTE
The battery may feel warm after it has been charged or immediately after
being used. This is normal and not a malfunction.
When using the camera in cold areas, keep the camera and battery
warm by holding them inside your outer clothing.
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Getting Started >>
Speed Scrolling and Menu Navigation
There are two ways to navigate the menus:
Speed scrolling
When the Menu is open, use the Zoom lever to quickly scroll through the menus
and the shutter button to set the camera. This is how you adjust the camera
settings when the camera is inside the underwater housing.
1. Press the Menu button.
2. Turn the zoom lever right [ ] to scroll down or right through the menu.
3. Turn the zoom lever left [ ] to scroll up or left through the menu.
4. The Shutter button functions like the Set button when the Menu is open Press the Shutter button to confirm the setting.
Navigation button scrolling
This is the traditional method for scrolling through the menu. When the Menu is
open, use the Nav button to scroll through the menus and press the Set button
to confirm your selection. You can use traditional Nav button scrolling or Speed
Scrolling when the camera is NOT inside the underwater housing.
1. Press the Menu button.
2. Use the Nav button to move up, down, left and right through the menus.
3. Press the Set button to confirm the setting.
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Whenever the instruction manual refers to  /  /  / , you can use the
zoom lever or navigation button.
Whenever the instruction manual refers to the SET button, you can use
the Shutter or Set button.
Setting the Date and Time
The date/time needs to be set if and when:
 The camera is turned on for the first time.
 The camera is turned on after leaving the camera without the battery for
an extended period of time.
When the date and time information is not displayed on the LCD monitor, follow
these steps to set the correct date and time.
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [Setup] with the  button.
3. Select [Date/Time] with the  / 
buttons, and press the SET button.
 Select the date format with the  / 
buttons, and press the SET button.
 Select the item’s field with the  /
 buttons and adjust the value for
the date and time with the  / 
buttons.
 The time is displayed in 24-hour
format.
 After confirming all settings are
correct, press the SET button.
4. To exit from the [Setup] menu, press the
MENU button.
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Getting Started >>
Initial Settings
When you are in the Date/Time menu, you can also use the zoom lever
to increase or decrease the time/date values and use the Shutter button
to set the value.
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Getting Started >>
Choosing the Language
Specify in which language menus and messages are to be displayed on the
LCD monitor.
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [Setup] menu with the  button.
3. Select [Language] with the  /  buttons
and press the SET button.
4. Select the displayed language with the
 /  buttons and press the SET
button.
 The setting will be stored.
5. To exit from the [Setup] menu, press the
MENU button
Formatting the Memory Card or Internal Memory
This utility formats the internal memory (or memory card) and erases all stored
images and data.
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [Setup] menu with  button.
3. Select [Format] with the  /  buttons,
then press the SET button.
4. Select [Yes] with the  /  buttons, and
press the SET button.
 To cancel formatting, select [No] and
press the SET button.
5. To exit from the [Setup] menu, press the
Menu button.
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You should format the memory card before its initial usage or after the
card has been used in another camera or SD card device.
Formatting the memory card WILL ERASE all images and data on the
card.
Capturing Images (Taking Pictures)
Your camera is equipped with a 3” full color LCD monitor to help you compose
images, playback recorded images/video clips or adjust menu settings.
1. Press the ON/OFF button to turn the power on.
 The status LED lights green and the camera is initiated.
 When the power is turned on, the camera will start in the mode that
was last set.
2. Press the Mode button and set the camera to Capture mode (not Video
mode).
3. Compose your image in the LCD monitor.
 Turn the zoom lever right to zoom in on the subject, and enlarge the
subject on the LCD monitor.
 Turn the zoom lever left to zoom out on the subject, and provide a wider
angle image.
4. Press the shutter button.
 Pressing the shutter button down
halfway automatically focuses
a Press down fully
and adjusts the exposure, and
b Press down
pressing the shutter button down
fully
fully captures the images.
 The focus area frame turns green
when the camera is in focus and
the exposure is calculated.
 When the focus or exposure is not
suitable, the frame of the focus
area turns red.
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Capture Mode >>
CAPTURE MODE
Avoid using zoom while underwater to take pictures of subjects at far
away distances. For best underwater pictures, keep your subjects within
2 m / 6 ft shooting distance.
If the focus area frame is red, the light conditions or contrast may be too
low. Try again until focus frame is green, or try focussing on a subject
with higher contrast located at equal distance to the shooting subject.
The Flash icon on the LCD display flashes on and off when the flash is
charging. When the flash icon is solid, the camera is ready.
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About External Flash Modes >>
Setting the Focus
The camera uses an auto focus lens system. You
can select among the three focus settings described
below.
Press the
mode.
button to select the desired focus
The table below will help you choose the appropriate focus mode:
Focus mode
Description
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] Auto Focus
Select this setting and the camera will automatically
focus from approximately 2ft (60cm) to infinity. In
Tele zoom the range is 3ft (90cm) to infinity.
] Macro
Select this setting for close-up pictures between 4
inches (10cm) to 3ft (90cm). In Tele zoom the range
is 2 ft (60cm) to 4ft (120cm).
] Infinity
Select this setting to lock the camera to the infinity
focus point (3ft/90cm to infinity). This setting results
in a fast shutter response time and is ideal for
action shots because the camera’s focus is already
set to infinity.
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The Easy Set-up mode is a fast and easy way to set the camera for underwater
or land photography. Select Easy Set-up option located in the capture menu.
Then, select the best choice from a series of options depending on the shooting
condition and the accessories you are using.
1. Press the Menu button and select Easy Set-up:
2.
Select Underwater or Land.
3.
Select Camera+Flash or Camera Only.
4.
Select Snorkeling or Diving.
5.
The camera is now correctly set for you type of shooting condition.
About Easy Set-up Mode >>
About Easy Set-up Mode
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About Sea and Snorkel Modes >>
About External Flash Modes
When using one (or two) SeaLife external flashes (optional accessory), set the
camera Scene mode to ExtFlash Auto or ExtFlash MNL [manual] mode.
In Ext Flash Auto mode, the camera automatically adjusts the exposure resulting
in sharp, colorful underwater pictures. The camera is pre-programmed to
account for the additional flash power and result in optimal image exposure
and brightness
In Ext Flash MNL mode, the camera aperture and shutter speed setting must
be manually set for the desired exposure effect. The Manual mode is intended
for advanced photographers only who are familiar with effects of aperture and
shutter speed settings.
In both Ext Flash modes, the camera’s flash is set to Forced Flash and
will always fire. When the camera’s flash fires, it will automatically fire
the optional External Flash accessory. For more information about the
SeaLife External Flash accessory, please visit your local dive retailer or
www.sealife-cameras.com. More detailed instructions on operating the external
flash accessory are included with the external flash. To select Ext Flash Auto
mode, follow the Easy Setup mode described on page 23. You can also set
the camera to External Flash Auto or External Flash Manual under the Scene
mode menu.
To Select Ext Flash Auto or Ext Flash Manual mode:
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [Scene mode] with the  /  buttons (or zoom lever) and press the
SET button (or Shutter button).
3. Select Ext Flash Auto or Ext Flash Manual mode with the  /  buttons
(or zoom lever) and press SET (or shutter button).
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Icon Scene mode
Description
Auto
Automatic exposure control with external flash.
In order to achieve proper image exposure, press
the [ ] flash button to switch between one of the
following three exposure settings:
[Blank] - This is the default setting ideal for most
underwater pictures.
[
]- Macro Flash: This exposure setting is ideal
for close-up shooting distances inside of 3ft (1m) or
make the picture less bright.
[
] - Far Flash: This exposure setting is ideal
for shooting distances beyond 6ft (2m) shooting
distance or to make the picture brighter.
MNL
Manually set camera’s aperture and shutter speed
for desired exposure effect.
