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Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Instruction Manual
Underwater Housing for Canon SX720 HS
Product Number 6148.72
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About this Product
Thank you for your purchase of Ikelite equipment. Please read this
instruction manual completely before attempting to operate or dive
with this product. Please visit ikelite.com to register your product
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Included in the Box
• Housing
• Port Cover
• Silicone Lubricant
• 200 ft (60m) depth rating
• Controls for all camera controls except Wi-Fi Button and Framing
Assist - Seek Button
• Near neutral buoyancy in fresh water
• 1/4-20 thread tray mounting with 3-inch (76mm) spacing
• Weight 2.8 lb (1.3 kg)
• Dimensions 5.0 x 6.3 x 6.8” (12.7 x 15.0 x 17.3 mm)
• 3.9 inch diameter glass lens port
Important Notices
»» To prevent salt build-up and sticking controls, submerge the
empty housing in clean, freshwater. Operate the controls
several times each while underwater to flush out any residue.
»» Never leave a housing in a rinse tank, even if it is the only
system in the tank. Most catastrophic floods happen when the
user walks away from a housing while it is in the rinse tank.
»» Do not use alcohol, cleaning agents, spray lubricants, Rain-X,
or other solvents on the housing or lens port. Use of an
incompatible chemical compound can damage the plastic and
o-rings, and may result in leaking.
Accessory Port
»» Do not remove the Accessory Port Hole Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory.
Your housing features an Accessory Port which may be used for
attachment of factory optional or aftermarket housing accessories.
The Accessory Port is 1/2-20 threaded.
Visit ikelite.com for information on optional accessories.
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About this Product
Included in the Box
Important Notices
Accessory Port
Getting to Know Your Housing 5
Installing an Accessory in the Accessory Port
Setting Up Your Camera
Setting Up Your Housing
Getting to Know Your Housing - continued 6
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings 7
Opening the Housing 8
Inserting the Camera 8
Closing the Housing 9
Attaching a Fiber Optic Strobe 10
Zoom function 11
Final Check 11
Entering the Water 11
Post-Dive 12
Travel and Storage 12
Spare Parts
Limited Warranty
Service and Repairs
Contact Us
Getting to Know Your Housing
Zoom Lever
Shutter Button
Power Button ON/OFF
Movie Button
Accessory Port
Hole Plug
Fiber Optic Ports
Lid Snap
Lens Port
Tray Mounts
Getting to Know Your Housing - continued
Mode Dial
Camera Mounting Plate
Camera Mounting Tray
Lid Hook
Control Dial
UP Button
Single Erase/
Down Button
Installing an Accessory in the Accessory Port
»» Do not remove the Accessory Port Hole Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory.
1. Remove the Hole Plug using an 11/16” open end wrench.
2. Check the accessory fitting o-ring sealing area. Check o-ring and
housing o-ring sealing area. All should be clean and free of hair,
sand, or other debris.
3. Lightly lubricate o-ring with Ikelite lubricant. Use ONLY Ikelite
lubricant. Other manufacturer lubricants can cause the o-ring to
4. Carefully screw in and tighten accessory fitting. The accessory port
features a 1/2-20 threaded hole. Make sure your fitting is the same
thread pattern. DO NOT cross-thread. DO NOT overtighten.
5. After installing an accessory, pressure test the housing by diving
without a camera inside.
NOTICE: Your Ikelite housing warranty DOES NOT extend
to cover the attachment of aftermarket housing accessories by
3rd parties. Warranty DOES cover factory optional accessories
attached by certified Ikelite service technicians.
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings
1. Insert a fully charged camera battery.
2. Insert a properly formatted memory card.
3. Set Mode Dial to “M” Manual. This will allow you to adjust aperture
and shutter speed settings to suit your shooting situation.
4. Set AF-assist beam to “OFF” and ISO to “200.”
5. Set Red-Eye Lamp to “OFF.”
Once underwater, camera functions can be adjusted for each shooting
Setting Up Your Housing
Opening the Housing
1. Push the lid snap lock forward and start to lift the curved end away
from the housing.
