Underwater Housings Reviews

Detailed underwater housing reviews for photo and video, including specs, new features and comparisons with other popular housings.
Feature packed with double o-rings, moisture detector, wet lenses and more, we review the Fantasea Sony RX100 IV housing
By Brent Durand

Fantasea FRX100 IV Housing Review

Brent Durand
Feature packed with double o-rings, moisture detector, wet lenses and more, we review the Fantasea Sony RX100 IV housing

The Fantasea FRX100IV housing delivers full access to the controls of the Sony RX100 IV, allowing you to shoot incredible images, 4K video and much more. The Sony RX100 IV packs a whopping 1" sensor into the body of a compact camera, and sits at the top of Bluewater Photo's Best Compact Cameras list.

If you haven't yet, be sure to read our Sony RX100 IV Camera Review.

The polycarbonate plastic Fantasea FRX100 IV is the lightest housing available for the RX100 IV. The clearly labeled controls, affordable price and wide range of accessories make it a great choice for underwater photo and video shooters. In this review we will take a deeper look at the housing.

Available for Purchase:  Fantasea FRX100 IV Housing

MSRP:  $499.95

 

Fantasea FRX100IV Key Specs

  • Works for both the Sony RX100 IV and RX100 III

  • Wide (easy to push), clearly labeled controls

  • Ergonomics mirror camera (ideal for those who shoot topside as well)

  • Double o-ring closure

  • Built-in moisture detection system

  • Clear polycarbonate back (easy to see the camera)

  • Cold shoe accessory mount (i.e. focus light)

  • Depth rating:  200ft / 60m

  • Size:  15.5 x 14.5 x 12 cm \ 6.25 x 5.75 x 4.75 inch (W x D x H)

  • Weight (without camera):  600g

 

FRX100IV In the Lab

[photos holding housing]

Housing Ergonomics and Controls

The Fantasea RX100 IV housing is easy to hold in your hand, with nooks for your fingers and thumb to settle into. The shutter release is a button pressed vertically, which is nice for a handheld housing. The control placement mirrors the button layout on the camera body, which is nice for those who transition back and forth from using the camera on land and underwater - no hunting around for a button that has been moved to a mysterious position.

The plastic button heads are wide, making them easy to push with bare fingers or thick gloves, and each is very clearly labeled. The housing provides a knob for adjusting the front control ring, however since it is on the left side of the housing, it requires a second hand to adjust.

The video record button is easy to reach and press, but this makes accidental video recording very easy.

A standout feature is the knob for spinning the rear control dial, which is a feature unique to Fantasea.

Opening and Closing

To open and close the housing, you depress a small plastic lock tab, then twist the side latch. While this may not feel robust at first, a closer inspection reveals a very secure locking mechanism. The camera can be set into place within the housing, making it easy to replace batteries and memory cards - and no need to unscrew the camera from a tray each time. The clever spring action of the back LCD skirt holds the camera in place in line with housing controls.

There is also enough space in the housing to remove the camera with fingers (instead of shaking the housing upside down, as is the method with many compacts). A double o-ring seal provides extra safety and is still easy to inspect and service.

Housing Accessories

One huge bonus is the built-in leak detection system. The sensor is place at the absolute bottom of the housing, meaning it will be triggered at the first presence of water in the housing.

The housing comes with a hand strap and flash diffuser in the box, so you're ready to go whether you are shooting with or without external strobes.

A lens port adapter is also included, opening up the world of m67 mount wet lenses for macro and wide-angle photography. Check out our recommended accessories for the Fantasea FRX100IV.

 

Video Review by Scott Gietler

 

In the Water

The Fantasea FRX100IV housing performs as promised in the water. All the photos you see in this review were shot with the housing.

 

 

Recommended Accessories

Use the following accessories to get the most from your Sony RX100 IV and Fantasea housing.

 

Bluewater +7 Macro Wet Lens

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasea Bigeye M67 Wide-Angle Lens

 

 

 

 

Sea&Sea YS-03 Flex Arm Strobe Package

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

The Fantasea FRX100IV is a great all around housing at an even better price point. Lightweight and reliable, the housing is designed with solid ergonomics that will perform for both beginner and more advanced underwater photo and video shooters. You can use the housing handheld or build up a kit with dual video lights or strobes.

Pros

  • Affordable price

  • Lightweight

  • Easy-to-use controls for photo and video

  • Knob to spin rear control dial

  • Includes primary accessories

  • Add and remove camera body effortlessly

  • Wide range of macro and wide-angle accessories available

Cons

  • Video record button could be pressed accidentally if camera is clipped off to BCD

 

Overall, the Fantasea FRX100IV is a great housing for those who want an inexpensive way to get their Sony RX100 IV in the water, whether for photo or video. You can contact the team at Bluewater Photo for personalized advice on the housing and recommended accessories.

 



Fantasea FRX100IV Housing


 

Fantasea's video promo, shot with FRX100 IV.   

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Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer, story teller and image-maker from California.
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Complete underwater housing guide for the Sony RX100 IV, including Acquapazza, Fantasea, Ikelite, Nauticam and Recsea
By Brent Durand

Sony RX100 IV Housing Guide

Brent Durand
Complete underwater housing guide for the Sony RX100 IV, including Acquapazza, Fantasea, Ikelite, Nauticam and Recsea

The Sony RX100 IV is arguably the best compact camera for underwater photography and video. Packing a 20.1 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, the RX100 IV has one of the largest sensors in a compact camera body, delivering excellent image quality.

Pair the image sensor with features like 4K video recording, 720p super slow motion video, ultra fast processor, f/1.8-2.8 lens with a 5.2 cm minimum focus distance, and wifi, and it's apparent why this camera excels over many other compacts. Additionally, there are many underwater housing options. We will review these options (all available at Bluewater Photo) in this housing guide.

Read our Sony RX100 IV Review for Underwater Photography.

 

RX100 IV Quick Specs

  • 20.1MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS Sensor

  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens (f/1.8 - f/2.8) with focal length 8.8 - 25.7mm

  • Lens minimum focus distance: 0.17ft

  • BIONZ X Image Processor

  • Super Slow Motion Video (maximum of 40x)

  • 4K Video Recording

  • 16 frames per second burst shooting

  • Front control ring (great for underwater settings adjustments

  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

  • 180 degree tiltable LCD screen

 

 

Sony RX100 IV Housing Guide

We discuss each housing for the RX100 IV in detail, providing objective feature checklists and overviews. I've also asked two separate reviewers to provide hands-on commentary for each housing. Scroll down or use the quick links below.

Acquapazza   |   Fantasea   |   Ikelite   |   Nauticam   |   Recsea

Our Housing Summary

 

 

 

Acquapazza Sony RX100 IV Housing

Housing material:  Compact aluminum housing with aluminum port and threads. Acquapazza housings are anodized and available in 15 different colors!  Features a large LCD window for easy viewing.

Button material:  Brushed aluminum buttons, tiered for easy use by feel. Deep lobed knobs for easy operation.

Control labels:  Most labels engraved into aluminum at each control. May be difficult for some to see.

Shutter release:  Vertical lever on housing front. Housing ridge allows you to rest finger to help with precise control of shutter (i.e. for half depress).

Movie record button:  Tightly positioned right above rear control dial. It is unlikely to hit accidentally but requires greater thumb dexterity to depress.

Control dial placement (front and rear):  Front control ring dial is ergonomically placed at right forefinger. Rear control dial has been moved slightly up on housing back, above the buttons, into a more ergonomic position.

Overall ergonomics:  The housing feels nice for handholding and one-handed operation. Control action is smooth.

Inserting/removing the camera:  Easily drop into place and remove by tilting housing back.

Latch:  Press to close. Open by pushing top and bottom of latch. Housing uses one hinge on left side.

O-rings:  One of only two RX100 IV housings to feature dual o-rings. Very easy to inspect for debris.

Accessories:  Two M10 mount threaded accessory holes. Built-in flash strobe mask for fiber optic cables. Rails on rear LCD to attach a magnifying monitor hood (also good for viewing LCD in bright conditions).

Leak detect and vacuum:  No.

Housing weight:  26.2 oz.

Depth Rating:  100m (328ft)

Retail price:  $899.  On sale at Bluewater Photo for $799.95!