To make manual adjustments:
1. Press the FLASH a button once and the
aperture value appears on the LCD monitor
(blinking).
2. Use the  /  buttons (or zoom lever) to
increase or decrease the aperture value.
3. Press the Set (or Shutter) button and the
shutter speed value appears on the LCD
monitor (Blinking - under the aperture value).
4. Use the  /  buttons (or zoom lever) to
increase or decrease the shutter speed value.
5. Press the Set (or Shutter) button again to
exit the adjustment screen. The aperture
and shutter speed value appear on the LCD
monitor.
About External Flash Modes >>
Exposure adjustment when the camera is in Ext Flash Mode:
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About Sea and Snorkel Modes >>
About Sea and Snorkel Modes
The Sea and Snorkel Modes are used to capture underwater pictures when
NOT using the optional external flash accessory. Sea mode is ideal for scuba
diving below 25ft/8m depth. Snorkel mode is ideal for underwater pictures
above 25ft/8m depth. The camera will make color corrections to compensate
for the loss of red colors typical in underwater photography.
To set SEA mode:
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [Scene mode] with the  /  buttons (or zoom lever) and press the
SET (or Shutter) button.
3. Select SEA mode with the  /  buttons (or zoom lever) and press SET
(or Shutter) button.
To set SNORKEL mode:
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [Scene mode] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever) and press
the SET (or Shutter) button.
3. Select SNORKEL mode with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever) and press
SET (or Shutter) button.
In Sea and Snorkel modes, you can change the color correction you want
depending on the type of water you are in. These color correction options are
located in the White Balance Menu. The default white balance setting for Sea
mode is Blue Water > 25ft/8m. The default white balance setting for Snorkel
mode is Green Water < 25ft/8m. To select Sea or Snorkel modes, follow the
Easy Setup mode described on page 23. You can also set the camera to Sea
or Snorkel modes under the Scene mode menu.
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NOTE
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The default setting for Sea mode is “BluWtr>25ft”. The default setting
for Snorkel mode is “GrnWtr<25ft”.
When the camera is in Sea and Snorkel mode, the scene displayed on
the LCD display will appear red in color when you are on land. This is
normal and will appear different when you are underwater.
The Sea mode color correction feature will not work during night time
diving or depths greater than 50ft / 15m depending on the amount of
available light.
For best UW pictures, keep the camera’s flash OFF when in Sea or
Snorkel mode. If light conditions are too dark, we recommend using the
SeaLife Digital Pro Flash (item SL961 - optional accessory).
About Sea and Snorkel Modes >>
Underwater white Balance settings
1. BluWtr<25ft (Blue Water less than 25ft depth). This mode is ideal for
shallow diving in “blue” water.
2. BluWtr>25ft (Blue Water greater than 25ft depth). This mode is ideal for
deeper diving in “blue” water.
3. GrnWtr<25ft (Green Water less than 25ft depth). This mode is ideal for
snorkeling or shallow diving in “greener” water with higher algae content.
4. GrnWtr>25ft (Green Water greater than 25ft depth). This mode is ideal for
deeper diving in “greener” water with higher algae content.
To change the color correction (White Balance):
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select [White Balance] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever) and press
the SET (or Shutter) button.
3. Select between BluWtr<25ft, BluWtr>25ft, GrnWtr<25ft or GrnWtr>25ft
with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever) depending on your type of water
conditions and press SET (or Shutter) button.
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About Spy Mode >>
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About Spy Mode
This mode is used to capture continuous images at a preselected time interval.
This mode is useful for taking a sequence of images, like a sunrise or sunset,
and later selecting the best image. It is also useful for taking a series of pictures
without being discovered by the subject. For example, a bird’s nest with an
egg hatching. A compact tripod accessory is helpful to keep the camera aimed
at the subject.
1. Press the Mode button to select [ ].
2. Press the MENU button, and select the
[Function] menu with the  button (or Zoom
lever).
3. Select [Capture mode] with the  / 
buttons (or Zoom lever), and press the SET
(or Shutter) button.
4. Select [Spy] with the  /  buttons (or
Zoom lever), and press the SET (or Shutter)
button.
5. Select the desired time interval with the
 /  buttons (or Zoom lever) and press the
SET (or Shutter) button.
6. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
7. Aim the camera at the desired subject or
scene. It is preferred to use a compact
tripod, so the camera is steady and remains
aimed at the subject.
8. Press the shutter button. The camera will
countdown from 10 seconds and take the
first picture.
9. The LCD display will now turn off to save
battery power. The camera will continue to
take images at the preselected time interval,
until:
a. Pressing the shutter button again.
b. The memory is full.
c. The battery is empty.
NOTE
When using the SPY shooting mode underwater, it is helpful to have a
waterproof tripod that can stabilized the camera. We recommend using
the Gorillapod SLR. For more information, please visit:
www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/slr/
Recording a Subject onto an Existing Background
Image
Pre-Shot helps you get the background you want, even if you need to ask
someone else to record the image for you. Basically, Pre-Shot is a two-step
process.
1. Push the Mode button to select [Capture mode] (not video mode).
a. Press the MENU button.
b. Select [Function] with the  button.
c. Select [Capture Mode] with the  /  button, and press the SET
button.
d. Select [Pre-Shot] with the  /  button, and press the SET button.
e. Press the MENU button to exit from the menu screen.
2. Compose the background you want on the screen, and then press the
shutter button to temporarily record it as a reference image.
 This operation causes a semi-transparent image of the background to
appear on the screen, but the displayed image is not actually saved in
camera memory.
3. Now you can stand in front of the background and ask someone else to
take your picture, using the semi-transparent background on the screen
as a composition guide.
4. After composing the final image (using the semi-transparent background
as a guide), the person with the camera should press the shutter button
to record.
 Note that the semi-transparent background image temporarily recorded
in step 2 is for composition purposes only. The final image contains
only what is in front of the camera when the shutter button is pressed
in step 4.
Remember, you can use the Zoom lever to scroll the menu and Shutter button
to Set the camera.
Recording a Subject onto an Existing Background Image >>
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Combining Shots of Two People into a Single Image >>
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Combining Shots of Two People into a Single
Image
This mode lets you record images of two people and combine them into a single
image. This makes it possible for you to include yourself in group images, even
when there is no one else around to record the image for you.
1. Press the Mode button to select [Capture Mode] (not video mode).
a. Press the MENU button.
b. Select [Function] with the  button.
c. Select [Capture Mode] with the  /  button, and press the SET
button.
d. Select [Coupl.shot] with the  /  button, and press the SET
button.
e. Press the MENU button to exit from the menu screen.
2. Align the focus frame on the screen with the subject you want on the left
side of the image.
3. Press the shutter button to record the left side of the image.
4. Next compose the subject you want in the right side of the image, taking
care to align the background with the semi-transparent image of the
background of the first image, which is shown on the screen.
5. When everything is aligned correctly, record the right side of the image.
Remember, you can use the Zoom lever to scroll the menu and Shutter button
to Set the camera.
This mode is designed to make it easier to take a series of shots then stitch
them together with software to make a single image. You can capture a
photographic subject that won’t fit into a single frame, such as a landscape,
and stitch it together later with a program such as Arcsoft Panorama Maker®
4.0 or Photoshop application.
1. Press the Mode button to select [Capture Mode] (not video mode).
2. Press the MENU button.
3. Select [Scene Mode] with the  /  buttons, and press the SET button.
4. Select [Panorama] with the  /  buttons, and press the SET button.
5. Press the MENU button.
6. Select the photographic direction with the  /  buttons.
7. Shoot the first image.
 The next image appears beside the previous image.
8. Orient the camera so that the second frame overlaps a small portion of
the photographic subject of the first image and press the shutter button
to capture the next image.
9. Follow the same steps to capture subsequent images in the sequence.
10. Finish the sequence by pressing the MENU button or switch to another
mode after the last image has been recorded.
