Waterlogged photos have cause to rejoice, as SeaLife has announced two new cameras. Like all SeaLife cameras, the Reefmaster Mini and the Ecoshot feature waterproof, beefed-up casings for rough shooting. The Reefmaster Mini can handle depths as much as 75 feet, the Ecoshot can sink as far as 130 feet underwater, and both cameras can handle drops of as far as six feet.
Other than their extreme ruggedness, the 6-megapixel Reefmaster Mini and Ecoshot are rather lackluster cameras. With a 42mm-equivalent, fixed-length lenses, they're not going to win any prizes for best feature sets. They have a unique Spy mode that lets you set the camera down and have it snap pictures at regular intervals over a long period of time, but that's about their only other notable feature.
At $250 and $300 MSRP, respectively, the SeaLife Ecoshot and Reefmaster Mini are affordable diving cameras. Unfortunately, once you take them out of the depths, they're not that useful. If you can afford to spend a bit more and don't plan on swimming quite so deep, the Olympus Stylus 770SW is a much better choice. While it can handle depths of only 33 feet, the Stylus 770SW has a better lens, higher resolution, and much more useful features.