Just announced: Nauticam NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 camera

Nauticam NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 camera

Nauticam NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 camera

Nauticam announced NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 camera. The NA-D600 has a depth rating of 100m and costs $3,300. Shipping starts on December 20, 2012. Sample images taken with NA-D600 and D600 combo can be found at the bottom of this post.

Nauticam NA-D600: Innovation Underwater 

As the world’s largest and most technologically advanced manufacturer of aluminum underwater housings, Nauticam takes great pride in announcing the latest release in its acclaimed line of precision crafted equipment. It has been an extraordinary year of product development at Nauticam with an unprecedented number of new housings and revolutionary new features. The NA-D600 benefits from the extensive engineering prowess Nauticam is famous for while offering a full frame digital imaging system at a ground breaking price point.

Nikon D600

Nikon continues to court enthusiasts and pros by debuting impressive new products at an attractive price point. The D600 offers stellar 24mp full frame imaging at a cost that was previously the domain of pro-sumer cropped sensor bodies. That doesn’t mean that the D600 is short on features – this Nikon serves up a large 100% coverage viewfinder, 39 point fast auto-focus and a 24mp CMOS FX sensor with Exspeed 3 processing that provides outstanding high ISO imaging quality. An expanded ISO range of 50 – 25,600 supports lots of creative flexibility. This sensor was even ranked in the top three in DXO Mark testing out of all camera bodies currently manufactured - better than some cameras costing considerably more.

Video shooters have not been ignored with 1080p @ 30fps on tap and 720p @ 60fps available. Clean HDMI out for external recorders, microphone inputs and headphone outputs are all a plus for serious videographers topside.

The D600’s 5.5 frames a second shooting rate is impressive considering the large file size, while image review is easy on the big, bright 3.2” LCD screen. One of the most striking features of the D600 is its size. This full frame, magnesium reinforced camera body is not much larger than Nikon’s hugely popular D7000 DX sensor camera. For the underwater photographer this compact size is a real benefit in packability, maneuverability and weight. Most users of the Nikon D800 and D7000 will feel right at home with the D600 which borrows on many features from both. Menus are familiar and offer extensive custom programmable functions. The option to utilize the inexpensive Nikon WU-1b wireless controller to send image files or interface with Apple and Android phones as remote monitors and controllers is pretty amazing. Interesting possibilities will surely arise with these powerful, but accessible tools.

At this time there is simply no other full frame camera body that can offer the features, resolution and bang for the buck that the new Nikon D600 provides.

Nauticam NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 cameraNauticam NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 camera

Nauticam NA-D600

This new housing sports many of the cutting edge features Nauticam introduced on the NA-D4 and NA-D800 in a smaller, lighter, and less expensive package. The award winning ergonomics of previous housings have been retained with subtle refinements and D600 specific details engineered for maximum performance in the undersea environment.

Compact Design: Enormous Potential

Once again, Nauticam has led the underwater photography industry by being the first to deliver a fully refined housing for the Nikon D600. Nikon designed the D600 to appeal to every enthusiast or pro who longed for a compact, friendly and affordable full frame camera. Nauticam has engineered the NA-D600 housing so that it is equally friendly and compact, but has every ounce of rugged reliability and features that pros demand. Holding the nicely proportioned NA-D600 by the comfortable rubberized grips; it seems impossible that a 24mp full frame camera resides inside that is capable of out-resolving every camera in it’s class save its bigger brother: the D800.

Controls Inspired by You

With every new housing it engineers, Nauticam continues to improve on what is already the most ergonomic control layout in the industry. Building on this tradition, the NA-D600 incorporates dual paddle assemblies for right and left thumb. These paddles instantly access key features: Video Record and AE-L/AF-L on the right and Playback and ISO on the left. Most photographers will quickly activate them by feel while never releasing grip or looking away from the viewfinder. The housing is also clearly designed to embrace both the still and video shooter and switching back and forth is intuitive and near seamless with the live view (LV) button and live view selector.

Nauticam has pioneered a new release (drive) mode control utilizing the D600’s ability to lock shooting modes. This control functions independent of the exposure mode dial that it sits beneath on the camera body. Being able to shift into the D600’s quiet mode (much quieter than the D800/D4) and lock it could be a real boon for pelagic shooters close to shy subjects. Front and rear command dials are larger and easier to engage than ever before – even with gloves.

