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Nauticam introduces NA-NEX6 underwater housing for Sony NEX-6

By dpreview staff on Feb 15, 2013 at 00:49 GMT

US underwater housing maker Nauticam has announced the NA-NEX6 for Sony's NEX-6 interchangeable lens camera. Providing protection up to 100 meters depth, its body is made from aluminum with a scratch-resistant acrylic rear cover. It features a single-lock housing and a patented lens attachment mechanism which allows you to change lenses without removing the camera from the housing (presumably as long as you're not underwater at the time). The NA-NEX6 is available in the US at a retail price of $1650.

Nauticam NA-NEX6 underwater housing for the Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera + 18-55mm kit lens

Nauticam's provides a range of 'ports' which attach to the housing and accommodate several of Sony's E mount lenses including the 18-55mm, 30mm macro, and 16mm pancake. It also offers a special port which can be used with Sony's 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6. This includes a focus/zoom knob to support the lens' power zoom operation.

The manufacture also offers a range of additional accessories for the housing including an external viewfinder, flash adapters and a rubberized handgrip. 

The NA-NEX6 comes comes with a  a scratch -resistant acrylic LCD cover. A self-locking mechanism that gives an audible and visual confirmation of proper camera installation.

Comments

Total comments: 41
Smith Wells
By Smith Wells (1 month ago)

NA-NEX6: $1450, too much expensive, any other suggestion for diving amateur?

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EwanMC
By EwanMC (10 months ago)

Having said that, it's 40 meters ($110) vs 100 ($1650) meters, so I guess you get what you pay for.

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EwanMC
By EwanMC (10 months ago)

This is better value:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Waterproof-Underwater-Housing-Camera-Shell-Cover-Case-for-Canon-PowerShot-S100-/251129314904?pt=US_Camera_Cases_Bags&hash=item3a78793e58

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steveo baird
By steveo baird (Feb 20, 2013)

As impressive as these Nauticam housings are.. they are improperly priced. It doesn't make sense to sell a WP Housing for a Nex-6 at the price of a Nex-7.
Nex-6L (PZ1650) $999 + NA-NEX6 $1450 = $2500

At $2500, Why wouldn't you just buy an OMD-EM5?
Plus over 1k in lenses/accessories.

Or, more realistically, if you're going to spend $2500, why wouldn't you buy a much better camera? Such as a Sony a99.

Then again, I said this when I had my Nex-5n, and now I'm saying it about this na-nex6 version.. But people still purchased the NA-NEX5N, and capture absolutely stunning images.
Worth it?
Only if you're professional, or really have the extra money and don't mind..

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Mark K
By Mark K (Apr 7, 2013)

I have been struggling...since I have had Nex6 for some time. It is a much better camera than, say, Nex 5 and 5n but...almost as good as OMD...and much less responsive than dSLR A99/D800/5DIII. So for the same amount of money I can have a Ikelite housing for D800/5DIII

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jason chadwick
By jason chadwick (Feb 19, 2013)

Wish they made it for the nex-5!! Hint hint! But lovely peice of equipment

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Stewart Sy
By Stewart Sy (Feb 19, 2013)

BTW, Nauticam is made in China. Nauticam USA is the importer.

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haresh1983
By haresh1983 (Feb 18, 2013)

Wow it's beautiful camera

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Feb 18, 2013)

http://www.amazon.com/Meike-Waterproof-Underwater-Housing-18-55mm/dp/B008F0XDFG

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AlanB1976
By AlanB1976 (Feb 19, 2013)

I see that one is for the nex5n. Do you know of one for the nex6?

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AlanB1976
By AlanB1976 (Feb 18, 2013)

I see a few people mentioning cheaper alternatives but I can't seem to find any. Does anyone have a name or link?
Thanks.

