Which Canon R5 Underwater Housing is Right for you?
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All of our sales staff are skilled underwater photographers with many years of shared experience. We've tested all of these Canon R5 underwater housings multiple times, some having racked up hundreds of dives! We're one of the world's leading retailers of underwater photography equipment and have helped countless people find their perfect system, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch via email at email@example.com or call 310-633-5052.
Canon R5 Underwater Housing Options
Ikelite 200DL Canon R5 Underwater Housing
*Affordable, Sturdy, great TTL option*
Unlike other dive housings in this guide, the Ikelite Canon EOS R5 200DL Underwater Housing isn't built from aluminum, but rather from a solid polycarbonate material. Polycarbonate is lighter than aluminum and is impervious to corrosion. It also means the Ikelite Canon R5 underwater housing is the most affordable of the bunch, which will be music to the ears of the more budget-conscious underwater photographer. The housing is equipped with a vacuum system (pump not included) to ensure your seal is not compromised before getting in the water. The housing is equipped with Ikelite's newer style dry lock (DL) port system.
Nauticam Canon R5 Underwater Housing
*Excellent Ergonomics, User-friendly, Durable*
The Nauticam Canon R5 Underwater Housing is made from aircraft-grade aluminum. Great ergonomics are the defining feature of Nauticam housings. The button layout is very intuitive and you can access all of the buttons, switches and dials easily while operating the camera underwater. For example the focus button and the shutter button and almost opposite each other on the top right-hand corner of the housing which makes locking onto your subject and taking a photo very easy, it's almost like a pinching motion.
Another unique feature of the Nauticam Canon R5 underwater housing is the way you mount ports onto the housing body. It's a bayonet-style system where you only have to insert the port into the opening and twist a quarter turn to lock it in place. The housing is compatible with all Nauticam optics, bayonet systems, and flip adaptors for fast port changes. Finally, Nauticam housings have a wide range of lens combinations available to them, which gives you added versatility when shooting underwater.
Marelux MX-R5 Canon R5 Underwater Housing
*Made from Durable Aluminum Alloy*
Isotta Canon R5 Underwater Housing
*Ferrari of the Sea*
Aquatica Canon R5 Underwater Housing
*Affordable, Rugged, Compact*
Sea & Sea Canon R5 Underwater Housing
*Built to last, Compact Size, Elegantly Engineered*
The Sea & Sea Canon R5 Underwater Housing is made from high-quality aluminum which makes it incredibly tough and durable. It has a very robust design and feels solid to hold and use. One of the really great things about the Sea & Sea Canon R5 underwater housing is its compatibility with Sea & Sea strobes using a TTL flash trigger - making it the most accurate TTL option with Sea & Sea strobes. Another really well thought out part of its design is the large LCD window on the back which gives you a clear view of your camera's LCD screen, and the window on top so you can see your camera's top control panel, something you don't often find on other housings. Finally, the glow-in-the-dark buttons are a nice touch and come in super handy when diving either at night or in low-light conditions. It's a small detail that we really appreciated during our tests.
Depth rating: 330 ft. (100m)
Dimensions: 13.5 X 6.8 X 6.4 in (345 X 173 X 164 mm)
Surf & Snorkel Housings
Surf and snorkel housings are generally more compact, lightweight, and often cheaper than their counterparts meant for scuba divers. They have shallower depth ratings and are normally designed for use at or just under the surface. Below are our top choices for surf and snorkel underwater housings; check them out, and don't forget to contact us if you have any questions about depth ratings, dimensions, weight or setup.
*Affordable, Sturdy, compact*
AquaTech Canon R5 Edge Water Housing
*Fantastic for Surf and Snorkeling*
The AquaTech Canon EOS R5 Water Edge Housing is a fantastic underwater housing for snorkeling & surf photography. Compared to other housings in this guide, it's relatively inexpensive as it's depth rated to 33ft (10m). If you are an avid surfer or snorkeler then consider the AquaTech. There are optional housing accessories like a pistol grip that are specifically designed for surf photography.
ABOUT THE CANON EOS R5:
The Canon EOS R5 is one of the best underwater cameras out there. It's a firm favorite with the team here at Bluewater Photo, and we often recommend it to people looking for a great all-around underwater setup. Packed with a high-resolution 45-megapixel sensor, animal eye autofocus, 100% AF coverage, and 12 fps/20 fps electronic burst shooting, it's hard to beat it. Because of its popularity, every major housing manufacturer has a Canon R5 underwater housing in their lineup, so there are many excellent options to choose from.
- New 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Digic X processor
- Canon's first 5 axis In-Body Image-Stabilization (IBIS) which works in conjunction with optical IS RF and EF lenses. Up to 8 stops of correction
- Improved dual-pixel II autofocus
- 5,940 AF points
- 100% of the sensor has AF coverage!
- ISO 100 - 51,200
- Animal eye AF detection (for birds, cats, and dogs) - we'll see if it works for fish!
- 12fps burst shooting with mechanical shutter
- 20 fps burst shooting with silent (electronic shutter)
- 180 shot RAW image buffer
- Dual card slots - 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II
- 8K video @ 30p, 10- bit 4:2:2 - using the full width of the sensor!
- Internal RAW and C-Log recording
- 4K oversampled video up to 120p, 10-bit 4:2:2
- 5.69 million dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
- Dimensions: 135.8 X 97.5 X 88mm
- Weight: 738 grams (with card and battery)
Sample Images Taken With The Canon R5
A moon jelly under the sun captured with the Canon EOS R5 in an Ikelite EOS R5 housing, Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens, dual Ikelite DS 161 strobes, and Ikelite Canon TTL converter. f/22, 1/160, ISO 100
Spectacular resolution with the Canon EOS R5. Photo of a mosshead warbonnet captured with the Canon EOS R5 in an Ikelite housing, Canon 100 mm macro lens, dual Ikelite DS 161 strobes, Kraken +13 diopter, and Ikelite Canon TTL converter. f/16, 1/160, ISO 100
THE NEXT STEPS AFTER YOU PICK YOUR HOUSING: