SeaLife DC1400 Underwater Camera Operating Guide

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THIS CAMERA IS RESTRICTED. Proficiency is gained through a workshop. Workshop participants must read this operating guide and bring the written proficiency test answers to the workshop. In addition to reading this operating guide and attending the workshop, it is recommended that you download and read the SeaLife DC410 Manual PDF. Optional reading: SeaLife Underwater Photo-Video Light Instruction Manual and SeaLife Digital Pro Flash Instruction Manual.

Warnings and Cautions


Continued use under the following conditions may cause fire or electric shock. Return to Media Loan for repair service if not working or 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 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.


  • Do not fire the flash close to anyone’s eyes.
  • Do not subject the LCD monitor to impact.
  • A camera is a precision instrument. Do not drop it, strike it or use excessive force when handling the camera.
  • Do not remove the battery immediately after long period of continuous use.
  • Do not wrap the camera or place it in cloth or blankets.
  • Do not leave the camera in places where the temperature may rise significantly, such as inside a car.
  • Before you move the camera, disconnect cords and cables.

Notes on Battery Usage

  • 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 and/or camera may feel warm after a long period of continuous use of the camera or the flash. This is normal and not a malfunction.
  • Always keep the battery terminals clean.
  • To prevent short-circuiting or fire, keep the battery away from other metal objects when carrying or storing.

Important Notes on Waterproof Function and Waterproof Housing

  • 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*.
  • 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.
  • Carefully follow O-ring removal and installation instructions contained on page 67 of manual.
  • Carefully close lid and latch to seal housing and make sure there are no obstructions that prevent housing from closing or sealing properly.
  • 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 damaged 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.
  • Keep the housing unlatched when storing for more than 3 months.