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howardfuhrman
By howardfuhrman (Feb 18, 2013)

This housing looks cool. It almost makes me want to take up underwater photography.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Feb 18, 2013)

Try it by all means! There are some nice models to begin that, capable of lesser depths, but well-suited for surface snorkeling and shallow apnea dives (to -15 meters, the sturdiest amphibious camera so far). I use Canon D10 for three seasons already and within its limitations, it works well.
Be warned, though: underwater photography is seriously addictive! :)

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esuohe
By esuohe (Feb 18, 2013)

I came here for the naughty-cam. Disappoint.

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Brian_Smith
By Brian_Smith (Feb 17, 2013)

Sweet! These are great under-water housings. Gald they have made one for Sony NEX-6 cameras!

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Benarm
By Benarm (Feb 15, 2013)

Will it work with Metabones SpeedBooster?

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 16, 2013)

Not sure about the speedbooster but they are playing around with a normal metabones adaptor. Check my link to the wetpixel forum below. Sounds like if there is a demand they will produce a port.

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 15, 2013)

See the post by rsf3127 below. You can quite happily get a housing that costs a LOT less and go diving and if you stay reasonably shallow and dive in nice clear water you can use filters and ambient light and get fantastic photos. But if you want to go deeper and/or have changable ports sadly you have to pay. Nauticam produce some seriously good kit but it's not really for everyone. So actually it does make sense. And thanks dpreview for posting this news because it's very relevant to some of us. OK I'll go away now and surf around on wetpixel a bit!

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Feb 15, 2013)

Sure its soemthing great, brings your device to another world to bring you "hands on" images...

BUT

does it have to be that hard to own one ? Seriously ?
dont talk like "yeah butm its pro gear" well nex-6 is an enthusiast camera, does not make sense... or does it?

no it doesn´t.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Feb 17, 2013)

You're right, there are better and cheaper ways to make an underwater camera. One of these would be to enclose the innards of NEX-6 in the pressure-proof casing, rather than build such a casing for one model only. It is almost certain that the next model will not fit in, and all that's special here is unnecessary duplication of the many command actuators.
If some clever(er) manufacturer were to shape a box of equal water / pressure abilities, it would be possible to replace the commands by inside reed switches related to their respective magnet actuators on the outside, thus removing almost all openings. One magnet could activate many inside functions (by comb-shaped traveling slot), and the only openings requiring o-ring seals would be at the lens port, monitor window, battery / flashcard / contacts acces hatch, and between two case halves (service access only).
Such a camera could not cost more than $1K, and it could go diving right out of the box...
Only, can't have. Go figure.

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 18, 2013)

A better way might be for camera manufacturers and housing manufacturers to get together and work out a way that you could upgrade the body without having to buy a new housing.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Feb 18, 2013)

Might be so, but camera casings usually mean an additional complicated piece of equipment (and weight) to lug around, and divers already have a ton of gear to be taken care of. But if the camera manufacturers were to co-operate with some company able to do proper casings, then that should be arranged in such a way that the camera electronics are built right into that, rather than having to duplicate the outer box. It would also mean smaller cameras, easier maintenance, and less material. These housings could then accomodate upgraded innards with no problem, since 99% of the components would remain the same. That would reduce the overall costs dramatically, and put the final product within reach of many more customers.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Feb 15, 2013)

It might be nice if someone offered a housing that included a dual LED lamp arrangement of some sort, perhaps like a scuba 168268. Dual lamps of some sort are essential long before reaching depths of 100 meters. Seawater filters out red frequencies and, below a certain depth, color filters merely turn blue to gray.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Feb 16, 2013)

Get your facts straight. Every kind of water filters out red after just one (1) meter distance (not depth!). Depth filtering occurs only if you speak of sunlight, and in that case red is lost at -1m, the whole warm part of the spectrum disappears at -8 m, and you are left with blue-green only.
When you speak of strobes / lamps, there is something called "blue barrier" and no amount of light power can break through that. Filters underwater, not at all like in everyday use. So this whole field takes a lot of learning, and some parts of it quite anew.
The water is very different ambient for photography, and it can't really compare to dry-land shooting. Ditto pressure and temperature influences. Look it up sometimes.

