THE SONY A6300
Part of Sony's E-mount (NEX) mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system, the A6300 features a 24MP ASP-C sized CMOS sensor and a massive 425 phase-detection focus points that provide "4D" hybrid focus. Aimed at the underwater video enthusiast, the A6300 has the ability to shoot 4K at 24/25p from he full sensor width and utilizes LUTs such S-Log2 and S-Log3.
Sony A6300 Key Specifications
- 24MP Exmor CMOS sensor
- 425 phase detection points to give '4D Focus' Hybrid AF
- 4K (UHD) video - 25/24p from full width, 30p from smaller crop
- 2.36M-dot OLED finder with 120 fps mode
THE NAUTICAM NA-A6300 UNDERWATER HOUSING
Nauticam is the industry leader in mirrorless interchangeable lens underwater camera support. Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E (NEX) Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer. This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.
Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level. Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the most versatile wet mount wide angle lens (the WWL-1) combined with the NA-A6300 housing form a complete imaging system.
Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and the user experience. Key controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble. The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.
Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion. Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.
WWL-1 AND CMC-1
Two in house Nauticam optical designs, designed by founder and Managing Director Edward Lai, are the perfect lenses to complete an a6300 underwater system. Both lenses are engineered for use in water, providing the highest level of performance available today in a wet mount optic.
WWL-1 is a wide angle conversion, compatible with several lenses in the Sony system. The field of view is widest when paired with the Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN Lens, providing 130 degree diagonal field of view. WWL-1 is also an ideal match for the Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS lens providing over 100 degree diagonal field of view with full zoom through! With either lens, class leading center sharpness, corner sharpness, and contrast result in the clearest wide angle images possible underwater.
The magic of the wet lenses is their tremendous versatility, paired with outstanding in water performance. Both macro and super wide angle optics are available to the underwater photographer on the same dive. When matched with a mid-range lens, WWL-1 has a larger zoom range, better overall sharpness, and less purple fringing than any Sony wide angle lens we have tested behind a dome! Their truly is no performance sacrificed to achieve this flexibility.
A clear view for fine focus and composition is critical for successful underwater photography, and nothing beats a magnifying viewfinder. These viewfinders use distance, not closeup vision, and provide a large, clear view of the high resolution Sony electronic viewfinder. Available in angled 45º (PN 32205) and Straight (PN 32204) formats, both viewfinders have external dioptric adjustments for dialing in perfect correction matched to the photographer’s eyesight.
45º and 180º Magnifying Viewfinders provide a large, clear, corner-corner view of the Sony 2.36 mdot OLED Electronic Viewfinder.
INTEGRATED VACUUM CHECK AND LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM
The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-A6300 as standard equipment. Combined with an optional vacuum valve (PN 25624), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.
FLASH CONNECTORS FOR INON S-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-A6300 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, and Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity. This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode – with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-A6300 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea & Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market.
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls secured to the handles of the Nauticam accessory tray systems or a single strobe mounting ball location on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options.
Electrical strobe triggering (with power set manually on the flash head) is still an option for those with an investment in legacy lighting gear.