Introducing Nauticam NA-EM10
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Camera
The E-M10 arrives as a logical successor to the E-M5. It inherits the same acclaimed Micro Four Thirds image sensor from the E-M5 but adds a new and faster processor chip that is able to extract even better image quality. The E-M10 shares the same excellent Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) as the E-M5 (a 1.44m dot SVGA LCD), but adds something Olympus calls "Adaptive Brightness" to enhance the EVF and make it seem more natural to the eye. The 1M-dot tilting TFT LCD screen is a considerable upgrade from the E-M5 as well, meaning images are easier to review.
The camera features a built-in popup flash (as opposed to the add on unit in E-M5). This is great news for the u/w photographer as the smaller popup allows the housing to be noticeably less tall than was required for the E-M5.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Key Camera Specifications
- 16MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
- ISO range 200-25,600
- H.264 recording at 1080/30p
- 8fps Continuous Shooting
The Nauticam NA-EM10 Underwater Housing
Ergonomics are still the driving design objective. Aperture and Shutter Speed controls are at the fingertips, and can be reassigned to other key functions with a single function button press. The F1 function button is placed at the photographer’s right thumb, an ideal location for focus lock, and F2 is just behind the shutter release and easily located by feel. The Video Record button is engaged via a lever placed at the right thumb, and easily distinguished from other pushbutton functions.
The NA-EM10 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronics built in. By default, it serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve, (p/n# 25612) and it becomes a vacuum check system – early warning for any problem with watertight integrity – which means peace of mind when shooting underwater.
Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is rated to 100m/330ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!
Premium Professional Optics
One of the strengths of the Micro Four Thirds system is the wide selection of excellent lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic. Olympus packages the E-M10 with the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R kit lens, which is a very capable optic for mid-range and fish portrait photography.
One of the most versatile lenses available for any system is the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens, which is a power zoom that features a built in macro mode. Nauticam is the only housing manufacturer that fully support this multi-purpose lens, and it is worth considering for someone interested in shooting macro and fish portraits on the same dive. Add Nauticam’s pioneering SMC, the first accessory optic designed exclusively for in water use, for even higher magnification on the macro side.
For those wanting to further expand their range underwater, lenses like the Panasonic 8mm fisheye, the Olympus 9-18mm and Panasonic 7-14mm rectilinear super wide zooms, and the Olympus 60mm macro are all supported. Nauticam supports more lenses for m4/3, and has more m4/3 lens experience than any other underwater housing manufacturer.