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Amphibico announce Pocket Buddy housing for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

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Amphibico LogoAmphibico has announced a new addition to a super compact line of underwater cinema camera housings.  The first Pocket Buddy will house The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraGiven this camera’s large Super 16 size sensor and its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, it will truly create a cinematic film look to your underwater imaging.  This incredibly compact, highly modular camera uses an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount which allows use of commonly available and an excellent range of low cost Micro Four Thirds lenses from Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma. With full electronic control of the lens, you can simply point and set your Iris (aperture) and focus on the fly.  It can record high quality Pro Res 422(HQ) and Cinema DNG RAW file formats in full HD 1920 x 1080.

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The housing is built with the same high quality solid aluminum construction as Amphibico’s previous pro line of housings. No compromise was taken to create the New Pocket Buddy ® line from Amphibico. Keeping in mind total ergonomics and underwater balance, its super compact design system makes the unit extremely user friendly underwater. Amphibico’s engineers worked very diligently on its design, keeping in mind size, weight, balance allowing easy and complete access to all key camcorder functions; it will give users the ability to create the best possible underwater imaging.

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Key Features

Solid Construction

Precision machined from a solid block of marine grade aluminum giving endless durability. Black anodized for corrosion protection and a layer of tuff military grade polyurethane powder coat paint for the outmost durability in harsh sea water.

Full Camera Control

Complete access to your camera while filming underwater. The Pocket Buddy boasts a host of features that is certain to pacify the most passionate of underwater video enthusiast.  Key camera controls for record, focus and lens control are placed at a comfortable finger distance from housing grips which are angled at 15° for complete ergonomic underwater filming position.  An easy to reach lens control knob has also been positioned to operate either zoom or focus depending on the lens used.

Bayonet Lens Mounting System

Given that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has an active Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens System, a great variety of current and future lenses from Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma are compatible.

New Micro 4/3 Aquatica line of ports

The Pocket Buddy housing will also have available an extensive line up of ports, including a 4 inch glass port, 6 inch acrylic port, macro port and various extension ring options.

Extended filming capabilities

Not having to worry about charging the camera after every dive saves lots of frustration when on location.  When using the optional battery pack which easily mounts on top of the camera inside the housing will extend camera use up to 2.5 hours on a single charge.

Stable-Wide®

Amphibico’s new Stable-Wide comfort grip system adding a 15° angle will give the user the most natural and stable underwater balance and easily access to key housing controls for optimal solid filming.

Pistol Grip Action

Amphibico 4Understanding the vast variety of shooting scenarios that many video pros and enthusiasts want to achieve, Amphibico have integrated a number of mounting possibilities, including top and bottom mount ¼”-20 tripod screw holes and even going a step further by offering a pistol grip solution for the surfer and single hand shooter.

 

Easy travel Pocket Buddy®

A super compact Cinema Camera that is truly a breeze for traveling!

www.amphibico.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Depth Rating: 90m/300ft

(upgradeable to 130m/425ft).

Dimensions:

Height: (with grips) 5.69” /14.45cm

(without grips) 4.45″/11.3cm

Depth: 4.12”/10.45cm

Width: (with grips) 13.08”/33.25cm

(without grips) 8.23”/21cm

Weight (with grips attached): To be determined

Standard features:

  • Quick removal camera tray.
  • Hinged rear door design with locking latch
  • Ergonomically optimized for diving conditions.
  • Oversized knurled controls knobs.
  • Sturdy comfortable grips.
  • Pistol grip attachment for single handed shooting
  • Extended record lever.
  • Port lock mechanism.
  • Lens release mechanism.
  • Standard high quality acrylic viewing window
  • Moisture sensor alarm with built-in vacuum check circuitry
  • Dual 1/2″ auxiliary ports
  • Dual sacrificial anodes (front and rear mounted)

Construction of shell:

  • 6061 T6 Marine Grade aluminum.
  • Anodized to MILA-8625 (type 2, Class 2 specification).
  • Powder coated with certified A.A.M.A. 2603-98 Polyester coating.
  • Baked at 177c/350F (specification ASTM D2794).

