Film the ocean in slow motion: Take the Nikon V2 deep-diving with Nauticam’s underwater housing


posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM EDT

Nikon's 1-series compact system cameras have some pretty unusual features for mirrorless models, but perhaps the rarest of the bunch is their provision for high-speed capture. Across the whole line, full-resolution capture is possible at up to 60 frames per second, and at lower resolutions, rates of up to a staggering 1,200 fps are possible. Now, courtesy of a new underwater housing for the Nikon V2 compact system camera, you can take that high-speed goodness underwater with you for a really cool twist on deep-diving footage.

Of course, underwater housings were already available for other 1-series models, but the Nikon V2 has some unique features not available in its siblings. Some of them will be of use underwater, and others only above the surface, but at some point you'll likely take advantage of all of them.


Perhaps the handiest feature for underwater shooting will be greater battery life than all other 1-series models except the V1. More battery life is a huge deal, given that you can't change batteries or rely on external power underwater. The V2 also provides for 14-megapixel stills, unlike the 10MP V1. And when you're above the surface, the V2 also offers an electronic viewfinder and optional GPS receiver support. 

For our money, though, the coolest feature of a 1-series camera underwater is that high-speed capture capability. You mightn't think that there was a lot of call for quick burst shooting underwater, but you'd be wrong. Mother Nature can surprise you with the swiftness of her creations beneath the sea. Species like the sailfish have been clocked at up to 68 miles per hour, and high-speed capture can be handy on a smaller scale, too. Consider, for example, the mantis shrimp: Its club-like smasher appendage, designed for punching through shellfish, can accelerate to 50 miles per hour in a heartbeat. And then there's the pistol shrimp, able to "shoot" cavitation bubbles at up to 60 mph, stunning its prey.


Take your 1-series camera underwater with you and you could bring back a credible, if rather low-resolution, 40x slow motion video of these awe-inspiring shrimp in the wild. And we're sure there are plenty of other undersea subjects which could benefit from some high-speed stills and video, besides. That makes Nauticam's new Nikon V2 underwater housing a very cool product indeed!

Want to know more about the Nauticam NA-V2 housing for the Nikon V2? Visit the Nauticam website for more details, the full instructions, and dealer info. Just want to see some cool slow-mo footage? Perhaps some underwater dogs shot at 1,000 fps would float your boat, or maybe you'd like to see soccer superstar Lionel Messi turn into Tron... or you can browse our other slow-motion stories.