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Hi! I just bought a used Nikon 1 J5, not really for underwater purposes at all. However, for some time I have entertained the thought of getting a second underwater system for use when I can't be arsed to bring the big system on a dive but would still like to be able to snap a few pictures. Portability is more important than image quality.

The ideal solution has seemed to be a Canon G7X Mark II in a Canon housing (because small and cheap) or possibly a Paralenz Vaquita. Both of them would cost something like €800 (IIRC) and my budget is tight. A used Canon S100 in a Canon housing would actually be enough, performance-wise.

So, you've guessed it. I've found Meikon housings for the J5 + 10-30 lens. It seems I can't zoom the lens when in the housing. Oh well, I can live with that. It's a flat port, with the limitations that bring. But I wouldn't like to drown the camera. Hence my question is: are we aware of any tendency of Meikon housings to malfunction and leak? Apart from a general suspicion coming from the low price, I mean.

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I've been using Meikon/SeaFrogs housings (first this, then this) for four years now and my camera is still alive. On my last trip, my housing did develop a slow leak (a few drops of water per dive) through the pistol grip port plug - a known issue on the first revision that specific model, that plug is prone to corrosion; it's been fixed on a later version of the housing. I wrote Meikon inquiring if I can send the housing to them for servicing, and they replied with an offer of a brand new replacement housing for $160 + shipping. Seeing as I've got three years and ~150 dives out of that housing, I can't complain.

One thing to watch for is that their Nikon 1 J5 housing is an older model and lacks a vacuum port, so you'll have to be extra careful with o-rings. As far as the flat port goes, you can get a wet dome for it for about $120 - it's $178 on Meikon's website, but you can get it for considerably less via Aliexpress. Likewise for the housing, I see it listed for as little as $150 on Aliexpress.

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Thanks, excellent reply!

I've been looking for it within Europe, seeing as I live in Sweden and buying from outside EU will incur VAT and probably other nasty tariffs. But if the price difference is big enough it might be worth it.

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Or if you're patient watch the classifieds for a G7X in a housing to come up closer to home?  But watch the Canon housings - they did have some issues with moulding lines crossing the o-ring seal causing leaks on some models.  The housings are not servicable, but there were posts about how to deal with the moulding line problem.

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