SeaLife recently released the RM-4K and Micro 3.0. So, how does these new products compare against the other SeaLife underwater camera, the DC2000?
You can find out in this comparison guide between the three products.
For its price, the SeaLife RM-4K is an excellent underwater camera as you can take excellent pictures in addition to being able to film in 4K/30fps or 1080p/60fps. Not to mention that it can hold up to 128 GB of data with a MicroSD card, which is more than the capabilities of the Micro 3.0 and DC2000.
The SeaLife Micro 3.0 is the best at capturing video out of this group. In addition to 4K/30fps, it can also record at 1080p/120fps, which includes a super slow motion mode. If you are planning to record videos on fast moving underwater creatures and/or other objects, then this is the best option.
The SeaLife DC2000 is the most capable underwater camera out of this group when it comes to taking photos. It has the biggest image sensor and the most underwater modes that cover all types of conditions.
If you are interested, you can purchase any of the three products on Amazon with the following links:
RM-4K vs. Micro 3.0 vs. DC2000 Comparison Chart
|SeaLife RM-4K Underwater Camera||SeaLife Micro 3.0 Underwater Camera||SeaLife DC2000 Underwater Camera|
|Available Sets||RM-4K Pro 2000 Set (SL354): RM-4K Camera and Sea Dragon 2000F Light||Micro 3.0 Pro 3000 Set (SL552): Micro 3.0 Camera and Sea Dragon 3000F Light|
Micro 3.0 Pro 5000 Duo Set (SL553): Micro 3.0 Camera and 2 Sea Dragon 2500F Lights
|DC2000 Pro Flash Set (SL745): DC2000 Camera and Sea Dragon Flash|
DC2000 Pro 3000 Set (SL747): DC2000 Camera and Sea Dragon 3000F Auto Light
DC2000 Pro 3000 Duo Set (SL749): DC2000 Camera, Sea Dragon Flash, Includes Sea Dragon 3000F Auto Light and Dual Tray
|Camera Body Weight||7.1 oz or 202 g||11.6 oz or 329g||8.3 oz or 234 g (inner camera only)|
24.4 oz or 691 g (camera with housing)
|Depth Rating||130 feet or 40 meters (camera with housing)||200 feet or 60 meters (permanently sealed)||60 feet or 18 meters (inner camera only)|
200 feet 60 meters (camera with housing)
|Image Sensor||14MP 1/2.3″ Panasonic Sensor||16MP 1/2.3” Sony Sensor||20MP 1″ Sony Sensor|
|Storage Specs||Up to 128 GB with MicroSD Card||64 GB Internal Memory||Up to 64 GB with MicroSD Card|
|Video Specs||4K resolution and 30 frames per second |
1080p resolution at 60 frames per second
|4K resolution at 30 frames per second |
1080p resolution at 120 frames per second
Super slow motion mode
|1080p resolution at 60 frames per second|
|Underwater Modes||Underwater Deep |
|Underwater Color Correction Settings||N/A||Deep|
|Field of View||140° diagonal wide angle lenses||100° diagonal||66° diagonal (land)|
50° diagonal (underwater)
Optional wide angel lenses
|Time Lapse Shooting||Save files as pictures|
Save files as videos
|Save files as pictures|
Save files as videos
|Save files as pictures|
|Upside Down Shooting?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Battery||External 1100 mAh Li-ion battery||Internal 2000 mAh Li-ion battery||External 1130 mAh Li-ion battery|
|Focus System||Instant Fixed-Focus Lens||High-Depth Wide Angle Fixed Focus||Electronic High Speed Auto Focus|
|Focus Range||12″ (or 30 cm) to infinity||15″ (or 30 cm) to infinity|
4” (or 10 cm) to 8” (or 20 cm) with optional SL571 Super Macro Lens
|Auto Focus: 3.5” (or 9 cm) to infinity|
1.5″ (or 3.81 cm)+ with optional lenses
|Tripod/Tray Mount||1/4-20 tripod/tray mount||1/4-20 tripod/tray mount||1/4-20 tripod/tray mount|
|Controls||4 buttons||3 "piano key" buttons |
|4 "piano key" buttons |
|LCD Display Monitor||2.4” 230K TFT LCD color display||2.4” 260K TFT LCD color display||3.0” 920k color TFT display|
|External Power Mode?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Pricing||Check price on Amazon.||Check price on Amazon.||Check price on Amazon.|
In addition to being available as a standalone, the SeaLife underwater cameras are also included in sets with several bundled add-ons.
