Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Here’s one: Imagine sliding your camera into its housing and never needing to take it out ever again? It can be done! Introducing Ikelite’s newest innovation: a USB Charging & Data Transfer Bulkhead. Now you can charge your camera and transfer photos at high speed via USB, just like you do when you’re on dry land.
Compatible with select Ikelite 200DL and 50DL underwater housings, the new bulkhead installs easily via the M16 port and comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable that connects the port to your camera inside the housing. After installation, all you need to do is screw off the bulkhead cap and plug in.
Obviously, not every housing happens to have the space required to have a USB cable plugged into the camera—Ikelite says 200DL housings for DSLRs or 200DLM housings won’t be compatible—and not every camera offers charging via USB, but there’s a substantial list of modern mirrorless cameras with housings that will work. These include the Nikon Z5 and Z50, Sony a7R V and a1, and Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 II. (See the full list below.)
Priced at $175, the Ikelite USB Charging & Data Transfer Bulkhead is available now from retailers such as Backscatter.
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USB Charging & Data Transfer Bulkhead for 200DL and 50DL Underwater Housings
If you're looking for a way to save time and reduce stress during your next dive trip, this is your answer.
The USB Charging & Data Transfer Bulkhead installs in the M16 port of select 200DL Underwater Housings. The Hyper-Flex USB-C to USB-C Cable connects the port to your camera on the inside of your housing.
This allows you to attach a high quality (3.0 or above) USB-C cable [not included] from the outside of your housing to charge the camera and offload photos and video to your laptop. Simply replace the waterproof cap on the bulkhead when you're ready to go diving.
Compatible with the following 50DL and 200DL Underwater Housings:
- for Nikon Z6, Z6 II, Z7, Z7 II # 71063
- for Nikon Z50 # 71065
- for Nikon Z5 # 71067
- for Sony a7R IV, a9 II # 71474
- for Sony a1, a7S III # 71476
- for Sony a7C # 71477
- for Sony a7 IV, a7R V # 71479
- for Canon EOS R # 71760
- for Canon EOS RP # 71762
- for Canon EOS R5 # 71764 or # 73764
- for Canon EOS R6, R6 II # 71766 or # 71768
This bulkhead is not compatible with Ikelite 200DL Underwater Housings for DSLR cameras or 200DLM Underwater Housings due to spatial limitations. We have not confirmed compatibility with any housing models except as listed above.
This bulkhead fits into an M16 threaded accessory port.
Housings must have a minimum of 3/4" free space between the USB-C port on the camera and the inside left of the housing (looking from the back).
Housings must have a maximum of 4" between the USB-C port on the camera and the inside bottom of the M16 port.
See product photos for indicators of spacing requirements.
In the Box
- USB-C Bulkhead
- Hyper-Flex USB-C to USB-C 40Gbps Cable
- Silicone Lubricant 1cc Tube
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Seacam Housing for Nikon Z8
Sony a7C II
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