 

View more detailed purchase info and accessories:  Acquapazza Sony RX100 IV Housing

 

Personal insight, reviewer #1:

"I really like this housing - it is the lightest of all of the housings, has great controls, very ergonomic dials, no slippage in my hand. The flash up/down is implemented amazingly well, and the buttons are nicely separated from rear dial. I found it easy to use with one hand, and the record button hard to press accidentally. The port is a little longer, which means it may not be the best choice if you are using the internal flash. I like the latching system a lot. The housing has 4 solid mount points (screw in) but no hot shoe. One downside is that the buttons not labeled, and there is not a leak detector. But other than that, this may be my favorite RX100 IV housing."

Personal insight, reviewer #2:

"The colors are definitely a fun breakaway from the traditional black housings, and this housing performs well overall. All camera functions are accessible and easy to use. Personally, I am not a fan of the housing latch, as I feel it is very easy to undo. The controls are nice to manipulate and well positioned, and the shutter lever is very sensitive. I like the more secure M10 mount, but one downfall for the Acquapazza housing is that accessories such a monitor hood or diffuser can be difficult to get, or are not available. "

 

 

 

 

Fantasea Sony RX100 IV Housing

Housing material:  Compact and lightweight plastic housing with plastic port and threads. Clear housing back makes LCD viewing easy.

Button material:  Plastic caps with aluminum shafts. The buttons are tiered for easy use by feel, with wider inside buttons for quicker thumb placement.

Control labels:  Very clearly labled buttons and knobs.

Shutter release:  Vertical button. Button sits on top of the housing in an ergonomic position for hand-holding the housing.  

Movie record button:  Matches camera placement and is easy to reach/press. Downside is that it could be pressed by accident.

Control dial placement (front and rear):  Front control ring dial has been placed on left side of port, requiring use of left hand. Rear control dial sticks out past buttons for easy thumb operation.

Overall ergonomics:  The housing feels nice for handholding and one-handed operation, with a nice indentation for the thumb. Control action is smooth.

Inserting/removing the camera:  Very easy to drop in the camera. The LCD skirt on housing back is on springs to hold camera in place when housing closes. There is ample space for removing camera with fingers instead of tipping housing upside down.

Latch:  Twist to close. Depress a red lever and twist to open. At first glance this feels weak, but upon use it's apparent that the twisting motion creates very strong and secure closure.

O-rings:  One of only two RX100 IV housings to feature dual o-rings. Very easy to inspect for debris.

Accessories:  Cold shoe mount for accessory. Removeable flash strobe mask for fiber optic cables. Lens port adapter included for use of standard 67mm wet lenses.

Leak detect and vacuum:  Leak detect system is buildt in, positioned on bottom of housing to be triggered at first instance of water. Vacuum system not available.

Housing weight:  20.8 oz.

Depth Rating:  60m (200ft)

Retail price:  $499.95

 

View more detailed purchase info and accessories:  Fantasea Sony RX100 IV Housing

 

Personal insight, reviewer #1:

The Fantasea housing is a less expensive plastic housing. The latch is ok, I prefer the Acquapazza or Recsea latches. It is nicely labeled, but hard to single hand. The controls work well, but the dials need "grabbed" where on the aluminum housings they are easier to turn. There is a cold shoe mount point on top. It does have a leak detector. For the price, I give this housing high marks.

Personal insight, reviewer #2:

I have definitely been impressed by the housings being produced by Fantasea lately. They are well thought out and offer full camera control which is not something you get from every polycarbonate housing. While available the controls dials are a bit more challenging to work with, requiring the use of my forefinger and thumb to turn the dial, making this a two handed operation underwater. It is comfortable to hold in my hands, and with threaded ports allow for easy addition of different lenses to improve your photos and shooting experience.

 

 

 

Ikelite Sony RX100 IV Housing

Housing material:  Polycarbonate housing with plastic port and threads. Clear housing makes it easy to see the entire camera, including the LCD screen.

Button material:  Brushed aluminum buttons, slightly tiered for easy use by feel. Textured knobs provide more grip.

Control labels:  Most button labels are clearly engraved and easy to see.

Shutter release:  Vertical lever along right side of housing.

Movie record button:  Anodized red! Button lines up with camera and is sheltered by control dial to block accidental record, but still enough room to easily press.

Control dial placement (front and rear):  Front control ring dial has been placed on top of the housing, requiring use of left hand. Rear control dial has been moved up soas not to interfere with button operation and easier thumb rotation.

Overall ergonomics:  The housing feels a little bulky on land, but with neutral buoyancy in water you can reposition hand with finger set back onto trigger, reaching a comfortable position.

Inserting/removing the camera:  The RX100 IV erquires a tray to be attached to the tripod mount, which then slides securely into base of housing. It's very simple to slide the camera/tray in and out of housing, however the tray must be unscrewed in order to access the battery and memory compartment - a serious consideration since the battery lasts about 1 dive.

Latch:  Dual hinge latches will take any abuse you can dish out. Very robust and secure, however require two hands to open. The entire back of the housing is removed, versus the popular single hinge design that swings the back open.

O-rings:  Very easy to visually inspect, remove and clean.

Accessories:  No accessory mount provided on housing. The strobe mask is now inside of the housing - much nicer than the older velcro mask kits on the outside of the housing. It supports 1 or two fiber optic cables.

Leak detect and vacuum:  No.

Housing weight:  43.5 oz.

Depth Rating:  60m (200ft)

Retail price:  $549.95

 

View more detailed purchase info and accessories:  Ikelite Sony RX100 IV Housing


Personal insight, reviewer #1:

 

The Ikelite housing seems to be bulletproof, very strong construction and the housing most likely to survive being run over by a tank. If you live in the USA, you have access to excellent service if there are any housing issues. The clear design means you can immediately see if water were ever to enter the housing. Downsides are the weight of the housing, and the fact you need to unscrew the housing from the tray to change the battery.

Personal insight, reviewer #2:

The Ikelite housing is a classic, back to basics underwater housing. Completely clear it allows you to see the o-ring seal as well as how your buttons are interacting with the camera, which makes troubleshooting any issues fairly simple. Controls are not moved and can be more difficult to access, but everything works smoothly and consistently. The biggest issue I have is that the zoom control is not spring loaded, which means once you reach the desired zoom level you need to turn the knob back to center to stop the camera from zooming in further. The shutter is OK, but not as sensitive as other options and the housing is definitely largest out of all choices. One nice benefit is that it is made in America and they have great customer service and support with their housings.

 

 

 

 

Nauticam Sony RX100 IV Housing

 

Housing material:  Compact aluminum housing with aluminum port and threads.

Button material:  Plastic caps with aluminum shafts. The buttons are tiered for easy use by feel. Knobs have different size lobes for best ergonomics.

Control labels:  Most labels engraved into aluminum at each control. Very clear and easy to read.

Shutter release:  Vertical lever on front of housing. Wide lever and indentation create a natural place for the finger to sit. Nauticam has also included a new shutter release trigger extension, which places the trigger at fingertip when using handles (see photo below).

Movie record button:  Red button matches position on the camera. Open placement for easy reach but not likely to start recording accidentally.

Control dial placement (front and rear):  Front control ring dial is ergonomically placed at right middle finger. Rear control dial has been moved slightly up and to the right side on housing back into a more ergonomic position for thumb.

Overall ergonomics:  The housing feels nice for handholding and one-handed operation. Control action is smooth.

Inserting/removing the camera:  Easily drop into place and remove with fingers.

Latch:  Twist to close. Open by pushing red button and twisting. Very secure. Housing uses one hinge on left side.

O-rings:  Easy to visually inspect, remove and clean.

Accessories:  M14 and M16 bulkhead ports to support optional vacuum check and external monitor. The housing top also has a coldshoe mount and one M10 mount threaded accessory hole.

Leak detect and vacuum:  Yes. The housing is sold with leak detect system and light/switch for the vacuum check system, however vacuum bulkhead must be purchased separately.

Housing weight:  29.6 oz.

Depth Rating:  100m (328ft)

Retail price:  $995

 

View more detailed purchase info and accessories:  Nauticam Sony RX100 IV Housing

 

Personal insight, reviewer #1:

This housing feels *slightly* little bigger than the other aluminum housings. It has 2 bulkheads so you can use a vacuum system or a video monitor. I found it a little harder to handhold in 1 hand, and if you did the record button could be easily pressed accidentally, but not that easily. It has a hot shoe and 1 screw-in mount point on the side. The buttons labeled really nicely, and it has a leak detector. It has some nice features that make it worth the price it is at.

