RussellP

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Engineer
Has a website at http://russellp.smugmug.com/
Joined on May 15, 2010

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RussellP: I have one and this is a very fair and accurate review. Battery life is better than 200, I get 250-300 but rarely use flash. Despite its oddities it takes great pictures in a waterproof, freeze proof, drop proof compact body. Like the reviewer I have Coolpix A as well so the fixed lens is fine. Great camera for outdoors or holidays when you value IQ.

In manual mode you press the OK button and then up and down to change the aperture, then push OK again to adjust the shutter the same way. The EV is shown and coloured in white if you are within 2EV of the right exposure or red if you are more than 2 EV out.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 04:15 UTC

I have one and this is a very fair and accurate review. Battery life is better than 200, I get 250-300 but rarely use flash. Despite its oddities it takes great pictures in a waterproof, freeze proof, drop proof compact body. Like the reviewer I have Coolpix A as well so the fixed lens is fine. Great camera for outdoors or holidays when you value IQ.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2018 at 22:46 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On article SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery (155 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: User reviews are saying this camera is so unbelievably slow that there is a 5 second delay between raw image captures - can anyone confirm if this is true? I love the idea of this camera but that would make it completely unusable for me.

The other thing that is extremely important for underwater photography is PDAF - nothing stays still. Again, this camera looks awesome in principle, but you would probably be better off with a Sony RX 100 V and a housing unless it had amazing continuous focus ability.

RAW is slow, 5-6 seconds but it depends on what you are shooting. The jpgs are very good and the speed of those its just fine.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 06:06 UTC
On article SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery (155 comments in total)
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Spectro: I read about sealife product some time ago, it cost more then some setup, but they do have their underwater lamp or lighting flash.
I got a nikon s1 and a nikon WP underwater case for around $250 during a fire sale. Too bad the nikon s1 sensor isn't so great, it was the 1st generation aptiva. I compliant to nikon that it was a terrible sensor. But the nikon underwater case is good, you can zoom the kit lens of the s1 and do all of the camera menu function. It does get foggy if you open it up. Well when the Nikon j5 with the sony sensor and maybe if I find another nikon underwater case for the j5 on a fire sale, I might buy that combo.
s1 underwater and above:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarch/albums/72157694489378792

as explained elsewhere you can buy just the body for $397 which is water proof to 18m and quite pocketable. The lens is quite sharp and fast at f1.8.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 06:01 UTC
On article SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery (155 comments in total)

Looking forward to the review although I already own one. I find it very good. I few samples here also. The RAW is slow but I'm happy with the jpgs. OIS is just for video I think but at 31mm you don't really need it.

My 3 part review.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4194773
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4216618
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4219043

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 21:23 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Thought I'd see the Sealife camera in this review. 1" sensor, waterproof and comes with waterproof case for extra depth etc. it would be nice to know more about it....Ah well, https://www.uwcamerastore.com/sealife-dc2000-underwater-camera-sl740?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk5vCx5WV2wIVSbcbCh2JrQVWEAAYASAAEgJoxPD_BwE

Briefly the RAW buffering is quite slow. About 6 seconds between shots. I haven't tried to see how many you can do before it locks. RAW's are 40mp dng files so not easily posted. I did a 3 part review
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4194773
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4216618
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4219043

Hope that helps. I really like this camera. Not just as an underwater camera but as a general travel and outdoor camera. I also own a Nikon Coolpix A so I don't mind a good fixed lens. There are lots of links to various reviews in my review which might also help.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 06:54 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Am really enjoying these Chris and Jordan videos (always have). They have great chemistry and I enjoy the humor. Being an "older timer," they (in a round about way) remind me of that ole' comedy duo - Abbott and Costello who were popular in the 40's and 50's. Chris being Costello, whereas Abbott is Jordan (I know, I know, I'm really stretchin' it here).

In addition, they cover lots of ground in their reviews, which IMO, really helps. Both Chris and Jordan are quite fluid in their talking points which keeps your attention to the review at hand. Glad to see that DPReview landed them. And am certainly looking forward to more.

Let's face it, there are tons of video reviews out there - some are boring, while other reviewers are, like....errrr - Prima Donna's. Chris and Jordan hit the right mix and are naturals doing these reviews.

This TG5 looks like a sure winner. Now let's see some 1" models of the same genre - but they will be much more expensive obviously.

Here is the link.
http://www.sealifepartsdirect.com/list.php?action=accessoryPage&model=DC2000

Cheers

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 06:39 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Am really enjoying these Chris and Jordan videos (always have). They have great chemistry and I enjoy the humor. Being an "older timer," they (in a round about way) remind me of that ole' comedy duo - Abbott and Costello who were popular in the 40's and 50's. Chris being Costello, whereas Abbott is Jordan (I know, I know, I'm really stretchin' it here).

In addition, they cover lots of ground in their reviews, which IMO, really helps. Both Chris and Jordan are quite fluid in their talking points which keeps your attention to the review at hand. Glad to see that DPReview landed them. And am certainly looking forward to more.

Let's face it, there are tons of video reviews out there - some are boring, while other reviewers are, like....errrr - Prima Donna's. Chris and Jordan hit the right mix and are naturals doing these reviews.

This TG5 looks like a sure winner. Now let's see some 1" models of the same genre - but they will be much more expensive obviously.

