The Camera Bag: Take Your Nikon D800 for a Dive with this Underwater Housing from Nauticam


posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM EST

Underwater photographers looking to get detailed photos of great white sharks, giants squids, and sea monkeys -- ok, maybe not sea monkeys -- can take now take their 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800s for a dive with Nauticam's new NA-D800 underwater housing.

Nauticam is the first company to offer an underwater housing for Nikon's new megapixel champ and considering these protective rigs are painstakingly machined to prevent leaks and damage to their precious cargo, the company was definitely a busy beaver in creating the NA-D800.

The Nautifcam NA-D800 underwater housing is scheduled to ship on May 11th for $3,600, which is actually a pretty reasonable price. Previous underwater housings for the older Nikon D700 sold for several hundred dollars more than that.

Nauticam doesn't seem to have sacrificed any quality this Nikon underwater housing, either. The NA-D800 has a new, more ergonomic design with an added "Multi Controller Pad," which lets you get full use the D800's multi-selector on back of the camera. All 51 of the cameras focus points can be accessed via the housing and you can can scroll and select the functions without having to move from one button to another.

The NA-D800 underwater housing uses Nauticam's simple and secure latching system; a port locking lever system; and interchangeable viewfinders. The depth rating for the new housing is 328 feet (100 meters) beneath the surface. It supports both the Nikon D800 and D800E cameras.

More details at Dive Photo Guide.