Amphibico has announced the release of the Genesis housing for the Sony FS100U HXCAM HD camcorder. The new housing is machined from aluminum, and features full access to camcorder controls, a top mounted 3.5” window to view the camera’s LCD, a bayonet lens port mounting system that accepts existing Aquatica ports and an option to mount an Atomos Ninja HD recorder using an optional accessory.
Prices and expected release dates are still to be announced.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada., Oct.19 , 2011. Amphibico Inc. announced today that it is developing a new strain of underwater imaging housings..
The “GENESIS” line of compact Prosumer HD housings will provide a whole new approach to the complex travel systems that are customary to a pro system today. It’s simplistic compact form will facilitate the way pros will shoot underwater High Definition from now on. This becomes possible with the introduction of the new NXCAM Sony line of Pro HD camcorders. Sony has developed a new type of E-mount interchangeable lens camcorder for professional use that is equipped with a Super-35mm equivalent large format CMOS sensor. This being said, Amphibico introduces the NEW GENESIS FS100U designed for the Sony FS100US HXCAM HD camcorder.
Quote from Sony’s press release:
“Already a key player in the 35mm digital cinematography market with its highly acclaimed “CineAlta” F35 and SRW-9000PL ca- meras for high-end digital cinema production, Sony also recently strengthened its line-up in this category with the new PMW-F3, its first professional handheld digital production camera with a Super 35mm imager. With this in mind, the new FS100U NXCAM HD camcorder has risen. Sony looks to further strengthen its position in the entry-level segment by providing an affordable yet highly capable professional solution for many applications – including independent film, music video and corporate communications – all looking for a cinematic look. The FS100U NXCAM HD camcorder is equipped with a Super-35mm equivalent sensor, a widely used film stock size in the film industry that is perfectly designed for capturing motion picture. This new sensor has extraordinary performance in terms of picture quality and sensitivity, and is able to create rich “Bokeh” effect (beautifully defocused image) that is perfect for artistic story-telling in motion picture. Thanks to the adoption of the E-mount interchangeable lens system that is identical to Sony’s “α” series NEX-5, 3 and “Handycam” NEX-VG10, the E-mount lenses will be compatible with this new professional camcorder. In addition, a very short flange back distance (the distance between the lens mount surface and sensor surface) allows various “α” A-mount lenses to be mounted via a mount adaptor (LA-EA2). It is also possible to attach many other lenses using third-party mount adaptors With such flexibility, users will be able to experiment with various creative expressions by exploiting the characteristics of different optics.”
￼￼ The NEW Amphibico GENESIS housing for the Sony FS100U NXCAM HD PRO camcorder is built with the same high quality solid aluminum construction as their previous PRO line of housings, no compromise was taken to create the New “GENESIS” line from Amphibico. Keeping in mind total ergonomics and underwater balance, its compact design with an intergraded electronic grip system makes the unit extremely user friendly underwater. Our engineers worked very diligently on its design, keeping in mind size, weight, balance and it’s on board electronics allowing easy and complete access to all key camcorder functions, it will give users the ability to create the best possible HD video underwater. Wait, It does not stop here, our design team went even a step further, allocating the attachment of a separate accessory to house the Ninja recording media. Ninja preserves the pristine uncompressed video quality from your camera’s sensor by encoding it into Apple ProRes® directly. Then it goes straight to the timeline of your NLE.It’s the fastest, and best-quality workflow possible today. Once again keeps Amphibico on the forefront of innovative underwater technology.
Precision machined from a solid block of marine grade aluminum giving endless durability. Black anodized for corrosion protection a layer of tuff military grade polyurethane powder coat paint and a final coat of clear for the outmost durability in harsh sea water.
Full Camcorder Control.
Complete access to your camcorder while filming underwater. The Genesis boasts a host of features that is certain to pacify the most passionate of underwater video professionals. With dual electronic grips and menu control panel, this housing gives complete access to your camcorder while filming underwater.
Top Mounted large 3.5” window.
For convenient and easy filming through Sony’s sharp, large and bright 3.5 XtraFineTM LCD/ Viewfinder. Located on the optical axis, the 3.5-inch-type XtraFine LCD panel enables easier, more intuitive framing.
Bayonet Lens Mounting System.
Given that the Sony FS100U camcorder features a Super 35mm E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System, a great variety of current and future E-mount lenses from various lens manufacturers (Sony Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma and Cosina) are compatible.
Ninja SPLASH PRO (optional accessory).
Professionals can now go underwater and record video at considerably higher Bit-Rates and color (4:2:2). 10 bit Uncompressed to Apple ProRes Field Recorder and also be used as a Monitor. Better quality videos can be produced to articulate the motion image being captured in the stunning underwater world below. Designed with a robust look and feel, the Ninja Splash syncssimply via the LANC control on the camcorder. So press record and the unit starts up at the same time as your camcorder.
- 6061-T6 Marine grade solid aluminum.
- Fully anodized with a hard coat of polyurethane paint & a final clear coat.
- All hardware is marine grade aluminum & stainless steel.
Features & Controls:
- Designed for professional underwater use.
- 14 Electronic push button controls to access over 25 functions - Control Panel for all menu access to camcorder functions.
- Proportional Manual Focus.
- Proportional Manual Zoom knob.
- Manual White Balance.
- Manual Iris.
- Manual Gain.
- Manual Shutter Speed.
- Sensitive Hydrophone.
- Moisture sensor alarm.
- Tally light flashes green while filming.
- 3 Auxiliary ports.
- Two Year Standard Full Warranty.
- Bayonet lens mounting system.
- Conveniently designed to accept Aquatica ports.
- Weight: TBD.
- Size: TBD.
- 300 feet / 90 meters.