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Nauticam Unveils Housing for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, July 16, 2020 @ 09:30 AM (EST)

Nauticam has unveiled their new housing for the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, Olympus’ high-end Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, which features a 20-megapixel sensor, in-body 5-axis image stabilization, 18fps continuous shooting with autofocus, and DCI 4K/24p video.

Like its predecessor housing, the NA-EM1III offers the latest features found in Nauticam’s top housings. As usual, particular attention is paid to ergonomics, with the shutter release, AE-L/AF-L lever, and control dials positioned around the built-in handles. The housing has dual fiber-optic ports for optical TTL strobe triggering with the optional Olympus FL-LM3 flash, while high-speed manual triggering is possible with Nauticam’s optional Mini Flash Trigger.

The housing is compatible with the company’s lens ports, viewfinders, and water contact optics such as the WWL-1 Wet Wide Lens.

Available now from retailers such as Backscatter, the NA-EM1III is priced at $2,015.
 



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PRESS RELEASE

Introducing the Nauticam NA-EM1III

THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 MARK III

The OM-D E-M1 has always stood out from the competition with platform leading image stabilization and the option for exceptional control customization. The Mark III features the latest TruePic IX processor that is also found on the pro-level E-M1X. The TruePic IX helps the Mark III deliver exceptional autofocus performance and fast continuous capture of up to 60fps. The Dual F.A.S.T autofocus system uses a combination of Contrast and Phase Detection autofocus to insure reliable continuous autofocus across a wide range of ambient lighting conditions.

The Mark III, similar to the Mark II can capture UHD 4K video at up to 30p leveraging the impressive sensor stabilization and autofocus to generate ultra-sharp buttery-smooth handheld video. DCI 4K is also possible at 24p with a high 237Mbps bit rate.

Key Camera Specs

  • 20MP Four Thirds sensor
  • 121-point autofocus system with TruePic IX Processor
  • Up to 60 fps Raw + JPEG capture
  • Image stabilization rated at 7.0 (CIPA standard), up to 7.5EV with 'Sync IS' lenses
  • Large 2.36M-dot LCD viewfinder able to work at up to 120 fps
  • 420 shots per charge (CIPA) battery life rating
  • Dual SD card slots (1x UHS-I, 1x UHS-II)
  • UHD 4K/30p video and DCI 24p at up to 237Mbps
  • Extensive, IPX1-rated weather sealing

With this latest update, the OM-D E-M1 Mark III becomes an even more capable hybrid shooter, combining excellent video and still features in a reliable and portable IPX1 rated platform. 


NAUTICAM NA-EM1III UNDERWATER HOUSING

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is characterized by its combination of extreme customizability and impressive stabilization in a compact hybrid-shooting package. The Nauticam NA-EM1III, similar to the E-M1 Mark III is a refinement of it's predecessors. Nauticam has produced housings for wide range of Olympus cameras from the compact Tough TG series to the PEN and OM-D lines. Throughout the evolution of Olympus' cameras, Nauticam has adapted our design to help image makers get take full advantage of every camera advancement. More than a simple waterproof case, the NA-EM1III integrates with the EM-1 Mark III to adapt and improve upon the camera's features for underwater shooting.

Mission Control

Regardless of where a dial or button may be found on the camera body, Nauticam engineers make sure it is located where it is needed most on the housing. This Mission Control philosophy drives the design of every housing and provides for the most intuitive and easy to use housings available. The NA-EM1III features a thumb lever, easily accessed from the ergonomic rubberized right handle that actuates the customizable AEL/AFL control. Typically, for underwater use, this control is assigned to trigger momentary autofocus. This back-button autofocus method prevents the camera from refocusing between shots, allowing the user fine control over a shot's focus and is critical whether shooting macro or fast moving wide-angle subjects.