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More Shooting, More Fun, More Results

Every aspect of the NA-D600 housing has evolved to get photographers off the boat and into the water faster and easier than ever before. For great photography, a diver’s time should be spent taking pictures, not struggling with controls before or during the dive. Camera installation has never been easier, with almost no preparation required. The patented lever actuated port lock is the standard by which others are measured. The award winning housing latches are tool free and require no excessive strength. Viewfinder exchanges require seconds, not minutes. Most functions are accessed while never releasing grip on the handles. But Nauticam’s virtuosity does end on the design table – every housing model must prove itself in the most rigorous environments on earth. The NA-D600 will perform with the same ease and elegance at 100 meters in the Bering Sea as fashion shoot in a 4 meter pool.

Nauticam for the Nikon D600. This is a system that is easy to embrace and nearly impossible to outgrow. Is it time to have fun, to stretch your potential and capture the images you might have missed? The right combination has finally arrived. The only question now is: how far will your imagination take you?

Standard Features That Are Anything But Standard

Nauticam has pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that have been integrated into NA-D600. The Locking Latch System has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks to eliminate accidental opening, yet require minimal hands strength to operate, and they will not pinch fingers like stainless steel buckles can.

Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing via the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front.

The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold process of comfortable non-slip soft touch rubber. Virtually any hand size can be accommodated with spacers available for cold-water glove use.

All Nauticam housings are machined from a solid block of seawater resistant aluminum alloy and then hard anodized making them impervious to corrosion. Hardware is marine grade stainless steel. Clear acrylic windows are protected with a scratch resistant coating.

Clearly Superior Vision

A high performance camera like the Nikon D600 demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable precision viewfinders in the world. The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel friendly on large bright viewfinder, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with dioptric adjustment. Nauticam produces a “straight” 180° enlarging viewfinder and a 45° angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics allow viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible.

Illumination by Design

Lighting control is key to any successful underwater photography system. The NA-D600 delivers professional diversity to meet every challenge.  A single Nikonos sync port is included with each housing as standard equipment. S-6 or Ikelite style sync port bulkheads are available optionally, and can easily be installed or removed in the field. The Nauticam system fiber optic cables are compatible with Inon and Sea & Sea strobes and provide reliable triggering with no electrical connections to maintain or flood.

Accessories to Achieve Imaging Excellence

Nauticam has the most extensive line of high quality optical ports available anywhere and all existing Nauticam DSLR ports will fit the NA-D600. Nauticam also provides the industry’s only locking extension rings in every size potentially required, thus preventing port slippage of any kind when using extension rings. Nauticam additionally 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 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion lens ports.

Professional Video Options

If the video capabilities of the D600 are of primary importance, Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the SmallHD Monitor can take video performance to another level. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-D4 and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and DSLR Scale, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure visibility.

Nauticam NA-D600 underwater housing for Nikon D600 camera


  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Dimensions (with handles mounted): L 350mm x H 189.5mm x D 132mm
  • Weight: 2.7kg
  • Standard Features
  • Patented Locking Port Release Lever
  • Sensitive Two Stage Shutter Release Lever
  • Optical Strobe Connectors
  • Rubberized Ergonomic Grips
  • 1 Customizable Accessory Ports (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
  • Stainless Steel Support Brackets for Handles
  • .66x Optical Pickup Finder (Enhanced 180 deg and 45 deg Viewfinders with External Diopter Adjustment optional)
  •  Audible and Visual Leak Alarm
  • Model Number: 17210
  • USA Retail Price: $3300
  • Estimated Shipping Date: Dec 20, 2012

Sample images taken with Nikon D600 and Nauticam NA-D600:

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  • D600

    Really want this
    What lens we can using

  • Richard M

    Looks pretty much like the NA-D800 housing which I use with my D800. Excellent product.

    Just one significant criticism. The stainless steel handle brackets which attach to the top of the handles and have stainless bolts into the aluminium housing body cause electrolytic corrosion of the aluminium at the top of the bolt holes. After 50 dives with my NA-D800 in 17 days, quite a bit of metal had been eaten away when I removed the handle brackets. I have never had a problem like this on any of the other aluminium housings I have owned. I am scrupulous about thoroughly rinsing my housing after each dive.

