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Nauticam NA-D7000 underwater housing for Nikon D7000

Nauticam announced their underwater housing for Nikon D7000. NA-D7000 has depth rating of 100m, it will cost $3,100 and will be available for sale at the end of November, 2010.

More images and full press release after the break:

Nauticam NA- D7000:  Innovation Underwater

Nauticam proudly announces the newest addition to the Nauticam family of innovative, ergonomic, high-quality camera housings. Come see (and handle) the Nauticam NA-D7000 for the Nikon D7000 in Booth 3838 at the DEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada November 17-20, 2010.

The NA-D7000 is packed with new features including new locking latches, a new lens release lever and flash activation button, a new patented two stage shutter release, and an improved rear command dial control, all in a smaller package*.

Nikon D7000

The newest release SLR offering from Nikon, the D7000 boasts an impressive number of advanced features at a very affordable price point. With its 16.2 MP CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video with manual exposure control, and 39-point AF system, the D7000 is an excellent choice for the advanced enthusiast. DxOMark just awarded the D7000 the second highest rating of any cropped sensor camera ever tested.

Nauticam is poised to take the D7000 to new depths and on new adventures with the NA-D7000.
The NA-D7000 housing inherits numerous innovations from earlier Nauticam housings like the piano keys which first appeared on the NA-7D housing, an improved version of the locking latches from the NA-550D housing, and the patented Nauticam port locking system. As with all Nauticam housings, comfortable rubberized handles, and innovative ergonomic access to key camera controls are standard.

Unmatched Ergonomics

In keeping with Nauticam philosophy, the NA-D7000 housing continues to improve new products while building on previous successes and innovations. Notable examples are the newly redesigned rear command dial control, and a piano key for easily accessing the video activation button.

The playback button has been moved out to a paddle lever on the left side of the housing, offering instant access from the handle by the user’s thumb. Each control for critical camera functions is designed to allow the underwater photographer unfettered access without removing their hands from the handles.

Continued Innovation

Another innovative advancement is Nauticam’s patented two-stage shutter release lever. This mechanical lever greatly enhances tactile feel of the half-press and full-press positions of the camera shutter release button, allowing precise focus control, and fewer accidental shutter actuations.

New, easy to use locking latches are easy to close with only minimal hand strength required, and are protected from accidental opening by a locking detent. This new closure method is not only easier to operate, but reduces the overall size of the housing.

A new flash activation button and a lens release button allowing lens changes while a zoom gear is attached without opening the housing back are standard equipment.

Patented Locking Port Release Lever & Locking Extension Rings

The acclaimed patented Nauticam Locking Port Release is incorporated into the NA-D7000 housing. Lens ports are inserted straight into the port mount, eliminating the twisting or threading actions that can extrude dry o-rings. Once seated, the large red port lock lever is engaged, securely locking the port in place. To remove a lens port, the silver unlock button is pressed, the port lever rotated to the outboard position, and the port is pulled straight out of the housing.
Nauticam also features the industry’s only locking extension ring system as standard equipment, securely fixing large dome ports even when mounted with an extension ring.
NA-D7000 id compatible with the same accessories as all Nauticam housings, allowing use of an extensive line of lenses, ports, port adapters, lens gears, and viewfinders.

Patented Expanded Viewfinder

The optional Nauticam accessory viewfinder provides a crystal clear life size view of the camera’s optical viewfinder through a diving mask. The patented external dioptric adjustment allows eye relief to be fine tuned in water. The high quality optics eliminate distortion and keep color fringing to an absolute minimum. The edge-to-edge, magnified viewfinder image makes confirming fine focus and checking corner composition an absolute breeze.

Port Adapters for Other Housing Lines

Nauticam offers a full range of port adapters allowing existing housing owners to use their current ports, reducing the cost of switching to a Nauticam housing. Port Adapters are available for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5, Nexus M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3, Subal Version 4, and Zillion lens ports.

Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL

A variety of optically fired underwater strobes yield reliable, totally automatic flash exposures via fiber optic cables with Nauticam housings.  Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, and YS-01 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood!  Nikonos, Ikelite, and S6 style flash connectors are available as optional accessories for customers utilizing legacy electrically fired strobe systems.

Rubberized Ergonomic Handles

Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable and secure rubberized ergonomic handgrips. Handles are available in two sizes to accommodate customers with different size hands, and spacers are available with the housing for cold-water divers.

Proven Construction Materials

Nauticam Housings are machined from a solid block of seawater resistant aluminum alloy, then hard anodized making them impervious to corrosion. All hardware is marine grade stainless steel. Acrylic windows protected with a scratch resistant material.