$699 is for the full thing including the outer housing good to 40m. You can buy the inner camera without the housing directly from sea life for $399. I did. It's good to 18m depth and is very compact. Yes it has a fixed lens but it's very sharp and has a Sony 20mp 1" sensor.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 06:35 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Am really enjoying these Chris and Jordan videos (always have). They have great chemistry and I enjoy the humor. Being an "older timer," they (in a round about way) remind me of that ole' comedy duo - Abbott and Costello who were popular in the 40's and 50's. Chris being Costello, whereas Abbott is Jordan (I know, I know, I'm really stretchin' it here).

In addition, they cover lots of ground in their reviews, which IMO, really helps. Both Chris and Jordan are quite fluid in their talking points which keeps your attention to the review at hand. Glad to see that DPReview landed them. And am certainly looking forward to more.

Let's face it, there are tons of video reviews out there - some are boring, while other reviewers are, like....errrr - Prima Donna's. Chris and Jordan hit the right mix and are naturals doing these reviews.

This TG5 looks like a sure winner. Now let's see some 1" models of the same genre - but they will be much more expensive obviously.

The Sealife DC2000 with 1" sensor is cheaper than the TG-5.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 22:18 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Thought I'd see the Sealife camera in this review. 1" sensor, waterproof and comes with waterproof case for extra depth etc. it would be nice to know more about it....Ah well, https://www.uwcamerastore.com/sealife-dc2000-underwater-camera-sl740?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk5vCx5WV2wIVSbcbCh2JrQVWEAAYASAAEgJoxPD_BwE

Agreed, I bought one instead of the TG-5 and think it is an excellent rugged camera.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 22:17 UTC

Interesting as I use both already and tend to agree with his analysis. I like the layouts and presentation of Smugmug and the fact they back up in 3 different locations. I like the community of flickr and the fact there is a flickr app built into my smart TV. It also provides another backup option.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 23:34 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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Relaxed: Here’s a blast of an alternative. The Sealife DC2000 is an 1” sensor class camera, made by Sony of course. 20mpixels and married to a sharp f1.8 wide angle lens. Reasonably fast AF and very capable shooting jpegs. Blows both the TG and AW out of the water.

You don’t have to buy the full diving package ($700). You can buy the camera alone Fromm Sealife for about $400, and still dive deep enough without the case.

Sealife DC 2000
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4194773
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4216618
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4219043

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 20:34 UTC
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Relaxed: Here’s a blast of an alternative. The Sealife DC2000 is an 1” sensor class camera, made by Sony of course. 20mpixels and married to a sharp f1.8 wide angle lens. Reasonably fast AF and very capable shooting jpegs. Blows both the TG and AW out of the water.

You don’t have to buy the full diving package ($700). You can buy the camera alone Fromm Sealife for about $400, and still dive deep enough without the case.

I've got one and love it. Even did a 3 part review in the underwater section. Great rugged camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 00:20 UTC
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cosinaphile: love the idea of a tough camera .... why has no one in the many decades made one with at least the minimum "enthusiast sensor of 1 \1.7 or better a 2\3 like fuji x30
or Nokia phones of the past sized sensor ... also the lenses are merely good if at all never great lenses

genuinely wondering

Sealife DC2000 see above

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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hypnotictortoise: For those bemoaning the absence of a quality camera in this sector.

Leica X-U

https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/compacts/leica_x-u_typ113

Sony RX0

https://www.dpreview.com/news/4343428297/sony-rx0-puts-a-1-inch-sensor-into-a-rugged-and-ultra-compact-body

And I just bought a Fuji XP120 (if I spend too much money I won't be going anywhere over Christmas) and it's pretty bloody average.

I bought one and love it. As long as you can live with a fixed lens and fewer gizmos the bigger sensor makes it all worthwhile. It's a great outdoor travel cam.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 04:07 UTC
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hypnotictortoise: For those bemoaning the absence of a quality camera in this sector.

Leica X-U

https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/compacts/leica_x-u_typ113

Sony RX0

https://www.dpreview.com/news/4343428297/sony-rx0-puts-a-1-inch-sensor-into-a-rugged-and-ultra-compact-body

And I just bought a Fuji XP120 (if I spend too much money I won't be going anywhere over Christmas) and it's pretty bloody average.

Sealife DC2000 is the best alternative. 1" Sony sensor, good to 18m with a fixed 31mm f1.8. Great little rugged camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 22:40 UTC

A correction, Tonga is not the only country in the southern hemisphere where you can swim with whales. You can also do this in Niue which has amazing 70-80m visibility. I know I've done it and it is truly remarkable. It can be a bit scary when they turn and swim straight towards you.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 00:07 UTC as 9th comment

I bought one without the housing and have done a review here
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4194773

land based only at this stage. I like it its a great little rugged camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 00:30 UTC as 1st comment
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wolfie: Would love this if they sold it without the housing - I want all weather and limited submersion in a compact form, don't need a clunky housing that limits portability on land.
Look forward to seeing some real world samples - obviously this model with its 1 inch sensor should trash the sad 1/2.3 sensor cameras that ruin this camera genre.

You can buy it without the housing by going to the parts section.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 00:26 UTC

I have some friends currently in Africa doing the safari and tour thing. Trip of a lifetime. Their camera? A Samsung smartphone. They post their pictures on Facebook and share with family and friends. They are not looking to take award winning pictures they just want memories and as photography is not a hobby are quite happy with what they get. I had other friends who spent a month in Iran with a Samsung Galaxy phone and the pictures viewed on a computer screen were stunning. The quality is good for photobooks too.
In engineering there is a term for quality and it is "fit for purpose" for the vast majority of people who take pictures the smartphone is fit for purpose.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 19:08 UTC as 175th comment
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