SCUBAPIX INSIGHT: "The Sony NEX-5N is a direct replacement for its very popular predecessor the Sony NEX-5. An increased sensor size, reduced shutter lag and a wider ISO range make this a substantial upgrade. The Nauticam NEX5N housing has all the trademark ergonomics and innovations that is synonymous with the Nauticam brand. The expanded range of lenses and ports make this a very capable underwater system in a very compact size."
Nauticam proudly announces the NA-NEX5N Housing for Sony NEX-5N, and upgrade kit for existing NA-NEX5 housings. This housing brings the image quality of an advanced DSLR size sensor into the underwater world - in a system so compact that it easily fits into a daypack.
The Sony NEX-5N is Sony’s latest entrant in its APS-C series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and presents itself as a formidable upgrade from the highly popular NEX-5 that it replaces.
The NEX-5N sports a new 16-megapixel CMOS sensor along with several upgrades over the NEX-5. It features a first curtain electronic shutter designed to substantially reduce shutter lag which also helps to raise the still shooting rate to 10 frames per second in speed-priority-continuous mode. For video shooters, the NEX-5N shoots 1080p at 60fps. Additional new features include expanded ISO range, in camera lens correction, and touch screen menus and camera control.
Underwater photographers have long had to choose between the excellent image quality of a DSLR versus the compact size of point and shoot cameras. With the NA-NEX5N housing from Nauticam, that paradigm has now changed. The 16-megapixel APS-C sized sensor in NEX-5N means no image quality compromise, and this housing is incredibly small and light.
NA-NEX5N delivers the advanced functionality of the NEX-5N in style and with the ergonomics that people have come to expect from Nauticam. Based on the highly successful NA-NEX5 housing, the new housing accommodates the changes in camera body and control positions for the NEX-5N. All of the NEX-5N camera controls available are from the ergonomic grip sculpted into the side of the housing. A choice of hand strap and left/right handle means the shooter can customize the housing to meet their specific needs.
The same Nauticam patented port lock release system used in the NEX-5 housings has been incorporated, allowing quick, easy and secure port changes. Ports are available for the major lenses that are useful underwater, including the Sony 18-55mm, 16m pancake, 16mm pancake + Fisheye adapter, and the 16mm pancake + Ultra Wide Angle adapter. Nauticam will also immediately support the new Sony 30mm macro lens when it becomes available.
The camera is quickly mounted in the housing via a snap in camera tray, and the housing is securely closed with a locking rotary latch. The compact form factor and outstanding low light performance make this a perfect system for technical divers exploring extended range environments. The housing is securely closed with a locking rotary latch.
Ergonomics is one of the areas that all Nauticam housings excel in and the Nauticam NA-NEX5N housing is no exception. This housing puts all of the important controls on the camera within easy reach. Shutter Release, Zoom, Movie Record, Playback, 4-way buttons, Function C and Menu and the Control Dial are all placed for easy access. A flash control lever makes it easy to close the flash so silhouette shots are a breeze - you won't miss the 'shot' while reaching to turn off your strobes.
Existing NA-NEX5N customers wanting to upgrade will not lose their investment. Ports and other accessories from NA-NEX5 can be used with no modification. Nauticam is producing an upgrade kit that will allow an existing NA-NEX5 housing to be retrofitted to work with the NEX-5N camera. The kits (p/n 17451) will begin shipping on 10 Oct 2011.
The housing back is sealed with an easy to operate safety clasp. A safety release button must be pressed in order to begin rotating the clasp, eliminating the chance of accidental opening.
Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings. The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.
Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable
rubberized ergonomic handgrips. The soft feel and ergonomic design make the
housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives. Both single and
double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and
each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect
fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes. Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, and YS-01 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity. This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood! With NEX-5N, optical TTL is enhanced even more since NEX-5N can perform TTL in manual exposure mode.
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles or a single strobe mounting ball point on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.
Nauticam Housings are machined from a solid block of seawater resistant aluminum alloy, then hard anodized making them impervious to corrosion. All hardware is marine grade stainless steel. Acrylic windows protected with a scratch resistant material.
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Dimensions: 164mm (W) X 83mm (T) X 118mm (H)
Depth rating: 100m
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