Remember, you can use the Zoom lever to scroll the menu and Shutter button
to Set the camera.
Setting the Panorama Mode >>
Setting the Panorama Mode
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Video Mode >>
VIDEO MODE
Recording Video Clips
This mode allows you to record continuous video with sound.
1. Press the Mode button to select Video mode
[
].
2. Compose the image.
3. Press the shutter button.
 The recording of the video clip will start.
 Pressing the shutter button one more time
will end the recording of the video clip.
 The recording time depends on the storage
size and the subject of the image to be
recorded.
 The zoom function cannot be used during
video recording.
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
NOTE
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When recording a video clip, the flash and “10+2 sec.” self-timer
function cannot be used.
If the write speed of your SD/SDHC memory card is not fast enough
for recording video clips in the currently selected quality, the video
recording will stop. In this case, select a video quality lower than the
current one or purchase a SD/SDHC card with a faster read-write speed.
You can play back recorded video clips on the camera. You can also play back
sound if recorded with the video.
] button.
1. Press the [
 The last image appears on the screen.
2. Select the desired video clip with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever).
3. Press the SET (or Shutter) button to start playing video clip.
 A press of the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever) during playback allows
fast forward play / fast reverse play.
 To stop video playback, press the  button.
This stops playback and returns to the start of the video clip.
 To pause video playback, press the SET (or Shutter) button.
This pauses video playback.
To cancel pause, press the SET (or Shutter) button again.


NOTE





Video Mode >>
Playing Back Video Clips
Video clips cannot be displayed rotated or enlarged.
The focus and zoom level can not be adjusted once the recording has
started.
Select the appropriate white balance setting when recording underwater
videos (See page 26 and 27 for how to change white balance setting).
A video light accessory may be necessary in low light conditions.
Windows Media player or QuickTime Player is recommended to play
back the video clip on your computer.
QuickTime Player is a free media player available at www.apple.com;
and compatible with Mac and Windows computers.
For more information about the operation of the media player, refer to its
respective help documentation.
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Playback Mode >>
PLAYBACK MODE
Playing Back Still Images
You can play back the still images on the LCD monitor.
] button.
1. Press the [
 The last image appears on the screen.
2. The images can be displayed in forward or reverse
sequence with the  /  buttons (or Zoom
lever).
 To view the previous image, press the  button
(or turn Zoom lever left).
 To view the next image, press the  button
(or turn Zoom lever right).


NOTE
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An [ ] icon is displayed with images which have an audio memo
recorded.
Press the SET (or Shutter) button to playback the voice memo data.
You can use this function to remove the red-eye effect after an image is
taken.
] button.
1. Press the [
2. Select the image that you want to edit
with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever).
3. Press the MENU button.
4. Select [Fix Red Eyes] with the  / 
buttons (or Zoom lever), and press the
SET (or Shutter) button.
5. Select [Yes] with the  /  buttons
(or Zoom lever), and press the SET (or
Shutter) button.
6. View the changes on the corrected
image.
7. To save your corrected image, select
[Confirm] with the  /  buttons (or
Zoom lever), and press the SET (or
�
Shutter) button.
 When this process ends, this replaces
the original image with the corrected
image.
Playback Mode >>
Removing Red-eye
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Playback Mode >>
Attaching Voice Memos
A maximum of 30 seconds of audio can be recorded as a memo for captured
still images. The voice memo can be recorded only once.
] button.
1. Press the [
 The last image appears on the screen.
2. Select the image to which you want to attach the voice memo with the
 /  buttons (or Zoom lever).
3. Press the MENU button.
4. Select [Voice Memo] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and press the
Set (or Shutter) button.
5. Select [On] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and press the Set (or
Shutter) button.
6. Press the Menu button to exit from the menu.
7. Press the Set (or Shutter) button.
 [VOICE RECORDING] is displayed on the screen and recording
starts.
8. To stop recording a voice memo as it is being recorded, press the Set (or
Shutter) button again.
 [VOICE RECORD END] will be displayed momentarily and the recording
will end. An [add microphone icon ] icon is displayed with images that
have been recorded with a voice memo.
Playing back voice memo
A press of the SET (or Shutter) button displays [VOICE PLAYBACK] and plays
back the voice memo.

NOTE
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Voice memo is only available for still images.
Set the data to read-only to prevent images from being erased by mistake.
] button.
1. Press the [
2. Select the image that you want to protect
with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever).
3. Press the MENU button.
4. Select [Protect] with the  /  buttons
(or Zoom lever), and press the SET (or
Shutter) button.
5. Select [Single] or [All] with the  / 
buttons (or Zoom lever), and press the
SET (or Shutter) button.
6. Select [Set] with the  /  buttons
(or Zoom lever), and press the SET (or
Shutter) button.
 Protection is applied to the image and
the camera returns to the playback
mode.
 The protect icon [ ] is displayed
with protected images.
When [All] has been selected, [ ]
is displayed with all the images.
Playback Mode >>
Protecting Images
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Playback Mode >>
Canceling the Protection
To cancel protection for only one image, display the image on which you want
to remove the image protection.
1. Select [Protect] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever) from the playback
menu, and press the SET (or Shutter) button.
2. Select [Single] or [All] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and press
the SET (or Shutter) button.
3. Select [Cancel Protect] with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and press
the SET (or Shutter) button.
 The removal of image protection is executed and the camera returns
to the playback mode.

NOTE
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Formatting an SD/SDHC memory card overrides protection, and erases
all images regardless of their protected status.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press the [
] button.
 The last image or video clip will be
displayed on the screen.
Select the image / video you want to
erase with the  /  buttons (or Zoom
lever).
Press the button.
 The deletion menu will be displayed.
Select [Single] or [All] with the  / 
buttons (or Zoom lever), and press the
SET (or Shutter) button.
 [Single]: Erases the selected image
or video.
 [All]: Erases all of the images / videos
except for the protected files.
Select [Yes] with the  /  buttons
(or Zoom lever), and press the SET (or
Shutter) button.
 To not erase, select [No], and press
the SET (or Shutter) button.

NOTE
Playback Mode >>
Erasing Images and Video Clips in Playback Mode
Deleting an image will not affect sequential image numbering. For
example, if you delete image number 240, the next captured image will
be numbered 241 even though 240 no longer exists. In other words, an
image-number is retired when an image is deleted and will not be reused
or reassigned to another subsequently captured image.
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Menu Options >>
MENU OPTIONS
Capture Menu
This menu is for the basic settings to be used when capturing still images.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press the Mode button and select [
].
Press the MENU button, and select the [Capture] / [Function] / [Setup] menu
with the  /  buttons. When the camera is in the underwater housing,
turn the Zoom lever right or left to scroll through all menus.
Select the desired option item with the  /  buttons, and press the SET
(or Shutter) button to enter its respective menu.
Select the desired setting with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and
press the SET (or Shutter) button.
To exit from the menu, press the MENU button.
Easy Set-up
This is a step-by-step set-up which helps you to set the camera correctly for
land or underwater use. Simply follow the on-screen guide. As you become
more familiar with the camera, you may also set-up the camera manually using
the complete menu options. See page 23 for more information.
Scene Mode
Select from 16 different scene modes in accordance with the shooting
conditions.
* Auto / Sea / Snorkel / ExtFlash Auto / ExtFlash MNL / Sports / Landscape /
Sunset / Sunrise / Snow / Beach / Splash Water / Flow Water / Panorama /
Night Scene / Fireworks:
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* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
* [
] Auto: Suitable for almost all types of pictures on LAND. (Not
for underwater). In AUTO mode, you can also change any other
camera setting depending on your type of shooting condition.