2. Lid snaps are designed to provide enough force to compress the
o-ring for a proper seal. Keep firm pressure against the lid snap
while lifting it away.
Lid Snap Lock
3. Repeat with remaining lid snap.
4. Remove the housing back.
Inserting the Camera
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap attached to the camera.
2. Remove the camera Mounting Plate from the housing.
3. Line the mounting screw up with the camera’s tripod socket. Use a
coin or flat head screwdriver to tighten the Mounting Plate to the
Mounting screw
Camera tripod
4. Pull out on the housing control knobs to move them out of the way.
5. Insert the Mounting Plate into the slot on the inside bottom of the
housing. Push the camera all of the way forward until the back of
the Mounting Plate is flush with the back of the housing mount.
6. Pop up the flash before installing the camera into the housing
when triggering an external strobe. Once the camera is closed in
the housing, the flash CANNOT be raised.
Closing the Housing
1. Make sure the o-ring is clean and in its proper location on the back
of the housing. The main o-ring does not require lubricant to make
a seal.
2. Place the back onto the housing front.
3. Make sure no controls or wires are interfering with the o-ring or the
back of the housing.
4. Place each lid snap into the corresponding hook on the housing
5. Push the lid snaps toward the housing until they are flat against the
housing and the lock has engaged. Close opposing lid snaps at the
same time.
6. Check the o-ring seal. The o-ring should form a uniform, solid line
around the back of the housing. There will be a small, even gap
around the housing between the housing back and the housing
Attaching a Fiber Optic Strobe
1. Check the end of the fiber optic cord to ensure that it is clean and
2. Ensure that the Fiber Optic Cord O-ring is in place. This o-ring
does not provide waterproofing, however it does keep the fiber optic
cord in place.
3. Attach one end of the fiber optic cord into one of the fiber optic
ports on the front of the housing. The connector is a press-fit into
the fiber optic port.
Fiber Optic Cord
4. Attach the other end of the fiber optic cord to a compatible strobe.
5. Set the strobe to the appropriate setting based on manufacturer
6. Turn the camera on.
7. Turn the strobe(s) on.
8. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s) are functioning
Zoom function
This housing is designed to take advantage of the widest angle setting
of your camera lens while in the housing, therefore the telephoto zoom
range is limited to approximately 1/2 of its maximum.
If you zoom too far and contact the lens port glass, the camera
will automatically shut down. Press the ON/OFF button to restart.
Final Check
1. Re-check the o-ring seal. The seal should form an even, solid line
around the back of the housing.
2. Turn on the camera and check all control functions.
3. Make sure that the camera can obtain focus and take a photo.
4. Check battery life and open storage space on your memory card.
5. Check the flash, if using.
6. Submerge the housing in a fresh water tank dedicated to
underwater photography equipment. Visually confirm that there are
no signs of water intrusion or a steady stream of bubbles coming
from one of the housing seals.
Entering the Water
1. If possible, we recommend entering the water without your housing
to ensure that you are comfortable and your life-saving equipment
is in working order. Once you are stable, have someone pass your
camera housing to you.
2. Submerge the housing at the surface of the water and visually
confirm that there are no signs of water intrusion or a steady stream
of bubbles coming from one of the housing seals. If water does
appear to be entering the housing, point the lens port downward
and return the housing to the surface as quickly as possible. Please
observe all necessary safety precautions. NEVER ascend faster
than accepted safety limits.
3. Use your hand to gently flush away any small bubbles that may be
on the face of the lens port. Bubbles will produce soft focus spots in
your photo or video.
1. Rinse the housing in fresh water. Rotate the housing controls and
press each button while submerged in fresh water to flush out any
salt or debris to ensure smooth operation on future dives.
2. NEVER leave your housing in the fresh water rinse tank. Collisions
with another person’s equipment can cause scratches and possible
damage to your equipment.