Specifications

Depth Rating: 100m
Dimensions (with handles mounted): 326mm x 171mm x 126mm (12.8in x 6.7in x 5in)
Weight: Under 2.7kg (6lb.)

Standard Features

Patented Locking Port Release Lever
Sensitive Two Stage Shutter Release Lever
Optical Strobe Connectors
Rubberized Ergonomic Grips
Customizable Accessory Port (allowing use of optional Nikonos, S6, or Ikelite Strobe Connectors, Hydrophone, Video Out, or Remote Control Connectors)
Embossed Control Function Labels
Quick Release Camera Mounting Shoe
Lens Release Button
Four Strobe & Accessory Base Mounting Locations
Complete Access to All Key Camera Controls
.66x Optical Pickup Finder (Enhanced 180 deg Viewfinder with External Diopter Adjustment Optional)

USA Retail Price, $3,100
Estimated Shipping Date, November 30, 2010
More information is available from Nauticam USA.

About Nauticam USA:

Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North American Market. Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available. Dealer inquiries are welcome!

* Compared to the NA-D90

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  • Rob

    Wouldn’t most people that can afford a $3100 housing for their camera opt to buy a better camera than the D7000?

    • Nau

      agree
      never understood why housing )which is metal plastic and few buttons) cost more thn camera….

      • gt

        It would be cool if Nikon released a camera who’s only purpose was to function underwater – a solid unit (no separate body) that was designed from the ground up for underwater use like scuba diving. If the whole unit priced at $2000, I think it’d sell like wildfire.

        • Tom White

          They did (though it had interchangable lenses). It was called the Nikonos. You can still get them in a few places, and they cost a fair bit less than $2000

          • dave

            the Nikonos V is practically disposable today. When I consider how much I paid for my kit back when it was new compared to what I could get for it now I want to cry.

            As far as why put a D7000 in an underwater housing? What would you use? A D700? A D3? Larger is not better. And housings for those cameras are even more expensive. Sure you can get a cheap $300 for a decent P&S and get decent shots when snorkeling. And you can spend a little more and get a setup that uses an external strobe that will serve you up to five feet if the water is really clear.

            A housing like the Nautica allows you to use one or more iTTL compatible underwater strobes (if you think the SB-900 is expensive, it is cheap in comparison to UW strobes). And keep in mind that you need strobe arms and cable that allow you to get your strobes three or four feet from the camera so that you don’t light up all the small particles directly in front of the camera.

            With the right port, you can use any lens you have in your kit. and you have access to most if not all the functions of your DSLR, including AF, live view and previewing your images (which is a very valuable tool when you have a limited amount of time).

            Do I think they are overpriced? Yes, I do. But many of them also have a no-flood guarantee for at least the first year. And they don’t sell many, so they have a limited number of units to split up the development cost and the tooling costs. If they sold one for every D7000 that Nikon sold, they would be significantly cheaper. In actuality, some manufacturers (like Ikelite) manage to sell them in the thousands while other know they will only sell a few hundred units. Some are even hand made.

            Why can they get them out so quickly? Because the D7000 body is pretty bloody close to the D90 which was pretty close to the D80. So the unit for the D7000 is more a variation of their D90 unit.

            • GlobalGuy

              I will sell you 3 layers of sturdy plastic baggies for $15 dollars. If they don’t work — go buy 3 more D7000 cameras for the price of this plastic under water housing.

              Water-sealing is cannot be this expensive, except that there is a limited run on each of them (in large part thanks to price, by the way), and investors want some guaranteed return.

              They may make there return on the 1000 (or less?) housings they sell……? I would really like to know what the sales volume of these types of products are. It must be very very small. And they have you by the strong arm, because if you need an underwater housing — you need it. No way around it.

              Well, if we want Consumer grade water housing, we need to think P&S — the above are more for people with jobs that will cover the cost. ..

            • VJ

              @globalguy
              I once used such a SLR in an underwaterhousing unit, and it feels amazing. If you wonder why it is so expensive, then consider the pressure it has to withstand (+1 atm per 10 m), while still allowing the buttons to work; but also: the handling. Packing all the gear, going to the water (on foot or by dingy): things will bump into the camera. It could be relatively soft things like flippers, but it might just as well be a metal clamp or even the air bottle.

              Of course the market is small, but there is one. I just dive as a hobby, and would more consider a simple point and shoot in housing. But don’t dismiss other people’s needs…

          • gt

            well, the only problem is that the nikonos system uses film! I’d want something digital of course

            • Mock Kenwell

              Well, then it looks like you’ll have to pay for it.

              Honestly, if you could save a boat load (pun intended), and you can in this case, shoot the film and have it scanned. That overall cost will still pale in comparison to the cost of this underwater unit, and should give you comparable resolution. It’s a terrific alternative. But if you’re addicted to chimping what you shot, then pay up.

