Nauticam Underwater Housing for the Panasonic GX8 Camera (17711)
The Nauticam NA-GX8 housing, is designed specifically for the Panasonic GX8 camera. Nauticam's unparalleled experience with taking mirrorless cameras underwater is evident in this exceptional housing. Rugged aluminum construction depth-rated to 300' means this housing is built to dive and last.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Panasonic continues to push the m4/3 envelope, this time with a new sensor that breaks into the 20 megapixel realm, the highest of any m4/3 sensor to date. This camera is aimed squarely at the enthusiast, with it's excellent image quality, higher resolution, rangefinder styling and 4K video capture. It is an ideal camera for the underwater photographer/videographer.
The GX8 also features "Dual IS", i.e. image stabilization in both the lens and sensor; working in concert to handle camera shake better than any previous Panasonic camera. More importantly for underwater image makers - focus has been improved considerably, especially in low light. Panasonic claims quick and accurate autofocus at -4EV. This should make focusing easier underwater, given that u/w scenes are typically darker than terrestrial scenes. The camera body features 3 command dials, including a dedicated exposure compensation dial.
The pioneering features of the earlier Nauticam housings are apparent with the simple but secure rotating housing latch and superb progressive shutter release providing optimal “feel”. The NA-GX8 also sports some of Nauticam’s latest technology with the port locking latch – making housing port changes easier than ever.
The new housing takes full advantage of the Panasonic's many features and allows easy one-handed operation of key controls like the three command dials and the video record button. The NA-GX8 supports 7 programmable buttons on this camera, easily accessible from the housing. The sculpted shutter release makes "half-press" focus incredibly easy. For fans of “thumb focus” (moving the autofocus from half-press of the shutter to a button operated by the right thumb), this is fully supported with the AF/AEL button.
Attention to detail is everywhere, from the comfortable thumb rest on the right to the large knurled command wheels and zoom/focus knob. Video is easily accessed; the video button is given special treatment, being larger, concave and red in color. For tripod use, the housing features two standard 1/4" 20 tripod holes, or is also tripod ready when using the Flexitray W camera tray.
The NA-GX8 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronic built in. By default, it serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system - early warning for problems with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater.
The included shutter release extension and stainless steel handle bracket provide convenient shutter release access when used with the Nauticam Tray and Handle Systems.
Nauticam Vacuum Check System
The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system electronics are included with the NA-GX8 as standard equipment. Combined with an optional vacuum valve, this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe to dive status of the housing. The operator can, at a glance, instantly see the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing.
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls secured to the handles of the Nauticam accessory tray systems or a single strobe mounting ball location on the housing. The housing also features an M10 mounting hole and a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options. Strobe firing is supported via fiber optic through the use of the optional Panasonic DMW-FL70-S flash unit.
Dimensions: 206mm (W) x 154mm (H) x 99mm (D)
Depth Rating: 100m
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Features
Sensor CMOS m4/3 5184 x 3888 (20 megapixels)
Auto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100) ISO
1.1M dot OLED
2.4M dot EVF
4K or HD video, mpeg4 or AVCHD
4K burst photo modes at 30fps
6 fps still photo with continuous AF
180º Enhancing Viewfinder for Mirrorless Housings (32204)
45º Enhancing Viewfinder for Mirrorless Housings (32205)
Patent Pending Compact Macro Converter (CMC) (81301)
M14 Vacuum Valve (25611)
Complete line of flat/dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
Fiber optic cables for Inon (26214) and Sea&Sea (26215)
FlexiTray ( 71207) or FlexiTray Wide (71209) and Right Handle (71208)
Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
Multiple styles of lanyards
Comfortable handstrap available in two lengths (36316 and 36323)
Lens holders, including flip-up
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