Ergonomics and handling
This compact and lightweight housing allows you to operate your Panasonic Lumix camera up to depths of 60m (200 feet) . It is designed and built in the USA by experienced divers with a commitment to providing top quality and value.
Large, easy-to-reach controls are provided for all camera functions. Soft-touch knobs are easy to grip with or without gloves on and provide quick access to important controls including front and rear dials and the mode control. Rear controls are marked with easy-to-see laser engraved symbols which never fade or fall off.
A trigger-type shutter lever control is designed for optimal sensitivity and a natural motion when shooting underwater. The standard control hugs the side of the housing for comfortable use when hand holding. The shutter trigger may be easily extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93 for more comfortable reach when using a handle grip.
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.
Wide angle and macro close-up
The optional WD-4 Wide Angle Dome # 6430.4 provides a wider angle of view underwater without the edge distortion, heaviness, or difficult attachment typically associated with an external wide angle lens. The WD-4 is a 0.75x magnification factor and simply slides on and off of the housing's lens port.
A press-fit Macro Adapter # 9306.82 is available for the attachment of 67mm threaded accessory macro lenses. We recommend a macro lens which is designed for underwater use like those from INON, Saga, Nauticam, and other manufacturers. The adapter should not be used with 67mm threaded wide angle lenses. The wide angle lens would be too far away from the camera's lens to provide an improved image.
Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for the attachment of a tray and handle system. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts.
Light is absorbed as it travels through even short distances underwater, making colours appear dull or monochromatic. To preserve the natural colours of your subject, it's important to stay within arm's reach—no more than 3-4 feet (1m) away.
There is a simple rule that brighter is better underwater. A high-quality lighting system can produce magazine quality results with almost any compact camera system.
Enhanced colour correction and clarity can be achieved by adding a colour filter or external light. The lens port of the housing accepts our 3" diameter colour filters, which are available in two formulas: Tropical Blue Water # 6441.46 and Green Water # 6441.86. A colour filter reduces the amount of light that reaches the camera's sensor, so they are most effective in sunny conditions up to about 45 feet (15m). The absolute maximum effectiveness is 80 feet (24m) in ideal conditions of full sun and visibility of 100+ feet (30+m).
We also offer a Yellow Barrier Filter # 6441.16 for shooting fluorescence photography. Read more about fluorescence here...
Flash and constant on lights
A flash or constant on light is necessary for close-up, night dives, and deep depths. An external light also brings out more colours in sunny conditions. External lights are typically not used in conjunction with colour filters, as the combination will result in tones that are too red or too purple.
The location of the camera's flash in relation to the lens makes it unusable for lighting your subject underwater. However, the camera's flash may be used to trigger an external strobe. Two ports are provided for the connection of up to two fiber optically triggered underwater strobes.
Alternatively, a bright constant-on video light can be used. A constant-on light is not as bright as a strobe flash. Constant-on lights do provide added versatility because they can be used for focus assist and for improved colors when shooting video.
A spare 1/2-20 threaded Accessory Port on the side of the housing is the perfect location for the installation of an optional vacuum valve. The Vacuum Kit # 47012 allows you to pull a vacuum on the housing to simulate pressure at depth and check for leaks prior to entering the water.
Durability and corrosion free performance
Ikelite's ABS-PC blend provides strength and corrosion free performance year after year with minimal maintenance. The specially formulated colour deflects the sun to keep your camera running cooler, longer. Compared to black or clear housings, the light grey colour provides superior contrast for enhanced view of the camera, LCD screen, and o-ring seal.
The unique rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of the o-ring for simple and confident assembly. Ikelite have eliminated the need for an o-ring groove or channel which can trap sand, dirt, or debris. Two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps are simple to use and virtually unbreakable. The clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, watertight seal as it closes.
Ikelite products are designed, built and tested in the USA. They use locally sourced, top-grade materials. Their housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit and function. Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m). Their products are backed with over 50 years of experience and the best reputation for service within the dive industry.
Differences in lens and control placement prevent cameras other than the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200, DC-TZ200, or DC-TZ202 from being used in this housing. We are not aware of any other camera models which may be used in or adapted to this particular housing.
- Additional Information
Camera Specific Housing Finder Panasonic Lumix TZ200, Panasonic Lumix TZ202 Depth Rating 60m Port 3.9" diameter glass lens port allows effective zoom range of 24-135mm Controls Controls for all camera functions except Diopter Adjustment Dial and Flash open lever; Flash may be opened prior to installing camera in the housing Tray Attachment 1/4-20 thread tray mounting with 3" (76mm) spacing Buoyancy Near neutral buoyancy in fresh water Product Weight 1270 g, 2.8 lb Dimensions 157 x 130 x 173 mm; 6.2 x 5.1 x 6.8 inches Part Number #6170.12 SKU/EAN 883711056050
- In the Box
O-Ring # 0109 (installed)
Port cover # 0200.08 (installed)
Silicone lubricant # 0184.1
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