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Underwater Monitor for Panasonic GH5

17 October 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hi all,

Am new to shooting video and am loving my GH5 in Nauticam housing.

My biggest complaint is the position of the viewfinder...

For most macro shots I cannot see the screen without being on my belly disturbing the bottom. For some wide angle where I am swimming it would be nice to look down on the screen so I can better frame sideways / upwards shots.

I am doing alot of conservation work on glass sponge reefs and the last thing I want to do is damage the delicate sponges trying to capture images of the reef and fish life from their level.

Have done some basic research and need some input / advice.

1) As amazing as the Atomos Ninja Inferno in a Nauticam sounds the price is double other options. With the GH5's available internal recording formats it would take serious convincing before giving this option more thought.

2) Small HD in Nauticam housing

3) Dive and See 5" monitor

Anyone used either the Small HD or Dive and See?

Am looking for input on which model people recommend and why? How have you mounted yours, how easy is it to use wearing gloves etc.

External feed to surface isn't necesary but would be nice to have / add in future.

Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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Panasonic GH5 first dive

07 June 2017 - 06:29 PM

Hello all,


On both the Mirrorless and Video Gear threads there has been much speculation and desire for information on how the GH5 performs underwater.


I received my Nauticam Housing last week and got the camera in the water for a single dive on Sunday. I used my Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro lens in 180mm Nauticam glass dome which I used with my Olympus EM5


Full disclosure I am a rookie at video, and have even less experience editing. I have been shooting stills for 4.5 years and while I enjoyed the EM5 I found it a bit lacking lately with some of my deeper, darker dives doing conservation work on glass sponge reefs. Constructive criticism greatly appreciated.


I am in the process of upgrading both my hard drives and computer system as my old laptop is out of space, and horsepower.


Due to my current computer challenges videos linked below were shot 8 bit 1080p 60fps, and have been run through Windows Movie Maker which converted them to 30fps? (As stated, the technical side is currently beyond me)


No colour grading, exposure or other shifts has been applied. You will note the white plumose anemones are washed out / burnt at times but I really wanted to get a feel for the camera, and judging results on a small camera screen is not that easy. There is some focus hunting, which I honestly think was me hitting AF lock lever trying to re-focus.


Anyway, to keep things simple I shot 1/60, f8, Auto ISO, Manual White Balance and Single Autofocus.


The white balance was remarkably easy, simply hit the thumb lever, then up button to activate viewfinder, point at something white (I used my dry glove, or a white anemone) and hit OK. Perhaps a grey slate would work better? I don't know, this was the first time I have ever performed manual white balance.


Local water conditions can be challenging at times due to river run-off and plankton. This dive had pretty good conditions; decent visibility at depth with suspended particulate and a surprising amount of light considering the top 8 feet was river silt with 2 foot viz, and the next 10+ feet was plankton soup with 5ish foot viz.


Here are a few miscellaneous shots where I tried different scenarios https://youtu.be/ydu2t-w1Vis



Mother octopus grooming eggs (eggs start at 1:06)   https://youtu.be/M7NrIMyTR4o