Nauticam NA-GX8 Housing for the Panasonic Lumix GX8 Camera 17711
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.
Features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 17711
- Rangefinder-style mirrorless
- Sensor CMOS m4/3 5184 x 3888 (20 megapixels)
- Auto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100) ISO
- Articulated LCD
- 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
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 that replicates the famous Nauticam DSLR port 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.
It's all about the glass - lenses are the key to terrific photography. The m4/3 system supports a large range of high quality lenses produced by Panasonic (partnering with Leica), Olympus and third parties. Several lenses that perform extremely well underwater are available (and reasonably priced!). Some examples:
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ: The ultimate jack of all trades tool, this lens covers a very usable mid range, and features a unique macro mode. Shoot dolphins and nudibranchs on the same dive!
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5:This 180º fisheye lens focuses close and is razor sharp. Combines with a small port, there is no better CFWA (close focus wide angle) option on the planet.
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro: This is an ideal macro lens for m4/3, and by adding the Nauticam CMC, it becomes a super macro monster. Imagine filling the entire width of the frame with something only 8mm wide!
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH: The 7-14mm is a rectilinear lens, ideal for shooting people or sharks or wrecks... subjects where the fisheye distortion is not welcome. On the wide end, this lens 114º wide, ideal for getting close to subjects to reduce the amount of water shot through. But a zoom gets to 75º - ideal for reaching out to that subject that is a little more skittish. The very similar Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 can serve the same basic role at a lower cost.
There are many more options for the underwater photographer, including any of the several 14-42mm options, the Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S., Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH, Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH, and the Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH. Olympus also recently released two new wide angle lenses that are superb for underwater use, the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PROand theOlympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO. Nauticam is the only underwater housing manufacturer to properly support ALL of these lenses.
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. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. The NA-GX8 features a 2nd bulkhead port (M14) specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the other bulkhead port for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.
Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-GX8 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity. This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-GX8 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea & Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market.
The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel friendly, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with adjustable diopter. Nauticam produces a special version of it's enhanced viewfinders made specifically for it's new line of mirrorless camera housings. Whether it's the “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder (32204) or the 45º angled enlarging viewfinder (32205), the enlarged and brighter view enables easier focusing. Both viewfinders have high quality optics, and allow bright viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible.
- 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 glassFiber
- Optic cables for Inon (26214) and Sea&Sea (26215)
- FlexiTray ( 71207) with 20mm/30mm Tray Extension (71321/71322) 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