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Capture images and video at depths up to 200' beneath the surface with Ikelite's Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for the Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera. Built-in, proprietary circuitry and an Ikelite bulkhead connector allow for TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes. Non-Ikelite strobes are compatible in manual mode. Dual fiber-optic cable ports built into the housing provide an alternate method for strobe attachment.
Ergonomic mechanical controls, including push-buttons, knurled knobs/dials, and a lever, afford access to all camera functions except for the framing assist-seek button, manual focus button, zoom lever, and front control ring. Built for durability, the enclosure is made in the USA from a corrosion-resistant ABS and polycarbonate blend, which is white/light gray on the front, sides, top, and bottom but clear in the back to allow you to monitor the O-ring seal and rear camera controls.
The housing ships with a flat lens port designed for use with the camera's lens at its widest 24mm focal length. Since the flat front element magnifies the image and reduces the effective angle of coverage to a degree, the optional WD-3 Wide Angle Dome is a recommended add-on. As an alternative, the housing accepts the optional 135mm Macro Port for use with the 100-135mm telephoto focal lengths of the camera's lens.
Features a depth rating of 200'
Close two double-passivated, stainless steel locking lid snaps to see o-ring form a watertight seal
Constructed by hand in USA from corrosion-resistant ABS, polycarbonate, and acetyl plastic blend
Off-white with a touch of light gray on front, sides, top, and bottom, but clear in back to allow you to monitor O-ring seal and rear camera controls
Off-white/light gray color reflects sunlight to keep camera cool when shooting at or above water's surface, and also offers better contrast for improved viewing of camera, LCD, and O-ring seal compared to a completely clear housing
Design eliminates need for O-ring groove or channel that can trap sand, dirt, or debris, while also preventing accidental twisting or stretching of O-ring
Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
Front-loading camera mounting system makes installation and removal a breeze
Camera-mounting plate allows easy access to battery and memory card, and has standard 1/4"-20 mounting point for attachment to optional tripod topside
Strobe Connection and Operation
Housing provides direct electrical connection to camera's external hot shoe
Integrated circuitry and bulkhead sync cord connector enable TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes, which require sync cords
Circuit has been fine-tuned to PowerShot G3 X's flash protocol for most accurate exposure possible
Circuit powered by strobe, so there's no maintenance required and no batteries to change
Exposure compensation in TTL mode supported via camera's built-in control
SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos strobes may be used with the required sync cords in manual exposure modes only, but will still benefit from improved battery life and faster recycle times
Threaded bulkhead connector prevents accidental sync cord detachment during use
Bulkhead connection has been moved to top of housing to keep cords out of your way and reduce strain on ends
Dual fiber-optic ports built into housing provide an alternate method for strobe attachment using optional cables from most major manufacturers
Camera's built-in flash is suitable for firing an external strobe via fiber-optic connection, but not for lighting a photo underwater
TTL method increases flash speed and conserves battery life by not requiring camera's built-in flash to fire
To preserve natural colors of subjects and environments in images, try to stay within arm's reach of what you're shooting. The further away you go, the more light is absorbed by water--which acts like a big blue/green filter
Controls and Handling
Ergonomic mechanical controls, including push-buttons, knurled knobs/dials, and a lever, afford access to all camera functions except framing assist-seek button, manual focus button, zoom lever, and front control ring
Camera lens cannot zoom inside housing (see lens port info below)
Controls are large enough to be operated easily while wearing thick gloves
Whenever possible, controls located in same configuration as they are on camera to replicate muscle memory and familiarity you've developed with camera
Control symbols laser-engraved into back of housing won't peel off or fade with time
Camera's large, bright LCD screen can be viewed edge-to-edge through back of housing
Two 1/4"-20 threaded mounting points for connection of optional tray with handles, which provides additional balance/stability and attachment points for optional lighting arms
Lens Port System
Wide-angle port with flat glass front element for use at 24mm focal length is included
3.0" / 76 mm diameter
67mm thread diameter for optional conversion lenses and filters
Optional, lightweight, add-on WD-3 Wide Angle Dome recommended to restore full coverage, because included port is flat and magnifies image--thereby reducing effective angle of view
WD-3 provides edge-to-edge sharpness without vignetting, and can be removed and replaced underwater
INON UWL-H100 is another wide-angle option, producing very little vignetting and high degree of clarity
Optional 135mm Macro Port, available as alternative to included port, is designed for use at 100-135mm telephoto focal lengths for improved close-up shots
Macro Port can be used with digital zoom function of camera to increase magnification even more
Optional 3.0" color-correction filters can be press-fit onto front of port to restore hues that get absorbed by water, which acts as a big blue/green filter. Available for both tropical blue water and green water
Filter reduces amount of light that reaches camera sensor, so they're recommended for use in sunny conditions at depths no greater than 80'
In the Box
Ikelite Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for Canon PowerShot G3 X
Lens Port Cover
Waterproof Bulkhead Cap
Silicone Lubricant for O-Ring
Flat Wide-Angle Lens Port
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
200' / 61 m
Mechanical push-buttons, knurled knobs/dials, and a lever
Afford access to all camera functions except for framing assist-seek button, manual focus button, zoom lever, and front control ring
Material of Construction
Housing Body: ABS, polycarbonate, and acetyl blend Lens Port Body: Acrylic
Wide-angle port with flat glass front element for use at 24mm focal length (included) Diameter: 3.0" / 76 mm Optional add-on WD-3 Wide Angle Dome recommended to restore full coverage Optional 135mm Macro Port available for use at 100-135mm telephoto focal lengths
Slightly negative in fresh water
External Flash Connector
Ikelite bulkhead connector with built-in TTL circuitry Supports TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes Supports manual exposure with non-Ikelite strobes
2x 1/4"-20 threaded holes with 3.0" / 76 mm spacing for mounting optional tray and handles
7.2 x 6.5 x 6.0" / 18.2 x 16.5 x 15.2 cm
3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Ikelite Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for Canon PowerShot G3 X Review