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Nauticam Olympus E-M1 Underwater Housing
Nauticam NA-EM1 Underwater Housing for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera
The Nauticam NA-EM 1 underwater housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera takes advantage of the E-M1’s extensive, customizable control set and huge lens selection and brings them into the underwater realm in the most innovative, best engineered, and most ergonomic camera housing available. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the most capable micro four-thirds (m4/3) camera and can deliver stunning images that compete with DSLRs that are much more bulky and expensive. Nauticam built on that idea with it's new NA-EM-1 housing in a robust package that has been carefully thought through to deliver quality controls that are in the right position to get the job done.
Every control is well thought out on the NA-EM1 housing. Every button, lever and switch is considered for what is best for the shooter.
The key shooting controls are all easily accessed with the right hand with very little finger movement required. What's more, since virtually all of the controls on this camera are programmable, the shooter can customize exactly how the rig will respond to the touch. Shoot, change aperture, shoot, change shutter speed, flip to video, change shutter speed, start recording, change ISO - all easily accessible, and all without long reaches that can cause blurry images, mis-framing and shaky video.
New to the NA-EM1 case is the new integrated handle system. The result is a housing that is easier to hold, is more stable, and is easier to shoot.
The red locking lever makes port changes faster, easy and just as secure. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock.
Integrated Electronic Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System
The NA-EM1 ships with Nauticam's new vacuum system with integrated electronic vacuum and leak detection monitoring system for extra piece of mind. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the watertight integrity is solid.
Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is depth rated at 100m and built to last. The housing is hard anodized to stay looking great after years of use.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera
The E-M1 can be thought of as two cameras in one. First, it is the successor to the very popular E-M5, building on the success of that m4/3 camera. Second, Olympus has positioned the E-M1 to replace its line of four thirds DSLR's, opting to support the line of excellent Olympus 4/3 in addition to m4/3 lenses. Olympus has successfully joined these two objectives into a camera that is attracting professional shooters who want DLSR quality in a smaller package.
"Bottom line: if you want to feel like you're shooting with a DSLR, but still want the size and agility of a mirrorless camera, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the E-M1."
One of the advantages of the m4/3 system is that lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic can be used, and between the two, an excellent selection of lenses for underwater use is available, from the Panasonic 8mm fisheye to the Olympus 60mm macro.
The Bottom Line
Nauticam is the preeminent designer and manufacturer of underwater camera gear for m4/3. Nauticam's experience, combined with a relentless drive to continue innovation, means that the best housing for this excellent camera will be the Nauticam NA-EM1.
Key NA-EM1 Features:
|Signature Nauticam Port Locking Lever |
is included in a mirrorless housing for the first time. Note the lens release button as well... lens/port changes made quick, easy and secure.
|Handles Built In:|
The housing is designed to be used with the shooter's hands on the handles, ergonomically placing the camera controls at just the right spot for easy use. No extra tray/handles to buy!
Laser cut stainless steel brackets reinforce the handles, making the rig sturdy and stable even with large strobes or video lights. Mounting balls are included, ready to attach strobes, video lights, and more.
The integrated vacuum check and leak detection system adds extra assurance of watertight integrity. Use it without an optional vacuum valve and it serves as a audible/visual water ingress detector. Add the vacuum valve, and get watertight integrity indication via a color coded LED light.
|Fiber optic bulkheads|
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with a variety of optically fired flashes including Inon Z-240 and S-2000, and Sea & Sea YS-D1 and YS-01. This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood!
Both the excellent electronic viewfinder and the large LCD of the E-M1 are easily viewed on the back of the housing. For even better viewing, Nauticam provides an option to add the renowned 180º Enhanced Viewfinder or the excellent 45º Enhanced Viewfinder.
Note the labeled controls, making it easy to get to know this housing/camera system.
Fingertip control for all key shooting controls, including both shutter release, focus lock, both command dial, and video start/stop. All of the controls are easy to operate, even with gloves on.
|Rubberized Zoom/Focus Knob:|
The new zoom/focus knob is now rubberized to make gripping easier and more comfortable. Nauticam is the only housing manufacturer offering over-molded, rubberized parts.
Like previous Nauticam handles, the built-in NA-EM1 handles get the rubberized treatment that so many shooters have come to enjoy.
|The Most Lenses:|
The NA-EM1 supports all of the major m4/3 lenses from Olympus and Panasonic that are relevant for underwater.
Lenses from previous Olympus four-thirds DSLR cameras are also now supported with the optional extension ring. The gearing in the focus/zoom knob mates with the original gears from Olympus.