Ikelite Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKIII Underwater Housing
Ikelite Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKIII 200DLM/B Underwater Housing
This is the high-end compact mirrorless camera from Olympus featuring many of the same image processing components as the huge professional grade OM-D E-M1X. That includes the hybrid 121-point autofocus system which makes it an excellent choice for action and sports photography. The micro four-thirds lens mount provides access to a broad ranges of lenses designed specifically for this mount which provide high quality results underwater, including the 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye, and 60mm f/2.8 Macro.
Comparable to most cameras in this category, it has a 20MP Four Thirds sensor with up to 60 fps Raw capture and UHD 4K/30p video. The camera also features a handheld high-res shot mode capable of producing images up to 50MP.
As you would expect from a top-of-the-line model, the durable magnesium alloy is weather-sealed to IPX1 standards with an updated dust reduction system. Its CIPA battery life rating is 420 shots per charge.
- 200 ft (60m) depth rating
- Extendable shutter release lever
- Extendable AEL/AFL button thumb lever for back button focus
- Interchangeable Dry Lock Micro port system including flat ports, 6"dome ports, and 8" dome ports
- Corrosion-proof ABS-PC construction
- Clear view back with laser engraved control markings
- Ergonomic, field serviceable direct-drive controls
- Accessory ports for optional vacuum system and TTL converter
- Supports LCD tilt
- Made in the USA
Ergonomics and handling
Good ergonomics are critical when you need to concentrate on composition, focus, and proper exposure. Large, curved control levers put the most important controls right where you need them: shutter and autofocus (via the AEL/AFL button). This combination allows you to shoot with or without back button focus, an advanced technique that is useful for tack sharp focus of super macro and fast moving subjects. Each lever can be extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93 for perfect spacing when using a right-hand handle.
All rotating controls are operated intuitively via premium soft-touch knobs. Stainless steel, direct-drive rotating controls are virtually fail-safe and user serviceable and adjustable in a pinch.
Camera buttons are accessible by smooth action, hard anodized aluminum push buttons for reliable performance and easy maintenance. These controls are clearly labeled by laser engraving on the back of the housing that never fades or falls off.
Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for simple, rotation-free attachment of a tray and handle system. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts. The Tray with Dual Quick Release Handles # 9523.64 is the most popular choice for both handling and attachment of accessories.
The camera mount is front-loading for easy installation and removal. A small mounting plate attaches to the bottom of the camera and secures in the front of the housing. The camera mounting plate does not need to be removed from the camera for surface use or when changing the battery or memory cards. The mounting plate features a 1/4-20 threaded mount on the bottom so that it can be attached to a tripod on the surface.
The unique rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of the o-ring for simple and confident assembly. Ikelite have eliminated the need for an o-ring groove or channel which can trap sand, dirt, or debris. Two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps are simple to use and virtually unbreakable. The clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, watertight seal as it closes.
A spare 1/2-20 threaded accessory port is provided on the side of the housing for easy installation of the optional Vacuum Kit # 47012. A vacuum kit allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.
Drawing a vacuum on the system also provides extra security at the surface of the water, especially important when using the housing in rough surf.
The camera's large, super-bright LCD screen is viewable edge-to-edge through the back of the housing. An included magnified optical viewfinder provides enhanced viewing of the camera's electronic viewfinder (EVF) for both image composition and review.
Get the brightest and sharpest view of the camera's OLED EVF by adding an optional Magnified Viewfinder. The Supereye removes quickly and easily for the attachment of a Straight Enhanced Magnified Viewfinder # 6890.2 or 45° Magnified Viewfinder (Type 3) # 6891.3.
Light is absorbed as it travels through even short distances underwater, making colors appear dull or monochromatic. To preserve the natural colors of your subject, it's important to stay within arm's reach—no more than 3-4 feet (1m) away. For the best results, we recommend adding an external flash or high-powered constant-on light if you'll be diving regularly below 15' (3m).
You can enjoy the fastest and most accurate TTL exposure on the market by adding the DL3 DS Link TTL Converter and Hotshoe Kit # 46032 and a compatible Ikelite DS strobe. Rear curtain flash synchronization is supported. Exposure compensation can be used added or subtracted in the camera.
Reliable locking connectors between the hotshoe and bulkhead make it easy to install the TTL hotshoe or carry back up parts when traveling to remote locations.
This camera does not feature a built-in flash for the triggering of fiber optic strobes.
A bright constant-on video light can be used instead of or in addition to a flash. A constant-on light is not as bright as a strobe flash. Constant-on lights do provide added versatility because they can be used for focus assist and for improved colors when shooting video.
There is a simple rule that brighter is better underwater. A high-quality lighting system can produce professional quality results.
It couldn't be more simple to change ports than this system—just press the port on and tighten three thumb screws. Feel positive reinforcement that the port is secure with simple parts you can trust in a remote location.
This housing accepts ports from Ikelite's DLM Port System to accommodate a selection of the best zoom, macro, and wide angle lenses for underwater use. Ikelite's custom optical grade acrylic domes components provide the color, clarity, and durability of glass at a fraction of the travel weight and cost.
Durability and corrosion free performance
Ikelite's white ABS-PC blend housing provides strength and corrosion free performance year with minimal maintenance. ABS-PC is lighter than aluminum for convenience during travel and less drag underwater. The specially formulated color deflects the sun to keep your camera running cooler, longer. Compared to black or clear housings, the light color provides superior contrast for enhanced view of the camera, LCD screen, and o-ring seal.
Made in USA
Ikelite products are designed, built and tested in the USA using locally sourced, top-grade materials. Ikelite's housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit and function. Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m). We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the best reputation for service within the dive industry.
200 ft (60m) depth rating
DLM Type B port mount
Controls for all camera functions except multi-selector, one touch white balance button, Fn lever, preview button, and diopter adjustment dial
Glass optical viewfinder corrected for viewing through a dive mask; optional straight and 45º magnifying viewfinders
Two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts with 3" (76mm) spacing
Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
2.9 lbs (1322 g)
7.5 x 5.75 x 5.875" (190 x 146 x 149 mm)
ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetal construction with type III anodized aluminum and stainless steel controls
2 year limited warranty
In the Box
Rear O-Ring # 0110 (installed)
Front O-Ring # 0132.36 (installed)
.050" Hex Key # 0945.11
1/16" Hex Key # 0945.16
Silicone Lubricant 1cc Tube