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Aquatica Announces Housing for Nikon Z6/Z7
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, August 3, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (EST)

Aquatica has announced its housing for the Nikon Z7 and Z6—respectively, the 45.7MP stills-focused and 24.5MP video-centric full-frame mirrorless cameras released a year ago.

Machined from aluminum, hard anodized, and finished in a durable powder coat paint, the AZ6/7 housing features integrated handles, spring-loaded and self-centering controls for quick and easy camera installation, and support for both Z-mount lenses and F-mount lenses via Nikon’s FTZ adapter (with separate lens releases corresponding to each mount).

All the principal camera controls can be accessed using ergonomically placed buttons, dials and levers, including the all-important AF-ON lever next to the right thumb and the “+/–” zoom buttons next to the left thumb.

Shipping with Surveyor vacuum valve and pump, the AZ6/7 housing has an MSRP of $2,995 and will be available from September.
 



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PRESS RELEASE

Announcing our AZ6/7 Housing for the Nikon Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless Camera!

Available Sept. 2019
MSRP: USD $2,995.00

In our never ending quest to offer the latest and greatest possible equipment to the underwater photographer/videographer, we are now offering our new housing for the Nikon Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera! Continuing in Aquatica’s reputation for offering premium quality and at affordable prices, the AZ6/7 housing will have the finest ergonomics and control accessibility combined with the famed ruggedness of our all aluminum construction and distinctive hard coating.

About the Cameras

The new Nikon Z6/7 Mirrorless cameras are Nikon’s latest entry into the ever growing mirrorless camera market. Essentially mirrorless versions of the Nikon D850 and D750, these cameras follow the trend of most major manufacturers going mirrorless for their main pro/consumer offerings. Both camera bodies have an identical control layout, leading to Aquatica being able to use one housing for the 2 cameras. The main difference between the 2 cameras would be the Z6 uses a 24MP full frame sensor and the Z7 has a 45.7MP sensor. The Z6 also has a 25% faster maximum frame rate than the Z7 since it has to move smaller files. Both cameras capture 4K video though the Z6 creates down sampled 24MP images whereas the Z7 uses a DX-cropped Super35 mode. The cameras have a new Z mount system to support the new line of Z mount lenses, however, Nikon has created the FTZ mount adapter to allow owners of traditional Nikkor F-Mount lenses with these new cameras.

About the Housing

As to be expected with all Aquatica housings, it is CNC machined from 6061 T6 Aluminum with a MIL-A-8625 anodized coating with a baked on, extra tough powder coat paint. All control shafts and push buttons are made from T304 stainless steel. This, as for all our housings, will take a licking and keep going!

The housing will support not only the new Z-mount lenses but also the FTZ Adapter. The adapter can be removed from the camera without first removing the camera from the housing. There is also a lens release for both F and Z mounts. As usual, all camera functions can be accessed by the housing. Two items of note that are specific to this housing:

  • The Sub Selector center press and AF-ON control’s ergonomic placement (easily accessible with the shooter’s right thumb) allows the user to lock exposure or focus and take pictures
  • The “+” and “ –“ buttons have been moved, for access by the left thumb, next to the playback button. This allows the user to quickly zoom and check if the image is in focus.

All housing controls are spring loaded and self centering where needed. The user simply needs to install the mounting tray on the camera and slide the tray on the stainless steel guide rails. It couldn’t be simpler!

In order to protect your expensive electronic gear from the elements, our Surveyor Vacuum System (valve and pump) is now included as standard equipment with all AZ6/7 housings. The vacuum system will provide that extra layer of security since the user can verify that if air is not seeping into the housing the water definitely will not either.

Specifications

Part Number:

  • 20086-NK-VC: with double Nikonos bulkheads
  • 20086-KM-VC: with single Ikelite bulkhead
  • 20086-OPT-VC: with dual optical bulkheads & LED trigger


Composition:

Aerospace grade 6061 T6 Aluminum with MIL-A-8625 Anodized Coating then finished with a baked on, super tough, abrasion resistant powder coat paint. Control shafts and all push buttons are T304 Stainless Steel


HDMI:

Large 23.75mm (.950 inch) HDMI Bulkhead Opening


Depth Rating:

90m ~ 300 ft. Can be upgraded to 130m, ~ 450 ft with our deep spring kit


Weight:

2.88 kg ~ 6.35lb


Dimensions:

364mm x 158mm x 160mm (W x H x D) ~ 14.3” x 6.2” x 6.3”

Port System:

Compatible with all Aquatica DSLR sized Bayonet Mount Ports


Supported Accessories:

  • Aqua View and Aqua View 45 viewfinders
  • Full line of the Delta 3 Arm System
  • 5HD Monitor
  • Aquatica Close Up Kit
  • Aquatica Housing Lanyard Kit


Control Layout:

  1. Port lock release
  2. On-Off lever
  3. Shutter release
  4. ISO button
  5. Record button
  6. Exposure compensation button
  7. Sub-command dial (front)
  8. Back focus button (AF)
  9. Sub selector center press (AEL)
  10. Release mode / self timer button
  11. Menu button
  12. Multi selector buttons
  13. Photo mode “i” menu button
  14. DISP button
  15. Photo/movie selector
  16. Main command dial (rear)
  17. Monitor mode button
  18. Delete/trash button
  19. Playback button
  20. Mode dial
  21. plus button
  22. minus button
  23. Zoom focus gear dial
  24. Fn2 button
  25. Fn1 button
  26. F-mount release button
  27. Z-mount release button

MSRP: USD $ 2,995.00 (Includes Surveyor valve & pump)

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