Underwater image makers rely on environmental diversity to push their art to its limits and not just in the underwater environment. With the introduction of the Nikon Z7 and Z6, the full-frame mirrorless camera market has major new competitors to push the segment even further.
The Z7 and Z6, Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless cameras offer underwater shooters the same legendary Nikon sensors with the versatility of an electronic viewfinder and the more compact form factor of a mirrorless system. The NA-Z7 supports both the Z6 and Z7 models.
|Dimensions||360mm x 200mm x 160mm (W x H x D)|
THE NAUTICAM NA-Z7 UNDERWATER HOUSING
Nauticam has produced a variety of housings for Nikon DSLR cameras and is not new to the mirrorless format. Nauticam has created housings for mirrorless full frame, APS-C and MFT format mirrorless cameras from a variety of camera manufacturers. The NA-Z7, just as Nikon's Z6/7 cameras is an evolutionary step in underwater housings blending the Nikon F mount and new Z mount seamlessly in one housing.
F AND Z MOUNT SUPPORT
The Nauticam NA-Z7 housing allows not only the use of the new Z mount Nikon glass but also the F mount lenses with the Nikon FTZ Adapter. This is critical as the new Z mount lenses are being phased in over the next few years. The Nauticam NA-Z7 housing features two lens release buttons that correspond to either F or Z mount lenses. When switching between F and Z mount lenses, the camera must be removed from the housing to remove the adapter. When working within either the F or Z mount system use the appropriate lens release button to switch lenses without having to remove the camera from the housing. A vacuum system reset switch is located below the tray as well so there is no need to open the rear of the housing during lens or port changes.
The NA-Z7 is part of the N120 port system which allows for full support of Nikon F mount lenses with the same ports needed for their application on Nikon SLR housings. As Z mount lenses become available Nauticam will add supported configurations.
INTELLIGENT CONTROL PLACEMENT
Nauticam engineers are obsessed with functionality and this is evident in the location of essential controls. Regardless of where the control is located on the camera, the Nauticam housing puts them where you need them to be underwater. For those switching between photo and video modes, an easily reachable switch is located on the right rear of the housing. The right side double thumb lever, easily reached from the right handle features access to the AF-on and Record buttons respectively. Between the double thumb lever and the multi-stage shutter release is an ISO lever allowing quick changes to sensitivity.
The left double thumb lever accesses the DISP and Playback controls. The Zoom In and Zoom Out controls, located on the right rear of the camera body is relocated to the left side of the housing to a location more familiar to Nauticam housing users.
The switch that allows for switching between the LCD display and the EVF, a crucial and much used control with mirrorless systems is located close to the left handle within easy reach.
Front and rear control dials are readily accessible by the familiar large knurled dials at the right handle. The ergonomic housing handles are rubberized and feature stainless steel stiffening brackets to ensure a stable platform when using large strobes or video lights attached to the pre-installed 1" mounting balls.
The NA-Z7 comes with Nauticam's self powered manual flash trigger preinstalled. The flash trigger plugs into the hot-shoe of the camera and uses LED lights recessed into each of the two optical bulkheads to trigger supported underwater flashes when used with the correct fiber optic connection. The flash trigger is powered by coin cell batteries that provide thousands of flashes per battery. The flash trigger can be upgraded to support TTL triggering (PN 2638 TTL Converter for Nikon).
HDMI VIDEO OUTPUT
The Z7 camera supports 10 bit HDMI video output at UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) at up to 30p. An external monitor or recorder can be used with the optional standard M16 HDMI bulkhead (PN 25033), HDMI (D-C) cable in 190mm length (PN 25036) which come standard in any Nauticam monitor housing package.
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WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
- Nauticam NA-Z7 Housing
- 90122 Housing O-ring, lubricant and removal tool
- CR2032 Battery (for vacuum system)
- Allen Wrench Set
- 25625 M16 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release)
- 32201 Nauticam 180 straight viewfinder
- 32203 Nauticam 45 viewfinder
- 26308 TTL Converter for Nikon
- 85201 0.36x Wide Angle Conversion Port with Aluminum Float Collar (incl. N120 to N100 port adaptor)
- 86201 Macro to Wide Angle Lens 1 (MWL-1) 150 deg. FOV with full frame 60mm macro lens
- Various electrical bulkheads
- 25033 standard HDMI bulkhead with M16 thread
- 25036 HDMI (D-C) cable in 190mm length
- (Both 25033 and 25036 are standard accessories in Nauticam monitor housing)
VACUUM AND LEAK DETECTOR SYSTEM TUTORIAL
PATENTED PORT LOCKING LEVER
Unveiled on the very first Nauticam DSLR housing in 2009, this locking lever has become a signature of the Nauticam brand. No twisting or threading action is required to mount a port, and it locks securely in place with this lever. Nauticam also offers locking port extensions, meaning a dome will never twist, even when used with a long extension ring.
FTZ ADAPTER SUPPORT
The NA-Z7 supports the FTZ adapter and belongs to the N120 Port System meaning Nikon F Mount lenses can be used with the same ports and extensions as on a Nauticam Nikon DSLR Housing. As Z mount lenses become available, supported lenses will be integrated into the port system.
Nauticam engineers have placed all essential controls within easy reach of the rubberized ergonomic handles. Regardless of location on the camera, housing access is located where you need it most to capture fast changing underwater scenes.
STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE BRACKETS
Stiffening handle brackets are included with the housing. These brackets eliminate any flex or wobble when using big strobes, and provide multiple attachment points for lanyards or other accessories.
The NA-Z7 supports many of the corrective wide angle and magnifying macro optics in the Nauticam lens lineup. F mount lenses, paired with the FTZ adapter can be used with the same extensions and ports as on Nauticam N120 Nikon DSLR housings.
VACUUM CHECK AND LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM
The NA-Z7 features Nauticam's vacuum check and leak detection system electronics preinstalled. When paired with the M16 Vacuum Valve II (25625) the system gives a visual indicator of watertightness with the integrated multicolor LED.