Canon’s recently-released Powershot G15 delivers prosumer imaging performance in a compact digital camera format. When mated to Fantasea’s new FG15 housing and accessories, the result is a compact, cost-effective underwater imaging package capable of producing everything from wide-angle reef scenes to macro portraitist, along with high-definition video.
The FG15 polycarbonate housing is constructed to the same standards as Fantasea’s popular F series (FP7000 and FP7100), and features double O-ring seals. It has been tested to 80 meters (240 ft.) and is certified to a maximum depth of 60 meters (200 ft.). Clearly-labeled and easy-to-use controls are incorporated into an ergonomic housing design that measures just 17X13X13.5cm (6.7×5.1×5.4 inches)—small enough to be palmed one-handed by most users. The housing’s transparent rear plate not only allows easy viewing of the 3-inch monitor, but also helps users visualize the interfaces between housing and camera controls. The housing and camera have a combined weight of 1.1 kg (2.4 pounds) above water, and are .3kg (.6 pounds) negative in saltwater.
Noteworthy features of the FG 15 housing include a removable anti-glare hood for the LDC screen, a dedicated video control button, a dedicated mount for lighting accessories, a removable flash diffuser and dual fiber optic cable connections. An optional leak detector can also be included. The housing is supported by an accessory line that includes wet-connect wide angle and macro lenses, a variety of color correction filters, and lighting sets for still and video imaging.
The FG15 housing was introduced in the US market at a retail price of $499, and the G15 sells in the $420 to $450 range. Round out the package with Fantasea’s Big Eye wide angle port ($359), Sharp Eye macro lens ($104) and Nano Flash set ($412-$585), and for about $2,000, you have a system that will shoot publication-worthy 12mp RAW images and high-definition 1080p video, provide significant creative latitude, and pack into a carry case smaller than a bowling ball bag.
You can learn more about the FG15 system at the Fantasea website.