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Ikelite Underwater TTL Housing for Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II (Updated) Instruction Manual
Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark
II Camera
Product Number 6146.19
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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
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Included in the Box
• Housing
• Housing rear o-ring # 0110
• Vinyl port cover # 0200.08
• Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.5
• 200’ / 60 m depth rating
• All important camera functions are accessible; a control is not
provided for the (Flash up) switch
• Ikelite bulkhead connector with built-in TTL circuitry
• 1/4-20 thread tray mounting with 3” (76 mm) spacing
• 3.9” diameter glass lens port
• Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
• 3.4 lb (1.5 kg)
• 7.0 x 5.8 x 7.3” (178 x 147 x 188 mm)
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.
»» A bulkhead cap or sync cord must be attached to the housing
for waterproof operation. Never submerge the housing without
either a sync cord or waterproof bulkhead cap attached.
»» 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.
»» This housing is only compatible with the Canon Powershot
G1 X Mark II camera as shipped by the manufacturer. Unless
otherwise noted, this housing does not accommodate the use
of add-on grips, battery grips, eyepieces, LCD covers, or other
Accessory Port
»» Do not remove the Accessory Port Hole Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory such as factory optional
Vacuum Kit # 47012.
Your housing features one 1/2-20 threaded Accessory Port which
may be used for attachment of factory optional or aftermarket housing
accessories. Visit ikelite.com for an updated list of factory optional
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About this Product
Included in the Box
Important Notices
Getting to Know Your Housing
Setting Up Your Camera
Setting Up Your Housing
Accessory Port 3
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings 6
Opening the Housing 9
Inserting the Camera 10
Attaching the Hotshoe 11
Closing the Housing 12
Final Check 12
Entering the Water 13
Setting Up An External Strobe
About the Built-In Flash 13
About Sync Cords 14
Attaching a Sync Cord 14
About Fiber Optic Cords 15
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 16
Installing an Accessory via the Accessory Port
Wide angle and macro close-up
Post-Dive 18
Travel and Storage 18
Spare Parts / Optional Accessories
Limited Warranty
Service and Repairs
Contact Us
Getting to Know Your Housing
Zoom Lever
Mode Dial
Playback Button
Continuous Ring
Electrical Bulkhead
Lens Port
Tray Mounts
Fiber Optic
Power Button
Accessory Port Hole Plug
Main Housing O-Ring
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings
1. Insert a fully charged camera battery.
2. Set Mode Dial to “Av” Aperture Priority, or “M” Manual Mode if
shutter speeds faster than 1/60th second are required.
3. In
Set AF Frame to “1-point” and Digital Zoom to “Off.”
Set AF-Point Zoom to “Off” and Set Servo AF to “On.”
Set Continuous AF to “Off” and AF-assist Beam to “Off.”
In the Flash Control Built-in Flash Settings Menu, set Flash Mode
to “Auto”, Shutter Sync. to “1st-curtain”, Red-eye Corr. and Red-eye
Lamp to “Off.”
Set Review Image after Shooting to “8 sec.” and Display Info to
Set Blink Detection and Night Display to “Off.”
4. In MENU
Set Date/Time and Time Zone.
Set Eco Mode to “Off.”
In the Power Saving Menu, set Auto Power Down to “Off” and
Display Off to “3 min.”
Set Touch Operation to “Off.”
Insert and Format a compatible memory card.
Set DR Correction to “Off” and White Balance to “Auto” or
“Underwater.” For best results, use manual
Custom White
Balance and reset for each working depth.
Set Drive Mode to “Single Shot
Set Metering to “Center Weighted Avg
Set ND Filter to “Off.”
Set Image Type to “JPEG 13M” and Image Compression to “L.”
Set Image Quality to “Superfine” and Movies to “FHD/30P.”
6. Set ISO to 200.
7. Activate Macro mode
when shooting close-up subjects. If the
image is overexposed, use “-” Flash Exposure Compensation
and/or back away, zoom in, and then reshoot.
