One of the interesting participants at the just-concluded Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) 2006 in Orlando, Florida was Pioneer Research, maker of SeaLife underwater cameras.
Pioneer showed off its recent SeaLife DC600 6-megapixel digital camera offering a new â€˜spy modeâ€™ which sets the camera to automatically take multiple, time-delayed shots until stopped. This enables a diver to set the camera down and swim away while the camera takes photos of shy sea creatures.
At DEMA 2006, Pioneer also introduced their â€˜Reefmaster Mini,â€™ a rugged, self-enclosed camera rated to 130ft. The walls of the new Reefmaster Mini are made of thick polycarbonate with an additional 2mm of shockproofing lining, and the camera is quite small, powered by 2 AA batteries.
Sealife DC600, at left, with Reefmaster Mini in front.
The SeaLife digital underwater camera was recently cited by Time magazine as one of its â€œMost Amazing Inventions of 2005.â€
Both the Reefmaster Mini and Eco Shot will be available in February 2007.