] Sea: For underwater pictures WITHOUT external flash accessory
at depths greater than 25ft/8m. Refer to page 26 for more
information
] Snorkel: For underwater pictures WITHOUT external flash
accessory at depths less than 25ft/8m. See page 26 for more
information.
] ExtFlash Auto: For underwater pictures WITH external flash
accessory. Refer to page 24 for more information.
] ExtFlash MNL: For underwater pictures WITH external flash
accessory. Refer to page 24 for more information.
] Sports: For land pictures of fast moving objects typcial in sporting
events. The camera uses a faster shutter speed to prevent motion
blur of a fast moving subject, like car racing.
] Landscape: For land pictures of far away subjects like mountains
or buildings. The camera will set the flash off and focus to infinity.
] Sunset Select this mode when you want to capture a sunset. This
mode helps keep the deep hues in the scene.
] Sunrise Select this mode when you want to capture a sunrise.
This mode helps keep the deep hues in the scene.
] Snow Select this mode when you want to capture clear snow
scenes without darkened subjects and bluish tint.
] Beach Select this mode when you want to capture bright beach
scenes and sunlit water surfaces.
] Panorama: For a series of land pictures that can be stitched
together using an image editing software. If your computer does
not have image editing software, refer to the CD included with the
camera for more information.
] Night Scene: For taking pictures of far away subjects at night. You
must use a tripod or rest the camera on a stable surface for night
scene pictures to avoid unsharp pictures.
] Fireworks: For land pictures of fireworks. It is helpful to use a
tripod or rest the camera on a stable surface for sharpest possible
pictures.
Menu Options >>
* [
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Menu Options >>
* [
* [
] Splash Water: For land pictures of splashing water. The camera
will use a faster shutter speed so you can stop the motion of the
splashing water.
] Flow Water: For land pictures of flowing water. The camera will
use a slower shutter speed so you can see the motion of flowing
water in the picture.
Size
This sets the size of the image that will be captured.
* [
] 3968 x 2976
* [
] 3264 x 2448
* [
] 2304 x 1728
* [
] 1600 x 1200
* [
] 640 x 480
ISO
This sets the sensitivity for capturing images. When the sensitivity is raised (and
the ISO figure is increased), photography will become possible even in dark
locations, but the more pixelated (grainier) the image will appear.
* Auto / 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
Quality
This sets the quality (compression) at which the image is captured. A higher
quality setting will result in less compression and larger image files.
* [
] Super Fine
* [
] Fine
* [
] Standard
* [
] Economy
White Balance
This sets the white balance for a variety of lighting conditions and permits
images to be captured that approach the conditions that are seen by the
human eye.
* [ Blank ] Auto
* [
] BluWtr<25ft (Blue Water less than 25ft depth). This mode is ideal
for shallow diving in “blue” water.
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* [
* [
*
*
*
*
*
*
[
[
[
[
[
[
1
2
] BluWtr>25ft (Blue Water greater than 25ft depth). This mode is
ideal for deeper diving in “blue” water.
] GrnWtr<25ft (Green Water less than 25ft depth). This mode is
ideal for snorkeling or shallow diving in “greener” water with
higher algae content.
] GrnWtr>25ft (Green Water greater than 25ft depth). This mode
is ideal for deeper diving in “greener” water with higher algae
content.
] Incandescent
] Fluorescent 1
] Fluorescent 2
] Daylight
] Cloudy
] Manual
Menu Options >>
* [
Sharpness
This sets the sharpness of the image that will be captured.
* Hard / Normal / Soft
Color
This sets the color of the image that will be captured.
* Standard / Vivid / Sepia / Monochrome / Red / Green / Blue / Yellow /
Purple
Saturation
This sets the saturation of the image that will be captured.
* High / Normal / Low
Metering
This sets the metering method for calculating the exposure.
* Center: Averages the light metered from the entire frame, but gives greater
weight to the subject matter at the center. This is the recommended
setting for most pictures.
* Spot:
A very small portion of the center of the screen is measured to
calculate the correct exposure.
* Average: The entire area of the screen is measured, and the exposure is
calculated.
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Menu Options >>
Image Stab.
This sets whether or not to use image stabilization at the time of photography.
This function minimizes the motion blur caused by hand “shake” or movement
when you capture an image. It is recommended to keep the image stabilization
OFF to save battery power unless taking pictures in low light without flash.
* On / Off
Capture Mode
This sets the recording method at the time of capturing images.
* [
] Single: Captures one image at a time.
* [
] Continuous: Permits continuous capture of up to 3 images.
* [
] Auto Exposure Bracketing: Permits 3 consecutive images in the
order of standard exposure, underexposure and overexposure
compensation.
* [
] SPY: For continuous pictures at set time intervals. (See page 26)
* [
] Cont.flash: Permits continuous capture of up to 3 images with
flash.
] Burst: Permits continuous photography while keeping the shutter
* [
button pressed down. As long as you hold the shutter button
pressed, pictures are captured until the memory capacity is
exhausted.
* [
] Pre-Shot: Pre-shot helps you get the background you want, even if
you need to ask someone else to record the image for you. Basically,
Pre-shot is a two-step process.
* [
] Coupl.shot: This mode lets you record images of two people and
combine them into a single image. This makes it possible for you
to include yourself in group images, even when there is no one else
around to record the image for you.
* [
] Album Shot: Creates an album-like layout to combine 3 shots into
a single image.
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NOTE
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In [Continuous], [AEB], [Burst], [Cont.flash], [Pre-Shot], [Coupl.shot] and
[Album Shot] capture mode, the [Voice Memo] is automatically fixed at
[Off].
When the Quick Shutter is set to ON and you quickly press the shutter button
down fully, the camera takes image without using auto focus (Focus is set to
infinity).
* On / Off
Digital Zoom
This sets whether or not to use digital zoom at the time of photography.
* On / Off
Menu Options >>
Quick Shot
Date Print
The date of recording can be printed directly on the still images. This function
must be activated before the image is captured.
* On / Off
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Menu Options >>
Setting Manual White Balance (WB)
The surrounding light may affect the color balance of your pictures or videos.
For example, if a halogen light illuminates a white wall, the wall will have a
yellow cast, while in fact it should be white. Underwater pictures tend to be
more blue, because the water filters out red colors. The camera’s white balance
menu includes settings that compensate for different lighting conditions found
on land or underwater. You can also manually set the camera’s white balance if
the options found in the white balance menu are not suitable. A digital camera
needs to find a reference point which represents white. It will then calculate all
the other colors based on this white point.
To manually set the camera’s white balance, select “Manual WB” located at
the bottom of the White Balance menu. Select “New WB” and press the Set
or Shutter button. Turn the Zoom lever and select “Yes”. Hold the white slate
(sold separately at your local dive dealer) about 4in/10 cm in front of the camera
lens, so it fills up the picture frame displayed on the LCD. Hold the white slate
at a slight angle in the direction of the light source or sun.
e or Sun
Light Sourc
4 in.
m
/ 10c
* Press the SET (or Shutter) button to execute the Manual WB. Do not use
Manual WB with flash photography. Reset Manual WB when changing depths
or light conditions. Select “Use Data” if you want to use the last Manual WB
setting saved to the camera.
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This menu is for the basic settings to be used when recording video clips.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Menu Options >>
Video Menu
Press the mode button and set the camera [
].
Press the MENU button, and select the [Capture] / [Function] / [Setup] menu
with the  /  buttons. When the camera is in the underwater housing,
turn the Zoom lever right or left to scroll through all menus.
Select the desired option item with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and
press the SET (or Shutter) button to enter its respective menu.
Select the desired setting with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and
press the SET (or Shutter) button.
To exit from the menu, press the MENU button.
Size
This sets the size of the video clip that will be captured.
* [
] 640 x 480
* [
] 320 x 240
Quality
This sets the quality (compression) at which the video clip is captured.
* [
] Fine
* [
] Standard
Color
This sets the color of the video clip that will be captured.
