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ScubaShooters announces Deep Visions UWP Awards photo contest with great prizes
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Deep Visions 2015 Contest Now Accepting Entries

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ScubaShooters announces Deep Visions UWP Awards photo contest with great prizes

Our friends at ScubaShooters have just announced the first annual Deep Visions underwater photo contest. Publishers of a fantastic e-Magazine, website and popular Facebook group, the Deep Visions contest is the ScubaShooters' most recent undertaking in the world of uw photography.

The Deep Visions 2015 contest is accepting entries through December 3, 2015. The contest features 7 categories: wide-angle and macro for DSLR and mirrorless, wide-angle and macro for compact cameras, black and white, behavior and a special Snoot Shots category for macro shooters.

Update:  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 20, 2015 !!

Entries due:  December 3, 2015

More information & to Enter:  Deep Visions 2015 Contest

 

 

Enter the Deep Visions Contest:  Deep Visions 2015 Contest

 

 

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Nauticam's new full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens M3
By Brent Durand

Nauticam Canon M3 Housing Released

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Nauticam's new full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens M3

Nauticam has released a new housing for Canon's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera - the Canon EOS M3. The new housing delivers Nauticam's signature ergonomic control access, complete functionality, and a comprehensive lens port lineup.

The NA-EOSM3 also features a brand new Shutter Release Extension, which provides the ability to customize the feel of the shutter release depending on shooter's style of holding the housing. 

A wide port selection for a variety of lenses, compatibiliy with Nauticam's vacuum check system, viewfinders and other accessories allow divers to put together the perfect Nauticam Canon EOS M3 housing kit.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing Nauticam Support for Canon EOS M3

 

A full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon MIL flagship.

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of the NA-EOSM3, the newest offering in the largest lineup of precision aluminum underwater camera housings available today.

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The Canon EOS M3

EOS M3 is a high performance 24 megapixel APS-C mirrorless body that signals Canon's new commitment to the mirrorless segment.  EOS M3 improves upon its predecessors in nearly every way, but most noticeably autofocus.  The system uses 49 on sensor phase-detect points that result in focus speeds up to 6 times faster than the original EOS M.

nauticam canon m3 housing review

 

Ergonomically the body is much improved.  Individual command wheels access shutter speed and aperture, along with a dedicated mode dial, and an exposure compensation dial.  These physical dials give enthusiast photographers direct, convenient control access that perfectly complements the already excellent Canon EOS M touch screen interface.  The EOS M3 also features a nicely contoured grip that further improves handling.

Canon EOS M3 Key Features

  • 24.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • 49 on sensor phase-detect AF Points
  • 3", 1 m-dot ClearView II TFT-LCD Panel
  • 4.2 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video at 30 frames per second with manual exposure control
  • HDMI Output

Nauticam NA-EOSM3

The NA-EOSM3 housing delivers ergonomic control access, complete functionality, and a comprehensive lens port lineup.  Nauticam leads the underwater housing market in mirrorless interchangeable lens camera support, and the expertise gained from dozens of previous models is fully integrated into the NA-EOSM3 design.

Essential functions are placed for fingertip access at the sculpted right grip.  Key controls, such as f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, focus point, and the star button (*) are all easily accessed from the housing grip.  The highly refined Nauticam shutter release lever provides tactile feel of half press, critical for accurate pre-focus.

Camera setup is designed to be simple, and fool proof.  The slides into the housing with all controls perfectly aligned, and nothing needing to be pre set.  A robust cam lever lock ensures perfect alignment.  It is impossible to close the housing back door with the camera incorrectly installed, or the camera tray unlocked.

 

nauticam canon m3 housing review

New Shutter Release Extension

NA-EOSM3 ergonomics are perfectly engineered for a "right hand on the grip" shooting style.  Some users, especially those diving in cold water with dry gloves, need alternate ways to hold and operate the camera.

This included shutter release extension and stainless steel handle bracket provide convenient shutter release access when used with the Nauticam Tray and Handle Systems.

