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Ikelite Announces Housing for Sony RX100 VI
By Joseph Tepper, August 3, 2018 @ 12:47 PM (EST)

Ikelite has announced a new housing for Sony’s recently released RX100 VI compact camera. The Ikelite housing is being billed as a solution for using the camera in, under, and around water. It’s important to note that older models of the RX100 series are not compatible with this housing due to changes in the lens and control placement.

The housing is constructed from Ikelite’s ABS-PC blend to be strong and lightweight, as well as corrosion free with minimal maintenance. As far as ergonomics, the shutter lever is sufficiently sensitive to allow for half-pressing the shutter—even while wearing gloves. The rear push button controls are laser engraved and a bright red button demarcating “record start/stop” will appeal to frequent video shooters.

Ikelite is now accepting pre-orders for the housing, which will start to ship in 1-2 weeks. More information is available on the Ikelite website or in the press release below. 

 


 

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PRESS RELEASE

A full featured and durable underwater housing for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI digital cameras. Perfect for scuba, snorkel, surf, pool, and any application in or around the water.

Key Features

  • Durable and corrosion-free ABS-PC construction
  • Depth rated to 200 feet (60m)
  • Ergonomic access to all important camera functions
  • Support for the attachment of external wide angle and macro lenses
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Optional vacuum testing system
  • Made in USA

Availability

We are accepting pre-orders now and will start shipping in 1-2 weeks. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.


About the Sony RX100 VI camera 

Sony's 2018 model in the huge RX100 series sports an extended, 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 zoom lens with enhanced image stabilization. Having a longer zoom reach compared to previous RX100 models makes this a great choice for overall travel photography.

A large 20MP 1" sensor and incredibly fast autofocus make for great images above and below the surface... plus stunning 4K UHD video recording all in one very compact body. 

 

Construction 

Our ABS-PC blend housing provides strength and corrosion free performance year with minimal maintenance. 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.

Ikelite products are designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.

 

Ergonomics

A slide-in, front loading camera mount makes this housing a breeze to set up and shoot. Controls are provided for all important camera functions including front and rear control dials. Controls are placed in an intuitive position and designed for comfortable access whether you're holding the housing or an add-on handle.

A sensitive shutter lever makes it easy to half-depress the trigger for focusing and metering. Rear push button controls are laser engraved for identification with a new bright red push button for the video record start/stop. 

The camera's large LCD screen can be seen clearly through the back of the housing. The screen can be tilted during installation for more comfortable viewing underwater.
Use the camera's built-in WiFi feature to download photos to another device without removing the camera from the housing. The WiFi feature is only usable above water within close proximity to the connected device.

 

Flash 

Due to the position of the camera's flash in relation to its lens, the built-in flash is not suitable to illuminate photos under water. For the best color and clarity, we recommend adding a filter, strobe, or constant-on light. The built-in flash may be used to trigger external strobes via fiber optic sync cord. Two ports are provided for the connection of up to two fiber optic cords.

Any Ikelite DS strobe may be connected using the Fiber Optic Converter # 4401.1 and Fiber Optic Cord # 4501. The AF35 strobe is not compatible with this housing.

The optional Action Tray II with Left Handle # 2605.04 and Action Tray II Extension with Right Handle # 2605.05 provide a balanced grip and are the perfect platform for adding lighting accessories.

The Action Tray II mounts to the bottom of the housing with two 1/4-20 threaded screws for secure and rotation-free use. Our uniquely curved grips are rubberized for a comfortable grip and provide a quick release mechanism for adding and removing light arms.

 

Zoom, Super Macro, and Semi-Wide Angle 

The standard 3.9" diameter optical glass port accommodates the camera's full 24-200mm zoom range underwater. 

Add the press-fit Macro Adapter # 9306.82 with any 67mm threaded macro wet lens for incredibly super macro photography. Compatible wet lenses include but are not limited to the INON UCL-165, Subsee Magnifier, Saga close up lenses, Nauticam CMC-1, and others.

The optional WD-4 Wide Angle Dome # 6430.4 provides a wider angle of view underwater without the edge distortion, vignetting, or weight typically associated with an external wide angle wet lens. The WD-4 is a 0.75x magnification factor and simply slides on and off of the housing's lens port. 

3.9" diameter color filters press directly onto the front of the standard lens port. We offer color filters for Tropical Blue Water # 6441.46, Green Water # 6441.86, and a Yellow Barrier Filter # 6441.16 for fluorescence photography.

 

Optional Wide Angle Port 

The optional Wide Angle Port M67 for Sony RX100 VI # 9306.02 can be used in place of the housing's standard port for use of 67mm threaded external wide angle wet lenses. This port has been optimized to provide the best combination of wide angle and macro photography. The shorter port length accommodates an effective zoom range of 24-70mm.

This port is optimized for use with wide angle wet lenses designed for the 28mm equivalent focal length, including the INON UWL-H100, Nauticam WWL-1, and others.  Some vignetting (dark shadows around the edges of the image will be present at wider focal lengths. We recommend zooming to eliminate vignetting or cropping your images in post-production.

The front of the port also accepts 67mm threaded macro wet lenses by INON, Subsee, Saga, Nauticam, and others.

The standard lens port is removed and the Wide Angle Port M67 simply threads into the front of the housing for quick and easy installation. The camera cannot be zoomed past 70mm with this port attached. The camera will shut down if zoomed past this point.

 

Sealing and Vacuum Testing
 
There is no greater assurance than being able to see your camera and o-ring seal through the back of the housing. Our signature open-groove design suspends the rear o-ring in a natural position that is easier to maintain and more reliable than forcing the o-ring into a channel. Once the housing is closed you can see the o-ring form a solid, waterproof seal.

A spare 1/2-20 threaded accessory port is provided on the side of the housing for easily installation of the optional Vacuum Kit # 47012. A hand pump with gauge allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to simulate water pressure and check for leaks prior to entering the water.

Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m) before it leaves our facility in Indianapolis.

 
Compatibility 

Older RX100 Mark I, II, III, IV, and V cameras are not usable in this housing due to differences in lens and control placement. The Sony AG-R2 Attachment Grip is not compatible with this product.

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