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S.U.P.E.R. Part 13: Fantasea FG7X housing for the Canon G7X

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Fantasea FG7X

In our ongoing series S.U.P.E.R. (Scubaverse’s Underwater Photography Equipment Reviews), Scubaverse.com’s underwater photography editors Nick and Caroline Robertson Brown review new underwater photography equipment, general diving equipment, and some older favourites too. 

For the thirteenth instalment of S.U.P.E.R., Nick and Caroline take a look at the Fantasea FG7X housing for the Canon G7X.

Canon compact cameras have been very popular with underwater photographers for many years now and the G7X is another big success story. The camera has a big, clear rear screen making it easy to review your images, it shoots in RAW, and has a high quality 24-100mm equivalent lens. The camera has paid heed to the success of the Sony RX 100 series by being the first competitor to introduce a similar, 1”-type sensor, which is 2.8 times larger than any other compacts on the market. This makes a huge difference to the resolution, and hence the quality of the images.

FG7X Housing Back View

For our test, we had a single dive, in cold water, to put the camera and housing through its paces. I was wearing thick 5mm gloves. The Fantasea housing allows for the addition of the Big Eye lens which restores the original viewing range of the lens underwater. We also mounted a single INON Z-240 strobe to introduce some colour for the duration of the test.

The Fantasea housing allows you to access all the camera controls with ease. The housing has a single wheel that can be used to change aperture and shutter speed, alternating with a clearly marked and easy-to-use button on the back of the housing. The system, both camera and housing, is incredibly simple to use, even for those unfamiliar with the system and using it for the first time. Unusually, it was a bright sunny day and so the anti-glare hood on the viewing screen came in handy!

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The housing comes with a leak alarm and, unusually, a particularly useful button that will pop up the flash whilst underwater if you forget to do this whilst setting up before the dive. It is depth rated to 60m and comes with a double o-ring system to decrease the risk of a flood. The housing comes with a cold shoe for mounting accessories easily.

With a RRP of only £449, this is a system that is well worth considering.

The Canon G9X and housing will also be available in the coming weeks. We hope to get a look at that soon as it also promises to be a great package at an affordable price. Watch this space.

For UK: www.blue-orb.uk/dealers

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Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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NUPG Lockdown Best of…

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Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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