 

nauticam canon m3 housing review

Locking Rotary Latch

A large, locking rotary latch securely closes the housing back door.  

Sculpted Grip
Ergonomic Shutter release lever and contoured grip.

 

 

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Patented Port Locking Lever

Closeup view of the patented Nauticam Port Locking Lever and large, rubberized zoom / focus control.

The Port Locking Lever is a signature Nauticam feature, providing the easiest and most secure port attachment available today.  No twisting, just push in, and lock!

 

Feature Checklist

  • Unsurpassed build quality, designed by award winning engineering team
  • Produced utilizing the most modern manufacturing technology available
  • Ergonomically placed controls with size, shape, and color differentiation
  • Access to all key camera controls
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Patented Port Locking System
  • Lens release button
  • Easy to operate locking rotary latch
  • Quick release camera mounting plate
  • Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering
  • 1x M16 accessory hole for HDMI, hydrophone, or electrical sync connector installation
  • Single M14 accessory hole for vacuum valve
  • Integrated vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit (valve optional)
  • 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes
  • Cold Shoe and 10mm threaded accessory mounting point
  • 100m Depth Rating

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system inspires confidence, with constant LED monitoring of the water tight system status.

NA-EOSM3 includes vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuitry as standard equipment.  When paired with an optional vacuum valve (sold separately), the operator can, at a glance, instantly see the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.

The NA-EOSM3 ships with a 2nd bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the primary bulkhead ports for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.

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Recommended Accessories

The Nauticam LCD Magnifier (pn 25106) and LCD Magnifier Attachment Rails (pn 25122) allows for a clear, closeup view of the 1 m-dot EOS M3 LCD Screen.  The rubber hood and eye cup provide generous shading for clear viewing even in bright light, and magnifying optics with dioptric adjustment provide a sharp image for precise confirmation of fine focus.

 

M14 Vacuum Valve (pn 25611)

The NA-EOSM3 Housing ships with the Nauticam Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection circuitry installed as standard equipment.  An accessory Vacuum Valve is required to unlock vacuum monitoring functionality.

 

The Nauticam Easitray (pn 71206)Flexitray (71207), and Flexitray W (71209) provide added flexibility in underwater handling, enhanced ergonomics when used in cold water with thick gloves, and mounting locations for a myriad of accessories.

 

Recommended EF-M Lenses

 

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

An ideal mid-range zoom, covering the entire range between wide angle and macro images, and capable of excellent closeups.

 

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

A versatile wide angle zoom, free from fisheye distortion, with over 100 degrees of diagonal coverage at 11mm.

 

 

Recommended EOS Lenses (used with EF-EOS M Adaptor)

 

EF-EOS M Adaptor with Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

8-15 is a truely remarkable fisheye zoom lens.  Covering a range from 10-15mm on APS-C without vignette, 8-15 provides the underwater photographer with a 180 deg full frame fisheye that can zoom down to a narrower 120 deg diagonal.  This lens is perfectly suited to close focus wide angle and big animal shooting.

 

EF-EOS M Adaptor, with Canon EF-S 60mm or EF 100mm Macro Lenses

The Canon 60mm and 100mm IS L macro lenses provide two outstanding options for the EOS M3 owner interested in macro and super macro imaging.

 

Both Lenses are capable of 1:1 reproduction ratio.  The 100mm lens has added working distance, image stabilization, and legendary "L" lens image quality.

For super macro subjects, add the revolutionary Super Macro Converter (pn 81201, SMC-1).  SMC Achieves 1.7:1 reproduction ratio when paired with the 60mm, and a stunning 2.2:1 reproduction ratio with the 100mm L lens.