Personal insight, reviewer #2:

Nauticam housings are always very appealing. Designed to accomplish anything you could want the housing to do, short of making you an espresso, they are loaded with extra features, are well laid out and have nicely labeled buttons. On the flip side there is alot going on inside which can make it more difficult to insert the camera, or troubleshoot if something isn’t working right. An abundance of accessories from diffusers, vacuum bulkheads, lenses and more make this a system you can easily expand upon. I am a big fan of their locking system as its basically impossible to accidentally open the housing, in addition the shutter button is nice and sensitive making it easy to focus and take photos. 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recsea WHS-RX100IV Aluminum Housing

 

Housing material:  Compact aluminum housing with aluminum port. Port has a quick-adapt system for using standard 67mm wet lenses. Smallest housing for the RX100 IV.

Button material:  Plastic caps with aluminum shafts. Rear of housing has a control wheel, so instead of pushing buttons, you press the side of the wheel as you would on the camera itself.

Control labels:  Controls not labeled but there is a sticker on left of housing for reference.

Shutter release:  Horizontal lever on front of housing. While not as ergonomic for hand-holding, the horizontal action of the shutter lever is ideal when using a tray and handles (like a DSLR).

Movie record button:  Red button is moved to upper right of housing back. It is nestled against a plastic shield to avoid accidental recording but still easy to press.

Control dial placement (front and rear):  Front control ring is an actual ring on the port, which requires the left hand to spin. Rear control dial rotates and presses to mimic the actual camera control dial.

Overall ergonomics:  The housing is nice to handhold and operate controls. The front control ring requires a second hand, and the shutter trigger direction feels ideal when using handles.

Inserting/removing the camera:  Easily drop into place and remove by tilting housing.

Latch:  Press to close. Open by pressing a lever while also pulling the latch away from housing. Very secure.

O-rings:  Easy to visually inspect, remove and clean.

Accessories:  One M10 mount threaded accessory hole and a coldshoe mount.

Leak detect and vacuum:  No.

Housing weight:  27.7 oz.

Depth Rating:  100m (328ft)

Retail price:  $920

 

View more detailed purchase info and accessories:  Recsea Sony RX100 IV Housing

 

Personal insight, reviewer #1:

The recsea housing is small, and will support a "quick adapt" system for wet lenses that is very nice. The buttons and dials work well, although the large front dial can be a little hard to turn. This housing not the easiest to hand hold with a single hand, you will want to use 2 hands or a tray and handle. Because of where the record button is, it might be pressed accidentally. The control dials a little hard to reach with one hand compared to the aquapazza. The buttons are labeled off to the side which is OK but not nicely labeled like the Nauticam or Fantasea. The latch works really well and it is secure when shut. One note - the shutter pulls towards you, which I don't mind and find easy to use.

Personal insight, reviewer #2:

I like the Recsea housing, it feels very solid in my hands and the integrated dials mimic the actual Sony camera nicely. I find it easier to turn the control wheel on the back of the housing without activating other camera functions by mistake. The large dial that surrounds the port is nice, however I am not able to manipulate it well with just one finger, so I need to remove my hand from the side of the housing to really control the camera. Its easiest to do on the left hand side, making this a two handed operation housing. The other downside is that the controls are not individually labeled, so unless you memorize your camera buttons, make sure to refer to the included key on the back of the housing. 

 

 

Sony RX100 IV Housing Summary

Bluewater Photo has published a one sentence summary of each housing in their Best Compact Cameras for 2016 guide, and we feel that each housing fits a different person. All the housings offer access to great macro and wide-angle wet lenses, letting you get the most from the RX100 IV.

If budget is a factor in your purchase, then the Fantasea RX100 IV housing will deliver the best value. For those on a budget who want a tough housing, then Ikelite is the way to go. The Acquapazza housing sits at the medium budget level, offering the improved ergonomics of the more expensive housings in a compact package with an undisputed cool factor (anodized colors). On the more expensive side, we have the Nauticam and Recsea housings. The Recsea is easily the most compact housing, however the Nauticam has very clearly labeled and ergonomic controls, plus aluminum port threads and optional vacuum check system.

Best Value:  Fantasea ($499.95)

Easiest O-ring Maintenance:  Ikelite ($549.95)

Most Compact:  Recsea ($920)

Best Value to Advanced Ergonomics:  Acquapazza ($899.95 - on sale for $799 at time of publication)

Ergonomics with Most Accessory Options:  Nauticam ($995)

 

Be sure to check out all of the Sony RX100 IV housings on Bluewater photo and call or email with any questions.

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. He is leading several dive trips in 2016, linked below.  Email Brent at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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We look at the ergonomics, build quality and innovative feature set in Nauticam's newest aluminum housing
By UWPG News

Nauticam Announces Sony RX100 IV Housing

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We look at the ergonomics, build quality and innovative feature set in Nauticam's newest aluminum housing

 

Nauticam Announces Sony RX100 IV Housing


We look at the ergonomics, build quality and innovative feature set in Nauticam's newest aluminum housing

By UWPG News, August 3, 2015

 

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Nauticam has announced their housing for the Sony RX100 IV compact camera, available August 3, 2015. The NA-RX100IV housing is the ultimate refinement of three RX100 camera housings made before it.

Controls are placed at the user's fingertips, while different accessory options make the Nauticam Sony RX100 IV housing a versatile option for different styles of underwater photo and video shooting. New for the NA-RX100IV is a mechanical trigger release extension for easy shooting

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.

 


Purchase the Nauticam Sony RX100 IV Housing from Bluewater Photo

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing NA-RX100IV

The New Housing for Sony RX100 IV

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of its newest aluminum underwater camera housing for the Sony RX100 IV.  Three years ago Sony redefined the advanced compact camera with RX100, and the subsequent iterations of RX100 II and RX100 III went on to forge a completely new category. The NA-RX100IV housing provides the ergonomics, build quality, and innovative feature set our customers demand in a tiny, travel friendly package.

 

The Sony RX100 IV

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M4, is the fourth in this series of advanced, large sensor compact cameras that have been hugely popular with underwater enthusiasts.  The familiar body style and fast, optically superb 24-70mm zoom lens are retained from RX100 III, but paired with an entirely new 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS sensor.  

Exmor RS sensors use a construction method never seen before on a sensor this size that provides more than 5 times faster readout than the Exmor R sensor used in RX100 III.  This translates into much faster continuous shooting speeds, faster more accurate autofocus, and an electronic shutter capable of achieving incredible speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.

Movie functionality in RX100 IV is tremendously improved over previous models. It is the first in the RX100 series to feature Ultra High Definition Video (3840x2160 30p), and High Definition Video (1920 x 1080) at up to 120 fps.  Video is recorded in the high quality XAVC S format at up to 100Mbps.  A new high speed video mode allows slow motion capture at up to 960 fps!

Specifications:

  • 20.1 MP 1"-type stacked CMOS Sensor
  • f/1.8-2.8 24-70mm equivalent zoom lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/32,000 sec max electronic shutter speed (1/2,000 sec mechanical shutter)
  • 16 fps continuous shooting
  • Slow motion video recording up to 1000 fps (960 fps in NTSC mode)
  • 4K (UHD) video recording with full sensor readout at 100 Mbps
  • SLog2 gamma setting
  • Dual recording, capturing 17mp stills while recording HD video
  • Tilting 3" 1.3m dot LCD
  • Pop-up 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

Nauticam NA-RX100IV

The NA-RX100IV sets a new standard for compact camera housing design. It is the ultimate refinement of the three models that came before it, with ergonomics, reliability, and control access improved in each new product.

Nauticam designs are always improving, and new features integrated into each new release.  The ergonomic experience has been tailored for a photographer's right hand on the side of the housing, placing key controls literally at the users finger tips. Some users, especially those wearing cold water gloves, prefer shooting from handles such as the Nauticam Flexitray and Easitray. To better support this style of shooting, a set of stainless steel handle brackets and new mechanical shutter release trigger extension is included with every housing.

 

New Trigger Release Extension!  Ergonomic shutter release access when using a Nauticam accessory tray and handle system.

 

The features you'd expect are certainly present, like ergonomic design, the clearly labelled controls, sculpted shutter release and more. A updated fiber optic connection block is standard, as is the built-in vacuum check and leak detection system.  Two accessory bulkhead ports support HDMI cables for an external monitor and the vacuum valve. 