* Normal / Vivid / Sepia / Monochrome / Red / Green / Blue / Yellow / Purple
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Menu Options >>
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White Balance
Refer to pages 42 of this manual titled “White Balance” in Capture Menu for
further details.
Audio
This sets whether or not to record audio at the time of video recording.
* On / Off
Digital Zoom
Refer to section in this manual titled “Digital Zoom” in Capture Menu for
further details.
In the [
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
] mode, choose which settings are to be used for playback.
Menu Options >>
Playback Menu
Press the [
] button.
Press the MENU button.
Select the desired option item with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever),
and press the SET (or Shutter) button to enter its respective menu. When
the camera is in the underwater housing, turn the Zoom lever right or left
to scroll through all menus.
Select the desired setting with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and
press the SET (or Shutter) button.
To exit from the menu, press the MENU button.
Fix Red Eyes
Refer to page 35 of this manual titled “Removing Red-eye” for further
details.
Slide Show
This function enables you to playback your still images automatically in order
one image at a time.
* 3 sec. / 5 sec. / 10 sec.
Rotate
If you wish to rotate a still image 90 degrees to the right, select +90°; if you wish
to rotate it 90 degrees to the left, select -90°. Video clips cannot be rotated.
* +90° / -90°
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Menu Options >>
Protect
Refer to page 36 of this manual titled “Protecting Images” for further details.
Voice Memo
Refer to page 36 of this manual titled “Attaching Voice Memos” for further
details.
Resize
Resizes a previously saved image. Resizing replaces the original image with
the changed image. It is only possible to resize to a smaller size.
Quality Change
Changes the quality (compression) of a recorded image. Compresses images
down to half of their size or less, overwrites old size images with newly
compressed images. It is only possible to reduce the image quality/size, never
to increase it.
Copy to Card
Allows you to copy your files from the camera’s internal memory to an SD/
SDHC memory card. Of course, you can only do this if you have a memory
card installed and some files in internal memory.
* Yes / No
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Set your camera’s operating environment.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Menu Options >>
Setup Menu
Press the Mode button to [
] or [
], or press the [
] button.
Press the MENU button, and select the [Setup] menu with the  button.
When the camera is in the underwater housing, turn the Zoom lever right
or left to scroll through all menus.
Select the desired option item with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and
press the SET (or Shutter) button to enter its respective menu.
Select the desired setting with the  /  buttons (or Zoom lever), and
press the SET (or Shutter) button.
To exit from the menu, press the MENU button.
Date/Time
Refer to page 19 of this manual titled “Setting the Date and Time” for further
details.
Language
Refer to page 20 of this manual titled “Choosing the Language” for further
details.
Auto Off
If no operation is performed for a specific period of time, the power to the
camera is automatically turned off. This feature is useful for reducing battery
usage.
* 1 Min. / 2 Min. / 3 Min. / Off
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Menu Options >>
Beep
This sets whether or not to mute the camera sound each time you press the
camera’s buttons.
* On / Off
Display
This sets the image information display state.
* Default / All / Off
Video Out
This sets your camera to match the system of the equipment that you are going
to connect to the camera.
* PAL/NTSC
Fr. No. Reset
This creates a new folder. The captured images are recorded to the newly
created folder from number 0001.
* Yes / No
Light Freq.
This camera supports different lighting frequencies: 50 Hz and 60 Hz. When
photographing under fluorescent lighting, select the correct frequency setting
depending in your local area’s voltage. In most parts of the world this is 50
Hertz (Hz), although in the Americas it is typically 60 Hz. Places that use 50
Hz frequency tend to use 220-240 Voltage (V), and those that use 60 Hz tend
to use 100-120 V.
* 50 Hz / 60 Hz
LCD Bright.
Select a brightness level for the LCD monitor.
* Standard / Bright
Format
Refer to page 20 of this manual titled “Formatting the Memory Card or Internal
Memory” for further details.
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This displays the free capacity of the internal memory or the memory card.
System Info.
This displays the firmware version of the camera.
Sys. Reset
This returns all basic settings to the camera’s default settings. The time setting
will not be reset.
* Yes / No
Menu Options >>
Media Info.
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Transferring Files To Your Computer >>
TRANSFERRING FILES TO YOUR
COMPUTER
System Requirement (Minimum requirements)
Windows






Pentium III 1GHz or higher
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
512MB RAM
150MB hard disk space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Macintosh






PowerPC G3/G4/G5
OS 9.0 or later
256MB RAM
128MB hard disk space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Downloading Your Files
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Connect one end of the USB cable to an
available USB port on your computer.
Connect the other end of the USB cable
to the USB terminal on the camera.
Turn on your camera.
Select [PC] using the  /  buttons and
press the SET button.
From the Windows desktop, double click
on “My Computer”.
Look for a new “removable disk” icon.
 This “removable disk” is actually the memory (or memory card) in
your camera. Typically, the camera will be assigned drive letter “e” or
higher.
Double click on the removable disk and locate the DCIM folder.
Double click on the DCIM folder to open it to find more folders.
 Your recorded images and video clips will be inside these folders.
Copy & Paste or Drag-N-Drop image and video files to a folder on your
computer.
Mac users: Double-click the “untitled” or “unlabeled” disk drive icon on your
desktop. iPhoto may automatically launch.
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Almost every computer already includes photo editing software, like Windows
Photo Gallery or Mac iPhoto, which allows you to open, organize and edit your
pictures. If your computer does not include any photo editing software, you
may want to purchase one.
Here are some links to popular photo editing software that you can purchase.
Many offer free trial versions:
Google Picasa: www.picasa.google.com
Adobe Photoshop (Elements): www.adobe.com
Arcsoft: www.arcsoft.com
Ulead: www.ulead.com
Editing Software >>
EDITING SOFTWARE
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Specifications >>
SPECIFICATIONS
(INNER CAMERA ONLY)
Item
Description
Image sensor
1/2.33” CCD sensor (12 megapixels)
Image
resolution
<Still image>
12M (3968X2976), 8M (3264 x 2448), 4M (2304x1728),
2M (1600 x 1200), VGA (640 x 480)
<Video clip>
640 x 480 (up to 30 fps), 320 x 240 (up to 30 fps)
LCD monitor
3.0” full color TFT LCD (230K pixels)
Recording
media
32MB internal memory (29MB available for image storage)
Supports SD/SDHC memory card up to 16GB (optional)
File format
JPEG, DCF, EXIF 2.2, Motion JPEG (AVI)
Lens
5x optical zoom lens
Aperture range: 3.6(W) - 5.7(T)
Focal length: 6.3mm - 31.5mm (equivalent to 34mm 170mm on a 35mm camera)
Focus Range
Standard
0.1m to infinity (4 inches to infinity)
Macro
Wide: 0.1m to infinity (4 inches to infinity)
Tele: 0.6m to infinity (2 feet to infinity)
Shutter speed
1/2 to 1/1500 sec.
Digital zoom
6x (Capture mode)
4x (Playback mode)
Flash effective
range
0.5m - 3.0m (Wide)
0.5m - 2.1m (Tele)
Terminals
2-in-1 terminal
AV OUT
USB 2.0 compliant
Power supply
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (3.7V)
Dimensions
Approx. 98.7 x 59.7 x 23.4mm (without protruding parts)
Weight
Approx. 128.5g (without battery and memory card)
* Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Possible number of shots (still image)
The table shows the approximate shots that you can capture at each setting
based on the capacity of the internal memory and the SD/SDHC memory
card.