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m

  • Dimensions: 195mm W x 127 mm H x 104 mm D

  • Weight: 1.09kg

Model Number: 17322
USA Retail Price: $1450
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer, story teller and image-maker from California.
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Brent is the editor of the Underwater Photography Guide and leads several photo trips and workshops for Bluewater Photo (see below).  Email Brent at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

Bali & Lembeh Strait Workshops (Sept '16)   |   La Paz Big Animal Photo Trip (Oct '16)   |   Sri Lanka Wrecks & Reefs OR Whales & Dolphins Workshops (Feb '17)   |   Alor, Indonesia small group Photo Trip (Oct '17)

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Scuba Diving Magazine showcases the winning photos from 2015 Through Your Lens contest
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Through Your Lens Contest Winners Announced

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Scuba Diving Magazine showcases the winning photos from 2015 Through Your Lens contest

 

Through Your Lens Contest Winners Announced


Scuba Diving Magazine showcases the winning photos from 2015 Through Your Lens contest

By UWPG News, September 8, 2015

 

 

 
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Scuba Diving magazine has announced the winners of the 11th annual Through Your Lens underwater photo contest. The winning images showcase marine life from around the world, with both large and small creatures, as well as interesting stories behind each shot.

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to all the winners, including several who have contributed photos and articles to the Underwater Photography Guide in the last few months.

View all the Through Your Lens contest winners.

 

 

 

 

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Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film
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Ocean Gravity - Freediver Drifts Through Space

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Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film

 

Ocean Gravity - Freediver Drifts Through Space


Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film

By Brent Durand, September 3, 2015

 

ocean gravity film

 

 
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I just discovered this film and was immediately mesmerized by the strong imagery pulling my away from the comfort of what we usually see in underwater movies.

Directed by Guillaume Néry and Julie Gautier, the duo behind Les Films Engloutis, Ocean Gravity is combines a freediver (Néry) with unusual cameras angles by underwater camerawoman Gautier as they drift along a seemingly barren reef.

The emphasis of the film is that there is no up and down and right side up underwater - the ocean becomes a great cosmos with man left to simply float along in its vast expanse.

If you have seen Les Films Engloutis' other popular film, Free Fall, then you're familiar with their imaginative work underwater and during post-processing.

Ocean Gravity was filmed in the Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. According to Gautier, the most challenging aspect of the filming process was trying to avoid filming the abundant marine life in the area (sharks, big fish, dolphins, etc).

Here's the fascinating film:

 

OCEAN GRAVITY by Les Films Engloutis

 

You can view more at Les Films Engloutis.

 

 


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Inside look at Fantasea's compact, sturdy and ergonomic housing for the incredible Sony RX100 IV
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Fantasea Sony RX100 IV Housing Released

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Inside look at Fantasea's compact, sturdy and ergonomic housing for the incredible Sony RX100 IV

Fantasea has released their new housing specifcally designed for the Sony RX100 IV - the Fantasea FRX100 IV housing.

The Sony RX100 IV has taken yet another major step in the world of compact cameras. Highlights include 20MP still images, ability to shoot 4K video, 5x faster processor than the RX100 III and super slow motion video at up to 960fps (40x slow motion). Check out the Sony RX100IV specs.

The new Fantasea FRX100 IV housing brings simple, functional and ergonomic control to the RX100 IV. Fantasea housings are known for their clearly labeled, easy-to-use buttons designed into compact camera housings, and the FRX100 IV is no exception. Shock resistant construction, depth rating to 200ft, access to all camera controls, wet lens compatibility and free moisure detector put this housing at an incredible dollar to value ratio.

 

 

 

Fantasea introduces a new underwater housing for the brand new Sony RX100 IV camera.

The FRX100 IV Housing is specifically designed for the Sony RX100 IV, thereby providing the most compact, sturdy and ergonomic waterproof housing for this camera. The FRX100 IV is also fully compatible with the RX100 III camera.

The FRX100 IV is manufactured to the highest professional standards of function, style and durability. It is depth rated to 60m/200 feet and is fully functional with ergonomically designed and labeled controls. The Fantasea FRX100 IV is the ultimate waterproof home for the Sony RX100 IV and RX100 III cameras.

