The Nauticam LX5 housing (NA-LX5) is now shipping. The first compact camera housing from Nauticam, this camera and housing are a potent combination. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera, or LX5 for short, may be the best underwater compact camera system to date.
The LX5 packs a lot of power into a small camera, including these features that benefit underwater shooters:
- RAW image format
- Manual exposure with full control
- A very usable manual focus with DOF indicator
- TTL in manual mode
- AVCHD video
For Leica fans, the housing can also accomodate the Leica D-Lux5 camera. An optional insert is required for the D-Lux5.
I happened to have a Leica D-Lux5 in the housing this morning when I took the housing to a fishing dock to snap the product shots you see here. While walking down the pier, I noticed a cool little filefish right next to the dock. Well, having an underwater camera in my hands, I could not resist, so I laid down on the dock and dipped the D-Lux5 in and took a few snaps. So here's my first ever Leica photograph:
The Nauticam LX5 housing is available now from your friendly Nauticam dealer. Check out this blog post from April 15for more info about the camera and housing.