[
]
3968 x 2976
[
]
3264 x 2448
[
]
2304 x 1728
[
]
1600 x 1200
[
]
640 x 480
SD/SDHC memory card
capacity
Quality
Internal
Memory
2GB
4GB
8GB
[
] Fine
7
352
687
1418
[
] Standard
9
738
1438
2966
[
] Economy
11
864
1683
3472
[
] Fine
5
453
882
1821
[
] Standard
12
967
1883
3885
[
] Economy
14
1098
2138
4410
[
] Fine
15
1194
2327
4410
[
] Standard
20
1574
3066
6325
[
] Economy
22
1693
3296
6799
[
] Fine
30
2282
4445
9168
[
] Standard
33
2502
4884
10074
[
] Economy
37
2841
5533
11412
[
] Fine
82
6157
11989
24728
[
] Standard
83
6176
12026
24803
[
] Economy
84
6291
12249
25264
Size
Appendix >>
APPENDIX
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Appendix >>
Possible recording time / sec (video clip)
SD/SDHC memory card
capacity
Quality
Internal
Memory
2GB
4GB
8GB
[
]
640 x 480
[
] Fine
00:00:21
00:25:37
00:52:42
01:45:45
[
] Standard
00:00:22
00:26:46
00:55:05
01:50:32
[
]
320 x 240
[
] Fine
00:00:49
00:59:36
02:02:37
04:06:03
[
] Standard
00:01:02
01:15:42
02:35:44
05:12:31
Size
* We recommend a memory card of at least 10MB/Sec write speed to prevent
auto stop or unexpected results. If you experience an error using a slower
SD/SDHC memory card, you can set your camera’s video recording to QVGA
(320 x 240) and standard quality.
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Important: Please carefully read and understand these instructions before
using camera and housing underwater.
DC1200
SeaLife DC1200 Underwater
Housing:


Front view of underwater housing




Depth rated and tested to 200 ft.
(60m).
Fully rubber armored for added
shock protection.
Soft rubber grips.
Fully-multi coated optical
glass lens port for high light
transmission.
Accessory mount for adding one
(or two) external flash(es).
Large shutter button and wide
spread buttons for easy control
with dive gloves.
Underwater Housing Instructions >>
UNDERWATER HOUSING
INSTRUCTIONS
Backview of underwater housing
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Underwater Housing Instructions >>
MUST DO for underwater housing:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Read and understand the instructions contained in this manual before
using underwater.
Do not exceed the depth rating of 60m (200ft.) or the housing may leak.
Follow these important O-ring care instructions or the waterproof housing
may leak.
Do not lubricate o-ring.
 Inspect and clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces for sand, hair and
other debris before every use. Clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces
with cleaning brush provided.
 Inspect O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces for damage (cuts, scratches,
tears, cracks, dents and any other imperfections.) Replace O-ring
or have waterproof housing serviced if the O-ring or O-ring contact
surfaces become damaged. Do not use underwater housing if O-ring
or O-ring contact surfaces are damaged. Replacement O-rings are
available at your local authorized SeaLife dealer.
 Make sure O-ring is completely seated into O-ring groove before sealing
housing. O-ring must not be twisted when seated in the O-ring groove.
Carefully follow O-ring removal and installation instructions contained
in this manual.
 Replace O-ring every year to ensure proper seal. Only use approved
SeaLife O-ring designed for the DC1200.
 Soak and rinse waterproof housing in fresh water after each use. Use
clean, soft cloth to dry housing. Store camera and housing only after
careful cleaning and when totally dry.
Carefully close lid and latch to seal housing.
 Make sure O-ring is seated in its groove when sealing the housing.
 Make sure there are no obstructions that prevent housing from sealing
properly.
Never let any moisture or dirt get inside housing when opening.
 Avoid opening housing wet or humid environments. Best is to open and
load the housing in dry cool air, such as inside an air conditioned room.
This will prevent water or humidity from veing trapped inside the housing,
which may cause fogging to occur or damage the inner camera.
For great underwater pictures you need:
Clear water conditions, control your buoyancy before taking pictures,
get as close as possible to subject (ideal distance is 2ft to 6ft/ 0.6m to
2m).
 Use SeaLife Digital Pro Flash (SL961 - optional accessory) to enhance
colors and reduce backscatter.
Store housing at room temperature in a clean and dry place.
 Do not expose housing to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of
time.
 Do not store housing in extreme high temperatures, such as the trunk
of your car.

8.
Open view of waterproof housing
The housing door uses one O-ring to form a waterproof seal.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT lubricate O-ring
Insert Moisture Muncher
capsule here (SL911)
O-ring contact surface
Underwater Housing Instructions >>
7.
O-ring (item # SL17017)
Important: Carefully clean and inspect O-ring and O-ring contact
surfaces before each underwater use in accordance with
instructions provided in this manual.
If O-ring needs to be replaced, contact your local
authorized SeaLife dealer for spare parts, or visit
www.sealifepartsdirect.com to order parts (USA only)
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Underwater Housing Instructions >>
Maintaining a waterproof seal
Every SeaLife housing is tested for quality and a waterproof seal. It is your
responsibility to properly care for the O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces
to maintain a waterproof seal. Carefully follow these important O-ring care
instructions. Not following these care instructions may cause the waterproof
housing to leak and void your warranty.
1. Carefully inspect O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces for damage (cuts,
scratches, tears, cracks, dents and any other imperfections.) before every
use. Rub finger along O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces to inspect for
damage. Replace O-ring or have waterproof housing serviced if the O-ring
or O-ring contact surfaces are damaged. Do not use underwater housing
if O-ring or O-ring contact surfaces are damaged. Replacement O-rings
(SL17017) are available at your local authorized SeaLife dealer, or online
at www.sealifepartsdirect.com (USA only).
2.
Inspect and replace O-ring if damaged: A=Cut, B=Tear, C=Dent
Carefully inspect and clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces for sand,
hair and other debris before every use. Clean o-ring and o-ring contact
surfaces with cleaning brush provided.
Inspect and clean O-ring and O-ring contact surface for hair (#1) and
Sand or debris (#2)
Clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces with brush provided.
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4.
5.
Make sure O-ring is completely seated into O-ring groove before sealing
housing. O-ring must not be twisted when seated in the o-ring groove.
See page 63 on instructions on how to install and remove O-ring.
Replace O-ring every year to ensure proper seal. Only use approved
SeaLife O-ring (item #SL17017) designed for the DC1200. Replacement
O-rings are available at your local authorized SeaLife dealer, or visit
www.sealifepartsdirect.com to order online (USA only).
After each use underwater:
a. Soak sealed housing in fresh water for about 15 minutes. Most dive
boats offer special fresh water buckets specifically for underwater
photo equipment. DO NOT put camera housing in fresh water designed
for other dive equipment, like dive mask, because that water may
contain detergents which are harmful to the housing.
b. Press all the control buttons several times while waterproof housing is
soaking to clean out any salt water, sand or dirt that has accumulated
during usage.
c. Use clean, soft cloth to dry housing. Store camera and housing only
after careful cleaning and when totally dry.
Quick waterproof test
(before you depart on your dive trip)
Underwater Housing Instructions >>
3.
Place the sealed housing without camera inside in a tub of cold water for about
one hour. Place a soft weight on top of the housing to keep it submerged.
Carefully dry housing before opening it to inspect for a leaks. If the housing
leaks, carefully inspect O-ring or replace O-ring as described above. Repeat
the above test. If housing still leaks contact your local authorized SeaLife
Dealer for repair service.
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How To Install And Remove O-Ring >>
HOW TO INSTALL AND REMOVE
O-RING
To Install O-ring:
Step 1: O-ring and O-ring groove must be completely clean before installing
O-ring.
Step 2: Push O-ring into groove as shown being careful not to twist or roll
O-ring.
Step 3: Use two fingers to push last part of O-ring into groove.
Step 4: Carefully close housing to firmly seat O-ring and open housing again
to inspect that O-ring is completely seated into groove. Do NOT grease the
O-ring.
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Step 2: Gently lift and remove O-ring from its groove.