The NA-RX1000IV is milled from a block of solid aluminum, then hard anodized. The result is a rugged and reliable piece of gear that will stand up to saltwater and the daily rigors of diving. Since the housing accesses all of the camera controls, including the front control ring, the user can take advantage of the enhanced programmability in the RX100 IV. 

 

NA-RX100IV Feature Checklist

  • New stainless steel handle brackets and trigger release
  • Secure, easy to use locking latch
  • Ergonomic controls with size, shape and color differentiation
  • All camera controls accessible
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Popup/push down flash lever
  • Fiber optic bulkheads
  • Integrated leak detector and vacuum monitoring circuit
  • M10 accessory mounting ball
  • Cold shoe accessory mount
  • 67mm threaded port mount for wide angle and macro lenses
  • 1/4-20 tripod or tray mounting holes
  • Sculpted, sensitive shutter release
  • M16 bulkhead port for HDMI output
  • M14 bulkhead port for vacuum valve

 

Going Wide or Going Small

The RX100 housings feature an industry standard 67mm threaded port mount, meaning it is easy to attach a number of different wet mount lenses.  A compact camera underwater is only as good as the optics in front of it, and the growing Nauticam accessory lens lineup sets new performance standards with every release.  

On the macro end, the Compact Super Macro Converter (CMC) is the ideal choice and enables a subject 35mm wide by 23mm tall to fill the frame.  This is over 4x magnification provided by the stock lens (stock lens images 160mm wide, CMC 35mm wide).  

All Nauticam lenses are engineered specifically for underwater imaging, not waterproof adaptations of lenses designed for use in air, resulting in superior image quality.  The CMC provides visibly sharper images than competing macro lenses, especially in the corders, with noticeably less purple fringing.  The lens design is also designed with autofocus systems in mind, easing the learning curve associated with high magnification imaging.

 

Upcoming Wet Wide Angle Lens

Later this month, Nauticam will unveil the first in a series of wide angle conversion lenses engineered with the same level of precision and vision that has gone into the "best in class" Macro Converter line

This completely sealed and underwater mountable optic is designed to be used in water - with the refractive index of optical glass to water accounted for at every step in the design process.  Optimized for best wide angle performance at the 28mm equivalent focal length, the lens offers 130° diagonal field of view with low distortion, extremely high overall sharpness (especially in the corners), excellent contrast, and resistance to flare.  

The outstanding image quality of today's top compacts paired with Nauticam conversion lenses is stunning.  They combine to form a complete system that covers the entire range from macro to super wide angle, and packs into a small backpack or shoulder bag, 

 

 

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

The engineers at Nauticam managed to squeeze in the Nauticam vacuum monitoring and leak detection electronics. By default, it serves as an audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system.  The vacuum monitoring system provides early warning for any problem with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video

The RX100 IV now supports XAVC S Ultra High Definition (3840x2160) 24P/25P/30P video at up to 100 Mbps, as well as HD at up to 120 fps!  Focus peaking and zebra lines are available to assist in confirming sharp focus and correct exposure.  SLog2 Gamma is also available for professional color grading applications.

The standard NA-RX100IV housing supports HDMI out, via an optional HDMI bulkhead connected to the M16 accessory hole in the front of the housing. This means that the underwater videographer can use the excellent SmallHD 501 or 502 Monitors (in the NA-502S housing, p/n 17907), the Atomos Ninja 2 Recorder (NA-NINJA2 housing, p/n 17902), or even the Atomos Shogun UHD Recorder (Nauticam Housing p/n 17904). The RX100IV camera offers "clean" HDMI output, allowing high bit rate Apple ProRes recording at up to 4k 30P with Shogun.  These monitors all provide a large, high quality display for judging focus and exposure, and the recording options available in the Atomos products unlock low compression recording formats for professionals.

 


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Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 0.85kg
  • Dimensions: 150mm (w) x 101mm (h) x 109mm (d)

Model Number: 17416
USA Retail Price: $995
Available Worldwide August 3, 2015

 

 

 

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Meticulous Engineering Meets the Olympus E-M5 II in Nauticam's Newest Housing
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Nauticam Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Housing

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Meticulous Engineering Meets the Olympus E-M5 II in Nauticam's Newest Housing

 

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Meticulous Engineering Meets the Olympus E-M5 II in Nauticam's Newest Housing

By UWPG News, April 13, 2015

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

 

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Nauticam has announced their housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The Olympus E-M5 II mirrorless camera follows on the heals of the popular E-M5 but with some more robust features that are sure to be popular with underwater photographers and video shooters. Capable of shooting full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second, digital video fans can now create smooth slow motion scenes with with E-M5 II. The camera body is also tougher and more rubust, with more buttons that can be customized for best use (and personal configuration) with your housing.

Be sure to read our Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Camera Review.

 

The Nauticam E-M5 II housing pulls out all the stops, incorporating Nauticam's most innovative design ideas in a compact and lightweight housing. The handles and tray are configurable, meaning you can choose the distance from handle to housing based on hands and finger size, or even skip the right handle entirely for handstrap use, resulting in a very compact setup.

The housing also works with a number of Nauticam accessories, as outlined in the release below.

 


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PRESS RELEASE

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

The Enthusiast Mirrorless

Nauticam is pleased to unveil an all aluminum underwater camera housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II mirrorless camera, the latest in it's award winning and industry leading line of underwater imaging gear. Nauticam was the first underwater camera housing manufacturer to release a housing for the original OM-D E-M5 camera, and it's innovative designs and meticulous engineering have lead the way in the mirrorless category. 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

 

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Camera

Olympus made waves with the original E-M5, and the story continues with this new version. The camera has refinements large and small, from an additional stop of performance of the 5 axis stabilization to a fully articulated LCD; the "II" is an impressive update. Little touches include a lockable mode dial and two additional programmable buttons. Olympus clearly listened to users when it made the  Super Control Panel on by default (no more hunting in the menu to try to enable this). The camera also now allows the info screens to be customized, such as the histogram, level and highlight/shadow warnings that can be shown together. Long exposure fans will like the LiveTime feature - realtime long exposure shooting - very cool. 

For underwater photographers, the biggest improvement is a serious upgrade to the electronic viewfinder, which now sports a 2.36m dot LCD (same dot count as the revered E-M1). It is hard to shoot what you can't see, and the upgraded EVF goes a long way towards improving vision, especially when paired with a Nauticam enhanced viewfinder. 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

For the videographer, the  E-M5 II significantly upgrades the frame rate (60 fps) and bitrate (77 Mbps), with both ALL-I and IBP recording modes. It is the first Olympus to offer focus peaking while shooting video, and gains a microphone socket.  The video here can take advantage of the in-camera image stabilization, allowing for smoother handheld video clips. 



The headline feature of the "II" is the new Multi-Shot Hi Res Photo Mode. This new feature allows the camera to capture a 40 Megapixel image using the 16 Megapixel sensor. Black magic? Sorcery? No, but it is a pretty cool use of technology. What Olympus has done here is take advantage of the in camera stabilization mechanism to move the sensor while the camera records the image 8 times. These 8 exposure and melded together into a single 40 Megapixel image, producing a higher resolution result with less noise. These multiple exposures take time, so this trick does not work for moving subjects or for handheld shots. This feature is unlikely to appeal to the underwater photographer, but it is certainly interesting.

 

The NA-EM5II Housing

The new housing from Nauticam is an evolutionary marvel. This housing is true to it's NA-EM5 predecessor: highly configurable with the separate handle design (see CFWA Monster, below). This design allows the user to configure handles independently. One very desirable mode is to outfit the housing with a single left handle (Flexitray or Easitray), accompanied by a handstrap on the right. This helps to make rig as small as possible, with the comfort and security of the handstrap. Two handle options are available, as well as going as small as possible, with no handles or trays, ideal for the freediver shooting ambient light, for example. 

More than just good looking, this is a rugged housing, ready to tackle thousands of hours of underwater abuse. Crafted from solid aircraft aluminum, the housing can reach depths of 100m with ease. The effortless (but secure) single rotating housing latch opens the housing back. The camera drops in easily, with no controls needing to be preset. The rear mounted housing o-ring makes maintenance simple. Dual fiber optic synch ports are standard and take advantage of the supplied Olympus accessory flash. To make the most of the E-M5’s excellent electronic view finder (EVF), Nauticam has crafted an optional rear acrylic display window that includes a mount for installation of Nauticam’s acclaimed 45º and 180º magnified view finders, providing the ultimate in composition and focus ability.