Flash Triggering

The OM-D EM-1 Mark III can be used with the optional Olympus FL-LM3 flash inside the NA-EM1III to provide accurate TTL flash triggering through the integrated Sea&Sea style fiber optic bulkheads. For high-speed manual flash triggering, the optional Mini Flash Trigger for Olympus (26306) can be used. The trigger is powered by onboard coin style lithium batteries, with thousands of flashes available from a set. Electrical triggering of legacy wired strobe systems is possible via an electrical Nikonos style bulkhead (optional).


Premium Professional Optics

A camera system is only as good as the optics placed in front of it. Nauticam's extensive line of dome and flat ports support a wide variety of Micro Four Thirds lenses. For even higher image quality and versatility, the NA-EM1III can be used in conjunction with Nauticam's lineup of Water Contact Optics. For example, with the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens or ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ*, the Nauticam WWL-1 provides a full zoom through ultra wide-angle 130º field of view.


Magnifying Viewfinders

A clear view for fine focus and composition is critical for successful underwater photography, and nothing beats a magnifying viewfinder. These viewfinders use distance, not closeup vision, and provide a large, clear view of the high resolution Olympus electronic viewfinder. Available in Angled 45º (PN 32205) and Straight 180º (PN 32204) formats, both viewfinders have external dioptric adjustments for dialing in perfect correction matched to the photographer’s eyesight.


Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-EM1III as standard equipment. Combined with an optional vacuum valve (PN 25624), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.

FEATURES

 

PATENTED PORT LOCKING SYSTEM

Unveiled on the very first Nauticam DSLR housing in 2009, this locking lever has become a signature of the Nauticam brand. No twisting or threading action is required to mount a port, and it locks securely in place with this lever. Nauticam also offers locking port extensions, meaning a dome will never twist, even when used with a long extension ring.

 

HOUSING LOCKING LATCH

The secure single rotating housing latch opens the housing back allowing for quick and easy battery or media changes.

 

STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE BRACKETS

Stiffening handle brackets are included with the housing. These brackets eliminate any flex or wobble when using big strobes, and provide multiple attachment points for lanyards or other accessories.

 

 

CAMERA MOUNTING TRAY

A locking camera mount system secures the camera in place, providing strength and precise positioning even when a heavy lens is mounted.

 

 

MISSION CONTROL

Nauticam engineers aim to get full-access to the camera's extensive functionality like the "2x2" switch and get that access to where it is most easily accessible. This makes the handles of the NA-EM1III your Mission Control.

 


What's In The Box

  • NA-EM1III Housing
  • Spare Main O-ring
  • O-ring Remover
  • CR-2450 Battery (for Moisture Alarm)
  • Lubricant
  • Set of Allen Keys


Recommended Accessories

  • 25624 M14 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release)
  • 32204 Nauticam 180˚ straight viewfinder for MIL housings
  • 32205 Nauticam 45˚ viewfinder for MIL housing
  • 26306 Mini Flash Trigger for Olympus (Compatible with NA-EM5II/EM1)
  • 25056 M14 Nikonos 5-pin bulkhead with univeral hotshoe connection
  • (x and ground connection only) - #25019 M16 to M14 step down adaptor is included.
  • 26216 Universal Optical Fiber Cable
  • 25221 M10 strobe mounting ball for housing


HDMI Connectivity

  • 17906 NA-502H housing for Small HD 502 5-inch HD monitor
  • 17920 NA-502B-H Housing for SmallHD 502 Bright Monitor
  • 25028 Socket extension for 25032 HDMI bulkhead with M16 thread
  • 25032 Custom HDMI bulkhead to use with socket extension
  • 25076 HDMI (D-D) Cable in 200mm Length (for internal connection from HDMI bulkhead to camera)
  • *M16 Extension ring is required for easy wiring, which is included in 17906/17920 monitor housing.


Technical Specifications

Dimensions: 305mm(W) x 175mm(H) x 116mm(D)
Weight in Air: 2kg
Weight in Water: 0.4kg (with camera and battery)
Depth Rating: 100m
Port Mount: N85

Model Number: 17817
USA Retail Price: $2015

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

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