3. Stow the housing in a shaded place where it is protected from
impact or overheating. If no shade is available, we recommend
covering the housing with a towel or cloth.
4. Check the camera’s memory card capacity before your next dive.
Check the battery life of your camera and strobe(s); recharge as
5. Always re-check o-ring seal after opening the housing.
Travel and Storage
1. Remove the camera from the housing for travel or storage.
2. Check the main housing o-ring.
3. Close the empty housing and submerge in lukewarm fresh water.
While submerged, rotate each control and depress each button to
flush out any salt or debris.
4. Remove the housing from water and rinse with running water.
5. Do not rinse the inside of the housing or submerge the open
housing in water. If the inside of the housing needs to be cleaned,
wipe with a clean, slightly damp cloth.
6. Dry the housing with a clean, lint-free cloth.
7. Store in a cool, dry place.
8. Like regulators and other pressure-sensitive equipment,
we recommend careful care and cleaning along with annual
replacement of the factory seals.
Spare Parts
• Main o-ring # 0109
• Port Cover # 0200
• Silicone lubricant # 5020
Water enters the housing
• Reclean and reinstall the main o-ring.
• Take the housing underwater without a camera installed to ensure
that the leaking has been corrected.
Photos are over-exposed (too light)
• Adjust aperture (smaller), shutter speed (faster), or ISO (lower)
• Move lights(s) farther away from your subject.
• Adjust exposure compensation in the camera.
• Adjust lighting power.
Photos are under-exposed (too dark)
• Adjust aperture (larger), shutter speed (slower), or ISO (higher)
• Move light(s) closer to your subject.
• Adjust exposure compensation in the camera.
• Adjust lighting power.
Strobe will not fire
• Turn on strobe.
• Make sure that the camera’s flash is set to fire on every photo.
• Check that the fiber optic cord is properly attached.
Buttons are stuck
• Soak the housing in lukewarm fresh water. Depress each button
several times while the housing is submerged.
• Apply lubricant to the button. Press the button several times to
distribute the lubricant.
Button(s) or control(s) do not line up
• Ensure that nothing is preventing the camera from going into the
• Push the camera mounting plate forward until it is flush with the
housing base plate.
Camera is not functioning normally underwater
• Ensure that the camera mounting plate is pushed all of the way into
the housing mounting plate.
• Check each housing control while underwater to ensure that
they are disengaged. An inadvertently engaged control may limit
functioning of the camera.
• Check that the zoom control is disengaged.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Position strobes or lights farther away from your lens and at a slight
angle. Do not light water between the camera and subject.
• Avoid using strobes in extremely low-visibility conditions.
Limited Warranty
This Ikelite product is warranted against any manufacturing defects for
a period of two (2) years from the original date of purchase. Defective
products should be returned to Ikelite postage paid. Ikelite will, at
its sole discretion, repair or replace such products, and will return to
customer postage paid. All other claims of any nature are not covered.
Except as mentioned above, no other warranty expressed or implied
applies to this Ikelite product.
Service and Repairs
Ikelite is most interested in performing any service to ensure that all
products perform as intended. Evidence of purchase date must be
provided to obtain warranty service.
No prior authorization is required. You may return directly to us or
through your dealer. Please include a brief description of the problem,
any relevant email correspondence, and/or description of the service
request. Always include name, shipping address, email address, and
phone number inside of the package. Send postage paid to:
Ikelite Underwater Systems
Attn: Service Department
50 West 33rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
For the separate international customs documentation form that you
complete to accompany the shipment, please state or designate that
the enclosed products were originally manufactured in the USA and
are being returned to the manufacturer for repair service. Value of the
equipment listed for customs purposes should be zero.
Contact Us
If you have any questions about your product or need advice on
getting the images you want, please get in touch with us and we’ll do
everything we can to help you capture your unique perspective.
Ikelite Underwater Systems
50 W 33rd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
(317) 923-4523
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