  • Pro's consider the Sony RX100 IV to be 2015's World's Best Compact Camera (Kenrockwell.com)

  • Camera offers a handful of upgraded features, all so important to underwater photographers. Enhanced features include:

    • New 20.1 megapixel 1”-type CMOS sensor , considered to be years ahead of the competition

    • 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens

    • Slow motion video recording up to 1000 fps

    • 4K (UHD) video recording with full sensor readout and bit rates up to 100Mbps

    • Dual recording captures 17MP stills while recording up to 1080/30p video

    • Incredibly fast (16 fps!) continuous shooting

    • Anti-distortion shutter

    • NEW picture profile modes including SLog2 gamma settings

    • 3-stop neutral density filter

    • 3" LCD with 1.3m dots

  • The FRX100 IV Housing introduces the highest and most professional standards of function, style and durability

  • Full access to all essential camera controls & functions with clearly marked buttons

  • Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet

  • Lens port adaptor included, allowing the use of M67 (67mm) macro and wide angle conversion lenses

  • Shock resistant construction

  • Ergonomic design

  • Double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal

  • BONUS - Moisture Detector installed in every FRX100 IV Housing at no additional cost!

  • FREE Hand Strap and Port Cover

  • Best value-for-money deal

  • A complete accessory system available, including wide angle and macro lenses, color correction filters, flashes, video lights and all necessary adaptors and connectors

  • Manufacturer's warranty

 

 

 

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Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more
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X-Ray Mag issue #68 Available for Download

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Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more

 

X-Ray Mag issue #68 Available for Download


Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more

By UWPG News, Sept 2, 2015

 

 

 
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X-Ray Magazine has published their latest issue, #68. The minitheme of this issue is Florida's Palm Beaches, which includes articles on blackwater diving, the Florida springs, eh Warbird wreck mystery, Lamar Hires, symbiosis, children and scuba, plus much more.

This issue is available for free download and is packed full of great photos and words.

DOWNLOAD:  X-Ray Mag issue 68

 

 

 

 

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Fiji, Photo Contests, New Gear, Reviews, 10 Years of Magic Filters, and more!
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UWP Mag issue 86 Available for Free Download

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Fiji, Photo Contests, New Gear, Reviews, 10 Years of Magic Filters, and more!

 

UWP Mag issue 86 Available for Free Download


Fiji, Photo Contests, New Gear, Reviews, 10 Years of Magic Filters, and more!

By UWPG News, Sept 2, 2015

 

 

 
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Underwater Photography magazine has released their 86th issue, packed 68 pages full of great u/w photo articles, reviews, gear, dive stories, photo techniques and more.

This issue of UWP mag is available for free download as a pdf. You'll also notice that they have covered both of our big announcements. The first is the Ocean Art underwater photo competition (accepting entries now), and the second is Bluewater Photo's 5th annual SoCal Shootout.

 

DOWNLOAD:  UWP Mag issue #86

 

 

 

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New firmware allows GoPro users to trim and share clips in-camera or with the app
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GoPro Releases New Video Trim Feature

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New firmware allows GoPro users to trim and share clips in-camera or with the app

 

GoPro Releases New Trim and Share Features


New firmware allows GoPro users to trim and share clips in-camera or with the app

By UWPG News, August 31, 2015

 

gopro app trim and share

 

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GoPro has just announced a great new feature available on camera firmware and mobile app updates, designed to make it easier to share video clips "in real time":  Trim + Share.

Most all of us who shoot GoPro video underwater know that you often end up with a long clip but only a few seconds of action that you want to share. This is where the new Trim + Share comes into play. Either on the GoPro or on the GoPro app, select the clim, hit trim, adjust the length and placement of the trim frame, save and share. Easy!

Unfortunately, you still cannot put multiple clips together in the GoPro app (which you can do with Vimeo's Cameo app), however you can still do your full editing on the computer with GoPro Studio editing software.

