Nauticam Sony A7R III Housing Mini Review

Nauticam releases an excellent housing to go with a revolutionary camera!
By Nirupam Nigam

Nauticam is known for making consistently high quality and ergonomic housings. The Sony A7R III is making strides in full-frame mirrorless technology. Together this camera and housing is the ultimate power couple of mirrorless underwater technology. 

Sony A7R III

The Sony A7R III is the new forefront of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It boats a 42.4 megapixel sensor with an updated BIONZ X image processor. Combined, these features make for a versatile camera with excellent performance and great resolution. 

Camera Specifications

42.4 MP Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor

Updated BIONZ X Image Processor

UHD 4K30p Video with HLG, S-Log2 and S-Log3 Gammas

5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Sensor-Shift Stabilization

399 Phase-Detect Auto-focus Points

425 Contrast AF points (400 more contrast point than a7R II)

0.5" 3.69M-Dot Quad-VGA OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF)

3.0" 1.44M-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD Monitor

Shoot up to ISO 102,400

New Low Vibration Shutter Design

Anti-reflective Sensor Coating

Weather-sealed body to resist dust and moisture

Type C USB Port

Improved battery life

Recommended Lenses for the Sony A7RIII

Sony 16-35mm F4 for wide-angle, sharks, pelagics, video

Sony 28mm + fisheye conversion lens for ultra-wide angle

Sony 28-70mm for fish, marine life portraits, some macro

Sony 24-70mm for fish, marine life portraits, video

Sony 90mm macro lens for macro, supermacro, fish

Nauticam Sony A7R III (NA-A7RIII) Housing

Nauticam housings are made of aluminum and controls are always designed to be within a finger’s distance. This results in a sturdy but ergonomically sound design. As with other Nauticam DSLRs, this housing comes with a port locking lever for quick and easy lens changes. Two M16 and a single M14 bulkhead allow for the addition of accessories like a vacuum valve, electronic flash triggering bulkheads, or HDMI bulkheads. Of course, a Nauticam housing is never complete without its famous rubberized grips and this housing is no different! 

Housing Specifications

Depth rating: 100m

Weight: 2.43 kg

Dimensions: 348mm x 200mm x 118mm

Housing Accessories 

Beyond an ergonomic design, Nauticam goes out of its way to increase usability of their housings with countless accessories. Here are a few we recommend...

Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

Nauticam Extended Viewfinders for Mirrorless Cameras - Choose between the 180° Viewfinder of 45° viewfinder for a magnified view of the cameras electronic viewfinder, both options include dioptric adjustment so you can perfectly match the view to your eyesight.

Nauticam Lanyard with Snap Clips - perfect accessory to add to the housing so that it can be safely carried, or handed back on to the boat after your dive. Choose 23cm for the E-M1 Mark II Housing.

Sea & Sea YS-D2 J Strobes - perfect companions to the Sony A7R III for lighting your photographs

Light & Motion, Kraken, or Fix Neo - Focus and Video Lights - these small and full featured lights work great underwater as either focus lights when shooting macro, or for video lights to help bring back the rich colors of your underwater scene.

Stix Floats - if using Nauticam or ULCS arms with your strobes, these floats help counter the negative weight of the housing and create a neutral set up, much more comfortable underwater.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. 

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