Nauticam has just announced an underwater housing that may be of interest to fans and users of either the Blackmagic 4K, 2.5K, or Pocket Cinema Cameras — the NA-BMCC and NA-BMPCC. Designed with tactile record trigger, handles for stabilization, as well as several mounting possibilities, these underwater housings aim at giving more control and visibility to underwater filmmakers.
Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-BMCC. The ergonomic, soft touch, over molded rubber grips that Nauticam has become famous for, provide a firm base for steady shooting, and they are angled forward 15 degrees providing a more natural grip for video shooting. Controls for record, iris open (skip forward), iris close (skip back), playback, and stop are brought out to the grips with easy to access levers. Oversized control dials for mechanical zoom and focus are placed underneath the left handle for fingertip control. The “focus” and “iris” commands are conveniently placed for thumb access at each handle.
Key camera controls for record, focus, and lens control are placed at the grips for stable operation while filming. A tactile trigger mechanism activates record, and is easy to operate by feel even with thick gloves. A rubberized lens control knob, operating either zoom or focus depending upon the lens used, is placed at the left handle for fingertip control.
Integrated rubberized grips provide a comfortable, stable platform for shooting. Handle brackets eliminate any flex when heavy video lights are used, and the handles are angled forward 15 degrees for comfortable use in the prone swimming position.
Understanding that professional film makers will use this system in a variety of shooting scenarios, Nauticam has integrated a number of mounting possibilities. A cheese plate is incorporated in the top of the housing for pole or jib mounting. Dual tripod screws on the bottom of the housing allow ease mounting to a tripod or quick release plate. Handles are supplied as standard equipment, but can be removed for mounting in a shoulder rig while retaining full operational functionality.