The Panasonic Lumix TS- (FT-) series cameras are great for dive travel thanks to their ultra-rugged build that's waterproof to 43 feet (13m) and shockproof to 6.6 feet (2m). A 16MP sensor and Full HD video at 60p mean plenty of resolution for shooting stills and video on the same dive.
Function and ergonomics
This housing is designed and built in the USA by experienced divers who are committed to providing top quality and value.
A drop-in, front-loading camera mounting system makes set-up and break down a breeze. Large, easy-to-reach controls are provided for all camera functions. An ergonomic side-mounted shutter lever is comfortable and reduces fatigue.
The camera's full 28-128mm equivalent zoom range is usable in the housing without vignetting. The nature of this camera's lens prevents the effective use of external wide angle lenses.
Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for the rotation-free attachment of a tray and handle system. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts. Mounting lights on a side arm rather than directly over the camera's lens helps to reduce the appearance of backscatter which looks like snow in your underwater images.
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.
Colour correcting filters
Enhanced colour correction and clarity can be achieved by adding a colour filter or external light. The lens port of the housing accepts our 2.2" diameter short colour filters, which are available in two formulas: Tropical Blue Water # 6441.31 and Green Water # 6441.71. 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 maximum effectiveness is 80 feet (24m) in ideal conditions of full sun and visibility of 100+ feet (30+m).
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 colours when shooting video.
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.
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). Ikelite back their products 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 DMC-TS6, DMC-TS5, DMC-FT6, or DMC-FT5 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 FT5, Panasonic Lumix FT6, Panasonic Lumix TS5, Panasonic Lumix TS6 Depth Rating 60m Port 2.2" diameter glass lens port Controls Controls for all camera functions Tray Attachment 1/4-20 thread tray mounting with 3" (76mm) spacing Buoyancy Near neutral buoyancy in fresh water Material Polycarbonate Product Weight 408 g, 14.4 oz Dimensions 150 x 117 x 76 mm, 5.9 x 4.6 x 3" Part Number #6270.07 SKU/EAN 883711055954
- What's in the Box
- O-ring # 0132.45 (installed)
- Port cover # 0200.02 (installed)
- Lanyard # 0321.10
- Silicone lubricant # 0184.1
- 1 year limited warranty
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