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

Like all Nauticam housings, particular attention is paid to ergonomics. Buttons and dials are easy to access, with minimal reach required.  The Olympus Main and Sub dials are easily accessed by thumb or forefinger with no need to release grip on the housing while adjusting aperture and shutter speed. The important Fn1 and Fn2 buttons are just as easy to reach and can be programmed for a multitude of functions. A few of the useful settings are AF Lock, One-touch White Balance, Manual Focus, ISO and Exposure Compensation. Switching between LV and the EVF is a snap and a quick press of the Info button can show or hide Olympus’ new LV Super Control Panel on the OLED screen for quick access to many critical settings. The mode dial can easily be turned through the typical P, A, S, M, Movie mode and some “easy shooting modes”. Controls need to offer a proper “feel” and Nauticam’s patented two-stage lever shutter release allows for natural, precise focus and shutter release activation. Every one of the features on the new NA-EM5 is engineered to the same exacting tolerances of Nauticam’s now famous line of DSLR housings. That quality will surely be reflected in every picture taken with this remarkably powerful imaging system.



One of the hallmarks of Nauticam housings has always been the secure Locking Port Release system, unique in that it utilizes an internal bayonet system. Nauticam's SLR housings have always featured a red locking lever that has become the symbol of Nauticam innovation. This iconic control has come to the mirrorless world, making port changes easy, faster and just as secure. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock.



The NA-EM5II is designed by photographers for photographers. Look no further for state of the art. 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

 

 

Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection

Circuitry included as standard equipment provides constant monitoring of water tight integrity when combined with an optional Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve (PN 25612).

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

Extensive Accessory Lineup

The range of Nauticam accessories is unmatched, with multiple accessories available to customize the system to individual needs.  A variety of  lens ports support all popular lenses.  Accessory macro lenses, like the revolutionary Compact Macro Converter (PN 81301), attached with an easy to use flip holder are available for super macro photography.

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

Locking Mounting Tray

A new cam lever system securely locks the camera in place, providing strength and precise positioning even when a heavy lens is mounted.
The camera, with lens and zoom gear mounted, drops into the housing.  No controls need to be preset!

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

 

Stainless Steel Handle Brackets

Stiffening handle brakets are included with the housing, providing a solid "wobble free" attachment when using Nauticam Flexitray (PN 71207) and Easitray (PN 71206) with heavy lighting systems.  Multiple lanyard attachment points are included in the brackets.

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

Compact Design, Advanced Features

The housing is sculpted to fit the E-M5 II camera like a glove, and extensive camera control ergonomic enhancements are made to ensure that the housing is as easy to use in water as the camera is on land.

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

 

Rubberized Zoom/Focus Knob

A large, rubberized zoom and focus control knob provides easy lens control with excellent tactile feel.
The knob disengages, providing more working space for quick lens changes.

 

 

Lens Bonanza!

It's all about the glass, and lenses are the key to terrific photography. The m4/3 system supports a large range of high quality lenses produced by Olympus and Panasonic (partnering with Leica), and third party lenses from Sigma are starting to appear. Several lenses that perform extremely well underwater are available (and reasonably priced!). Some examples: 

  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ: The ultimate jack of all trades tool, this lens covers a very usable mid range, and features a unique macro mode. Shoot dolphins and nudibranchs on the same dive! 
  • Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5: This 180º fisheye lens focuses close and is razor sharp. Combines with a small port, there is no better CFWA (close focus wide angle) option on the planet. 
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro: This is an ideal macro lens for m4/3, and by adding the Nauticam CMC, it becomes a super macro monster. Imagine filling the entire width of the frame with something only 8mm wide!
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH: The 7-14mm is a rectilinear lens, ideal for shooting people or sharks or wrecks... subjects where the fisheye distortion is not welcome. On the wide end, this lens 114º wide, ideal for getting close to subjects to reduce the amount of water shot through. But a zoom gets to 75º - ideal for reaching out to that subject that is a little more skittish. The very similar Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 can serve the same basic role at a lower cost.

There are many more options for the underwater photographer, including any of the several 14-42mm options, the Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S., Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH, Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH, and the Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH.

 

Viewfinder Options

A clear view for fine focus and composition is critical for successful underwater photography, and nothing beats a magnifying viewfinder.  These viewfinders use distance, not closeup vision, and provide a large, clear view of the high resolution Olympus electronic viewfinder.  Available in Angled 45º and Straight formats, both viewfinders have external dioptric adjustments for dialing in perfect correction matched to the photographer's eyesight.

A replacement LCD Window for Enhanced Viewfinders (PN 17851) provides a secure mounting point, and the viewfinder can be easily removed for travel.

 

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

Nauticam Olympus E-M5 II Housing Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-EM5II as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve (PN 25612), this monitoring system provides constant updates on 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. 

Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-EM10 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-EM10 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea & Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market. 



Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls secured to the handles of the Nauticam accessory tray systems or a single strobe mounting ball location on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options

Recommended Accessories

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder (32201)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder (32203)
  • Window for Enhanced Viewfinders (17851)
  • Patent Pending Super Macro Converter (81201)
  • M16 Vacuum Valve (25612)
  • Complete line of flat/dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor (17901)
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26211) and Sea&Sea (26212)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
 
 
 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 1.30 kg
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 166mm x 102mm (W x H x D)

Model Number: 17809
USA Retail Price: $1450

Nauticam E-M5 II available at Bluewater Photo

 

 

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See how this highly engineered housing helps you deliver the best images possible from the 7D Mark II
By Brent Durand

Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing Review

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See how this highly engineered housing helps you deliver the best images possible from the 7D Mark II

 

Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing Review


See how this highly engineered housing helps you deliver the best images possible from the 7D Mark II

By Brent Durand

 

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The Nauticam Canon 7D Mark II housing is sure to be popular with underwater photographers, as the housing’s very intricate engineering meets stylish design and function underwater. I was able to make three boat dives at Catalina Island in order to test the controls, ergonomics and overall performance of the housing.

The Canon 7D Mark II is the most advanced crop sensor in Canon's lineup, boasting more features and better specs than the Canon 70D or the new Canon T6s / T6i. Key features for underwater photography include the 61-point autofocus system and 20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS sensor. This sensor provides Servo AF in Live View mode, which (along with the 70D) is the first DSLR to use both contrast and phase detection in Live View (used in movie mode), delivering incredibly fast autofocus - even on moving subjects.

To learn more, read our:

Canon 7D Mark II Review for Underwater Photography

Canon 7D Mark II Best Settings Guide

 

In this review, we discuss the key features of the Nauticam 7D Mark II housing.

 

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Nauticam Canon 7D Mark II Housing Overview

The NA-7DMKII housing is a big step up from the NA-7D housing, incorporating Nauticam’s latest technology and features worthy of the major upgrades to the 7D Mark II. At time of publishing, it is Nauticam’s most refined housing.

New in this housing is a dual function lever under the right handle that brings ISO and M Fn (used for changing AF area) to the user’s thumbtip. The multi selector pad is a very nice feature that allows for diagonal movement of AF points and zoom preview during image review.

Another new feature in this housing is the ability to release or lower the Canon 7D Mark II pop-up flash, saving time when the photographer desires to turn flash on and off.

The Nauticam Canon 7D Mark II housing also features many other great features, including a simple port mount system for quick and easy switching of ports, a vacuum check and leak detect system, ability to use 45 and 180 degree viewfinders and more. The housing uses fiber optic cables to trigger the strobe(s).

 

nauticam 7d mk II housing

 

Nauticam 7D Mark II Key Features

  • Ergonomically re-located controls with size, shape and color differentiation
  • Access to all key camera controls
  • Two stage shutter release that can be adjusted to personal preference
  • Easy-to-use port locking system
  • Multi Controller Pad instead of 4 directional buttons (used on the 7D’s multi controller button)
  • Dual M16 accessory holes (HDMI, vacuum valve, etc)
  • 100m Depth Rating

 

 

nauticam 7d mk II housing

 

In the Lab

The Nauticam Canon 7D Mark II housing is a pleasure to use right out of the box. The precision machining feels fantastic as you rotate the knobs, push the buttons and press the levers. The control notches feel tight against the 7D Mark II’s controls, which is important for fast, precise settings changes in the heat of the action.

Opening the back of the housing is simple – just push the red buttons and turn the levers. I prefer old school latches that can handle sand, salt buildup, etc, but these latches felt great out of the box. The main housing o-ring sits in a groove on the housing side of the back.