 

 

GoPro Camera Reviews

 

GoPro Tutorials

 


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PRESS RELEASE

 

GoPro is very excited to release its latest feature that further enables users to effortlessly share their memorable moments captured on their GoPro devices. This smart new feature allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. Simply press the Trim icon in playback mode, choose a 5-, 15-, or 30-second clip from any of your recorded content, and save it for sharing, all without transferring entire video files. 

 

On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPacHERO4 Silver, and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed file directly back onto the memory card, adjacent to the rest of the video files for later sharing. As well, the in-app functionality will allow for instant saving to your camera roll and very precise trimming from all Wi-Fi enabled GoPro cameras. 

In order to focus on the run, the set wave, the trail in front of you, typically you would just press record and allow the GoPro to catch everything. However, if you caught some epic content during that session, you may want to set it aside or share it to the world as soon as you stop recording. Before, that required you to download your footage to your computer, find your best moment, edit a clip, export and upload it. With the new Trim and Share feature, you can select that climactic moment on your mobile device and upload it to Instagram while you are on the chairlift headed back to the top, on the beach between sets, or sitting on the tailgate in between laps.  

 

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New features and special design for this new Olympus E-M5 Mark II housing from SEA&SEA
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SEA&SEA Releases the MDX-EM5 Mark II Housing

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New features and special design for this new Olympus E-M5 Mark II housing from SEA&SEA

 

SEA&SEA Releases the MDX-EM5 Mark II Housing


New features and special design for this new Olympus E-M5 Mark II housing from SEA&SEA

By UWPG News, August 5, 2015

 

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SEA&SEA has announced their new housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The housing is SEA&SEA's latest in a great line of mirroress housings, incoporating some great new design features.

If you haven't yet, be sure to read our Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera review.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

SEA&SEA Releases the MDX-EM5 Mark II Housing

SEA&SEA announces the release of the newest addition to SEA&SEA's mirrorless class family: the MDX-EM5 Mark ll Underwater Housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll Mirrorless Digital Camera.

The MDX-EM5 MK ll is designed, engineered, and manufactured in Japan. The MDX-EM5 MK II housing has been designed to accommodate the Olympus FL-LM3 flash. The FL-LM3 is required to trigger external strobes. The MDX-EM5 MK II housing grants access to the FL-LM3 ON/OFF power. Another key feature of this housing is that the levers and buttons will glow in low light conditions for enhanced visibility. The MDX-EM5 MK ll is also compatible with Ergo-Grips v2, SEA ARM 8, and Grip Stay L II.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll Mirrorless Digital Camera has significantly improved features for underwater photographers including an upgraded electronic viewfinder, focus peaking, and an upgraded frame rate with both ALL-l and IBP recording modes. 

sea&sea mdx-em5 mk II housing

Housing Features:

  • Two Fiber-Optic Cable Sockets
  • Two Sacrificial Zinc Diodes (front/rear)
  • Lens Release Button
  • FL-LM3 flash On/Off switch
  • Tripod socket
  • Depth rating: 100m / 330ft
  • Dim. (WxHxD): 325 x 160 x 104mm                                                         12.8in x 6.3in x 4.1inch
  • Weight: Approx. 1,600g / 56.4oz (housing only)                      Approx. 2,070g / 73.2oz (w/ Ergo Grips)
  • Body: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy (machined)

Optional Accessories:

  • Leak Sensor
  • Ergo Grip v2
  • SEA ARM 8
  • VF45 / VF180 Compatible
  • Grip Stay L II
  • Port: ML Ports & NX Ports

Available August 6, 2015

MDX-EM5 MK II (SS-06177) Special Price: $1,849.95

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New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors
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Nauticam Announces New Monitor Housing

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New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors

 

Nauticam Announces New Monitor Housing


New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors

By UWPG News, July 9, 2015

 

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Nauticam has announced a housing for the popular 500 series SmallHD video monitor, which combines a stunning, pixel-packed 5" LCD display with simple-to-use ergonomics and menus.

