Review of Nauticam A9 Underwater Housing for Sony A9 Camera
Nauticam has released a new underwater housing, the Nauticam NA-A9 underwater housing, for the Sony Alpha 9 to allow professional photographers to capture amazing video and photos under the water.
The Sony Alpha 9 camera is a new digital camera launched in April this year. It is 24.2 megapixel, full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot nonstop at 20 frames per second with full autofocus and UHD 4K video. Sony touted the Alpha 9 as the “most technologically advanced, innovative digital camera” it has ever created. The A9 is designed to offer a level of imaging performance that cannot be matched by any camera ever created, according to the company.
The Sony Alpha 9 offers high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second and much more, all thanks to its 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor.
“This camera breaks through all barriers and limitations of today’s professional digital cameras,” stated Neal Manowitz, vice president of digital imaging at Sony Electronics.
In addition, the A9 is a “powerful photographic tool for any shooting situation that demands quiet operation, as it features a vibration-free, completely silent anti-distortion shutter with no mechanical mirror or shutter noise.” Manowitz noted that the Sony Alpha 9 “allows professionals to see, follow and capture the action in ways that were never before possible, unlocking an endless amount of new creative potential.”
The Alpha 9 is priced at £4,500 in Europe.
NA-A9 Underwater Housing is a Perfect Solution for taking the Alpha 9 into Water
To allow photographers to have a true underwater photography experience with the Alpha 9 camera, Nauticam developed the NA-A9 underwater housing using the aircraft’s aluminium. #Video Housings
Nobody, except billionaires, can afford to ruin this expensive photographic tool in the underwater photography. So, buying the NA-A9 underwater housing should be the first thing you do when planning the underwater photography. It is the perfect solution for photographers wanting to place the Sony Alpha 9 camera into the water and capture amazing underwater photos.
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All buttons accessible
The aluminium underwater housing features integrated handles, vacuum leak detection system and a port locking system, one of its kind. All key camera controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips to make it easier for the user to access the camera’s key parameters without moving hands off the handles.
The housing shares the same lens port accessories as the Nauticam NA-A7II housing. The lens port supports thirteen Sony FE mount lenses. An adaptor can be used for using the entire N120 DSLR lens lineup, including the Canon EF lenses. In addition, there is an adaptor to attach the water contact UW-Nikkor series lenses originally used on the Nikonos underwater range finder systems.
The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system comes as standard equipment with the underwater housing. The monitoring system, combined with an accessory vacuum valve, provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple colour coded LED lighting system is built to alert the user when the vacuum is solid or when the housing is losing vacuum. In the event of water intrusion, the user will receive an audible and visual indication, thanks to leak detection built into the same circuit.
Viewfinders from Nauticam
In addition to the standard viewfinder, there is a “straight” 180° enlarging viewfinder and a 45° angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease in the close-up photography. Both viewfinders allow bright viewing of the entire image.
Price and Specification:
The NA-A9 underwater housing is designed for a depth of 100 meters.
The housing’s dimensions are 348mm (W) × 200mm (H) × 118mm (D).
Please go to the product page for information about pricing and technical specification.