Moving inside the housing, you notice the precise engineering that Nauticam is known for. Careful thought has gone into positioning each camera control in a place that is convenient for the photographer. If inspected carefully, you can even geek out on features like the playback/zoom lever control – the outer metal tube has been drilled for (I presume) weight savings. The camera body is attached to a tray and then easily slides into position in the housing.

 

nauticam 7d mk II housing internal

 

I didn’t use the leak detect system, but you can simply insert a battery and then flip the switch to activate the electronics and you’re good to go.

Nauticam’s port system is very easy to use as well. Simply push in the release and lower the lever to unlock the port and pop it off. You can change lenses with the camera in the housing and then put the port back on. And as with all housings, each o-ring and contact surface needs to be cleaned and inspected any time a port is removed or added. The zoom knob has a lever to push the cog off the zoom gear, making it easy to add and remove a lens with zoom gear attached.

One minor downside to the zoom gear (at least with my Tokina 10-17mm) is that you must remove the rubber grip on the zoom ring in order to install the zoom gear. If you’re someone who is constantly using lenses topside and underwater, this adds to your setup / breakdown time.

Nauticam fiber optic cables are used to trigger the strobes, and dual 1” (25mm) ball mounts allow you to use a variety of arms and clamps, including Nauticam, Ultralight and Beneath the Surface.  

 

nauticam 7d mk II housing

 

In the Water

Most underwater photographers will love the feel and ergonomics of the Nauticam Canon 7D Mark II housing the moment they splash into the water, but if you also use your camera topside it will take a little time to find the housing location of the control you are looking for. Luckily, everything is clearly labeled and you’ll be shooting “eyes-free” in a matter of minutes.

The NA-7DMKII provides access to all the essential camera functions for shooting and reviewing images. It is also easy to switch between photo and movie modes and to start/stop movie recording.

The housing controls felt great in my 5.4mil gloves, and I would imagine they feel nice in dry gloves or bare fingers.

For buoyancy with a 4” glass dome, I would suggest starting with 2.5 jumbo Stix floats on each side and possibly 3 on each side. I was using 3.5 on each side, which was slightly too much float until I added two I-Torch Venom 38 video lights on triple clamps (in addition to two strobes).

 

Nauticam Canon 7D Mark II Photos and Videos

 

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Purple hydrocoral and gorgonian at Farnsworth Bank, Catalina Island.

 

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Purple hydrocoral and gorgonian at Farnsworth Bank, Catalina Island.

 

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A diver passes over gorgonians at Farnsworth Bank, Catalina Island.

 

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A garibaldi greets the camera at Eagle's Nest, Catalina Island.

 

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A female sheephead joins the blacksmith at Eagle's Nest, Catalina Island.

 

 

Underwater Video filmed with Nauticam 7D Mark II housing, testing AI Servo and Auto White Balance.

 

Overall Housing Performance

The Nauticam 7D Mark II housing is a top choice for underwater photographers of all skill levels. It not only offers access to all important camera controls, but it does so ergonomically and with style. It also has a wide selection of dome ports to support all major lenses used underwater.

 

Pros

  • Great housing ergonomics
  • Secure and easy-to-use port lock system

Cons

  • While not the most expensive, it is more expensive than other housing options

 

Recommended Ports and Accessories

Bluewater Photo recommends different ports and accessories depending on the subjects you plan to shoot and the lenses needed for that subject. Some of the most popular accessories are below.

 

Zen Fisheye Dome for Tokina 10-17mm Lens

 

 

 

 

Nauticam 8-inch Fisheye Dome Port

 

 

 

Nauticam Macro Port 41 for Canon 60mm

 

 

 

Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

 

 

 

 

Further Reading

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer, story teller and professional image-maker from California. Brent is editor of UWPG. Follow UWPG on Facebook for daily photos, tips & everything underwater photography. View more of Brent's work or follow him through www.BrentDimagery.com.

 

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The Sony A7 II finds a home in the robust NA-A7II housing, shipping now
By Brent Durand

Nauticam Sony A7 II Housing Announced

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The Sony A7 II finds a home in the robust NA-A7II housing, shipping now

Nauticam has released the NA-A7II housing for the Sony A7 full frame mirrorless camera. The Sony A7II boasts 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and a hybrid autofocus system that is said to be 30% faster that that of the previous model (the Alpha 7). This compact camera is a great option for underwater photo and video and has a quickly-growing collection of compatible lenses.

 

Sony Alpha 7 II Highlights for Underwater

 

  • 24 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor

  • Processor: Bionz X

  • ISO Range:  100 - 25,600

  • Hybrid autofocus (phase detection and contrast detection)

  • Lens Mount:  Sony E (NEX)

  • Screen Size:  3"

  • No Built-In Flash (can use Nauticam converter for fiber optic cables)

  • 1080 x 60p video recording

  • Storage:  SD, SDXC, SDXC

  • Built-in WiFi

  • Dimensions:  127 x 96 x 60 mm

  • Weight:  599 g

 

 

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The information below is from Nauticam's NA-A7II announcement.

 

About the Sony Alpha 7 II Camera

The new Sony A7II (officially called Sony Alpha 7 II) follows hot on the heals of the amazing A7, adding some significant improvments, including a 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization. The A7II, with it’s 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, is the ultimate all-around full frame mirrorless camera to date. Focus is improved with a Hybrid AF system utilizing on-sensor phase-detect points. From a design perspective, other improvements in this model include more rugged build quality, a beefier grip, more and better laid out custom buttons, and a more ergonomically placed shutter release button. Other features include a 3-inch tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording - now with XAVC S and a flat 'S-Log2' picture profile.

The A7II features the same highly regarded full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor that was found on the original A7 and it continues to impress. The A7II uses a hybrid autofocus system, which has 25 contrast detect and 117 phase detect points spread across its sensor. Sony engineers claim that autofocus performance has improved by 30% and tracking by 50% compared to the A7. Autofocus and now auto exposure can be used while tracking a moving subject during burst shooting (at 5 fps).

 

Shot with Sony A7II using FE 16-35mm lens. 1/125 at f/7.1 ISO 200. Zen DP-200 port.

 

Ergonomically, the A7II is improved over the A7, and the difference is obvious when picking up the camera. It feels more substantial in the hand, and the shutter button in particular is more comfortable. The grip is larger and significantly more substantial which keeps the hand in a more relaxed position when gripping the camera. The A7II uses more magnesium alloy and less plastic than the A7; allowing the overall build quality to seem more solid with only a minor increase in weight.

Like previous models, the A7II supports WiFi, NFC, and a number of apps making sharing very easy, while opening up the camera's capabilities.

 

 

Sony A7 II Best Lenses

The original A7 and A7R cameras from Sony sparked a huge interest in going full frame for mirrorless. For the underwater photographer, this enthusiasm was quickly diminished by the fairly limited lens selection. Underwater image makers rely on very wide angle lenses and macro lenses, and they were nowhere to be found.

 

 

However, the recently released 16-35mm is a game changer. This is a lens from the Sony Zeiss partnership, quaintly dubbed the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS. It's a terrific rectilinear wide angle zoom that focuses close and demonstrates very good sharpness all around with medium to large sized dome ports. The Nauticam 180mm dome is an ideal choice for this lens. 

For macro lovers, Sony two days ago announced a 90mm macro beauty (Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS), and this lens will be supported as soon as possible after it is shipped (slated for July). Also just announced is a new 28mm f/2 lens with a fisheye adapter, similar to what Sony did with the fisheye and wide angle adapter on the 16mm lens for the NEX series. This is an appealing way to get fisheye, as it allows multiple configurations with a single lens. Look for more info about Nauticam support for this lens when it ships (slated for May). 

Owners of Canon full frame lenses like the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, or the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lenses will apreciate the ability to use these fine optics with the A7 series. This is made possible with a Metabones adapter (Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark III or Mark IV)). These lenses work well on the A7 series, providing both aperture and autofocus control from the camera.

 

 

 

 

The Nauticam Sony A7 II Housing

The NA-A7II looks quite similar to the NA-A7, and the housings are approximately the same dimensions. As those photographers who have experienced the NA-A7 housing have discovered, that housing is a stunning blend of aesthetics, ergonomics and functionality and the A7II housing only reinforces this mission.

