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Nauticam Announces Housing for the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, May 23, 2019 @ 09:00 PM (EST)

Panasonic joined the full-frame mirrorless party with a bang back in February with the release of not one but two cameras, the S1 with its video-centric 24.2-megapixel sensor, and the stills-focused S1R boasting 47.3 megapixels. Now you can take either model below the surface courtesy of Nauticam’s new housing.

Like Nauticam’s housing for the Nikon Z6 and Z7, the NA-S1R housing aims to cater to both video and image makers with important controls clustered around the integrated handles: Double thumb levers on both the left and right sides of the housing access DISP, Playback, Fn1, Fn2, AF-On and REC. Another lever allows you to switch between C/S/MF focus modes, while the multi-way pad provides menu navigation and the ability to move the focus point.

The housing features an M28 bulkhead for HDMI connections to monitor/recorders like the Atomos Ninja V in Nauticam’s corresponding housing. The NA-S1R uses Nauticam’s N120 port system and is also designed to accommodate Sigma EF-mount lenses via the Sigma MC-21 EF-to-L adapter.

Shipping immediately, Nauticam’s housing for the Panasonic S1/S1R has an MSRP of $3,300 and is available for purchase now from Backscatter.

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NA-S1R for Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R Cameras

Panasonic has thrown it's hat into the full-frame mirrorless camera ring with the much-anticipated release of the LUMIX S1 and S1R cameras.  While the S1 and S1R may be physically identical, sharing a DSLR-style body, their capabilities are quite different. The S1's 24MP CMOS sensor is spec'd to appeal to the videographer while the S1R's 47MP CMOS sensor is clearly aimed at the photographer. While both can capture stills and 4K video, each one has its strong suit.

The Nauticam NA-S1R Housing

With the ability to house both the Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R cameras, the Nauticam NA-S1R housing gives the underwater image maker tremendous versatility.  Nauticam's drive for innovation and focus on real-world usability are clearly reflected in the features that are built into the NA-S1R.  

While the two cameras may have different strengths, the NA-S1R is designed and built to give both video and still shooters dedicated access to all the controls and features exactly where they need them.

Mission Control

The NA-S1R has a double thumb lever on the rear left side of the housing that accesses DISP and Playback while a double thumb lever on the left front activates the customizable Fn1 and Fn2 buttons. A rear double thumb lever on the right side is for AF-On and REC.

A lever on the right rear of the NA-S1R allows for focus mode switching between C/S/MF and a multi-directional pad gives the ability to navigate the menu or move the focus point.


The Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R Cameras

While the S1 and S1R may share the same body, it's under the hood where it becomes clear that they are two very different cameras.  

Panasonic Lumix S1 Camera

The S1 is given a more video-centric spec sheet as compared to the S1R. The S1 captures images using a 24MP CMOS sensor and video from the S1 is pulled from the full sensor width when recording UHD 4K at 30p with unlimited clip time length. UHD 4K 60p uses an APS-C crop with a maximum clip length of 29:59.  Both 60p and 30p can be recorded with a quality of 8-bit 4:2:2 whereas the 30p UHD 4K can also be recorded as 10-bit 4:2:0 in HDR with HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). A future paid firmware update will upgrade this to 10-bit 4:2:2 for both 30p capture and HDMI output as well as access to full V-Log gamma (the GH5 uses the lower spec'd VLog-L ). The S1 is billed as having a high-sensitivity sensor which is reflected in the maximum ISO level of 204,800.  

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Camera Specifications

  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS
  • Maximum ISO of 204,800
  • 4K UHD Recording at 60p (APS-C) 8-bit 4:2:0
  • 4K UHD Recording at 30p (full frame) 10-bit 4:2:0 HDR HLG
  • Future paid firmware update unlocks 4K UHD up to 30p 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording (At 150Mbps), 4K UHD 50/60p, 10-bit 4:2:2 external recording via HDMI with APS-C crop, FHD at up to 60fps, 10-bit 4:2:2 at 100Mbps, and V-Log

Panasonic Lumix S1R Camera

The S1R is the higher-resolution model with a 47MP CMOS sensor. The S1R is clearly aimed at the needs of the still photographer but is still capable of capturing 4K UHD video if needed, albeit at a lower standard than the S1. The S1R has a maximum ISO level of 51,200.  4K UHD v 60p/30p video capture is pulled from a 1.09 crop area of the sensor with a maximum clip length of 10 minutes for 60p and 29:59 for 30p.  The S1R features a high X-Sync speed of 1/320 sec as well as a highlight-weighted metering mode and the ability to adjust the standard EV level by up to +/-1-stop.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Camera Specifications

  • 47MP Full-Frame CMOS
  • No OLPF
  • X-Sync speed of 1/320
  • Maximum ISO of 51,200
  • 4K UHD Recording at 60p/30p (1.09 crop area)

Sigma EF-Lens Support

Sigma's MC-21 EF to L adapter will allow for the use of Sigma EF-mount lenses to be used with the S1 and S1R cameras. The NA-S1R is designed to natively support this adapter.  Adapted Sigma for Canon lenses can be used with existing Nauticam extension rings, focus gears, and zoom gears from the Nauticam N120 Canon DSLR System.

HDMI 2.0 Output

To take full advantage of the S1 video capabilities, the NA-S1R features the large-bore M28 bulkhead for HDMI 2.0 connections such as those on the Atomos Ninja V when used in conjunction with the Nauticam Atomos Ninja V Housing (HDMI 2.0) for Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit Recorder/Monitor/Player (17922 Housing and 25078 HDMI 2.0 Cable).

Key Features


Patented Port Locking System

The NA-S1R features Nauticam's signature port locking system. Ports can be easily installed and securely locked in place. The NA-S1R uses the N120 Port System.


Housing Locking Latches

The industry's easiest to use housing closure system, requiring very little hand strength to operate, secures the housing back in place. The latches are safely locked to prevent accidental opening, but are easy to open when needed for a quick battery or memory card change.


HDMI 2.0 M28 Bulkhead

The NA-S1R features the large-bore M28 bulkhead for HDMI 2.0 connections such as those on the Atomos Ninja V when used in conjunction with the Nauticam Atomos Ninja V Housing (HDMI 2.0) for Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit Recorder/Monitor/Player (17922).


What's Included

  • NA-S1R Housing
  • M16 Vacuum Valve
  • 90134 Housing O-ring, lubricant and removal tool
  • CR2032 Battery (for vacuum system)
  • Padded Travel Case
  • Allen Wrench Set

NA-S1R Recommended Accessories

  • 32201 Nauticam 180˚ viewfinder
  • 32203 Nauticam 45˚ viewfinder
  • 26309 Mini Flash Trigger
  • 28130 Hand Strap

Recommended 4K Recorder/Monitor

  • 17922 Nauticam Atomos Ninja V housing (HDMI 2.0) for Atomos Ninja V 5” 4Kp60 4:4:2 10-bit Recorder/Monitor/Player
  • 25078 HDMI 2.0 Cable

NA-S1R Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 3.5kg (In Air) 
  • Dimensions: 363mm(W) x 215mm(H) x 153mm(D)
  • Battery for Vacuum system: CR2032

Model Number: 17718
USA Retail Price: $3300

More information is available from Nauticam at: www.nauticam.com



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