Subal Releases Housing For Panasonic GH4


Austria-based underwater housing manufacturer Subal have released the Subal GH4 housing for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC GH4.

Here’s the official press release from the company:

SUBAL Gmbh announces the release of the professional underwater housing SUBAL GH4 for the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4 digital system camera.

Subal, the world renowned professional underwater housing manufacturer based in Steyr. Austria, is proud to present the SUBAL GH4 housing. SUBAL has now entered the 4/3 camera segment using their experience gathered during SLR and video housing manufacturing. With its revolutionary design, ergonomic handling and renowned quality, SUBAL will set new standard in the underwater imaging industry.

With over 40 years tradition in housing manufacturing, Subal’s GH4 features high quality craftsmanship. Ergonomical and comfortable controls are embedded in this new housing. The handling and feel of a SUBAL is unmistakable and the unmatched reliability is unbeatable.

Subal’s GH4 is the newest housing designed for one of the most acclaimed compact digital system camera in the market. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC model is equipped with a large, high-definition electronic viewfinder, and a large grip that allows users to hold the camera firmly, while maintaining an amazingly compact and lightweight body construction.

Design and perfect handling are required by every photographer. Nothing is left to chance shooting in rough conditions. Professional photographers demand robust, highly reliable equipment, allowing access to all camera functions. We understand that just hundredths of a second can make the difference when capturing the decisive moment.

European Craftsmanship

SUBAL incorporates decades of experience and technology, pushing the boundaries further in the underwater housing industry. Innovation and design have crystallized in SUBAL creating the most ergonomic housing for the GH4 camera in the market.

Features and Control with handling in mind

The ease of operation and superior construction features and reliability of SUBAL underwater housing form part of our tradition and engineering DNA. We provide innovative solutions that achieve maximum user-friendliness and comfort. All functions of the camera can be operated. Video function, menu, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, OK, multi function keys, info, AFL, AEL, among others.

The housing will be available in February 2015 with a MSRP of US$2,590.00
(Port not included)

Designed with handling in mind. Subal engineering team play a key role, taken in consideration the ergonomics and perfect arrangement of the Panasonic GH4 controls and functions, to allow the photographer easy operation and access to all photo and video functions while holding the camera.

Technical Specifications

The SUBAL GH4 housing is produced from a solid block of high grade-seawater-resistant aluminum. The housing is anodized, and put through a chemical hardening process. Subal is the only underwater housing manufacturer to use this patented, hard-coat anodizing. A 3 layer powder-coating is added, giving the SUBAL housing an elegant finish and further protecting it from the environment. All shafts and screws are made of high-alloy chrome-nickel steel to extend operational lifetime. The advanced manufacturing process and high-grade materials ensure that your investment will last a lifetime. The housing, like every other Subal housing, is equipped with the SUBAL Quick Lock closure system for maximum safety.


  • Designed for professional underwater use
  • Access to all camera and video functions
  • Equipped with leak alarm as standard
  • Standard Viewfinder
  • Two fiber optic connectors
  • One pin -connectors with optional N5, Ikelite and S6 connector


Optional Viewfinder Options

SUBAL supplies standard viewfinders to support the GH4 housing.

Strobe Options

Two fiber optic ports are available to fire flashes from the Inon Z-240, S-2000 or Sea & Sea YS-D1 and YS-01. Optional pin connectors available on request for Nikonos V, Ikelite and S6.

Optional accessories for the GH4:

  • Extensive line of SUBAL dome and flat ports type 3 only with S2/S3 adapter.
  • Gears for all major underwater lenses available.
  • Full line of mounting accessories: arms systems, strobes, adapter, mount balls are available.

Lens Options

SUBAL constantly evaluates new lenses as they arrive on the market and suggests best options for underwater use. The following lenses from Panasonic can be used. This camera offers an excellent variety of lenses for underwater imaging, from the Panasonic 8mm fisheye to the 60mm Macro.

Supported lenses from Panasonic for GH4

Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:4.0Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.5
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm1:2.8 PROPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED12-50mm1:3.5-6.3 EZPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 IIRPanasonic Lumix Leica DG Macro 45 mm Elmarit 1:2,8 ASPH
Panasonic M.Zuiko Digital ED60 mm 1:2,8 Macro

Technical Information

Housing ConstructionMachined from single block, specially treated, seawater corrosion-resistant, aluminum alloy. Hardness treatment and coated with 3 layers of powder paint
DesignErgonomic placement of all the important controls provides convenient and comfortable handling of all camera functions
TTL/Strobes Options/Flash  Monitor2 Sea & Sea or INON fiber optic ports. Optional 1 pin connector Nikonos V, IKELITE or S6 Socket
Port Mount TypeBayonet Type 2 size. All SUBAL Type 3 Domes and Flat ports options available mounted with S2/S3 adapter ring
Lens OptionsLenses from Panasonic 8mm fisheye to the 60mm macro are supported
Front Ports OptionsDP 100/2 , DP 100 /3, SWB/3 and DP FE/3 with S2/S3 adapter. Flat Port 55/3 with S2/S3 adapter
Viewfinder OptionsStandard viewfinder included
Leak AlarmStandard
DimensionsWidth: 250 Height: 170 Depth 145 mm (w/o port and handles)
BuoyancyAll but neutral (depending on port and accessories)
Depth Range80 Meters standard version and 120 meters TEC version on request
Color OptionsSUBAL standard
Weight1.9 kg incl. grips (estimated)
ControlsAll functions of the camera can be operated: video function, playback, delete, menu, white balance, ISO, quality, release, BKT, Flash mode, measuring method, exposure compensation, OK, multi function keys, info, AF mode, AEL/AFL function, zoom (manual focus), lens release, lock port among others

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