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Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90

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Product Highlights
  • Ring Function is Operational
  • Rear Control Dial Is Not Operational
  • 67mm Threaded Port
  • Allows Use of Strobes
  • Rated Down to 200'

This Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing is designed for the Canon PowerShot S95 and S90 digital cameras. It is an injection-molded clear polycarbonate case, known for its strength and corrosion-free properties. The housing offers an unobstructed view of the camera's information and control functions and operates safely to a depth of 200'. An easy-open latch, along with drop-in camera loading, makes set-up a breeze. The housing is sized and weighted for near-neutral buoyancy and superb handling underwater.

All camera controls except the rear control dial are operational through the housing. A gear driven system allows use of the camera's ring function.

A flash diffuser is included to improve lighting quality when the camera's built-in flash is used underwater. For optimum lighting underwater an optional external strobe is recommended. Ikelite strobes are brighter, recycle faster and offer wider coverage than the camera's flash. Being farther from the camera lens, the strobe reduces the illumination of particles in the water, which helps eliminate backscatter.

The port accepts the 67mm threads of a wide-angle conversion lens without an adapter. Getting close to your subject will greatly increase the quality of your underwater photos. By eliminating as much water as possible between you and your subject, you will get increased contrast and better color. The wide-angle conversion lens can be attached and removed when underwater.

Clear Polycarbonate Construction
Strong and corrosion-free, ultra-compact, high-performance and very durable housing
Camera Functions
All camera controls except the rear control dial are operational through the housing. A gear-driven system allows use of the camera's ring function.
Mechanical Controls
The dependable controls are conveniently placed at your fingertips and kept watertight with Ikelite's pioneering Quad-Ring seal glands, one of the most reliable methods for sealing controls.
Wide-Angle Options
The port accepts the 67mm threads of a wide-angle conversion lens without an adapter.
Construction Injection-molded clear polycarbonate
Control Type Mechanical
Controls All
Depth Rating 200' (60m)
Buoyancy Neutral
Port Fixed, flat
The port accepts the 67mm threads of a wide-angle conversion lens without an adapter.
Internal Flash Usable Yes
External Strobe Connector No
TTL Compatible No
Moisture Alarm None
Color Clear, black
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.4 x 4.6 x 3.3" (160 x 120 x 84mm)
Weight (without Camera) 1.4 lbs (0.64kg)
Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90
  • Flash Diffuser
  • Flash Deflector
  • Wrist Lanyard
  • O-Ring
  • Silicone O-Ring Lubricant
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Ikelite6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90
     
    4.3

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Functional (9)
    • Weather proof (8)
    • Good depth range (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Diving (7)
      • Snorkeling (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Service!!

      I recently ordered the S95 and its Ikelite housing.

      My first time to order from B&H, the products were packaged properly, ready for shipment day after I order, package...Read complete review

      I recently ordered the S95 and its Ikelite housing.

      My first time to order from B&H, the products were packaged properly, ready for shipment day after I order, package received with no damages.

      Would highly recommend for international purchases.

      The S95 is an excellent camera specially for low
      light conditions.

      I did a lot of research before I decided on this combination. Yes the P300 is better and cheaper with no RAW so was excluded from my side.

      The LX5 and ZX1 were superior, however you need to remember that it is not just comparing spec. At the end of the day it is how good pictures wise and how easy you can use it underwater.
      The ZX1 made me so confused and am still on ground so I also ruled it out.

      The LX5 menu was fine but you have less housing options for it. The Ikelite one was roughly 200 more than the canon one, and I simply did not want to spend that much.

      Draw back of the S95 / Ikelite is that you can not use the back ring. So forget about the M mode.

      You will be able to use only the AV or TV mode.
      However the manual white balance and the iso is very easy to access.

      As I said I did a lot of research and compared the spec. yes the canon is a bit of compromise spec wise and the full manual mode.

      On the other side, great pictures, very easy to use WITH THE CASING ON, the package is good value,
      and multiple casing options are available.
      available.

      You want to pay more maybe get the Lumix / ikelite combo.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Almost there...

      This is a solid housing. The buttons are made of metal and it feels more "rugged" than the Canon housing I have for my other camera. There are 4 problems that...Read complete review

      This is a solid housing. The buttons are made of metal and it feels more "rugged" than the Canon housing I have for my other camera. There are 4 problems that Ikelite should fix, before I would recommend to buy it.

      1. The "play" button is misplaced. It is almost impossible to activate.

      2. The "func/set" button is to short. It is very hard to activate, because the other buttons are in the way, when you push it in.

      3. The "shutter" button is hard to press halv-ways to focus. Many times an attempt to focus result in taking a picture.

      4. A lot of sand is caught between the housing and the o'ring. Prepare to spend some time to clean after a dive with particles in the water.

      /Sam

      Reviewed by 14 customers

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      1.0

      1 dead S95 Canon camera

      By Jon

      from Mauritius

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

            I tried the housing twice. the 2nd time, water went into the housing and now the S95 camera is dead. It happened as soon as i went into the water.

            Depth was around 12 meters. So not very deep.

            So i'm not happy about that.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 1

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            4.0

            Good Housing (1 small issue)

            By Chris

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Depth Range
            • Water-tight Seals

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Diving
              • Snorkeling
              • Swimming Pool

              Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

              Nice housing. One great feature is that you can see and confirm the O-ring seal visually. Also, you have access to all the the camera controls EXCEPT one. The 4 way buttom has a spin dial, which cannot be accessed through the housing. Luckily the s95 (not sure about the s90) has a variable function wheel that can be used as a proxy for this dial.

