Mysterious (UPDATE: Fake!) E-M5 and iPhone connection (new E-M5 Nauticam housing announced)


What you see here on top is the new E-M5 nauticam housing and I posted the full rpess release on the bottom of this post. This is great news but I wanted you guys to see this: It’s an E-M5 connected with an iPhone with what looks like an APP created to control the E-M5. UPDATE: This is fake! Anyway, great to see what a buzz such a fake image can create. Hope Oly takes notice of it!
Click the links to open the full press release:

Nauticam NA-EM5 for Olympus OM-D EM-5 PRESS RELEASE:
Nauticam is excited to announce the NA-EM5 for Olympus’ flagship Micro Four Thirds (m4/3) format camera, the OM-D E-M5. As the dominant force in mirrorless interchangeable lens camera housings, Nauticam continues to bring professional quality engineering to this rapidly expanding segment of the photographic community. The NA-EM5 should prove to be one of the most potent underwater imaging tools ever developed for this segment, proving once again that great things can come in small packages.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
With the OM-D E-M5, Olympus has clearly taken the m4/3 format to another level with performance solidly in DSLR territory. Everything about the camera body exudes quality from its solid magnesium construction and extensive weather sealing to its classy retro styling. The new 16 MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor provides excellent image quality with the Truepic V-1 processor and surprisingly good high ISO performance up to a maximum of 25,600. Excellent dynamic range, improved color accuracy and a significant jump in resolution are just some of what can be expected from the E-M5. The new 3” OLED touch sensitive display provides brilliant viewing, while the 1.44M dot electronic viewfinder brings a welcome alternative for image composing. Shutter lag is nonexistent and 9 FPS can be achieved while manually focusing, 4.2 FPS while utilizing the improved continuous AF. Lots of new features like a quick zoom focus check (up to 5X magnification) on the display make fine tuning focus much easier. The Shadow&Highlight screen setting acts as a “false color” mode to help with exposure by painting clipped highlights red and underexposed shadows blue. This method can dramatically increase the ease of exposure adjustments in difficult circumstances. The amount of tools available on the E-M5 definitely justifies spending some time with the PDF manual.
Olympus is targeting a more advanced shooter with the E-M5 and the controls on the camera reflect that. Most useful are the Main and Sub dials that allow instant aperture and shutter speed adjustment as well as other menu selected adjustments. Like most controls on the camera, these dials can be programmed independently for each mode setting on the camera. Two programmable function buttons and an additional programmable video record button allow extensive customization for each photographer’s particular needs. Dedicated navigation buttons default to controlling focus point selection over a broad section of the lens coverage. Another feature unique to this Olympus is built-in 5 Axis Image Stabilization that works in concert with any m4/3 lens. This sophisticated system offers distinct potential benefits in ambient light underwater photography or any time a slower shutter speed is deemed desirable.
One of the hallmarks of the m4/3 format is an extensive selection of quality lenses – many well suited for use in an underwater housing. A new series of moisture shielded Olympus lenses are debuting including the nicely finished 12mm-50mm power zoom kit lens. This is an attractive option for underwater use covering a useful range for fish portraiture and 1:2 macro with the barrel activated macro switch engaged. Serious macro shooters will also appreciate the soon-to-be released 60mm macro lens joining the current highly regarded Panasonic Lumix 45mm macro lens.
Topside, the E-M5 provides the option of a vertical grip and battery pack HLD-6 that, when installed, makes this Olympus the best handling (and arguably best looking) mirror-less camera from any manufacturer.  In recognition of these advancements, Digital Photography Review ( recently honored the OM-D E-M5 with its Gold Award. All in all, Olympus shooters have a lot to celebrate.
Nauticam NA-EM5 Housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5
Nauticam has more experience creating underwater housings for compact mirrorless cameras than any other manufacturer in the world. As the Olympus OM-D E-M5 represents a new standard of performance in the popular m4/3 format, Nauticam sought to create a housing that would exploit this new level of capability to the fullest. Designed by underwater photographers to maximize the essential features most important in these specialized circumstances, the new NA-EM5 meets and exceeds expectations in virtually every regard.
All Nauticam housings are designed for ease of use and maintenance and the NA-EM5 builds on this solid foundation. The groundbreaking features of previous housings are present such as the effortless (but secure) single rotating housing latch, rugged machined aluminum case, 100 meter depth rating and the patented port latching system. A new rear mounted housing o-ring makes maintenance easier than ever, while a threaded bulkhead port allows for an HDMI or electrical strobe synch bulkhead installation – advanced features often omitted by mirrorless housing manufacturers. Of course dual fiber optic synch ports are standard and take advantage of the supplied Olympus accessory flash. To make the most of the E-M5’s excellent EVF, Nauticam has crafted an optional rear acrylic display window that encompasses a mount for installation of Nauticam’s acclaimed 45º and 180º magnified view finders for the ultimate in composition and focus ability.

