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Nauticam's great underwater housing for the Sony NEX-7 camera offers full control of the camera, including control of all 3 control wheels. This is a small, very well built housing and an incredible camera capable of stunning images.
The 24 megapixel Sony NEX-7 is the top of the line mirrorless camera, with a sensor the same size as a Nikon D300 or D7000. The video capabilities of this camera is incredible!
After looking all over for the right camera and case, I found the Nauticam Housing for my Nex-7. It is perfect for all the diving that I do. I mostly do freedives and play with surfing photography. The case and dome port and perfect. The photos came out flawless and I couldnt have been happier with how it all puts together and breaks down so easily. Highly recommend this set up. Nex-7 housing, dome port, side strap and tray with handle. Perfect go to for any in water photos.
We got 2 of these housings, 1 for me, and 1 for my wife. I down-sized from full DSLR and she upgraded from a Point and Shoot. We recently returned from the Philippines, and made about 32 dives with them. The housings are very well designed and very comfortable to hold. We mounted a 2 handle tray with a Sea & Sea YS-D1 on the left, and mine has a focus light on the right, and Suzanne had a Sola video light on the right. Also included the diopter flip-out mount, and the Dryon 7+ for her, and SubSee +10 diopter for me. The units are negative in this fashion, but added a large set of floats to the arms, and was just about neutral. (slight negative)
I shoot manual and found the triple control wheels very easy to use.
The LCD screen tilts slightly, making it much easier to see.
The positive locking mechanisms, for both the back and the port mount, are very easy to use and reassuring that you have locked correctly. They will click when locked in place.
The only issue that I had was, sometimes, I could not turn off the internal strobe with the switch on the back of the housing.
I never used the Electronic Viewfinder, just kept on the LCD all the time.
Overall, this is great camera and housing combination.
I bought the Nauticam NEX-7 housing along with the Sony NEX-7 camera and 18-55 mm lens for use on a 2 week dive trip to Utila in September 2012. It saw service on 29 dives in a variety of conditions including wall, sea mount, night and wreck.
The following features are those I most appreciate: The display screen is tilted up slightly inside the housing by a small arm which allows for a much more comfortable view of the screen while horizontal. (Brilliant design feature.) The port lock and lens port lock are very easy to use and feel secure. Almost all of the housing's controls are in the same place as on the camera which helps eliminate relearning controls underwater. The fiber optic strobe communication is much easier, lighter and more secure than the electrical cables found on other systems. The housing is small and manageable especially considering the NEX-7's sensor is comparable to a dSLR. My right hand grip on the housing always had comfortable access to the shutter release. The camera slides in and out easily on a tray mount that aligns nicely with the zoom gear.
I did not use the EVF Viewfinder. It's there but the information on LCD is much more usable (histogram, etc.).
I love the camera and the housing.
I have used the Nauticam NEX-7 housing for a few months. It is compact and durable. The housing has a sense of high quality when it is in ones's hands. All of the controls are easy to access, and in the right spot. Highly recommend !!!
I just returned from my first trip with this camera and housing (two weeks in Bonaire) and I am completely satisfied with my purchase.
As far as the handling, the dials on the Nauticam housing are terrific – very smooth and easy to manipulate under water. I felt like I could take full advantage of the three dial control system of the NEX7. They exceeded my expectation.
The dials and buttons also match up well with those on the camera - so if you figure out how to use the camera on land, your fingers will also know what to do with the housing.
Opening and closing the housing is really nice - smooth and reliable. Loading and unloading the camera is easy once you realize that you might have to jiggle the len adjustment knob a bit so that the gears fit nicely together.
My previous camera was a compact, so this housing first seemed quite large to me. But by the end of the two weeks, the size didn't seem to be an issue at all. It is basically neutrally buoyant, so it is easy to handle with one hand, which helps when you are trying to get a shot with an awkward angle.
As I previously used a compact camera, I used the LCD display with the Nex7. Out of curiosity, I tried the EVF. It requires putting your mask right up to the EVF, which I don't like for the type of shooting I do - often times smallish creatures inside nooks and crannies in the coral which require positions in which I couldn't use the EVF while also not touching anything.
I only had one issue - a couple of times I had a hard time starting and stopping the video. On two occasions I couldn’t stop the video with the button, so I just turned the camera off – it worked but not elegant. That was the only control that seemed less than perfect.
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