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 18, 2013)

What colours you loose and how quickly depends on the water colour and viz where you are diving. It's not that difficult, although getting decent buoyancy control seems to be tricky for some.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Feb 18, 2013)

This might help:
http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/underwater-photography-lighting-fundamentals
http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/La-Mi/Light-Transmission-in-the-Ocean.html

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Feb 15, 2013)

Have just came back from a 5 day holliday at the Pantanal with my NEX-5N and the Meike underwater housing (USD 130,00) which allowed me to dive and do snorkelling.
Neither as rugged nor as cute as the Nauticam, but did the job.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Feb 15, 2013)

The poor man's DIY alternative: a plastic bag. Guaranteed to work. Just don't go near the water. Use in conjunction with a $25 disposable UW camera, and you're all set.

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ir Bob
By ir Bob (Feb 15, 2013)

What is it with these underwater housings that they are more expensive then the camera's inside them. (I probably know the answer though, must be something with supply and demand)

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DrPhoenix
By DrPhoenix (Feb 15, 2013)

Yes, underwater photography combines two expensive and time consuming hobbies...

And of course it does not stop with the housing: You need a flash (light is a much bigger problem under water), focus lights, different ports (for different overwater lenses) and a much more expensive holiday...

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howardroark
By howardroark (Feb 15, 2013)

Materials, time, complexity, design, etc. required to keep ALL water out of a space up to 100m (about 300ft or 10 atmospheres) is difficult. Economy of scale would drop the price, but since there are only very few housings made compared to the number of cameras you're not seeing the same kind of mass production cost savings the camera gets.

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 15, 2013)

Well if you look at some of the manufacturers own housings which are typically rated to 30 or 40 metres they aren't expensive. If you want something that you can take to 100 metres it's going to cost, but then so is all your other gear. Depends what you are doing. If you just go holiday diving in warm clear water you don't really need a housing like this, nor probably a strobe. It's quite a small market really for housings like this one so that doesn't help the price

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Feb 15, 2013)

To dive to 100 meters with a camera requires a lot of things besides a $1,650 housing. That might be only a wee minnie fraction of a USN Alvin or Cousteau Calypso expedition budget, or else a rather lavish way to get pictures of the kids in the pool.

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 15, 2013)

Or just a mixed gas rebreather, a dive shop that can do O2 and trimix fills and a nice deep wreck. I think I can feel a NEX coming into my life this summer.

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Weegee
By Weegee (Feb 15, 2013)

Can you change lenses underwater?

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DrPhoenix
By DrPhoenix (Feb 15, 2013)

Yes, once...

Just kidding, actaully there are special underwater lense, which you can put in front of the housing to gain wideangle or macro capabilities.Those can be changed underwater.
However, on the other hand if you like to use your overwater lenses, you must make sure that the lense fits optically and mechanically to your housing. Normally you can change the "tube" in front of the housing called port.

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 15, 2013)

Oh, and I just found this:

http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=49531

which is interesting if you are into underwater macro

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timccr
By timccr (Feb 15, 2013)

Nauticam are also going to make a port for the WA zoom. So the NEX system now just needs the 50mm macro and it starts to become very interesting underwater. Would be even better if the camera and lenses were weather sealed

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (Feb 15, 2013)

$1650.00 camera included..

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RoccoGalatioto
By RoccoGalatioto (Feb 15, 2013)

1650 just for the housing? Why will not Nikon come out with a didital NIKONOS?
That would be nice.
http://galatiotophoto.blogspot.com

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earthling19
By earthling19 (Feb 15, 2013)

Even better than that, if this case is like the previous NEX cases Nauticam has produced, the portion of the housing that covers the lens is interchangeable as well. You're able to swap it with a case for wide angle and fisheye, or an adapter to attach Nikon "Nikonos" Under Water Lenses directly, which need no case. Check it out on their webpage when you visit, you may have to visit a page for an older case to see all the sample pics.

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