              My main irk is that the lower buttons on the housing may not work (ie reach/align with the camera) if the camera body is not perfectly aligned in the housing. This seems like a no brainer, but you should make sure everything works perfectly BEFORE you get in the water, other wise you'll find yourself trying to turn flash on/off or enter marco mode as depth with no options. This happened to me twice on my first day using the housing, but I seemed to have it figured out now.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              perfect for beginner et semi-pro

              By steph

              from geneva, swiss

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

              very good ergonomics and good grip

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              4.0

              Dry Housing

              By 20 below

              from North Dakota

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Depth Range
              • Water-tight Seals

              Cons

              • Too Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Diving
              • Lake
              • Snorkeling

              Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

              The housing worked well without any leaks. The underwater pictures turned out great!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              solid

              By Greg

              from Madison WI

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Depth Range
              • Water-tight Seals

              Cons

              • Zoom botton is hard

              Best Uses

              • Diving
              • Snorkeling

              Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

              this is well built and can take a little bump when in the scuba boat. the zoom buttom takes a little getting use to but overall the buttons are easy to use. My last camera did not have a on off botton so i am very pleased i can turn the camera off while in its housing.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Service!!

              By meez

              from UAE

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional

              Cons

              • Not Versatile

              Best Uses

              • Diving
              • Snorkeling

              Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

              I recently ordered the S95 and its Ikelite housing.

              My first time to order from B&H, the products were packaged properly, ready for shipment day after I order, package received with no damages.

              Would highly recommend for international purchases.

              The S95 is an excellent camera specially for low
              light conditions.

              I did a lot of research before I decided on this combination. Yes the P300 is better and cheaper with no RAW so was excluded from my side.

              The LX5 and ZX1 were superior, however you need to remember that it is not just comparing spec. At the end of the day it is how good pictures wise and how easy you can use it underwater.
              The ZX1 made me so confused and am still on ground so I also ruled it out.

              The LX5 menu was fine but you have less housing options for it. The Ikelite one was roughly 200 more than the canon one, and I simply did not want to spend that much.

              Draw back of the S95 / Ikelite is that you can not use the back ring. So forget about the M mode.

              You will be able to use only the AV or TV mode.
              However the manual white balance and the iso is very easy to access.

              As I said I did a lot of research and compared the spec. yes the canon is a bit of compromise spec wise and the full manual mode.

              On the other side, great pictures, very easy to use WITH THE CASING ON, the package is good value,
              and multiple casing options are available.
              available.

              You want to pay more maybe get the Lumix / ikelite combo.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Ikelite Canon S95 housing review

              By AC

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Freediving
                • SCUBA Diving
                • Snorkeling
                • Travel
                • Underwater

                Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                This housing is simple and easy to use, and doesn't break the bank. Rear dial functionality is lost, but there's a cumbersome shortcut where you hold the shortcut key and press the left or right buttons which simulates turning the rear dial if you really need it. But this is a minor issue. Aside from that, the housing works great, and the polycarbonate housing is nice for seeing that the O-ring is seated well. I recommend putting a plastic screen protector on the back where the viewfinder is. All in all, it's a great housing that's affordable. The next better housings, like Recsea and FIX, retain usage of the rear dial and have other features like hotshoe mounts, but they cost at least twice as much.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Very good

                By Virginia user

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                  This housing is very easy to use. I used it last week on the beach and was amazed by how easy it was to chnage the settings etc... I recommend to buy a water repellent for the lens

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very Nice housing for a very NICE camera

                  By SirEnigma

                  from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Depth Range
                  • Sturdy
                  • Water-tight Seals

                  Cons

                  • The flash cover plate

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                    Very good housing for diving. Easy to use all the required controls for the camera are accessible. The Zoom button is a little hard to get use to because it does not recenter automatically. It is hard to zoom precisely because you need to recenter manually and this is hard with diving gloves and diving mittens. But this is a very sturdy case. Would recommend. The only problem is the ugly plastic cover you need to install (temporary) in order to use the flashes.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    beautifully enginered

                    By markvk

                    from the world

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Depth Range
                    • Water-tight Seals

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Diving

                      Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                      well made, easy to use, neautrally bouyant extreamly good quality with comprehensive instructions, including camera settings! cheap wrist strap and the lens port was dirty on arrival (smered with grease) and was a pain to clean!

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                      • No

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice Quality Product

                      By ashin

                      from Irvine, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Snorkeling

                        Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                        Good quality product.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Almost there...

                        By Sam

                        from La Jolla, San Diego, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Depth Range
                        • Water-tight Seals

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Diving
                          • Snorkeling

                          Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                          This is a solid housing. The buttons are made of metal and it feels more "rugged" than the Canon housing I have for my other camera. There are 4 problems that Ikelite should fix, before I would recommend to buy it.

                          1. The "play" button is misplaced. It is almost impossible to activate.

                          2. The "func/set" button is to short. It is very hard to activate, because the other buttons are in the way, when you push it in.

                          3. The "shutter" button is hard to press halv-ways to focus. Many times an attempt to focus result in taking a picture.

                          4. A lot of sand is caught between the housing and the o'ring. Prepare to spend some time to clean after a dive with particles in the water.

                          /Sam

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          NOT for S90

                          By Seb

                          from Sundsvall, Sweden

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Water-tight Seals

                          Cons

                          • Hard to press buttons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                            This housing is Ikelite 6242.95 and should not be mixed up with the 6242.90 that is for Canon S90.
                            The cameras are slightly dissimilar in measurements and button placements.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Underwater Housing!

                            By Scuba Sean

                            from Pocono's, PA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Depth Range
                            • Water-tight Seals

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Diving

                              Comments about Ikelite 6242.95 Ultra Compact Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90:

                              This is a great underwater housing! The construction of this device is far better than the Canon housing that is offered. Buttons and the ring control is so easy to use. I would highly recommend this Ikelite housing over the Canon.

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                              • Yes

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