How'd it go on your first outing?
I have done six dives with this setup in the last two weeks. It is a joy to use, I dive with drygloves with neoprene undergloves, so this is not an advantage. I never had problems however pushing buttons.
The nauticam team has done a great job I must say. I come from Seacam, I'm used to high quality housings, but I never had the feeling of taking a step back. On the contrary, the nauticam has some little details that make live so much easier. I dove in cold, murky waters with lots of current. If you have to think about which button to press, this is a pain. Nauticam color coded some buttons, I did'nt realise in advance how well this would work.
Handles are nice, with enough possibilities to attach stuff (currents, you know). Also new for me is the EVF, coming from a full frame Nikon. I bought this nauticam-panasonic set because I'm slowly switching to video. As my hair is turning grey and my eye-sight is diminishing, looking on a little screen on the back of a camera is a pain, especially through a mask. So I've bitten the bullet and bought the 45° angle finder as well. I have the same finder on my seacam system. I can tell you, the secams is huge but also wonderful to work with. The nauticams is somewhat smaller, but optically comes very close and is as much a joy to use. When I'm filming small critters and minute nudibranches, I can look through a clear viewfinder, review my work without turning my gear around, reshoot if necessary...
The GH-5 is like a tasmanian devil, small but don't underestimate it. I was afraid the little sensor was no match for a full frame sensor that is 4 times larger, and in a way it isn't. I'm used to the quality of the Nikons, and even an old D700 or D3 are blowing this small thing out of the water. But, I have to ask myself, is it good enough for my needs. And it is by a good margin, so enough said.
The video quality is amazing. I admit, at 3200 ISO it is no match for a D800 when you look at the noise, but under 1200 it is for sure. And in 4K, 422, 10 bits in a flat codec, it looks dull and disappointing, but when you are willing to do the extra mile and work on your color grading skills, it is really amazing what you can pull out of this footage. Noise can be handled with software like neatimage with good results.
Of course, like Adam Taylor already says, it is a large stream of data, very heavily compressed, which is almost impossible for even a more than capable PC to work with. In fact, the best way to edit and grade the clips is to encode them to a more workable codec like Prores on mac or Avid DNxHR on a PC. These are like 5 times as large, but the interframe compression is mostly gone, so an editing program can manage this much easier. After your project is over, you keep the originals and get rid of the encoded footage, which can be re-encoded if needed.
I had one little problem yesterday, as I was becoming too confident in the housing. Nauticam really tries to solve problems in advance. With some housings, it is important that all turning knobs of the housing and camera are aligned before closing. Otherwise, you will be in for a unpleasant surprise under water when a button is not accessible, especially the on/off! Nauticam thought of this by making these turning knobs retractible so you always can find the right position.
I was so foolish not to make a test shot being somewhat tired after a long day of diving and testing. Under water pressure however, this nice solution seemed not possible. Was it the bulky gloves, did I do something wrong? I don't know. I had to come out, reset the button and go back again. Just in time to find and film the minuscule nudibranch I was looking for!
Hope this helps, if you have questions or some things are not clear (English is not my first nor second language), please ask!
Edited by rollin, 06 June 2017 - 04:09 AM.