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- Published: Friday, 30 November 2018 07:00
Introducing Nauticam NA-Z7
A Nauticam housing for Nikon Z7 and Z6 Cameras
The Z7 and Z6, Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless cameras offer underwater shooters the same legendary Nikon image quality with the versatility of an electronic viewfinder and the more compact form factor of a mirrorless system. The Nauticam NA-Z7 housing supports both the Z6 and Z7 camera models. The NA-Z7 inherits all of the key innovative features from Nauticam DSLR systems scaled into a smaller form factor built around the Z6 and Z7 cameras. Best of all, it uses the same N120 Port System!
Z and F Mount SupportThe Nauticam NA-Z7 housing allows not only the use of the new Z mount Nikon glass but also the legendary Nikon F mount lenses with the Nikon FTZ Adapter. The N120 port system allows all compatible Nikon F-mount lenses to be used, providing underwater photographers with a world class lineup of fisheye, ultra wide, mid-range, and macro lenses that can be used with the NA-Z7 housing. Existing Nauticam DSLR housing owners will be glad to know that all of their ports, viewfinders, and Nikon lens gears transition seamlessly to the NA-Z7 housing, and support will be added for the exciting new Z-mount lenses as they are released.
The Nauticam NA-Z7 housing features two lens release buttons that correspond to either F or Z mount lenses, allowing lens swaps without having to remove the camera from the housing. A vacuum system reset switch is located below the tray as well so there is no need to open the rear of the housing during lens or port changes.
Intelligent Control Placement
Nauticam engineers are obsessed with functionality and this is evident in the location of essential controls. Regardless of where the control is located on the camera, the Nauticam housing puts them where you need them to be underwater. For those switching between photo and video modes, an easily reachable switch is located on the right rear of the housing. The right side double thumb lever, easily reached from the right handle features access to the AF-on and Record buttons respectively. Between the double thumb lever and the multi-stage shutter release is an ISO lever allowing quick changes to sensitivity.The left double thumb lever accesses the DISP and Playback controls. The Zoom In and Zoom Out controls, located on the right rear of the camera body is relocated to the left side of the housing to a location more familiar to Nauticam housing users.The switch that allows for switching between the LCD display and the EVF, a crucial and much used control with mirrorless systems is located close to the left handle within easy reach.Front and rear control dials are readily accessible by the familiar large knurled dials at the right handle. The ergonomic housing handles are rubberized and feature stainless steel stiffening brackets to ensure a stable platform when using large strobes or video lights attached to the pre-installed 1" mounting balls.
The NA-Z7 comes with Nauticam's self powered manual flash trigger preinstalled. The flash trigger plugs into the hot-shoe of the camera and uses LED lights recessed into each of the two optical bulkheads to trigger supported underwater flashes when used with the correct fiber optic connection. The flash trigger is powered by coin cell batteries that provide thousands of flashes per battery. The flash trigger can be upgraded to support TTL triggering (2638 - TTL Converter for Nikon).
Patented Port Locking System
Unveiled on th very first Nauticam DSLR housing in 2009, this locking lever has become a signature of the Nauticam brand. No twisting or threading action is required to mount a port, and it locks securely in place with this lever. Nauticam also offers locking port extensions, meaning a dome will never twist, even when used with a long extension ring.
Housing Locking Latches
The industry's easiest to use housing closure system, requiring very little hand strength to operate, secures the housing back in place. The latches are safely locked to prevent accidental opening, but are easy to open when needed for a quick battery or memory card change.
HDMI Output Support
The Z7 camera supports 10 bit HDMI video output at UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) at up to 30p. An external monitor or recorder can be used with the optional standard M16 HDMI bulkhead (PN 25033), HDMI (D-C) cable in 190mm length (PN 25036) which come standard in any Nauticam monitor housing package.
The Nikon Z7 and Z6 Cameras
For many full-frame Nikon shooters the appeal of a mirrorless camera had been tempered by the though of having to invest in and master a new system by moving to another ecosystem such as Sony. For those awaiting a mirrorless system that utilized Nikon imaging technology and ergonomics, the wait is over. The Z6 and Z7 cameras feature an identical body, differing only in their feature sets, an ideal feature when it comes to housing the camera for underwater use.
Both camera bodies are built around the new Z-mount. With an incredibly wide 55mm mount diameter (17% larger than F-mount) and very short flange distance, the Z-mount is able to offer a maximum aperture of F0.95. While the current range of Z-mount lenses is limited, almost the entire line of F-mount lenses is usable with the optional FTZ Adapter. When using the adapter, even non VR lenses benefit from the camera's in-body stabilization. VR and Z-Mount lenses receive 5-axis stabilization whereas non-VR F-mount lenses have access to 3-axis stabilization.
There is also a dedicated e-VR (electronic VR) that combines optical and electronic stabilization for video shooting. Both the Z6 and Z7 are able to capture internal UHD 4K at 30fps or 1080 HD at up to 120fps at 144 Mbps. Capture uses the full-width of the sensor and both cameras are capable of outputting 10-bit N-log UHD 4K over HDMI that supports start/stop control.
The OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) of both the Z6 and Z7 gives 100% frame coverage at Quad-VGA (3.69M dot) resolution. When triggering external flashes, both cameras feature a 1/200 X-sync shutter speed.
NA-Z7 Technical Specifications:
- Dimensions: 260 mm (W) x 200 mm (H) x 160 mm (L)
- Weight: 3.02 kg
- Depth rating: 100m
- Housing O-ring, lubricant, and removal tool (90122)
- M16 Vacuum Valve II, pre-installed (25625)
- CR2032 Battery, for vacuum system
- Allen Wrench Set
- M16 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release) (25625)
- Nauticam 180 straight viewfinder (32201)
- Nauticam 45 viewfinder (32203)
- TTL Converter for Nikon (26308)
- 0.36x Wide Angle Conversion Port with Aluminum Float Collar (incl. N120 to N100 port adaptor) (85201)
- Macro to Wide Angle Lens 1 (MWL-1) 150 deg. FOV with full frame 60mm macro lens (86201)
- Various electrical bulkheads
- Standard HDMI bulkhead with M16 thread (25033*)
- HDMI (D-C) cable in 190mm length (25036*)
*(Both 25033 and 25036 are standard accessories in Nauticam monitor housing)