Nauticam NA-LX10 for Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15
INTRODUCING NA-LX10 PRO PACKAGE
THE PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-LX10 CAMERA
The 1" sensor Panasonic LX-10 features 20MP resolution in a compact package that is mated to a fixed 24-72mm equivalent fast F1.4-2.8 zoom lens. The 1" sensor market has become a competitive niche filled with heavy hitters like the Sony RX100 series but Panasonic has brought the price point of the LX-10 well below that of the Sony by eliminating the EVF and going solely with a touchscreen LCD.
Like its larger siblings this compact Panasonic features their 4K Photo mode that allows for capturing 4K photos at 30 fps and fo the focus to be changed in post as well.
A big boost for the cameras is the 5-axis in-camera stabilization combined with the ability to shoot UHD 4K video at 30p or to shoot 20MP stills at a continuous rate of 7fps.
KEY CAMERA SPECIFICATIONS
- 20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor
- 24-72mm equivalent F1.4-2.8 zoom
- 7 fps continuous shooting with autofocus
- 4K video at up to 30p with optical stabilization
- 5-axis stabilization
- 4K Photo mode
- Post Focus and Focus Stacking modes
THE NAUTICAM NA-LX10 UNDERWATER HOUSING PRO PACKAGE
Nauticam first “supported” the LX series with the LX5 in early 2011, recognizing the image quality and capabilities of this compact system. The housing for the LX7 followed suit in 2013. The NA-LX10 benefits from this lineage, and is the most refined of the LX housings to date. This is a compact underwater housing designed to allow the user to harness the full potential of advanced compact camera in water.
All of the basic functions and ergonomic enhancements that Nauticam users have grown to know and love are incorporated in NA-LX10. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized to seal out corrosive salt water. It is closed via a simple, yet secure locking rotary latch. The right side of the housing is sculpted to fit the palm of the user’s hand, and Nauticam’s two-stage shutter release lever provides clear differentiation between the half press and full press shutter release positions. All functions are clearly labeled, and an m14 accessory socket allows an optional vacuum valve to be installed.
The LX10 camera presents some unique challenges to the housing designer – the aperture ring, aspect ratio dial, and on/off switch, in particular. Although this necessitates pre-setting these three controls when inserting or removing the camera, this housing does provide the user complete and very ergonomic control over these vital functions, even going so far as to label the stops/positions for all three controls.
The zoom lever is placed for easy access allowing the video maker smooth zooms. A locking ring prevents over zoom when using the short port.
This housing also includes handle brackets and a shutter release extension for use with the provided Flexitray, providing additional stability – important when shooting high resolution video. The PRO Package also includes a right handle for the tray in addition to two 1" standard mounting balls for the handles.
The Nauticam leak alarm and vacuum monitoring system is installed as standard equipment. This system provides an audible and visual alert to any water entry in the housing. This PRO package includes the accessory M14 Vacuum Valve (#25624). The water tight integrity of the system can be tested before ever entering the water and monitored during every dive.
ROTARY LOCKING LATCH
An oversized rotary latch seals the housing, and securely locks in place without risk of accidental opening. No control functions need to be preset or aligned when installing the camera, it simply drops into the housing and is ready to use.
FLEXITRAY AND BALL MOUNTS
The PRO package version of the NA-LX10 includes a Flexitray complete with the optional right handle and two ball mounts.
STIFFENING BRACKETS AND SHUTTER EXTENSION
As the PRO package comes with the Flexitray it also ships with the stainless steel stiffening handle brackets to ensure wobble-free operation even with large lights or strobes attached as well as the shutter release extension.
VACUUM CHECK AND LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM
Although all housings ship with the electronics for the Vacuum check system the PRO package already includes the vacuum system bulkhead as well.