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Nauticam Unveils Monitor Housing for SmallHD Ultra 5
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, August 6, 2023 @ 08:00 PM (EST)

Nauticam has announced a new monitor housing for the SmallHD Ultra 5, an ultra-bright 5-inch HD touchscreen monitor aimed at pro cinematographers. In addition to supporting both HDMI and SDI input as well as HDMI in/SDI out, the SmallHD Ultra 5 offers camera control for RED, ARRI, and Sony cinema cameras.

The NA-Ultra5 offers similar functionality to Nauticam’s other SmallHD monitor housings, but adds support for the camera control functions of the Ultra5 through three different control bundles—for the ARRI mini LF/Alexa 35, the RED Raptor/XL, and the Sony Venice II. There are two M28 accessory bulkheads on the top of the housing and one on the bottom, as well as various mounting points on the top and bottom. The housing features a pre-installed vacuum valve and Nauticam’s vacuum check and leak detection system.

Available soon from retailers such as Backscatter, the NA-Ultra5 housing is priced at $2,900.

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Nauticam NA-Ultra5 Housing for SmallHD Ultra 5 Camera Monitor

The SmallHD Ultra 5 Camera Monitor is their brightest and most feature-rich monitor to date that adds camera controls for a variety of cinema cameras such as ARRI, Sony and RED.  The 300nit 5" HD screen is flanked by 3 custom function buttons.  The Nauticam NA-Ultra5 is sure to be an indispensable tool for underwater filmmakers.


The SmallHD Ultra 5 Camera Monitor

SmallHD's Ultra 5 camera monitor is an ultra-bright 300nit 10-bit HD display that supports both HDMI and SDI input as well as cross conversion (HDMI in/SDI out).  In addition to monitoring, the Ultra 5 also offers camera control for ARRI, RED and Sony cinema cameras.  Powered by their PageOS 5 operating system, the Ultra 5 features exposure tools such as the new EL Zone false-color overlay that uses sensor data to display parts of the image that are above or below 18% grey.  Focus assist, peaking and waveforms are also still available as with previous SmallHD monitors.

Camera settings are displayed at the top and bottom of the screen, not overlayed on the image and are visible on all screens.  The three custom buttons can be programmed to a variety of of functions such as activating tools or adjusting display brightness.

The NA-ULTRA5 Montor Underwater Housing

Nauticam has supported a variety of SmallHD monitors with underwater housings including support for both HDMI (1.4 and 2.0), SDI, cross-conversion even surface monitoring.  The NA-Ultra5 builds on this strong platform with the addition of supporting the camera control functions of the Ultra5 through the use of the dedicated control bundles below.

Dedicated Cinema Control Bundles

  • 16265A Camera Control Cable Bundle for NA-Ultra5 (with SDI, Ethernet, Power Cables in one for ARRI mini LF/Alexa 35)
  • 16265R Camera Control Cable Bundle for NA-Ultra5 (with SDI, Ethernet, Power Cables in one for RED Raptor/XL) *a special order is required for Cinema housing with M24 only
  • 16265S Camera Control Cable Bundle for NA-Ultra5 (with SDI, Ethernet, Power Cables in one for Sony Venice II)

The NA-Ultra5 features two M28 accessory bulkheads at the top of the housing as well as one on the bottom to support cross conversion for surface monitoring.  There are dedicated 1/4-20 UNCx4 mounting points on the bottom and top of the housing as as M3 x4 threaded holes for use with Mounting Ball (17958).

The NA-Ultra5 supports the use of the SmallHD Micro Battery Plate for V-Mount when used with the Fxlion NANO ONE 50Wh 14.8V Ultra-Compact V-Mount battery. 

The NA-Ultra5 comes with (25625) M16 Vacuum Valve pre-installed as well as Nauticam's Vacuum Check and Leak Detection system.

HDMI 2.0

For HDMI 2.0 monitoring configuration use the following cables along with the M24 Adaptor for HDMI 2.0 Cables (25086) or the M28 HDMI 2.0 Adaptor (25089) depending on the camera housing's port configuration

  • 25077 M24D1R205-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable (for NA-R5/R6/XT5 to use with Ninja V housing)
  • 25087 M24D2R200-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable (for NA-a2020 to use with Ninja V housing)
  • 25094 M24A3R140-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable (for NA-A7SIII to use with Ninja V housing)
  • 25098 M24D3R140-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable (for NA-A7C to use with Ninja V housing)
  • 25099 M24A2R200-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable (for NA-A1 to use with Ninja V housing)
  • 25703 M24A2R225-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable (for NA-FX3 to use with Ninja V housing)

HDMI 1.4

For HDMI 1.4 monitoring configuration use the following cables with the (25082) HDMI 1.4 Cable for Ninja V Housing in 0.75m length (for connection from Ultra5 housing to the HDMI Bulkhead) along with the (25033) Standard HDMI bulkhead with M16 thread.


For SDI monitoring configuration use the 17926S SDI Cable Set for use with NA-Ultra5 (integral design for Cinema housing with M28 to use with Ultra5, right angle at each side.)  Note: For cinema housings with an M24 bulkhead a special order is required.

Recommended accessories for SDI configuration:

  • 25058 M16 SDI Bulkhead
  • 25080 M28 to M16 Step Down Adapter
  • 25060 25060 SDI Cable in 0.4m Length
  • 25064 15m SDI Surface Cable
  • 25065 45m SDI Surface Cable

Monitor Mounting

Recommended accessories for mounting the monitor housing

  • 17951 Nauticam Monitor Housing Mounting System (from SN A158538 onwards.)
  • 17952 Nauticam Atomos Shogun housing mounting adaptor for NA-A7RIII/α2020/A7SIII/α1//XT4/Z50.
  • 17953 Nauticam Atomos Shogun housing mounting adaptor for NA-GH5SV
  • 17954 Universal Tripod Plate for Nauticam Housings
  • 17957 Nauticam Atomos Shogun Housing Mounting Adaptor for NA-S1R/S1H/BMPCC6K/II/Z7II/1DXII/5DIV/1DXIII//R5/R6

What's In The Box

  • NA-Ultra 5 monitor Housing
  • Monitor Hood
  • M16 Vacuum Valve II (pre-installed) PN25625
  • M28 HDMI 2.0 Adapter (pre-installed) PN25089
  • Mounting Ball PN17958
  • Spare silicone rubber main O-ring PN 90254
  • O-ring removal tool and lubricant
  • CR2032 battery
  • Allen Wrench Set

Technical Specifications

Dimensions*: 238mm(W) x 150mm(H) x 115mm(D)
Weight in Air: 1.64kg
Buoyancy in Water: Pos./(+) 0.48kg
Depth Rating: 100m
Compatible Monitor: SmallHD Ultra 5

*excludes the protruding portion of the housing



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