How To Install And Remove O-Ring >>
To Remove O-ring:
Step 1: Push O-ring along groove until it lifts.
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How To Open And Close Waterproof Housing >>
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HOW TO OPEN AND CLOSE
WATERPROOF HOUSING
Step 1: Push in locking tab to open latch.
Step 2: Open latch all the way to lift and release latch from housing.
Step 4: Close housing and push down on latch as shown to firmly seat latch
into housing.
Step 5: Push down latch until locking tab clicks into place.
k”
How To Open And Close Waterproof Housing >>
Step 3: Open Housing as shown so inner camera does not fall out.
lic
“C
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Installing the Flash Link optical cable adapter >>
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INSTALLING THE FLASH LINK OPTICAL
CABLE ADAPTER
The Flash Link adapter (SL17052) included with your camera connects the
Flash Link optical cable to the DC1200 camera housing. This adapter is only
needed when using the SeaLife external flash accessory. Optical cables (item
SL962)and external flash accessories (SL961, SL960D) are optional accessories
sold separately. For more information about these accessories, please contact
your local SeaLife dealer or visit www.sealife-cameras.com.
Step 1: Push the optical cable into one of
the grooves so it’s locked firmly into
position. The end of the cable must
be directed at the camera’s flash
but should not stick out beyond the
adapter. The adapter has two grooves,
so you can add another cable when
using two flashes.
Step 2: Attach the Flash Link adapter around
the lens and push down until it locks
firmly into place. There are two small
locking mechanisms located on the
outer edge of the adapter that should
lock in to the camera housing. Make
sure the adapter is oriented so it
is aligned with the recessed flash
window.


NOTE

If using two Flash Links, attach other cable in second groove and follow
above instructions.
Secure optical cable to Flash arm using Velcro® ties (included External
Flash accessory).
Refer to Flash Link optical cable instruction manual for more details and
troubleshooting tips.
Installing the Flash Link optical cable adapter >>
Step 3: Once the cable and adapter is firmly attached, run the cables along
the bottom of the flash base and up the flash arm. The cables
should be secured to the flash arm using the Velcro ties provided
with your flash accessory.
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How to set-up the Waterproof Housing >>
HOW TO SET-UP THE WATERPROOF
HOUSING
Set up camera
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Set up housing
Opening and loading of the housing should be done in a dry environment such as in an
air-conditioned room to prevent trapping moist air in the housing which can cause the
housing to fog while underwater.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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Insert fully charged lithium battery into camera.
Clean camera lens with dry, clean cotton swab.
Remove camera strap since this will prevent the camera from correctly
seating itself inside the housing.
Use the Easy Set-Up, located in the Capture menu, to guide you through
the correct land or underwater camera settings. See page 23 for more
information.
You can also manually set camera to Sea or Snorkel mode (when not using
External Flash accessory) or External Flash mode (If using External Flash
accessory). See page 24 for detailed instructions on how to set camera
to Sea, Snorkel or External Flash modes.
Open the housing by pushing in small locking tab and lift latch up. Do not
extend housing lid beyond its stop point or damage may occur to the hinge
area.
Carefully inspect O-ring for damage and make sure O-ring is firmly seated
in its groove. If O-ring is damaged and requires replacement, contact your
local authorized SeaLife dealer.
Clean the housing glass lens port using clean, dry cotton cloth. It is
recommended to apply anti-fog solution to the inside surface of the housing
lens port.
Carefully insert camera into housing. Make sure camera is clean and
dry.
Insert one Moisture Muncher anti-fog (item #SL911) desicant capsules into
special slot inside housing. As the desiccant absorbs moist air, it turns
from blue to light pink. Replace desiccant capsule when color changes to
light pink.
Carefully clean O-ring and O-ring contact surfaces with cleaning brush
provided. O-ring must not be wet when sealing housing, allow these areas
to dry.
O-ring must be absolutely clean of all hair, sand or other small particles.
7.
Do not allow any water droplets to get inside housing. This may cause the
inside of the housing to fog.
8. Close housing lid tightly. Make sure there are no obstructions that prevent
the housing from closing. Make sure lid is tightly pressed into housing.
9. Close housing latch. Make sure the lid is pressed evenly against the housing
body look for obvious gaps which indicates something is trapped. The
housing may leak if the lid is not evenly against the housing when closed.
It is normal to see a small even gap between the housing lid and body.
10. Avoid exposing housing to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
This may promote internal fogging.
Test camera and housing
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press the small power button on the top of the housing to turn camera
power on.
Press the large shutter button on the outside of the housing to take a test
picture.
The power or shutter button should have a smooth action and return to its
original resting position after pressing. It is normal to feel some resistance
when pressing the power and shutter button. If buttons do not return to
their normal position, soak the sealed housing in fresh water for a few
minutes and press the buttons several times.
Press the power button to turn camera power off. It is recommended to
leave camera power off until you’re ready to use camera to preserve battery
power.
How to set-up the Waterproof Housing >>
6.
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Using and cleaning the underwater housing and camera >>
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Before Entering Water
1.
2.
3.
4.
Most dive operations will have a water tub for underwater cameras. Use
this tub to test the camera for leaks before entering the water.
Hold housing underwater for about 15 seconds with the lens pointing
upwards. Lift the housing out of the water keeping the lens pointing up
and look at LCD display window for any water drops.
If no leaks are detected, repeat step 2 but hold the camera underwater for
about 2 minutes and inspect.
If you detect any leaks, carefully dry and open the housing and inspect
the O-ring seal in accordance with the instructions on page 62.

If no water tub is available, perform the above test immediately after
entering the water.
NOTE
USING AND CLEANING THE
UNDERWATER HOUSING AND
CAMERA
Entering the water with waterproof housing
Important: Always obey dive safety rules as a priority.
1. Do not jump into the water with the housing in your hand. Have someone
hand it to you after you have entered the water.
2. For tips on taking pictures, see “Great Underwater Pictures Made Easy”
on page 74 or visit the SeaLife website www.sealife-cameras.com for an
online guide to underwater photography.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Before entering dive boat, hand the housing to someone on the boat.
Make sure the sealed housing is placed in a fresh water tub available on
most dive boats. Press each button a few times to rinse out the salt water
trapped under the buttons. This will clean the salt water from the housing
and prevents the salt water from drying on the housing and O-ring. Never
let water dry on the camera housing. Salt crystals can damage the O-ring,
lens and attract moisture. Dry housing with clean soft towel after removing
from fresh water tub.
Do not expose camera and housing to direct sunlight – keep in a shaded
area or under a dry towel.
It is not recommended to remove camera from housing while on the dive
boat. Allowing humid air to enter the housing may cause fogging.
If you must open the housing while on the dive boat, make sure you and
the housing are perfectly dry before opening the housing. Do not allow the
inside of the housing or the camera to get wet.
Cleaning housing after use
1.
2.
3.
The sealed housing must be thoroughly cleaned with fresh water and dry
before opening.
Before opening housing, everything, including your hands, head and
surrounding area must be totally dry. Have a dry towel handy.
After opening the housing, clean the camera, O-ring area and all inside
and outside parts with a clean, dry cotton cloth.
Prepare housing for storage
1.
2.
Before storing the housing and camera, remove batteries, SD card and
keep in a clean dry area. Make sure the housing and any accessories are
clean and dry before storage.
Never store camera or housing in direct sunlight or in a dark damp area.
Using and cleaning the underwater housing and camera >>
After using housing underwater
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Great Underwater Pictures Made Easy >>
GREAT UNDERWATER PICTURES
MADE EASY
Taking underwater pictures is much different that taking land pictures. Here are
the most important tips to taking great pictures underwater:
1. Crystal Clear water.
Crystal Clear water is essential for good underwater pictures. Tiny particles
floating in the water cause low visibility and poor picture quality. Avoid
stirring up the sandy bottom with your fins. These floating particles cause
small spots to appear in your picture, known as “backscatter.” Try to
limit your shooting distance to 1/10 of the water visibility. For example,
if the visibility is 60 feet (18 m), you should keep your shooting distance
to within 6 feet (1.8m). Using the SeaLife Digital Pro Flash will reduce the
“backscatter” effect. If you are not using the external flash accessory, Keep
the camera’s onboard flash turned OFF.