The new NA-502 housing fits both the SmallHD 501 and SmallHD 502 monitors, which provides flexibility for serious underwater video shooters.

 

 


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PRESS RELEASE

 

NA-502 

for SmallHD 501 (HDMI) and 502 (HDMI and SDI Monitors)

The SmallHD 500 series, the sharpest and lightest 5-inch field monitors available, are the perfect complement to a Nauticam underwater video system.  These products combine a stunning 5", 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display with an amazing suite of software tools for image monitoring in a compact form factor.  

The monitor feels immediately familiar, almost identical in size to your favorite smart phone.  A rubberized joystick is used to effortlessly flip through video "pages".  Each page accepts multiple imagine analysis tools, configured by the user for their individual needs.  The NA-502 housing provides access to all monitor controls, and the complete menu system is available in the housing, and at depth.  To learn more, a complete 500 Series "Test Drive" is available here.

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There aren't enough good things that can be said about this screen...  Pixel density (the specification that results in sharpness) is greater than iPhone 6.  The monitor is capable of displaying 85% of the NTSC color gamut, surpassing REC 709.  These tech spec simply translate into the best color, contrast, and resolution available in this class.

nauticam na-502 housing

The Nauticam NA-502 housing features the rugged build quality and advanced manufacturing expertise our user base has come to expect.  The joystick navigation system used by the 500 series monitors is translated to four directional arrows, a center select button, and the dedicated "back" button.  The interface is simple, but elegant, and perfectly suited to the underwater environment.

Cable Routing & Power

nauticam na-502 housing

The form factor of 501/502 monitors is ideal for an underwater housing, with HDMI / HD-SDI cables nestled between two readily available Canon LP-E6 Batteries.

 

HDMI and HD-SDI (502) are both supported by a single housing, providing an extremely broad range of camera support in a single underwater monitor system.

Advanced Software

Joystick navigation, combined with a very well thought out image analysis tool set, make these monitors extremely useful for judging focus and exposure.  Examples of some of these tools (but not all) are:

 

Focus Assist

Highlights in focus edges, taking the guess work out of critical focus even when using large formate SLR cameras with narrow depth of field.

 

False Color

Extremely useful for judging exposure, false color mode maps the IRE Exposure Scale to color bars, providing detailed feedback about image brightness.  Purple and Yellow warnings indicate under and over exposed areas.  A gradient from blue through green maps shadows to highlights.

 

Pixel Zoom

Zooming in on the video feed is available from every monitor page, all the time, simply by clicking the up arrow.  The zoomed window can be moved around the screen via up/down/left/right, and exited easily with the back button.  

 

Zebra Lines

Designed to warn of over exposure, zebra lines can be mapped to a custom IRE level, and even enhanced with color to make them more visible.

NA-502 Features

 

Right angle cable connector provides clean cable routing, and protects the cable from wear and tear at the housing connection.

 

Joystick navigation is translated to a 5 push button directional pad on the housing front, with enhanced spacing that is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

 

A Vacuum Valve, along with the Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System is included as standard equipment..  A temperature compensated monitoring circuit with LED indicator provides constant feedback about vacuum status.  The green led means the system is safe to dive!

Optional Accessories

 

Optional NA-502 Monitor Hood (#17916) provides generous shading, and reduces glare in shallow water.

 

SDI Surface Feed Cables (#25064 15m or #25065 45m) provide a reliable SDI feed capable of traveling over long distances to a topside director's monitor.

Tech Specs:

#17906 NA-502H for SmallHD 500 Series Monitors, HDMI Cable Connection

#17907 NA-502S for SmallHD 500 Series Monitors, HD-SDI Cable Connection

 

Depth Rating : 100m

 

Weight : 1.39 kg

Dimensions : 222 x 118 x 67mm (excluding ball mount & cables)

 

Available July 28, 2015

MSRP : $1,600

 

 

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