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Pros and Cons Using Sony a6500 in Nauticam for 4K Video

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#1 Colin Snow

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 10:27 AM

I thought I would quickly share my experience using a Sony a6500 underwater.  I am using:


  • Sony a6500 in Nauticam housing with Sola 3500 and Intovatec 2500 lights. 
  • Zoom - Sony 18-55mm lens in N85 Flat Port 72.
  • Macro - Inon UCL for macro in M67 Flip Diopter Holder. 
  • Wide - Sony 10-18mm + Zen Underwater DP-170 Fisheye Dome Port


The video here has mostly a6500 footage (0:23 - 3:16):




  • Having IBIS in a6500 helps to stabilize footage vs. none in the a6300
  • Using Sony lenses with OSS helps even more
  • Fast autofocus works really well for UW video - especially when subjects move a lot
  • I could get 3+ dives without changing batteries using the Nauticam 2,500 mAh battery pack.


  • The Sony UW white balance sucks and always need to be corrected in post-production (I use Premiere Pro CC Lumetri).
  • The 4K (3840 x 2160) 30 fps would be better at 100 Mbps and not 60.

Edited by Colin Snow, 12 April 2018 - 10:30 AM.

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