All controls on the NA-EM5 are engineered for optimal ergonomics. The Olympus Main and Sub dials are easily reached by thumb or forefinger with no need to release grip on the housing while adjusting aperture and shutter speed. The important Fn1 and Fn2 buttons are just as easy to reach and can be programmed for a multitude of functions. A few of the useful settings are AF Lock, One-touch White Balance, Manual Focus, ISO and Exposure Compensation. Switching between LV and the EVF is a snap and a quick press of the Info button can show or hide Olympus’ new LV super control panel on the OLED screen for quick access to many critical settings. The mode dial can easily be turned through the typical P, A, S, M, Movie mode and some “easy shooting modes”. Controls need to offer a proper “feel” and Nauticam’s patented two-stage lever shutter release allows for natural, precise focus and shutter release activation. Every one of the features on the new NA-EM5 is engineered to the same exacting tolerances of Nauticam’s now famous line of DSLR housings. That quality will surely be reflected in every picture taken with this remarkably powerful imaging system.
Ports for every Need
A big part of the Micro Four Thirds format’s popularity is a great lens selection for both topside and underwater. Nauticam manufactures an extensive line of compact ports to accommodate many of the best lenses for m4/3. Lenses that are particularly well suited for underwater use include the Panasonic 8mm fisheye, Panasonic 7-14mm, Olympus 9-18mm, Panasonic 14mm, Olympus 14-42, Panasonic 14-42mm, Panasonic 45mm macro, 60mm macro (upcoming), new Olympus 12-50 w/ macro (Supported by a special new Nauticam port for power zoom and macro switch).
Nauticam Build Quality
Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings.  The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water and providing an impressive 100 meter depth rating. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.

Light and Accessory Mounting, Trays and Handles
The optional Nauticam Flexitray provides a lightweight, compact mounting solution for strobe arms and the NA-EM5 housing. Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips.  The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives.  Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Nauticam offers a full range of mounting hardware arms, clamps, strobe adapters, and other specialized accessories. Mounting options on the NA-GX1 include mounting balls or t-plates on the tray handles, mounting on the housing, and an accessory cold shoe on the housing. There are myriad ways to mount just about any light or other accessory.
Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes.  Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, YS-01 and YS-D1strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood! Electronic sync cables will also supported via an optional bulkhead for Nikonos style connectors.
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles or a single strobe mounting ball point on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.

* Depth Rating:  100m
* 185mm x 152mm x 105mm
* Weight: 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs.)
Model Number:  17804
USA Retail Price: $1350
Estimated Shipping Date: July 11, 2012
More information is available from Nauticam USA at:

USA Dealer List:

Contact Nauticam USA:

Chris Parsons
Nauticam USA
2303 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
About Nauticam USA:
Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North American Market.  Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

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  • Well I don’t know – camera is connected to the headphone jack… Maybe the OMD just likes a good tune.

  • Ansel

    How about Android?

  • That iPhone thing is for sure fake. It’s just a blurry picture of the SCP showing on the phone. And the cable is a 2.5mm to Olympus cable.

  • Anonymous

    the link is broken…there is no image on this post in Chrome or Firefox on Mac.
    oh…what’s an Android? :-)

  • BLI

    The figure caption says “Olympus E-P3 Pen m43, Olympus E-P3 Pen+45mm f/1.8 M.ZD”

    Looks like they don’t know which camera they have connected…

    • Dannecus

      I thought that at first, but the caption relates to the camera used to take the shot (see EXIF info). However agree this looks fairly fake due to the connection to the headphone jack.

  • Gianluca

    A person very close to Italian olympus distributor told me that they are working on a software for phone using wi-fi sd card

    • bilgy_no1

      That would indeed be cool. They already have the PEN Pal Bluetooth adapter; why is there no Android App yet for using that as a means of control…

  • I think the picture is a fake as I am pretty sure that the iPhone can not receive or send data via the headphone jack.
    Only via the port connector is this possible. The guy/girl just took a shot of the scp menu and this is showing as a picture on the iPhone screen.