The NA-A7II ships with built-in, yet adjustable handles, featuring Nauticam’s famous contoured rubberized grip. The “AF/MF/AEL” button is given special treatment on the right side of the housing with a direct access lever immediately reachable by the right thumb. This allows the button to be programmed for AF-ON meaning “thumb focus” fans can easily have perfect functionality. The shutter release can be accessed at the same time, offering extremely quick focus-to-shoot finger action. Like many Nauticam housings, the play button is brought up to the left thumb, and the three command dials (think shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation) can be adjusted quickly with minimal reach. The ISO button is within short reach of the right thumb, important for video shooters. Speaking of video, the record button is on the top right, thus eliminating camera shake during video start/stop.

 

 

The Function Menu button opens up common camera settings to a quick menu, and this button is a short reach with the right thumb. The programmable C3 button is a very easy reach and can be programmed for any of several functions. The housing features a switch to change between the EVF and the LCD providing rapid and secure transition between viewing modes, and supports Nauticam's well renowned viewfinders.

Installing a lens with a gear attached is made easy by the new pull-out zoom/focus dial.

A Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger made specifically for Sony is an available option, allowing the camera to shoot rapid fire with flood free optical cables. The housing includes an M16 bulkhead port for optional HDMI out, Nikonos style sync cable or other external accessory.

The NA-A7II accommodates for the larger than expected grip of the camera. Rather than compromise on image quality, the Nauticam designers chose to create ports than take into account this difference, hence a separate entry in the port chart for this housing.

 

 

 

Viewfinder Options

The NA-A7II ships with a standard 0.66x viewfinder. This standard optical glass viewfinder is travel friendly and suitable for image makers that care to use the LCD for most framing. Many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with adjustable diopter to take advantage of the excellent EVF in this camera.

 

Nauticam 45º Enhanced Viewfinder Installed on NA-A7II. 

 

Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder and a 45º angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics, and allow bright viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible. 

 

Nauticam NA-A7II Feature Checklist

  • Unsurpassed build quality, designed by an award winning engineering team, and 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 two stage shutter release system, allowing precise feel over half press and full press

  • Patented Port Locking System

  • Patent pending Multi Controller pad

  • Lens release button

  • Easy to operate locking housing latches

  • Rubberized ergonomic grips on adjustable handles

  • Laser-cut steel handle brackets

  • Quick release camera mounting plate

  • Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering

  • Mini Flash Trigger

  • M16 accessory hole for electrical bulkhead, HDMI or hydrophone installation

  • M14 accessory hole for vacuum valve installation

  • Integrated vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit (valve optional)

  • Dual 1" (25mm) strobe mounting balls included as standard equipment

  • 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes

  • Dual M5/M10 threaded accessory mounting points

  • 100m Depth Rating

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detect System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-A7II as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve, this monitoring system provides constant updates on 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 housing ships with a rear bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the other bulkhead port available for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.

 

 

Recommended NA-A7II Accessories

 

Also available from Bluewater Photo

  • Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve (25611)

  • Complete line of flat/dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass

  • Monitor/Recorder Housing for Atomos Ninja2 (17902)

  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor (17901)

  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26211) and Sea&Sea (26212)

  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items

  • Multiple styles of lanyards

  • Lens holders, including flip-up

 

 

Nauticam Sony A7 II Housing Details & Specs

  • Depth Rating:  100m

  • Weight: 2.35 kg (with handles & 1" ball adaptors mounted)

  • Dimensions (with handles mounted):  335 (W) x 165 (H) x 110 (D)

Model Number (w/ Nikonos Bulkhead): 17414 

USA Retail Price: $2850

Model Number (no Bulkhead): 17414NB 

USA Retail Price: $2750

 

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Specs and Features of the Sea & Sea Canon 7D Mark II Underwater Housing
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Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing Announced

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Specs and Features of the Sea & Sea Canon 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

 

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing Announced


Specs and Features of the Sea & Sea Canon 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

By UWPG News, March 2, 2015

 

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing

 

 
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Sea & Sea has announced their Canon 7D Mark II housing for underwater photo and video, available from Bluewater Photo beginning in early March.

The 7D Mark II is Canon's premier (non-pro) APS-C sensor DSLR and an excellent choice for underwater shooters. The 7D MkII includes more features and better specs than the Canon 70D or the new T6s / T6i. Key features for underwater photography include the 61-point autofocus system and 20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS sensor. This sensor provides Servo AF in Live View mode, which (along with the 70D) is the first DSLR to use both contrast and phase detection in Live View (i.e. movie mode), delivering incredibly fast autofocus.

To learn more, read our Canon 7D Mark II Review for Underwater Photography.

Please read on for Sea & Sea's MDX-7DMKII housing press release.

 

 

Visit Bluewater Photo for more info on the Sea & Sea 7D Mark 2 housing, including the best macro ports and wide-angle domes.

 

 

Sea & Sea 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

Sea & Sea 7D Mark II housing macro setup.

 

Sea & Sea 7D Mark II Housing

Sea & Sea 7D Mark II housing wide-angle setup.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 2015

 

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-7DMKII Housing

For underwater photographers, the best just got better with the release of the MDX-7DMKII underwater housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera.

The precision engineered housing is fully-featured and allows for operation of the 7D Mark II camera's essential controls. The MDX-7DMKII is compatible with SEA&SEA's signature Internal Optical YS Converter which offers a host of advantages for the photographers who want to capture the perfect image.

 

Housing Features:

  • Optical YS Converter compatible
  • Ergonomically re-designed levers
  • Diopter adjustment dial
  • Luminescent buttons
  • Movable Focus and Zoom gear
  • Two (2) fiber-optic cable sockets
  • One (1) N-Type (2-pin) connector and one (1) HDMI accessory port
  • Two (2) sacrificial zinc diodes (front and rear)
  • Compatible with optional VF45 and VF180 view finders
  • Built-in leak detector sensor
  • Body: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy (machined)
  • Grip: Corrosion-resistant die-cast aluminum alloy
  • Depth rating: 100m / 330ft
  • Dimension (WxHxD): 341x198x142mm / 13.4x7.8x5.6inch
  • Weight: Approx. 3,000g / 105.8oz (housing only)
  • Compatible with SEA&SEA Strobes, Sea Arm 8, and Fiber-Optic Cable II

Available Early March 2015

MSRP:  $3,599.95

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Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing close up

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII housing lever detail.

 
 

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing close up 2

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII housing detail.

 

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing buttons

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII housing glowing buttons.

 

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing Optical YS Converter

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII housing Optical YS converter detail.

 

Sea & Sea Canon 7D Mark II Housing

Sea & Sea Canon 7D Mark II housing top view.

 

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing 45 viewfinder

Sea & Sea MDX-7DMKII Housing 180 viewfinder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea & Sea 45 and 180 degree viewfinders on 7D Mk II housing.

 

 

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See why this housing offers the best performance to dollar ratio for the 7D MkII, plus built-in TTL
By Brent Durand

Ikelite Canon 7D Mark II Housing Review

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See why this housing offers the best performance to dollar ratio for the 7D MkII, plus built-in TTL

 

Ikelite Canon 7D Mark II Housing Review


See why this housing offers the best performance to dollar ratio for the 7D MkII, plus built-in TTL

By Brent Durand

 

 

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Ikelite's housing for the Canon 7D Mark II is the first on the market, and I was able to get it into the water on three dives off the beach here in Southern California to test the controls, ergonomics and overall performance of the housing.

The Canon 7D Mark II is the most advanced crop sensor in Canon's lineup, boasting more features and better specs than the Canon 70D or the new T6s / T6i. Key features for underwater photography include the 61-point autofocus system and 20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS sensor. This sensor provides Servo AF in Live View mode, which (along with the 70D) is the first DSLR to use both contrast and phase detection in Live View (i.e. movie mode), delivering incredibly fast autofocus.

To learn more, read our:

Canon 7D Mark II Review for Underwater Photography

Canon 7D Mark II Best Settings Guide

 

 

In this review, we discuss the key features of the Ikelite 7D Mark II housing.

 

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Ikelite 7D Mark II Housing Overview

The Ikelite 7D Mark II housing is contructed with Ikelite's signature clear polycarbonate. One of the key benefits is that you can see through the housing to the camera controls, making it easy to adjust settings if you are not familiar with the 7D Mark II's ergonomics.

Ikelite housings are known to offer the best performance to dollar ratio in the underwater housing market. The Ikelite 7D Mark II lives up to this rep and offers scuba divers access to all important camera controls for half the price of any other popular housing.

