Aquatica announces housing for Nikon Z6 and 7

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

Aquatica has announced their housing for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. It supports the FTZ adaptor and has lens releases for both Z and F mount lenses. The AZ6/7 housing also has an AF on lever under the shooter’s right thumb and the image zoom buttons are close to the left thumb.

The AZ6/7 will ship in September, priced at $2,995 with Surveyor vacuum valve & pump

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

Press release

Announcing our AZ6/7 Housing for the Nikon Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless Camera! Available Sept. 2019

MSRP: USD $2,995.00

In our never-ending quest to offer the latest and greatest possible equipment to the underwater photographer/videographer, we are now offering our new housing for the Nikon Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera! Continuing in Aquatica’s reputation for offering premium quality and at affordable prices, the AZ6/7 housing will have the finest ergonomics and control accessibility combined with the famed ruggedness of our all-aluminum construction and distinctive hard coating.

About the Cameras:

The new Nikon Z6/7 Mirrorless cameras are Nikon’s latest entry into the ever-growing mirrorless camera market. Essentially mirrorless versions of the Nikon D850 and D750, these cameras follow the trend of most major manufacturers going mirrorless for their main pro/consumer offerings. Both camera bodies have an identical control layout, leading to Aquatica being able to use one housing for the 2 cameras. The main difference between the 2 cameras would be the Z6 uses a 24MP full frame sensor and the Z7 has a 45.7MP sensor. The Z6 also has a 25% faster maximum frame rate than the Z7 since it has to move smaller files. Both cameras capture 4K video though the Z6 creates down-sampled 24MP images whereas the Z7 uses a DX-cropped Super35 mode. The cameras have a new Z mount system to support the new line of Z mount lenses, however, Nikon has created the FTZ mount adapter to allow owners of traditional Nikkor F-Mount lenses with these new cameras.

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel
The new Z6/7 Housing paired with our HD Monitor

About the Housing:

As to be expected with all Aquatica housings, it is CNC machined from 6061 T6 Aluminum with a MIL-A-8625 anodized coating with a baked-on, extra-tough powder coat paint. All control shafts and push buttons are made from T304 stainless steel. This, as for all our housings, will take a licking and keep going!

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

The housing will support not only the new Z-mount lenses but also the FTZ Adapter. The adapter can be removed from the camera without first removing the camera from the housing. There is also a lens release for both F and Z mounts. As usual, all camera functions can be accessed by the housing. Two items of note that are specific to this housing:

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel
The Sub Selector center press and AF-ON control’s ergonomic placement (easily accessible with the shooter’s right thumb) allows the user to lock exposure or focus and take pictures

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel
The “+” and “ –“ buttons have been moved, for access by the left thumb, next to the playback button. This allows the user to quickly zoom and check if the image is in focus.

All housing controls are spring-loaded and self-centering where needed. The user simply needs to install the mounting tray on the camera and slide the tray on the stainless steel guide rails. It couldn’t be simpler!

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

In order to protect your expensive electronic gear from the elements, our Surveyor Vacuum System (valve and pump) is now included as standard equipment with all AZ6/7 housings. The vacuum system will provide that extra layer of security since the user can verify that if the air is not seeping into the housing the water definitely will not either.

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel


Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

Supported Accessories:

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

Control Layout:

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

  1. Port lock release
  2. On-Off lever
  3. Shutter release
  4. ISO button
  5. Record button
  6. Exposure compensation button
  7. Sub-command dial (front)
  8. Back focus button (AF)
  9. Sub selector center press (AEL)
  10. Release mode / self timer button
  11. Menu button
  12. Multi selector buttons
  13. Photo mode “i” menu button
  14. DISP button
  15. Photo/movie selector
  16. Main command dial (rear)

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

  1. Monitor mode button
  2. Delete/trash button
  3. Playback button
  4. Mode dial
  5. plus button
  6. minus button

Aquatica Z series on Wetpixel

  1. Zoom focus gear dial
  2. Fn2 button
  3. Fn1 button
  4. F-mount release button
  5. Z-mount release button

MSRP: USD $ 2,995.00 (Includes Surveyor valve & pump)