    Just my opinion.

  • Stupig

    Remote shutter through the headphone jack of iPhone. Hardly anything new… The super control panel on the iPhone, however, is most likely fake.

    • Bob B.

      That is correct. You can buy a chord and download an app to shoot expanded brackets, cable release, timer, etc. for your Canon Camera using an iPhone. I saw one hardware/software offering on Kick Starter.
      Pretty cool.

  • Bob B.

    What is an Andriod? :-)

  • Are we sure it isn’t Triggertrap?

    • Vlad

      Yep, triggertrap mobile doesn’t offer such a panel.

      • You’re right, I couldn’t bring up the picture when I posted. Sorry.

  • It’s fake.. From the flickr comments, the poster said it was “kuso”,

    • Charles

      Yeah, but that’s not the poster, it’s just an opinion by another flickr user. Kind of strange since kuso is a Japanese term and the comment was chinese.

      • Jesper

        Nothing strange here, the engligh expression LOL is being used worldwide. Internet-terms have not geographic limits. I’m from Taiwan myself, we borrow lots of sub-culture, internet-, pop culture terms from especially Japan.

        Take a look again at the comments, it is indeed the poster him/herself who replied that this was a “kuso”.

  • Bug

    I suspected as well Triggertrap, but their solution to connect to the iphone uses an dongle and cable. On the picture, we see only a cable…
    By the way, it reads on Triggertrap website that EU iPhone owners may encounter problems due to the sound output limitations imposed in Europe. Wait and see for those like me who have interest in the Triggertrap solution and who live in Europe.

    And the supercontrolpannel on the iPhone screen, looks neat, but for what use? The screen is already a touch screen on the E-M5, I hardly see benefits from relaying the display to another capacitive touch screen. Do I see this wrong?

  • Device convergence is given. It’s just a matter of time before ALL our ‘peripherals’ are controllable from one single ‘central control’ device- a smartphone for example. I for one, have NO INTEREST in wired tethering.
    That’s retrogressive devolution I’m afraid.

  • Trond Kjetil

    The cable is from a remote control (Pixel) that you can buy at some chinese ebay shops. If you look at the other pictures in the series, you will see.
    The picture on the iPhone is fake, for sure.
    I bought that remote control, but unfortunately the receiver didn’t work. With the cable between the transmitter and the E-M5, it worked quite nicely. I did however return it and have to wait for a new one.

  • Jesper

    Admin, this is fake, and the uploader himself even said that in Flickr comment, but i chinese. “哈哈 這kuso的啦”

  • teroll

    Great idea though. Oly needs to look at tying their cameras to an iPhone, Android or WP7 phone as an option. Pretty obvious its going to have to be done eventually, might as get in there first and get the kudos.

    • Anonymous

      +1 for remote control with smartphones (including low level control of focus, sensor stabilization…).

    • jim

      Android and windows 8 mobile would be the killer ones! – IPhone can suck it…

  • tim

    I was seriously considering a Samsung NX20 because I like the larger sensor for DoF reasons but nobody makes a housing for it. Looks like I might have to get the EM5 now. Wish there were weathersealed primes to go with it, specifically an ultra wide for wrecks and a macro.

    • Bob B.

      Buying the Samsung is probably not a great idea. MFT really produces incredible results unless you are going to make REALLY large prints. The best selling point of MFT in my opinion is the system that comes with it. It TRASHES Fuji, NEX, Samsung, Nikon Mirroless and I can bet Canon mirrorless. If you are going to buy a zoom and be into taking walk around photos …any of the above will do….but if you are going to get into it some…why not have a trove of great choices in front of you…next step is full-on DSLR….the only thing that offers more than MFT…with modern, fast autofocus!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but full on DSLR is a bit big and I have more than enough gear to cope with already when tech diving. The only lenses I really want are an ultra wide, like 100 degree angle of view for wrecks, a good macro and some kind of standard pancake. I want them all really fast because I like available light stuff and I would like them weather sealed, which seems reasonable if the camera is weather sealed. I actually think that as long as you shoot RAW the Samsung NX is really very good indeed, but if there is no housing for it I won’t buy it.

        • Bob B.

          yeah…it seems odd to make a weather-sealed body and then only one lens…..I guess they will eventually come…but who knows what focal lengths and when?

  • Sunny

    I´m asking Oly for such a solution for about 1,5 years now. They introduced the Penpal. But why the hell they didn´t make it a thethered shooting solution as Nikon did with the low budget D3200?

