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Ikelite Digital Housing for Canon Powershot G3X

SKU # ike.6146.03


Ikelite Housing for Canon Powershot G3X

Camera is not included; shown for illustrative purposes only.

A fast and reliable strobe connection is essential to getting the shot underwater. 

The front-loading camera mounting system makes installation and removal a breeze.  The camera mounting plate allows ready access to the battery and memory card, and features a standard 1/4-20 mounting point for attachment to a tripod topside.

True TTL exposure

An integrated TTL circuit is fine-tuned to the Canon PowerShot G3 X flash exposure protocol for the most accurate exposure possible.  The circuit is powered by the strobe for zero maintenance and no batteries to change.  Exposure compensation in TTL mode is supported using the camera's built-in control.  At this time, only Ikelite DS strobes are capable of powering the circuitry.  SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos strobes will still enjoy fast recycle times and improved battery life, but must be used in manual exposure modes only.

This housing provides a direct electrical connection to the camera's external flash hot shoe.  Cord attachment is as easy as screwing in a lightbulb, and the threaded fit prevents accidental detachment during use.  The bulkhead connection has been moved to the top of the housing to keep cords out of your way and reduce strain on the cord ends.  A variety of sync cord terminations are available for Ikelite, SEA&SEA, INON, or Nikonos strobes for ultimate versatility.

Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for the attachment of a tray and handle system.

To obtain the camera's full native angle of coverage underwater, we recommend the WD-3 Wide Angle Dome which restores the camera's true angle of coverage and clarity underwater.  Unlike a wet lens, the WD-3 is super sharp edge-to-edge and 100% free of dark shadows in the corners of the image.  And at less than 6 ounces, it is less than 1/3 the weight of even a lightweight wide angle lens, making it easy to handle and supremely packable.  The WD-3 can be removed and replaced underwater so that you can shoot wide angle and macro on the same dive.

The port is threaded for the direct attachment of 67mm threaded accessory lenses.  Wide angle wet lenses can be attached to the port but will exhibit vignetting (dark shadows around the edges of the image) due to the physical characteristics of the camera.  Vignetting can be eliminated by cropping the photo in post-production.  The INON UWL-H100 exhibits the least vignetting and best clarity with this model among popular wet lenses currently available on the market.

The optional 135mm Macro Port can be used in place of the housing's original port to shoot extreme close-up photography underwater.  The original lens port is removed and the 135mm Macro Port simply threads into the front of the housing for quick and easy installation.  The Macro Port is optimized for use with the camera in the 100mm to 135mm focal length range, with or without an external macro lens.  We recommend using the 135mm focal length combined with the camera's built-in digital teleconverter function for some incredible macro shots to rival much more expensive DSLR and mirrorless systems.

Two fiber optic ports are built into the front of the housing provide an attachment point for fiber optic cords from most major manufacturers.  The camera's built-in flash is suitable for firing an external strobe, but not for lighting a photo underwater.  Use of a fiber optic connector requires the camera's built-in flash to fire.

Fiber optic cord compatibility

The correct fiber optic sync cord will depend on the connector used by your strobe.
  • INON Optical D Cable "Non-wireless type" L-Connector
  • Sea&Sea Fiber Optic Cable (L-type) Product No. 50107
  • Olympus UW Fiber Optic Cable PTCB-E02
  • Nauticam Optical Fiber Cable No. 26211 Nauticam to INON
  • Nauticam Optical Fiber Cable No. 26212 Nauticam to Sea&Sea

What's Included

  • Housing
  • Port Cover
  • Waterproof bulkhead cap
  • Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

Color Correcting Filters.

Optional color correcting filters replace some of the reds and more natural tones that would otherwise be lost.  Available for tropical blue water and green water settings.  Filters are effective in shallow, sunny conditions depending on water clarity.  For optimum results use in combination with manual white balance (see camera user guide for information on setting custom white balance).  Use Ikelite filters for 3.0 inch diameter ports.


  • 200 ft (60m) depth rating
  • Controls for all camera functions except Framing assist-seek button, Manual focus button, Zoom lever, Front control ring
  • Ikelite flash bulkhead connector with built-in TTL circuitry
  • Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
  • Two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts with 3-inch (76mm) spacing
  • Weight 3.35 lb (1.5 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.2 x 6.5 x 6.0 in (182 x 165 x 152 mm)
  • 3.0-inch diameter glass lens port
  • ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetyl construction

Spare Parts List,  not included

  • 0110 Main o-ring
  • 9104.5 Waterproof bulkhead cap
  • 0184.2 Silicone lubricant resealable 2cc tube