Nauticam has unveiled its housing for the XT-3, Fujifilm’s flagship cropped-sensor mirrorless camera. The XT-3 boasts a 26MP BSI-CMOS APS-C sensor, X-Processor 4, 20fps burst shooting with AF, and 4K/60p video at 10-bit 4:2:0.
While Nauticam has previously supported the XT-1 and XT-2, the company says the housing for the XT-3 isn’t an incremental upgrade but rather a complete redesign. The NA-XT3 shares many of the features of Nauticam’s DSLR housings, including their Mission Control concept of rerouting the most important controls within easy access of the integrated handles, including thumb levers for AF-L and playback.
Fujifilm’s included hotshoe-mounted EF-X8 flash can be mounted inside the housing and used with various optically connected strobes for automatic TTL exposure. Alternatively, high-speed manual strobe firing is available via Nauticam’s optional Mini Flash Trigger. The housing supports an HDMI 2.0 connection to the Shogun/Ninja Inferno 7-inch recorder/monitor, and it’s also possible to add an optional 2500mAh USB battery pack, which is inserted via a special cradle under the camera.
Priced at $2,650, the NA-XT3 is shipping now from retailers such as Backscatter.
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The Fujifilm X-T3 features an APS-C CMOS 4 X-Trans 26.1MP Sensor. The X-T3 is powered by an upgraded X Processor 4 that is 3x faster and allows for 1.5x faster sensor readout than the X-T3. The base ISO has been lowered from 200 to 160. Oversampled DCI or UHD 4K (using full sensor width) is possible at 30p whereas 60p can be recorded with a minor 1.18x crop. The 60p footage can be captured as 10 bit 4:2:0 H.265 at 200 Mbps and recorded internally. This increases to 4:2:2 when output over HDMI. The X-T3 also features F-Log capture to maximize dynamic range, protecting highlights and shadows for editing. The X-T3 features a Natural Liveview mode when recording F-log that more closely resembles a standard monitoring LUT.Zebra warnings and focus peaking overlays as well as magnification during shooting are all improvements that video shooters will appreciate. Three custom white balance slots are available in addition to the 7 presets.
The electronic viewfinder of the X-T3 is vastly improved with 3.69M dots as compared to the 2.36M dots of the X-T2. Battery life has also been improved. The X-T3 can achieve 20fps continuous shooting with Autofocus and this increases to 30fps when shooting from a 1.25x crop area. A Sport Finder mode will show this cropped area inside the EVF.
Phase-detection autofocus has been increased to 98% of the sensor area.
The X-T3 also features a fast 1/250 X-sync speed.
Key Camera Specifications
- 26MP BSI 'X-Trans CMOS 4' sensor
- 425-point hybrid AF system
- 20 fps shooting with AF (11 fps with mechanical shutter)
- 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder
- 10 bit 4:2:0 H.265 internal video capture (4:2:2 over HDMI)
- UHD/DCI 4K/60p from 1.18x crop region
- UHD/DCI 4K/30p using full width of sensor
- Internal F-Log capture
- Dual UHS-II SD card slots
- USB C-type connector can be used for charging battery
THE NAUTICAM NA-XT3 UNDERWATER HOUSING
Nauticam has supported X-T1 and X-T2 cameras and continues to create innovative and ultra-functional housings for this line with the NA-XT3. More than just an updated badge, the NA-XT3 is a complete redesign of the series. With a form factor more closely resembling the NA-A9 for Sony's A9 mirrorless camera, the NA-XT3 features DSLR-style housing and port lock mechanisms as well as integrated ergonomic handles. An optional hand strap (PN 28130) can be added to the handles. The housing is designed with our Mission Control concept of placing the most important camera controls as close to the handles as possible to facilitate effortless and quick camera operation to ensure you don't miss the shot.
The NA-XT3 features thumb levers near both handles, with the left thumb lever actuating the playback function and the right thumb lever the AF-L control. The housing includes two M14 and one M24 bulkhead openings and an M5 threaded hole on top (underneath the cold shoe) for an additional ball mount.
The NA-XT3 uses the N100 Port System shared with the Fujifilm XH1 system. A selection of port options are available for a variety of lenses.
Video Recording Features
The impressive video specs of the X-T3 prompted the addition of some video-centric features to the NA-XT3. The base of the housing can accept Nauticam's Mounting Ball Set for Tripod (PN 25218), the same part as for the NA-A9.
As the X-T3 can output DCI/UHD 4K at 60p with 4:2:2 quality over HDMI, a new M24 bulkhead has been incorporated into the housing to support an HDMI 2.0 connection to the Nauticam Atomos Ninja V housing (HDMI 2.0) for Atomos Ninja V 5” 4Kp60 4:4:2 10-bit Recorder/Monitor/Player (17922).
Video shooting can decrease battery life so the NA-XT3 is compatible with an optional 2500 mAh USB-C Battery Pack (PN 36335) that sits below the camera tray inside the housing.
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-XT3 and a variety of optically fired flashes, precisely reproducing the camera’s included EF-X8 flash at a proportionally greater intensity. This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual exposure mode – with no electrical sync cables to flood!
The NA-XT3 is also compatible with the Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger for Panasonic/Fujifilm (PN 26305). The Flash Trigger allows for rapid fire manual flash firing via fiber optic, with no camera battery drain.
The NA-XT3 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Universal fiber optic cable system (PN 26216) for Inon, Sea&Sea strobes, provide exceptional light transmission for accurate TTL performance.
Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger for Panasonic/Fujifilm (PN 26305)
Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System
The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is pre-installed in the NA-XT3 as standard equipment. Combined with an optional M14 Vacuum Valve II (PN 25624), this monitoring system provides constant updates throughout the dive as to watertight integrity of the housing via a multi-color LED on the rear of the housing.
- NA-XT3 Housing
- Padded Travel Case
- CR2032 Battery for Vacuum System
- Spare 90122 main O-ring, removal tool and lubricant
- Set of Allen Keys
- 25624 M14 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release)
- 28130 Hand Strap for 28113 (For NA-1DXII/D500/D5/80D/A9)
- 32201 Nauticam 180˚ straight viewfinder
- 32203 Nauticam 45˚ viewfinder
- 36335 Battery Pack for NA-XT3 Housing (2500mAh, inc. USB cable) * USB C
- 26305 Mini flash trigger for Panasonic/Fujifilm (compatible with NA-GH4/NA-XT1/XT2)
- 25221 M10 Strobe mounting ball
- 25218 Mounting Ball Set for Tripod (for NA-A9)
- 17922 Nauticam Atomos Ninja V housing (HDMI 2.0) for Atomos Ninja V 5” 4Kp60 4:4:2 10-bit Recorder/Monitor/Player
- Dimensions: (W x H x D) 350mm x 210mm x 120mm
- Weight: 2.65kg (Air) 0.2kg (Water*)
- Depth Rating: 100m
*includes camera, Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M, N100 Extension Ring 30 and Flat Port 32
Model Number: 17155
USA Retail Price: $2,650
More information is available from Nauticam at: www.nauticam.com
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