    I complained to Nauticam and they eventually supplied me me with replacement anodised aluminium brackets. I also replaced the stainless bolts with aluminium fixings. Another 50 dives later and there has been no more corrosion. If you must use the stainless brackets then my advice is to take them off after EVERY dive and rinse the bolt holes on the housing. Better still don’t use them at all.

    • Boris

      Hi Richard, I heard that story not long ago

      • Richard M

        Hi Boris,
        Fancy meeting you here! Now the return spring on the ISO control is playing up, but still I like this housing enough to stick with it.

  • Alberto

    You can protect your D600 from water 🙂
    All we need now is protection inside for the dust 😉

    • Ted Gore


    • No dust in mine.

    • RamesesThe2nd

      You can save it from dust too. Just leave it in the box and it will always stay new.

  • Funduro

    It’s a beautiful world underwater. But no way I’ll be diving, fear of drowning too strong.

    • Spy Black

      Fear is lack of knowledge. Get proper knowledge training, and the fear goes away. Plan your dives and dive your plan. It’s worked for me for 23 years.

  • chlamchowder

    Looks nice, but the price tag is really steep. A case that costs more than another new camera or high end lens? Really?

    • Erik

      That’s normal. These UW-Housings come without Ports. A good Domeport in front of a Rectilinear Widengle, let’s say Nikon 16-35mm, is in the range of 1900$. The Camera itself is just a portion of the overall cost. Well, it is friggin’ expensive, but worth it 🙂

    • jay

      a cheap housing on an expensive camera sounds more absurd

  • Aldo

    It’s interesting to me that in 5 years the d600 will be worth like 1000… yet this housing will probably go from 2500-3000 even used.

  • fred

    I wonder if my wife will let me buy a “Naughty cam”

  • Spy Black

    A $3,300 casing for $2000 camera. Hmmm…

    • Calibrator

      So it’s $5,300 for an underwater full frame camera.
      Still cheaper than a $6,000 D4 which is not even waterproof.

      • Erik

        Housing: 3300$
        Domeport: 1900$ ( good for FX)
        Flatports and extensions: 1000$ (or something like that)
        Then you would need a Strobearm & a UW strobe as well.
        ( Red color is completely gone after 5m, therefore the need of artificial light)
        So, unfortunately not cheaper than a D4…

    • Erik

      Normal 🙂 A good Domeport for a FX Rectilinear Lense is in the range of 1900USD, as well!

      • Spy Black
        • Richard M

          You can take photos with a Coolpix too so why would anyone ever need a DSLR? Of course, if you want to get good quality images you have to spend a bit more. Don’t expect much change from $15,000 for a full U/W rig using the best gear (camera, lenses, housing ports, strobes and arms). Housings that you can trust to do the job (keep water out at 40 metres or deeper) don’t come cheap.

  • matfar

    the d600 might be my next Housing… check out my UW images on http://www.matfar.co.uk/uw

  • DaveyJ

    Why anyone would use FX Nikon UW is a complete mystery to me. My outfit does tons on UW photos and would NOT even think of using a FX Nikon there. A D400? A D7200? A D7000 we already use. News flash to all of those Nikon people ( we use nikon everyday) Use of Nikon DSLR cameras UW is foolish. DX Nikons are far more useful UW. We have a whole fleet of UW cameras. Almost everyone are HD video. A D7000 will pull equal to ANY D800 or D600 UW and that is fact. Housing for UW are very pricey and if you are not really set on this it is very expensive. Get a Canon D20 and try that first.

    • Erik

      I think you posted in the wrong thread/post! There are plenty of us using Nikon FX UW, soon including myself with a D800!

      • Richard M

        Totally agree. Almost all the top pro U/W shooters are now using full frame. Some even use Canons! The best wideangle glass from Nikon is for FX. DX may have some advantages for extreme macro but you still get a lot of MPx shooting a D800 in DX mode.

    • Allen_Wentz

      The magnification of u/w shooting is a huge disadvantage for DX.

  • Neopulse

    No news yet on the 55-300 f/2.8-4.0 I see 🙁

    • Neopulse

      Oh and the 100-300 f/4 also

  • Sergio

    this is so amazing. Hope to gather my money and get a D600 and the Nauticam 😛

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