  • Mara

    There is a product coming out for connecting iPhone to Olympus. Check kickstarter. Obviously not as good as the pic suggests.

  • Anonymous

    What a great way to ruin a nice camera. Connect it to a walled garden product that is in control of you, instead of the other way round.

    I’m still amazed by the number of people buying any Apple shit. Just proves that the world is beyond salvation and that average IQ is steadily dropping.

    • Bob B.

      My garden is quite lush and beautiful…with not a virus to be found….ANYWHERE!!!!! :-)

    • Vlad

      Shows how much you know and what you use…

  • Michael Meissner

    You can do both video and shutter release on most Olympus cameras. There are several devices out there that do this. Lets see off the top of my head, Yongnuo has a wired unit (which I have), Gigtube Apature has both wired and wireless units, Phottix has both wired and wireless units, Hahnel was wireless units but they don’t support Olympus. You can’t use this on the E-3 or E-5 out of the box, but I’ve made cable setups that allow me to use the E-3 and E-5 with my Yongnuo.

    These devices work on cameras that support the RM-UC1 shutter release, and provide a combo cable that provides both video out and shutter release. Unfortunately, the E-PL1 doesn’t support a wired shutter release, but the rest of the Pens and OMD’s do support it.

    I could certainly imagine a setup where you build a combo pin like the Yongnuo uses and plugs into the USB port of the iphone and a custom app displays the live view panel on the screen. Whether there is enough of a market to justify the cost and make it a product, I dunno.

    Unfortunately it is only remote viewing and shutter release. You can’t change any settings in the camera. I find with the Yongnuo, when I have the device separated from the camera (kind of the whole point really), I often want to go into the SCP and change something.

    In terms of just doing shutter release and not remote viewing, there are several products on the market, including TriggerTrap mobile and TriggerHappy both of which support iphones.

  • Jens

    I’d love to see a connection to my mobile phone. Of course it has to be android, since that is, what we all have (~59% market share). And maybe no wire, make it bluetooth or wifi. Then you can use the big screen of the phone/tablet and the gps with internet. more or less real-time flickr/facebuk connection.

    And Oly, forget your ugly nostalgica looks. Give us something that fits (optically and technically) to our other toys. TV manufactures like Sony have also started this. No wonder by the way, that the PL3 sells so good.

    Can’t wait for the new PENs with the OMD sensor! @Admin, how about some FT2s for the weekend?! :-)

  • Michael Meissner

    The problem with using this setup on a ‘big’ screen is currently Olympus limits the analog output to QVGA resolution (320×240), and will not shoot at all if you plug in an HDMI cable (it goes into review mode).

    So if you put it on a big screen, you will start seeing the individual pixels (or blocky pixels).

    There is also the issue (fixed in the OM-D) that Olympus decided to put the cable connection for the Pens in the worst possible spot (IMHO), under where you hold the camera with your right hand.

    • jim

      Totaly agree with location of USB – should be on LHS… mind you the Batt and Card should be able to be opened when on Tripod… and while we are at it, the tripod mount should be inline with lens!

      But getting back to ‘big’ screen… Could the video not be streamed via the onboard MP4 chips, at some reasonable res, over the USB cable directly (as if it was recording to a disk) and decoded and displayed on the ‘big’ screen? Could be say 7Mbit/sec 720p :) that would be lovely… of course 24Mbit 1080 60p would be nice too :P

      • Michael Meissner

        Yes, in theory you could do it (Canon and Nikon both do it for their high end DSLRs, and their are apps for smart phones that display the screen and do all of the controls).

        Even when Olympus did support tethering in the DSLRs, you had to use the kludgey ‘solution’ of having a separate video feed that you then feed into the computer via a TV tuner or frame grabber. Which meant outside of the E-3 and E-5, you had to have a combo cable that did both video and USB and split them into the two separate cables. Olympus made this cable, but originally you had to know where to look for it, since it wasn’t listed in the normal accessory pages or sold by shops like B&H and Adorama. However, in creating this masterpiece of kludgery, they left off creating a Y cable with 3 ends so that you could do video and shutter release.

        Using the cable from my Yongnu, I now have separate video and shutter release on my E-P2, and using off the shelf cables, I can hook my E-5 up to the Yongnuo, combining the video out and shutter release.

        However, the right solution would be to do real tethering, using an open protocol and have the live view fed through the USB cable. While they are at it, allow HDMI to be used for live view so that we can use those nice Lilliput 8″ displays with full resolution.

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