You can take a look at what’s included in each bundle below:
- RM-4K Pro 2000 Set (SL354): RM-4K Camera and Sea Dragon 2000F Light
- Micro 3.0 Pro 3000 Set (SL552): Micro 3.0 Camera and Sea Dragon 3000F Light
- Micro 3.0 Pro 5000 Duo Set (SL553): Micro 3.0 Camera and 2 Sea Dragon 2500F Lights
- DC2000 Pro Flash Set (SL745): DC2000 Camera and Sea Dragon Flash
- DC2000 Pro 3000 Set (SL747): DC2000 Camera and Sea Dragon 3000F Auto Light
- DC2000 Pro 3000 Duo Set (SL749): DC2000 Camera, Sea Dragon Flash, Includes Sea Dragon 3000F Auto Light and Dual Tray
Camera Body Weight
The RM-4K is the lightest of the three, followed by the DC2000. If you use the DC2000 with the housing, however, it is easily the heaviest of the group.
You can find the weight specifications below:
- SeaLife RM-4K: 7.1 oz or 202 g
- SeaLife Micro 3.0: 11.6 oz or 329g
- SeaLife DC2000: 8.3 oz or 234 g (inner camera only); 24.4 oz or 691 g (camera with housing)
You will be able to take both the permanently sealed Micro 3.0 and DC2000 with housing underwater at a depth of up to 200 feet. For the RM-4K, the limit is 130 feet.
You can find the full depth ratings below:
- RM-4K: 130 feet or 40 meters (camera with housing)
- Micro 3.0: 200 feet or 60 meters (permanently sealed)
- DC2000: 60 feet or 18 meters (inner camera only); 200 feet 60 meters (camera with housing)
The SeaLife DC2000 has the biggest image sensor, followed by the SeaLife Micro 3.0 and then the SeaLife RM-4K. Having more megapixels usually results in more details being captured if the camera is used properly.
You can take a look at what image sensor is included in each underwater camera below:
- RM-4K: 14MP 1/2.3″ Panasonic Sensor
- Micro 3.0: 16MP 1/2.3” Sony Sensor
- DC2000: 20MP 1″ Sony Sensor
The RM-4K supports MicroSD cards of up to 128 GB in size. The DC2000 can also support MicroSD cards although its limit is 64 GB. While the Micro 3.0 does not support MicroSD cards, it does come with 64 GB of internal memory.
The RM-4K underwater camera can record videos at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second in addition to 1080p videos at 60 frames per second.
The Micro 3.0 underwater camera can record videos at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second in addition to 1080p resolution and 120 frames per second (which includes a super slow motion mode).
The DC2000 underwater camera can only record videos at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.
The RM-4K comes with 2 underwater modes: Underwater Deep and Underwater Shallow.
The Micro 3.0 includes 3 underwater modes: Dive, Snorkel and Underwater Light.
The DC2000 has 4 underwater modes: Dive, Snorkel, External Light and Flash.
Underwater Color Correction Settings
Both the Micro 3.0 and DC2000 also feature 3 underwater color correction settings: Deep, Green Water and Shallow. The RM-4K does not have any color correction features.
Field of View
The RM-4K comes equipped with the 140° diagonal wide angle lenses. The Micro 3.0 uses the 100° diagonal field of view. The DC2000 has a field of view of 66° on land and 50° underwater although wide angel lenses are also available.
Time Lapse Shooting
Both the Sea Life RM-4K and Micro 3.0 cameras support time lapse shooting as you can save the files as pictures or videos. Although the DC2000 also support time lapse shooting, you can only save files as pictures.
Upside Down Shooting
The Micro 3.0 and DC2000 feature upside down shooting. The RM-4K does not support the same feature.
The Micro 3.0 and DC2000 both support a shortcut mode while the RM-4K does not.
You can also take a look at the battery included in each Sea Life underwater camera below:
- RM-4K: External 1100 mAh Li-ion battery
- Micro 3.0: Internal 2000 mAh Li-ion battery
- DC2000: External 1130 mAh Li-ion battery
The focus system is different across the three models.
You can take a look below:
- RM-4K: Instant Fixed-Focus Lens
- Micro 3.0: High-Depth Wide Angle Fixed Focus
- DC2000: Electronic High Speed Auto Focus
You can also find the focus range specs below:
- 12″ (or 30 cm) to infinity
- 15″ (or 30 cm) to infinity
- 4” (or 10 cm) to 8” (or 20 cm) with optional SL571 Super Macro Lens
- Auto Focus: 3.5” (or 9 cm) to infinity
- 1.5″ (or 3.81 cm)+ with optional lenses
All three products support a 1/4-20 tripod/tray mount.
When it comes to controls, the RM-4K utilizes 4 buttons. The Micro 3.0 utilizes 3 “piano key” buttons and shutter. The DC2000 utilizes 4 “piano key” buttons and shutter.
LCD Display Monitor
You can take a look at the LCD display stats for each underwater camera below:
- RM-4K: 2.4” 230K TFT LCD color display
- Micro 3.0: 2.4” 260K TFT LCD color display
- DC2000: 3.0” 920k color TFT display
External Power Mode
Both the Micro 3.0 and DC2000 comes with an external power mode while the RM-4K doesn’t.