Control shafts and push pins:

  • Type 304 marine grade Stainless steel.
  • All shaft double sealed with double O-rings.
  • All push pins sealed with quad rings.

Mounting points for light arms, lighting fixtures and/or tripod.

  • 6 x ¼”-20 threaded holes on the top.
  • 3 x ¼”-20 threaded holes on the bottom.
  • 2 x ¼”-20 threaded holes on each hand grip

Optional accessories

  • SW8 SuperWidePort
  • 4” BK-7 Coated Glass Mini Dome
  • MacroPorts (or 45mm & 60mm lenses)
  • Zoom & Focus gears
  • Ports extensions
  • Vacuum Sensor System
  • LCD Sun Shade
  • Auxiliary External Battery Kit

 

 

 

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SeaLife Launches the new SportDiver ULTRA Smartphone Underwater Housing

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Smartphone Underwater Housing

Right in time for the summer season SeaLife launches the new SportDiver Ultra Smartphone housing, which is designed to accommodate also larger Android models. The new Ultra model has all SportDiver features including use of the same SportDiver iOS and Android app. The primary difference is a slight increase in length of the housing and a lens port to support the lens cluster popular with many large Android models such as the Samsung S21 and S23, and S24 Ultra models.

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Underwater Housing

The SeaLife SportDiver Ultra housing allows taking photos and videos with the smartphone down to 40 meters. The heavy-duty housing is constructed of polycarbonate, stainless steel, aluminum, and optical grade glass. Weighing less than 641 grams, it offers near-neutral buoyancy in water depending on which smartphone is used. The ergonomic design is easy to hold and use, featuring a large shutter lever and rear control buttons for easy operation, even with dive gloves. The free SportDiver camera app for Android and iOS also offers a power-save mode that temporarily turns the phone’s camera off and dims the display; a touch to any button wakes it up at once. The App Playback mode shows full size photos and videos with a vertical thumbnail strip to easily find your images. All files are also saved to the phone’s camera roll. The housing automatically connects to your phone and the SportDiver app using Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless technology and offers ultra-low power consumption which is powered by two AAA batteries that last over 50 hours of continuous use.

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Underwater Housing
The SportDiver Ultra has “Dual Leak Alarms” which include an internal moisture alarm and a vacuum pressure alarm which alert the diver with on-screen warnings, audio, and LED signal in the unlikely event the waterproof seal is compromised when there’s a loss of housing pressure or moisture is detected. The housing features a new interior design that is less sensitive to moisture caused by opening the door in a damp environment. The door of the SportDiver Ultra is sealed with a TPE O-ring and a robust cam-lock sealing latch that easily and securely locks waterproof door.

The SportDiver Housing features seven 1/4-20 tripod mount options, a removable underwater color-correction filter is included. It is also available as a SportDiver Ultra PRO 2500 set with light, tray, and handle.

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Underwater Housing

SeaLife offers a “fit-guide” on its website for users to instantly determine if their phone model fits into the SportDiver Ultra housing – https://www.sealife-cameras.com/sportdiver-compatibility/

PRICES MSRP

SPORTDIVER ULTRA


GBP 315.00

SPORTDIVER ULTRA
PRO LAMPENSET 2500F
(June 2024)

GBP 729.00

www.sealife-cameras.com

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ANTEPRIMA: 140 Under Ice – the RECORD MONDIALE film (Watch Trailer)

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world record

Just a few weeks after the incredible double world record under the ice, Valentina Cafolla presents the film that recounts her feat and brings back the thrills of those days at the historical headquarters of the SEAC diving equipment company in Chiavari.

Watch the trailer here:

THURSDAY, 06 JUNE, 7 P.M., CINEMA MIGNON

Via Martiri della Liberazione 131, 16043 Chiavari GE

FREE ENTRANCE!

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