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Ikelite Releases Housing for Panasonic Lumix TS7
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 27, 2019 @ 12:30 AM (EST)

Ikelite has released its housing for the Panasonic Lumix TS7 (also known as FT7 outside North America). The 20MP compact rugged camera is already waterproof to 100ft (30m)—as well as being shockproof, pressure resistant, and freezeproof—but Ikelite’s housing extends the depth rating to 200ft.

The housing gives users full control over the camera’s main features, and crucially provides a large, ergonomically designed shutter lever, which may be optionally extended when the housing is used with a tray and grip. Fiber-optic ports are provided for hooking up strobes and triggering is via the built-in flash.

One caveat is that the camera’s design doesn't allow wet lenses—wide-angle or macro—to be attached, so you’re limited by what you can capture with the camera’s native 28–128mm (equivalent) lens.

The housing will be available in early March, with an MSRP of $400.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix TS7, FT7

A full featured and durable waterproof housing for Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7 and DC-FT7 digital cameras. Suitable for scuba, snorkel, surf, pool, and any application in or around the water.


Advantages of the Panasonic TS7, FT7

  • Camera is waterproof to 102 ft (31m) and shockproof to 6.6 ft (2m)
  • 20.4 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor 
  • Optically stabilized 28-128mm equivalent f/3.3-5.9 lens
  • Super-bright 3" LCD display
  • 4K video at 24p or 30p plus high speed 120fps mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • CIPA battery life of 300 shots per charge


Superb handling

Full camera control is essential underwater. Controls are provided for all camera functions and easy to operate even when wearing gloves. The shutter lever features a sensitive and natural feeling curved design. The standard control hugs the side of the housing for comfortable use when hand holding. It can be easily extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93 to put it within easy reach when using a right-hand quick release handle.

Push buttons are made of acetal and hard anodized aluminum to reduce weight and prevent salt build-up for smooth operation with minimal maintenance. The back of the housing features laser engraved control symbols which will never fade or fall off.

The camera mount is front-loading for easy installation and removal. A small mounting plate attaches to the bottom of the camera and secures in the front of the housing. The camera mounting plate does not need to be removed from the camera for surface use or when changing the battery or memory cards. The mounting plate features a 1/4-20 threaded mount on the bottom so that it can be attached to a tripod on the surface.

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.

Read about adding a fiber optic flash to your system...


Wide angle, macro & filters

The design of the camera's lens and flash prevents the effective use of external filters, wide angle lenses, or macro lenses.


Confidence

The unique rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of the o-ring for simple and confident assembly. We have eliminated the need for an o-ring groove or channel which can trap sand, dirt, or debris. Two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps are simple to use and virtually unbreakable. The clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, watertight seal as it closes. 

Vacuum Testing

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 vacuum kit allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.

Drawing a vacuum on the system also provides extra security at the surface of the water, especially important when using the housing in rough surf.


Durability and corrosion free performance

Our white 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.


Made in USA

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 and function. Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m). We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the best reputation for service within the dive industry.

Compatibility

This housing is compatible with Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7 and Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 digital cameras. No other camera models can be used in or adapted to this housing.


Specifications

  • 200 ft (60m) depth rating
  • Controls for all camera functions diopter adjustment dial
  • Two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts with 3" (76mm) spacing
  • Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
  • 1.7 lb (758 g)
  • 7 x 4.25 x 3.25" (178 x 108 x 83 mm)
  • 2.2" diameter glass lens port
  • 2 year limited warranty


In the Box

  • Housing
  • Rear o-ring # 0109 (installed)
  • Vinyl port cover # 0200.02 (installed)
  • Silicone lubricant 1cc tube


Product # 6172.07
MSRP $ 399.00



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