            • Eric Pepin

              oh noes, films. Trust me, the Nikonos are the only non housing underwater cameras that ever took off, they are bullet proof, and the later models are amazing.
              We warned that they also weight more then a d3, and I wouldnt want to use such a camera around the house so to speak.

            • dave

              I can’t speak to the RS, but the Nikonos V is actually about the size and weight of the D7000. The disadvantage of shooting film is that you only have 36 exposure (well, 39, actually) and you can’t preview the image after you’ve taken it. Add to that that even abroad the traditional photo shop has been replaced byt the one hour machine’s in Walmarts and grocery stores. And they don’t process slide film. they send it out. So you have to find someone who can do it overnight and that is expensive (You don’t want to wait to process the film until you get home, because you might find that you loaded the film wrong – I know pros that have screwed that up – or that one of your strobes wasn’t working, or fired on full even though you had it on 1/4 or 1/16). If you can find someone to process your slide film, it isn’t going to be cheap.

              For my first underwater gig, I spent $600 in film and developing, and that doesn’t include prints or mounting the slides. You can buy a used D90 for that.

  • zzddrr

    Now this is hilarious, I mean these companies are actually faster than Nikon to provide accessories for new products. It took 2 months for Nautica to come out with this case? … and still the D7000 body is not available. :-)

    • gt

      does Nikon ever really create underwater housings? I thought that was primarily a third party product.

      are you upset that Nikon didn’t make the accessory first?
      or are you upset that the accessories are being announced before the D7000 has shipped for many people?

      Keep in mind, third parties often release accessories before the products have shipped in other industries too. For example, Iphone 4 cases were released before the iphone 4 hit the shelves even

      • zzddrr

        No gt, you just don’t get it do you?

        Hey NRAdmin, it’s about time to rename the site from Nikon Rumors to Nikon Boring!

        • Victor Hassleblood

          How is it NRs fault if gt is borring?

          But still there is something to it. NR has turned into triple N (NikonNewsNetwork). I do not mind the news. They are highly appreciated but I miss rumors and the good old probability ratings.

          • zzddrr

            Victor, I did not blame on NR Admin.

            • gt

              Please, I love how it’s labeled “boring” because I’m not arbitrarily crying about some minor nikon gripe.

              I’m sure you’d find it far more fascinating if I wrote some ridiculous “where’s my D800?” comment. In fact, 99% of your posts are exactly the same thing. “Where’s my megapixelz?”

              BTW, I was asking a legitimate questions. It seems to me you are complaining for the sake of complaining – and, because you have no answer, you’ve sunk to personal insults.

            • gt

              Also, it’s clear you were calling NR-Admin’s posts boring (I assume because they aren’t related to high MP d800)

              Personally, I think that posting anything Nikon related (posts like this, for example) is interesting, particularly when there aren’t too many rumors going around. keep it up NR Admin

          • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

            Yes, this is my goal – I want to make NR the place to go for the latest news on Nikon equipment (incl. rumors). I usually post one article a day. Most of the posts have only one or two sentences on the front page – those who are interested to read more, can open the full text.

  • mw

    underwater housing for unavailable camera. super.

    • zzddrr

      mw got it!

    • zzddrr

      mw

      finally somebody got it!

      • Victor Hassleblood

        You two didn’t get it.

        This underwater housing is needed to safely surface the camera. Without it the D7000 would never become available. It all has to do with Nikon’s tight security.

        As soon as underwater housings get announced for D400 and D800 they ‘ll suddenly surface as well.

        • gt

          I think you guys are making an issue out of a non-issue.

          • mw

            Not a non-issue. A breakthrough: Nikon’s manufacturing apparently occurs in undersea facilities!

    • Hamuga

      When you say unavailable you mean where you live right?

      I could walk to a store that would be happy to sell me one right now. (If I was not at work)

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    They are fast!! But it costs more than the D7000 :o

  • Merv

    Probably Nikon sent a pre-release body to Nauticam a long time ago, and the last two months were spent doing final tests

    I’d say professionals would use the D3s/D700 for their underwater photography

    While the D7000 and it’s underwater housing would be more appropriate for companies such as this:
    http://www.passions.com.au/photos.php

    • dave

      Housings for the D700 and D3s are even more expensive and the housings are even bigger. And moving a housing through the water is not the same as moving it through the air. You have a limited air supply and you don’t want to use it all pushing a cinder block with arms through the water. Despite the lack of features in even the Nikonos V, that (size) is a major factor in why it was still popular even into the 2000s.

  • Bhaswaran

    Isn’t that simply weird about the pricing of this?

