Ikelite’s housings for small digital compacts have shown themselves to be great options for those just starting out in underwater photography. Check out, for instance, their housings for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III or the Nikon COOLPIX L30.
Now, if you own the Canon PowerShot G7 X—an excellent little compact boasting a 20.2-megapixel 1"-type sensor—Ikelite have got you covered. Priced at an eminently affordable $550, the new housing follows a very similar mold to the company’s other housings for cameras in this category. You get Ikelite’s distinctive see-through made-in-the-USA design, access to the full range of controls on the PowerShot G7 X, and a port that accepts lenses with a 67mm mount such as Ikelite’s W20 Wide Angle Lens. The housing also allows you to hook up one or two strobes via Ikelite-, Sea&Sea-, or Olympus-type optical fiber cables.
See the press release below or check out the new housing on Ikelite’s website.
Announcing Ikelite’s Full-Featured Underwater Housing for the Canon PowerShot G7 X
About the Camera
Canon packed a large 1"-type 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor into a very compact and usable body. It also boasts speedy auto-focus and a sharp, 24–100mm equivalent lens which is perfect for shooting both wide angle and macro on the same dive.
This housing is just-right-sized to hold comfortably in your hand. Controls are provided for all important camera functions. Both the front control ring and rear dial are gear driven to place the controls within easy reach. A sensitive shutter lever makes it easy to half-depress the trigger for focusing and metering. All rear controls are clearly marked with engraved indicia which will never fade or fall off.
An included flash diffuser improves lighting quality when the camera's built-in flash is used. A built-in flash is effective between 1-3 feet (0.3-0.9m) from the subject in clear conditions. For best results a color correcting filter or external lighting is recommended. External lighting is more powerful and can be placed in a position to virtually eliminate the backscatter - or "snow" - from your underwater images.
The optional AF35 strobe triggers and provides automatic TTL exposure by watching the camera's built-in flash, without the need of fiber optic cords or sensors. Alternatively, two ports are provided for the connection of up to two Ikelite-, SEA&SEA-, or Olympus-type fiber optic cords.
Wide Angle, Macro + Filters
The housing port is designed to accept 3.0-inch diameter color filters, and wide angle or macro options with 67mm threads. Light is absorbed very quickly as it passes through water. A subject will look darker, less colorful and somewhat grainy when viewed through even a few feet of water. The addition of a compatible wide angle accessory expands the camera's field of view underwater, providing the opportunity to get as close as possible to the subject and reduce the amount of water light passes through. The results speak for themselves - photos with the best color, exposure and clarity possible.
We recommend the Ikelite W30 Wide Angle Lens or INON UWL-H100 Wide Angle Lens for excellent edge sharpness with minimal vignetting (dark shadows in the corners of the image). Vignetting may be eliminated by either zooming slightly or cropping in post-production.
There's no greater assurance than being able to see the o-ring seal. Simply close the two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps, and see the o-ring form a solid black, watertight 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.
The Ikelite Underwater Housing for the Canon PowerShot G7 X is available for pre-order through any Authorized Ikelite dealer. Housings are in production and expected to start shipping in mid-October.
Product Number 6146.07
US Suggested Retail Price $550
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