2. Stay within the ideal shooting distance of 2 to 6 feet.
The ideal shooting distance is between 2 to 6 feet (0.6 to 1.8 meters). This
distance will result in detailed, colorful pictures. Remember that light does
not travel very far underwater, so the closer you are to your subject the
more colorful the pictures will be. For best most colorful pictures, we advise
using the optional SeaLife Digital Pro Flash (item # SL961).
3. Move calmly and control your buoyancy before taking a picture.
It is very hard to take good pictures when you are moving. Look around
for great picture opportunities. First, position yourself at the best angle
and neutralize your buoyancy. Second, use the LCD monitor to perfectly
frame your subject, check your shooting distance and keep the camera
steady. Third, be calm and patient: Sometimes you have to wait a little bit
so the fish that were frightened away, come back. Don’t chase the fish,
let the fish come to you.
Always be in control of your buoyancy before taking pictures and observe all
safe-diving rules.
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One of the great advantages of digital cameras is that you can review
and delete pictures later, so shoot several pictures of the same subject.
One of the best ways to learn underwater photography is from your good
pictures and bad pictures.
5. Use the SeaLife Flash Accessories to enhance color and
brightness.
Water filters out light and red/yellow colors resulting in darker, blue images.
The SeaLife DC1200 Sea and Snorkel mode setting will correct for lost
colors, but is only effective to a depth of about 50ft/15m, depending
available sunlight and water visibility, The most effective way to compensate
for lost colors is by using artificial light, like the SeaLife Digital Pro Flash. The
Flash easily mounts to the bottom of the housing. The flexible arm allows
you to direct the flash at the subject. Even two flashes can be mounted
onto the housing for an evenly illuminated and shadow-free image. This
system blocks the built-in flash and prevents backscatter. The flexible flash
arms allow quick adjustments of the flash.
6. Visit the SeaLife website for updated tips an advice.
Any updates to the manual or additional tips and advice can be found on
the SeaLife website at www.sealife-cameras.com.
7. Ask your local SeaLife dive dealer about underwater
photography courses.
Great Underwater Pictures Made Easy >>
4. Shoot many pictures of the same subject - If you don’t like it,
delete it - later.
Most SeaLife dive dealers offer underwater photography courses which
includes hands-on training as well as many helpful tips and techniques to
underwater photography.
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Troubleshooting Guide >>
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Refer to the symptoms and solutions listed below before sending the camera for
repairs. If the problem persists, contact your local SeaLife dealer for service.
Symptom
Cause
Solutions / Corrective
Actions
The power does not
come on.
The battery is not
inserted correctly.
Insert the battery
correctly.
The battery is exhausted.
Recharge the battery.
The battery runs out
quickly.
The battery is not fully
charged. The battery is
not used for an extended
period of time after being
charged.
Fully charge the battery
and discharge it for at
least one complete cycle
before use to maximize its
performance and lifetime.
The battery or camera
feels warm
Long period of
continuous use of the
camera of the flash.
Even if I press the
shutter button, the
camera does not take
a picture.
The shutter button is
not pressed all the way
down.
Press the shutter button
all the way down.
The memory card
does not have any free
capacity.
Insert a new memory card,
or delete unwanted files.
The flash is charging.
Wait until the status LED
is green.
The memory card is
write-protected.
Remove the
write-protection.
LCD monitor is dark.
Adjust the brightness of
the LCD monitor in the
menu.
Images do not appear
on the LCD monitor.
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Cause
Although it is set to
auto focus, it does not
focus.
The lens is dirty.
Wipe clean with a soft, dry
cloth or lens paper.
The distance to the
subject is smaller than
the effective range.
Get your subject within
the effective focus range.
You played back a
memory card that was
not formatted by this
camera.
Insert a memory card that
was formatted on this
camera.
The contents on the
memory card cannot
be played back.
Files cannot be
deleted.
The file is protected.
Cancel protection.
The memory card is
write-protected.
Remove the
write-protection.
Even when the
camera’s buttons are
pressed, it does not
operate.
The battery is running
low.
Recharge the battery.
The date and time are
wrong.
The correct date and
time is not set.
Set the correct date and
time.
Cannot download
images to computer.
The free space on
the hard disk in your
computer may be
insufficient.
Check whether the hard
disk has space for running
Windows, and if the drive
for loading image files has
a capacity at least that of
the memory card inserted
in the camera.
No power supply.
Use an AC power adapter.
Troubleshooting Guide >>
Solutions / Corrective
Actions
Symptom
Recharge the battery.
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Troubleshooting Guide >>
Troubleshooting for underwater photography
Solutions / Corrective
Actions
Symptom
Cause
Image not sharp
Focus setting not correct
See page 20 for
information on correct
focus setting
Low water visibility
Minimize shooting
distance in low visibility
waters
Too far away from
subject
Minimize shooting
distance to 6ft/2m while
underwater
dirty lens
Inspect and clean lens
Picture grainy
(pixilated)
Low light conditions
Use SeaLife Digital Pro
Flash Accessory in low
light conditions or deeper
depths
Blue or green pictures
Water absorbs red and
yellow colors
Set camera to Sea Mode
and select the appropriate
white balance setting
Use SeaLife Digital Pro
Flash Accessory in low
light conditions or deeper
depths
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Cause
Solutions / Corrective
Actions
Picture too bright
(over exposed) when
using external flash
accessory.
Camera setting not
optomized
Select Ext Flash Auto
mode.
Select “macro Flash”
[Press the flash button]
to darken the picture
exposure level.
Reduce external flash
accessory brightness by
rotating brightness control
knob clockwise.
Picture too dark
(under exposed) when
using external flash
accessory.
Relflective subjects
Move farther away from
highly reflective subjects
that are white or silver in
color.
Camera setting not
optomized
Select Ext Flash Auto
mode.
Troubleshooting Guide >>
Symptom
Select “Far Flash”
[Press the flash button]
to brighten the picture
exposure level.
Increase external flash
accessory brightness by
rotating brightness control
knob counter-clockwise.
Other troubles?
Please refer to online troubleshooting guide for
updates at www.sealife-cameras.com.
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Housing Specifications >>
HOUSING SPECIFICATIONS
Underwater Housing:
Depth:
Individual depth tested to 200’ (60m)
Controls:
Control buttons to access all camera functions Power, Mode, Shutter, Zoom, Playback, Menu, Flash,
Focus, Delete. The Zoom lever can be used to scroll
through menus and the Shutter button functions like
the Set button when the menu is open.
O-ring:
Silicone (item # SL17017)
Lens port:
Fully multi-coated optical glass lens port with snap-on
ring to adapt accessory lenses.
Tripod Mount:
Standard 1/4-20 tripod threads to adapt accessories.
Lanyard:
Padded lanyard with swiveled attachment clip
Hardware:
Marine Grade Stainless Steel metal hardware, or
aircraft-grade aluminum (cover plates)
Material:
Rubber overmolded polycarbonate housing.
Weight:
333 grams (11.7 ounces) Housing only without inner
camera
472 grams (16.6 ounces) Housing and inner camera
Size:
3.5”H x 5.5”W x 3.4”D inches
8.9cm x 14cm x 8.6cm
Operating Temp.:
33 degrees F to 110 degrees F
Storage Temp.:
-20 degrees F to + 140 degrees F
Warranty:
1 year limited warranty.
Specifications subject to change without notice.
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Photo by: Dan Johnson
SL70025
March 2010