  • Claustral

    Now I can take better nauty photos!

    • Royalan

      Now that made me laugh!

    • Ronan

      LOL!

  • Abo

    I do agree it is quite expensive… but I do scuba diving and some people here really don’t understand principles about pressure it seems… try to create material strong enough to support 10bar of pressure…

    • Andre

      Very well said Abo, it is good to see one person here with some common sense.

  • Matthew Farrugia

    way tooooooo overpriced…. all the work is done by nikon and then for some insulation these guys are charging 3 times what the actual camera body cost and please note that this doesn’t include dome ports. I am currently looking at various options to house a nikon d7000 underwater but I will definitely wait until other manufactures release there products.

    another note …. when the camera becomes obsolete the housing becomes useless. so the usability of this product is around 3 -4 yrs

    • Herbert

      I’m looking right now into underwater housings as well. A great but also not cheap solution is this one here, you can use it for most DSRLs:

      http://www.easydive.eu/eng/leo.php

      I know, you can’t control everything but i’m not sure if its even necessary. Scrolling through the camera settings,…

      • Mock Kenwell

        That’s a cool system. Beautifully designed.

    • Roy

      Why do you say the housing only has a life of a few years.
      I have a D300 and an Ikelite housing. When the D300 gets replace by a new model I will still keep the camera and housing as they will still work perfectly well.
      I hope to get a FF camera next year but will keep the D300 as a back up and for all my underwater work

    • dave

      This thing is not just a plastic box with a hinge and an O-ring. There are controls that allow you to get at virtually every button and switch on the camera. Each of these controls requires precise machining and installation of rods, springs, o-rings, knobs and actuators. Any screw up and you have a control that constantly pushes a button on the camera, or worse yet, leaks or floods the housing when you use it. I dare anyone here to manufacture such a housing on your own.

  • http://www.prestigescuba.com BIGMAC

    Estimated Shipping Date, November 31, 2010???

    or November 30, 2010

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      ha, this is how I got the press release, will fix it

      • Quoll

        Just need to add: [sic]

  • Roy

    An underwater set up for your camera will be more expensive that your camera by the time you have the housing,separate ports for your lenses strobes and strobe arms.
    They have to be able to withstand the pressure at depth and not leak around the main seal or around all the control knobs that go through the housing.
    They have to be machined to minute tolerances.
    I don’t know how many they sell of each model to get their money back but it can’t be great.
    P&S cameras nearly all have a housing that cost about £100-£150 but they are limited for a pro. They are great for the average diver that wants good shots on their dives but for a Pro or anyone that wants the best possible photo SLR and all the expense is the only way to go

  • broxibear

    “Nauticam”…be honest…who else thought it sounded like a cam website where women in various degrees of undress charge you a fortune for…well…for whatever you want really lol ?
    Not that I’ve been to those websites lol…I’ve just heard about them lol !

  • CamaJan

    They price them this high cause they can… Nobody makes such a thing
    Acceptable price in todays day and age would be 800-maybe 1000$

  • d7kman

    Does this mean that the D7000 isn’t waterproof? : 0

  • Quoll K

    I’m just after some weatherproofing. For shooting in heavy rain etc. What’s available for that?

  • bb

    not bad for a made in china plastic. someone clone this already.

    • dave

      And I seriously doubt it is made in China. They simply aren’t made in large enough volumes for that.

    • Dr FF

      It is machined aluminum, not even cast.
      How about reading (or even looking at the pictures) next time.

  • http://www.istockphoto.com/huntedduck David

    If you do not scuba dive or if you do not take photos underwater, it is not surprising why you would wonder about the price of underwater housings for DSLRs.

    Anyone who scuba dives knows that scuba equipment can be expensive. In the scuba world, you get what you pay for. You do NOT want any of your equipment to fail while you are 100 feet underwater.

    And, when if comes to underwater housing, there is a HUGE difference in photo quality and versatility between shooting a P&S with on-camera strobes, and a DSLR with specialized lens with professional strobes that can be extended. First, UW housing market is a specialized market; the consumers of this market do not enjoy the economy of scale of a mass market. Second, if you scuba dive, and if you take photos underwater, you know you spend thousands of dollars traveling half-way across the globe to some peculiar island for the sole purposes of taking photos of exotic corals or creatures. For instance, if you live in the U.S., and you want to take photos underwater at the Great Barrier Reef (some of which are accessible only by liveaboard ships), you will spend thousands of dollars before you even dip into the water. If you do this several times a year as I do, $3,100 for a housing that gets you a superior camera underater to take HD videos or, say, hammerhead sharks migrating in the Cocos Islands, is a bargain.

    • dave

      Amen, brother!

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