Underwater Filming by Rich Stevenson

DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Underwater Housings

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We have Nauticam and Ikelite underwater housings for the most popular DSLR and mirrorless camera systems commonly used for independent film, online content and documentary film making. These include:

  • Sony A7S2 and A7R2
  • Sony A7R3 and A9 stills camera
  • Panasonic GH5 and GH5S
  • Panasonic S1H
  • Canon 5D3, 5D4 and 5DS

DSLR video cameras have improved dramatically since the original Canon 5D back in 2009, and now all our systems boast 4k resolution and multiple frame rates as standard features. Our underwater housings for Digital SLR’s are the simplest to set up and operate and require the minimum prep time on location, in most cases we ship the camera and lens pre installed into the housing with just the front dome port to attach prior to shooting.

underwater housing covered in snow and frost

In addition these underwater housings are the lightest to pack and transport by air travel making them very popular for the majority of productions travelling overseas.

We are able to supply the housings with or without the cameras themselves, and you have a wide choice of lens support for all of the camera systems.

We use Nauticam housings for these cameras which offer a perfect combination of reliability and ease of operation. All our housings can be fitted with external 5” Small HD monitor housing which allow the operator a better opportunity to check critical focus and exposure. Should you wish to send picture to surface we can offer this through a 30m wet cable that connects to the external monitor.

We also have the option available to fit the Atomos Shogun 7” monitor underwater housing to any of the DSLR camera systems should you wish to capture the uncompressed signal directly from the HDMI.

Our housings can come complete with either a glass or acrylic dome port, and the pros and cons are as follows:

Glass dome port – superior optical quality but heavier if housing is being used on the surface / half and half shots etc. If the glass gets damaged in any way it cannot be repaired meaning a complete element replacement at a cost of £1450 plus VAT.

Acrylic dome port – will reflect back onto the image in certain light conditions but is much lighter and easier to handle out of the water and on the surface. Acrylic can be repaired if the scratch isn’t too deep and worse case a replacement element is around £350 plus VAT.

Below an image of the reflection of bright light into the lens using an acrylic port, note the reflectiona from the front lens in the image.

reflection of lens in underwater camera housing

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