Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Key Features and Specification
  3. Design
  4. Compared to my old Olympus PT-022
  5. Handling
  6. Performance
  7. Other RX100 underwater housings
  8. Conclusion

Introduction

The Meikon-42 - underwater housing for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.

A note from the author

This review was conceived six months ago when I acquired a Sony RX100 camera and a Meikon-42 housing.
Shortly after, situation at work changed and I had to give up good part of my free time in favor of my work. What was left of my free time I decided to devote to my family instead of sitting in front of a computer. The review had to wait.

Recently I found some free time to spare and here I am with the review.
While I was immersed in my work few things happened – Sony released an updated version of RX100 and soon followed updated versions of underwater housings, Meikon among them. The differences are minor and practically all I have written about old can be applied to the new.

What follows is a review of this surprisingly good underwater housing for a surprisingly good little camera.

I am not a native English speaker and have not lived in an English speaking country so pardon my English and excuse an occasional odd-sounding sentence.
Apart from a few branded ones, images shown in this review have been shot by me and, while I tried to make them usable, I have not tried to produce studio shots. Many of the shots show my used housing so, please, ignore the scratches.

Some Background

I started looking for a camera that would replace my all-round set, an ultra-zoom Olympus C-770 and PT-022 underwater housing, almost five years ago. At that time the set was more than five years old and quite behind current standards.
To my disappointment I could not find a replacement. None of the cameras that matched my specs had an underwater housing (that is, for an affordable price).
Even though I abandoned the idea of single camera in favor of an ultra-zoom for above and fast lens compact for under water, it took another four years to get to my current combination, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (preceded by FZ100) and a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 with the Meikon-42 underwater housing.

I almost gave up on RX100 when I saw the price for Ikelite housing. Other (aluminum) housings were priced even higher so, after satisfying my curiosity, I struck them off the list too.
It was by pure chance that I stumbled upon the Meikon housing. It did not show as Meikon, of course, but rather as "NB". It took me several days and many hours of googling (and a few posts on DPreview forum) to find enough information about this housing to take it as a real option.

The choice of a seller was another problem (you can see the whole progress in this thread here). I managed to locate few dealers that offered the housing, one of them turned out to be the manufacturer itself. I finally decided to go with the manufacturer and it was a good decision.

Now, six months later, there is absolutely no problem finding Meikon housing on the net. A simple "RX100 underwater housing" search on Google now lists revealing links in the first few hits and eBay is full of them.

The Manufacturer

The Meikon-42 housing is manufactured by Shenzhen Kaichengyi Technology Co., Ltd. in China. The official webpage at www.meikon.cc is stil in development and can be intermittently on and off but they are reliably present on Alibaba here hk-Meikon.en.alibaba.com.

They produce quite a lot of other underwater housings for cameras and mobile phones too. The RX100 housing is far from their first.

Here are links to product pages of RX100 and RX100 II housings on the official site and RX100 and RX100 II on Alibaba.

The housing can also be found re-branded under few other names like MeiKe, NB, D&D just to name a few.