Dry suits for Nikon cameras

Fantasea (pronounced fantasy) has announced new underwater casings for Nikon Coolpix camera models.

The casings, which form a watertight seal around the camera, enable photographers to take pictures underwater, while protecting the camera itself from damage.

Credit: Fantasea

All of the casings for the Nikon Coolpix cameras are priced at $200, can withstand a depth of up to 130 feet, and allow photographers to use zoom, macro, exposure, mode, menu, review, flash, delete and video controls.

While casings for digital SLRs, flash equipment and corresponding accessories have been around for a while, the idea is fairly new to mainstream photographers using point-and-shoot cameras.

Available Oct. 15 will be the FL-3 for the Coolpix L2 and L3, and the FL-4 for the Coolpix L4.

The FS-5 and FS-6 Fantasea housings will be available Oct. 20. The FS-5 fits the Coolpix S5 and S8, while the FS-6 fits the Coolpix S6, S7 and S7c.

Additionally, the company has released new casings for the Nikon d70, d70s and Nikon 50 available some time in mid-October, according to Fantasea.

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