Introducing Nauticam NA-RX100V
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Camera
Dubbed "the Fast Five" by DPReview.com, the fifth installment in the now legendary RX100 series adds exceptional autofocus speed and a mind blowing 24 frames per second burst mode to the already well rounded and capable feature set found on RX100 IV.
The core RX100 DNA that has made this series so exceptionally popular is unchanged. These features include a large backside illuminated sensor in a compact body that can easily fit into a shirt pocket, a fast 24-70mm zoom lens, and Ultra High Definition Video.
Speed, both in focusing, and continuous shooting, catapults RX100 V to the top of the compact camera class. The DSC-RX100 V adds a 315 point phase detect af sensor array covering 65% of the frame. Phase detect focus systems can acquire focus more quickly than the contrast detect enabled competition. Hunting for focus is virtually eliminated, and the continuous and tracking focus modes are much better at tracking fast action.
The 24 fps Continuous Hi shooting mode (complete with autofocus, auto exposure, and raw capture capability) provides a completely new way of shooting behavior. Still photo strobes can't keep up with this frame rate, but with ambient light or LED video lights this high speed burst mode. Even the Continuous Mid mode is on par with the continuous shooting speeds possible with pro body DSLR cameras!
Sony Cyber-shot RX-100 V Key Specifications:
- 20.1 MP 1"-type stacked CMOS Sensor
- f/1.8-2.8 24-70mm equivalent zoom lens
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1/32,000 sec max electronic shutter speed (1/2,000 sec mechanical shutter)
- 24 fps continuous shooting
- Slow motion video recording up to 1000 fps (960 fps in NTSC mode)
- 4K (UHD) video recording with full sensor readout at 100 Mbps
- SLog2 gamma setting
- Tilting 3" 1.3m dot LCD
- Pop-up 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- Built-in ND filter
- Wi-Fi with NFC
The Nauticam NA-RX100V Underwater Housing
The NA-RX100V sets a new standard for compact camera housing design. It is the ultimate refinement of the models that came before it, and proven in the field.
Nauticam designs are always improving, and new features integrated into each new release. The ergonomic experience has been tailored for a photographer's right hand on the side of the housing, placing key controls literally at the users finger tips. Some users, especially those wearing cold water gloves, prefer shooting from handles such as the Nauticam Flexitray and Easitray. To better support this style of shooting, a set of stainless steel handle brackets and amechanical shutter release trigger extension is included with every housing.
The RX100V housings features an industry standard 67mm threaded port mount, meaning it is easy to attach a number of different wet mount lenses. A compact camera underwater is only as good as the optics in front of it, and the growing Nauticam accessory lens lineup sets new performance standards with every release.
On the macro end, the Compact Super Macro Converter (CMC) is the ideal choice and enables a subject 35mm wide by 23mm tall to fill the frame. This is over 4x magnification provided by the stock lens (stock lens images 160mm wide, CMC 35mm wide).
All Nauticam lenses are engineered specifically for underwater imaging, not waterproof adaptations of lenses designed for use in air, resulting in superior image quality. The CMC provides visibly sharper images than competing macro lenses, especially in the corders, with noticeably less purple fringing. The lens design is also designed with autofocus systems in mind, easing the learning curve associated with high magnification imaging.
The standard NA-RX100V housing supports HDMI out, via an optional HDMI bulkhead connected to the M16 accessory hole in the front of the housing. This means that the underwater videographer can use the excellent SmallHD 501 or 502 Monitors (in the NA-502S housing, p/n 17907), the Atomos Ninja 2 Recorder (NA-NINJA2 housing, p/n 17902), or even the Atomos Shogun UHD Recorder (Nauticam Housing p/n 17904). The RX100IV camera offers "clean" HDMI output, allowing high bit rate Apple ProRes recording at up to 4k 30P with Shogun.
The line between a camcorder and still camera no longer exists, with examples like RX100 V providing excellent capture functionality for both still and motion images. RX100 IV is an excellent upgrade from your favorite action cam, and can even fill a POV or Pole Cam role on natural history productions.
Wet Wide Angle Lens
This completely sealed and underwater mountable optic is designed to be used in water – with the refractive index of optical glass to water accounted for at every step in the design process. Optimized for best wide angle performance at the 28mm equivalent focal length, the lens offers 130° diagonal field of view with low distortion, extremely high overall sharpness (especially in the corners), excellent contrast, and resistance to flare.
The outstanding image quality of today's top compacts paired with Nauticam conversion lenses is stunning. They combine to form a complete system that covers the entire range from macro to super wide angle, and packs into a small backpack or shoulder bag
Nauticam Vacuum Check System
The engineers at Nauticam managed to squeeze in the Nauticam vacuum monitoring and leak detection electronics. By default, it serves as an audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system. The vacuum monitoring system provides early warning for any problem with watertight integrity – which means peace of mind when shooting underwater.