Ikelite's port selection for the 7D Mark II allows divers to shoot with all the lenses popular for underwater photography, including the 60mm macro, 100mm macro and Tokina 10-17mm fisheye.

One of the really nice features in the Ikelite 7D Mark II housing is the built-in TTL capability. Ikelite's TTL circuitry is extremely accurate, relaying signals via sync cord. TTL flash exposure compensation is also easy to adjust. If you'd like to bump the flash exposure up or down, simply use the dedicated controls at the bottom of the housing to make the changes. Note that you need to use Ikelite strobes for this to work, however since they're some of the best strobes out there, this is a great thing.

 

Ikelite makes it very easy to adjust TTL flash exposure with your right thumb.

 

The Ikelite 7D Mark II set up for macro.

 

Ikelite 7D Mark II Key Features

  • Buiilt-in TTL circuitry and external exposure compensation controls
  • Easy to use and maintain (cleaning o-rings, etc)
  • Compatible with Ikelite's Enhanced Viewfinders
    • Ikelite 180 degree enhanced viewfinder
    • Ikelite 45 degree enhanced viewfinder
  • Oversized zoom knob with zoom rings compatible on all the popular lenses for underwater use - no need to buy zoom rings for each lens
  • Quick release handle attachments

 

In the Lab

The Ikelite 7D Mark II housing feels nice in your hands right out of the box. The housing back is locked/unlocked by three buckles, which I love because of their toughness, especially when it comes to sand. They wont jam and will work like day one no matter how much you abuse them. Just keep your fingers away as you unlock them, as they can "pop" back.

Like all Ikelite DSLR housings, the camera mount plate is attached to the housing back, so you need to hold the 7D Mark II in place while attaching it to the tray. Make sure to have a fully charged battery, as you do need to remove the camera from the tray to replace batteries.

The Ikelite 7D Mark II o-ring grooves are very easy to clean and then add the sighly lubricated o-ring. Simply fit the housing backplate into the housing groove and lock the latches to secure. Simple.

 

The o-ring and o-ring grooves are very easy to inspect and clean.

 

The Ikelite housing controls line up right with the 7D Mark II housing controls - so if you know where the button is on the camera, you'll easily find it when using the housing. The only exception is start/stop recording for video, which is conveniently moved to a right-thumb lever.

The 7D Mk II housing provides access to all important camera controls except for the multi-controller, which serves a few functions. Most of these functions are redunant (i.e. you can move focus points via multi-controller or via top and rear control knobs), however the one area without a workaround is during image review. When zoomed in during image review the only way to scroll around the screen is with the multi-controller, which is conventient to checking precise focus, backscatter, depth of field, etc.

The Ikelite 7D Mark II uses sync cords instead of fiber optic cables, which has its own set of pros and cons. On the pro side, there is no recycle time for the camera's onboard flash, allowing you to shoot as fast as your strobes can handle. Sync cords also deliver very reliable TTL. On the down side, sync cords require much more maintenance than fiber optic cables.

I've owned several Ikelite housings, and upon inspection, this 7D Mark II housing is another great product from Ikelite.

 

Rear view of the Ikelite 7D Mark II housing.

 

In the Water

The Ikelite 7D Mark II housing is fun to use underwater. Buoyancy was great with the Ikelite and 8" dome port for the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens, with two strobes and two video lights attached to the arms and clamps. For the two macro dives with the Canon 100mm lens, I removed the video lights, added a focus light and also added 3.5 jumbo Stix floats to the arms on each side. 

The housing push buttons performed nice and smoothly while the knobs were easy to turn, even with my 5.4mm gloves. Ikelite's housing tray is spaced nicely from the housing sides, making it easy to hold and also to access the knobs and controls. Those with smaller hands/fingers can slide the hand slightly to reach controls, or the reverse for those with large hands/fingers.

Ikelite's port system and lens release makes it easy to change ports and lenses between dives without needing to open the back of the housing or remove the camera. The less you have to open the housing during the dive day - the better.

 

Ikelite 7D Mark II Sample Photos

 

A spanish shawl nudibranch lays eggs.

 

A horn shark poses for a photo on a typical Malibu reef.

 

A passing sheephead was easy to track and photograph with the Ikelite 7D Mark II housing.

 
 

Overall Performance

The Ikelite 7D Mark II housing performs very well and is an asset for underwater photographers of all skill levels. It is the only housing in its price class, offering access to all important camera controls. Accessories like ports, domes and even Ikelite's enhanced viewfinders are very affordable and deliver the image quality you would expect from the Canon 7D Mk II.

 

Pros

  • Best value for housing your Canon 7D Mark II
  • Built-in TTL with external flash exposure compensation
  • Easy to use, maintain and change ports

 

Cons

  • No access to multi-control wheel
  • Need to remove camera from backplate/mount to change batteries

 

Recommended Accessories

As with all housings, you will need a few accessories to get your Ikelite 7D Mark II housing in the water. Here is our list of the essentials.

 

Ultralight Base Adapter for Ikelite Handles - These ball mounts allow you to mount your strobe arms and clamps.

Ultralight Universal Ball Mount - Use this to mount a macro focus light, GoPro or other accessories.

Ikelite Macro Port - Use this port with your 60mm macro lens, while the Ikelite SLR 100mm Flat Port is used for the 100mm lens.

Ikelite 8" Dome Port - This is a great dome port for your fisheye or wide-agle lens. Note that you will also need the appropriate extension ring.

 

Aside from these basics, you will also want to start researching strobes, video lights, arms and clamps and a focus light.

 

The team at Bluewater Photo can help make the best recommendations for your style of diving and photography, as well as compare simiilar products or addtional accessories like the Ikelite Enhanced Viewfinder.

 

 

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About the Author

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Review and Sample Photos from Fantasea's new RX100 III Housing
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Taking the Fantasea RX100 III Housing Underwater

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Review and Sample Photos from Fantasea's new RX100 III Housing

 

Taking the Fantasea RX100 III Housing Underwater


Review and Sample Photos from Fantasea's new RX100 III Housing

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The Fantasea RX100 III housing is a great option for taking the Sony RX100 III digital compact camera underwater.

Bluewater Photo's Kelli Dickinson recently took the housing out on some local dives in Southern California to test the ergonomics, controls and quality of the housing with some great feedback. In short, the housing lived up to Fantasea's reputation for lightweight functional housings that allow underwater photographers to get the most from their camera.

The housing review is published on Bluewater Photo's In Focus blog, along with some great photos from the dives.

 

Read the Fantasea RX100 III Review:  Fantasea RX100 III Underwater

 

 

Looking up inside the kelp canopy with the Fantasea RX100 III housing.

 

 

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Detailed review and specs for the Recsea RX-100 III housing with sample underwater photos.
By Scott Gietler

Recsea RX-100 III Housing Review

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Detailed review and specs for the Recsea RX-100 III housing with sample underwater photos.

 

Recsea RX-100 III Housing Review


Detailed Review and Specs for the Recsea RX-100 III Housing

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Recsea housings are made of high quality machined aluminum with excellent controls and full camera functionality. The Recsea housings fit the camera like a glove, offering the smallest housing on the market without losing any functionality. Easy to use, adaptable with many different wet wide-angle and macro lenses, and including strobe connections, the Recsea housing is the perfect tool for taking your Sony RX-100 III underwater.

 

Recsea RX-100 III Housing Key Features

  • Compact and durable, CNC precision machined corrosion-resistant aluminum housing
  • Lightweight, ergonomically designed
  • Maximum Operating Depth (MOD) of 100 meters (328ft)
  • Half-Press Shutter Trigger for precise camera shutter control
  • Fixed lens port
  • Original Secure-Latch locking mechanism for easy opening and closing
  • Front Port Control Ring
  • Read Control Dial with push button function
  • Quality silicone O-ring with wider back cover contact surface for added protection at greater depths
  • Complete camera function control
  • Supports a variety of wet lens accessories
  • Includes 67mm adapter

 

Wet Lens Options

Wet lenses are used on compact camera housings to exand creative options by for macro and wide-angle shooting. If you're new to underwater photography with the Sony RX-100 III, check out our comprehensive article 'Wet Lenses for Underwater Photography'.

Below are our recommended wet lenses for the Recsea RX100 III housing:

 

 

Recsea RX-100 III Video Review

 

 

 

sony rx-100 III underwater photos
 

In the pool with a water gun. Sony RX-100 III, Recsea RX-100 III housing, ambient light. F8, 1/400th, ISO 400.

 

 

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