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S.U.P.E.R. Part 15: Fantasea FG9X Housing

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FG9X Housing

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 fifteenth instalment of S.U.P.E.R., Nick and Caroline take a look at the FG9X Housing from Fantasea.

brand_Fantasea LineThe Canon G9X in the Fantasea housing is an excellent package at a truly affordable price. This latest addition to the canon range is one of the few cameras on the market with the so-called one-inch super sensor. The sensor is a 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, offering an ISO range between 125 and 12800 and your images can be recorded in both JPEG and raw formats. The zoom facility is reasonable, offering a 28 to 84 mm equivalent, which makes it a versatile set up, allowing both macro and wide-angle photography on an underwater outing. The camera also shoots 1080 video, and whilst this is no longer regarded as stunning quality, it is quite hard to see any significant difference when shooting under water.

When paired with the Fantasea housing, the system works really well. The G9X was designed primarily as a touchscreen camera, but all the exposure controls can be operated by a single knurled knob on the front of the housing. This operates a dial on the front of the camera and by continuous cycling of the function button (one of only four buttons on the back of the camera), the aperture, shutter speed and ISO setting are all very easy to change if you are using the camera in manual mode. I like to test all housings with 5mm gloves on, to check out how easy it will be to use in the winter in the UK (even though there was no need to wear gloves on this dive), and found no issues with changing settings and controls. The camera is very light and small, and this, therefore, allows the housing to be small and easy to take away on your foreign dive trips.

The lens on the Fantasea housing has a 67 mm thread which allows it to be able to take wet lenses. When I took it underwater, I had two macro lenses with me, the AOI ULC – 05 +6 close-up lens M67 and the AOI ULC – 06 +12. It is great that so many housings for compact cameras now have this option to add wet lenses whilst underwater to give the user more creative options. There is a huge array of lenses that are compatible with the 67mm screw thread on the front of the housing. I got some nice shots of the Capernwray Sturgeon with the macro lenses removed and despite being regularly bombarded by divers under training, the results from a compact camera under these conditions were very impressive.

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The housing is depth rated to 60m, and is clearly marked so that if you are not familiar with the controls, you can still find your way around whilst underwater. It has connections for two fibre optic cables, a cold shoe mount for accessories, moisture detector and alarm. So it is not short of desirable features.

My overall opinion of the Canon 9 GX in the Fantasea housing was that this is a great package at a great price. The cameras are priced at around £350 and the housing runs out at just over £400. This setup is a great way for beginners in underwater photography to get into the water and capture good quality images. With easy access to all the camera’s functions and the ability to add wet lenses, strobes and lights, this really is a terrific starter pack at approx. £750.

www.fantasea.com

Fantasea is distributed in the UK by www.blue-orb.uk.

For more from Nick and Caroline, visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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Introducing the Nauticam NA-D780 for the Nikon D780

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While the Nikon D850 dominates the high-megapixel end of the Nikon DSLR lineup and the D5 delivers unparalleled dynamic range and low-light capability the D780 is a blend of both with a splash of Z-series mirrorless hybrid-shooting capability thrown in. The D780 employs a full-frame BSI 24.5MP sensor to create still images with incredible detail and dynamic range as well as to produce UHD 4K video from the full sensor width.  Autofocus and metering enhancements as well as video output over HDMI options allow the D780 to excel in both video and still applications.

Nauticam’s NA-D780 is built around the N120 Port System for the Nikon F-Mount lenses.  Combined with Nauticam’s lineup of Premium Professional Optics such as the WACP-2, the D780 can achieve an ultra-wide 128º field-of-view, with zoom down to 72º using the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens with unparalleled optical quality.  When pairing the powerful SMC-1 and SMC-2 super-macro wet lenses the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens is capable or producing 2x and 4x life-size images.

The NA-D780 incorporates Nauticam’s Mission Control philosophy in every aspect of its design.  Intuitive control placement, refined design aesthetic and rugged functionality are at the core of all Nauticam housings.

Now available for pre-order!

NOTE:  Product images shown are renderings, actual product may vary.

Model Number: 17226
MSRP: $3,620 USD

For information in the UK click here.

For information in the USA click here.

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Paralenz underwater video camera now available to rent

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Paralenz is a powerful, user-friendly underwater video camera enjoyed by scuba divers, snorkelers and coastal tourists seeking to capture their underwater adventures in beautiful high-quality video and still photos. The camera is now available for daily rental at select dive shops in Florida and Italy for $25 (25 euros) per day.

Not only does the Paralenz camera preserve users’ experiences for take-home memories, it also captures valuable geolocated data that can be shared with international ocean conservation organizations.

“The Paralenz rental camera is simple to use and by making it available to rent, more underwater explorers can capture their vacation memories without making a permanent investment,” said Lise Engelbrecht, chief executive officer of Paralenz. “Our camera can capture any ordinary underwater adventure in high-quality video and turn any diver or snorkeler into a citizen scientist contributing to ocean conservation.”

Ease of Use Is Top of Mind

The Paralenz rental camera is based on the company’s current flagship model, the Paralenz Vaquita, modified to offer an easy-to-use point-and-shoot camera experience with powerful technology that yields high-quality videos and still photos, patented Automatic Depth-Controlled Color Correction, an ultra light-sensitive lens, quick auto-edit functions, integrated GPS and several video-sharing options.

At the heart of the Paralenz experience is the Paralenz App. When consumers rent the camera, they download the free app, which offers a dive log, media library and multiple sharing options, as well as “TheOceanBase,” an interactive map where users can upload their favorite dive videos.

“Our goal was to develop an app that was fun and functional for Paralenz camera users,” said Peter Thiell, chief technology officer for Paralenz. “It’s the main hub where you save your underwater recordings, geek out over dive statistics and get inspired by other divers’ uploaded dive footage from all around the world.”

Rental customers’ recorded footage is private and secure, and is available for direct download from the cloud for up to three months after they return the rental camera to the dive shop. Video assets can be automatically edited in the Paralenz App and easily shared with friends, family or to social media.

A Camera with a Higher Purpose

Every dive shared on TheOceanBase via the Paralenz App contributes valuable ocean data — collected via integrated camera sensors that log conductivity, temperature, depth and geolocation — to Paralenz’s conservation partner Coral Restoration Foundation, located in Key Largo, Florida.

“We are excited at the possibilities presented by this relationship with Paralenz, and with every diver using a Paralenz camera,” said Amelia Moura, science program manager at Coral Restoration Foundation. “This kind of huge, user-generated, real-time data resource could add incredible value to our restoration efforts, supporting our monitoring strategy and potentially helping us as we evolve our coral restoration strategies over the coming years.”

Now Available for Rent or Purchase

To find a convenient location to rent a Paralenz camera in Florida or Italy, follow this link.

The Paralenz Vaquita also is available for purchase for $749 on the Paralenz website. The camera comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and 12-month warranty. Paralenz also offers a line of accessories that enhance the versatility and usability of the camera.

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