8. FLASH USE (read carefully):
When using Fiber Optic strobe(s) - RAISE the camera flash
BEFORE placing camera in housing. DO NOT attach hotshoe to
camera when using a FIBER OPTIC cord and strobe. The camera
will detect a connected hotshoe and not allow the internal camera
flash to fire.
CAUTION: You CANNOT extend the flash once the camera is
closed inside the housing. When installed correctly, the flash will
like Diagram A.
Diagram A
PowerShot G1 X
Mark II
Flash Extended Properly
When using Strobe(s) attached by a Sync Cord - DO NOT raise
the flash. ATTACH hotshoe to camera - Diagram B, Page 9.
Diagram B
Camera Flash Closed
MF Attached
Manual power settings can be selected in the “Flash Control”
section of the camera menu.
Settings not mentioned should be set to the user’s preference.
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(s).
4. Remove the housing back.
Inserting the Camera
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap which may be attached to the
2. Check to see whether the camera’s lens will fit through the port
opening of the housing. If not, the lens will need to be removed
from the camera body and reattached AFTER the camera body is
installed in the housing.
3. Remove the camera mounting plate from the housing.
4. Line up the Mounting Screw with the Camera Tripod Socket. Use
a coin or flat head screwdriver (preferred) to tighten the mounting
plate to the camera.
1/4-20 Threaded Hole
Camera Tripod Socket
1/4-20 Mounting
Camera Mounting Plate
5. Pull out on the housing control knobs to move the controls out of
the way.
6. RAISE the camera flash if using a fiber optic strobe, otherwise,
leave the flash closed. NOTE: The flash CANNOT be opened once
the housing is closed.
7. Insert the Mounting Plate into the slot on the inside bottom of the
housing. Slowly push the camera all of the way forward until the
back of the Mounting Plate is flush with the Housing Plate Mount.
The flash will contact the top of the housing and rotate back 90
degrees so it faces up inside the housing. The flash should be lined
up with the housing’s fiber optic ports once the camera is pushed all
the way forward and the housing is closed.
Attaching the Hotshoe
DO NOT attach the Hotshoe if you are using a fiber optic
strobe. Once the Hotshoe is connected to the camera, the internal
camera flash is disabled.
2. Make sure the Hotshoe and camera contacts are clean.
3. Slide the Hotshoe onto the camera Hotshoe Mount.
Hotshoe Mount
4. Push the Hotshoe forward until it is unable to go any farther. The
Hotshoe must be pushed all the way forward to make proper
contact with the camera and provide TTL operation.
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 towards 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
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/strobes, 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. As soon as you enter the water, take a moment and check to see
that the housing is properly sealed. If possible, first water test the
housing with no camera inside to assure a safe and watertight
3. 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’s 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.
4. 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.
Setting Up An External Strobe
About the Built-In Flash
The camera’s built-in flash cannot light a subject underwater due to
the housing’s opaque design. The built-in flash CAN be used to trigger
a fiber optic strobe.
We recommend attaching an external strobe for the optimal color
and clarity in a wide variety of shooting situations, including daylight
photography. An external strobe may be triggered via electrical sync
cord or fiber optic cord.
About Sync Cords
Attaching a strobe via electrical sync cord provides faster strobe
recycle times as compared to a fiber optic connection, and prolongs
camera battery life.
When a compatible Ikelite DS strobe is attached via sync cord,
circuitry built into the housing allows the strobe to communicate
directly with the camera to trigger the strobe and adjust its power for
perfect exposure.
Strobes from SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos attached by electrical
sync cord are not capable of powering the TTL circuitry built into this
housing. These strobes must be used in manual power modes when
connected via electrical sync cord.
Attaching a Sync Cord
A bulkhead cap or sync cord must be attached to the housing for
waterproof operation. Never submerge the housing without either
a sync cord or waterproof bulkhead cap attached.
1. Remove the bulkhead cap.
2. Lightly lubricate the sync cord o-rings. We recommend using only
Ikelite silicone lubricant to eliminate the possibility of swelling due to
incompatible compounds.
3. Line up the pins and receptacles and gently insert the sync cord
plug into the housing bulkhead. DO NOT force or rush this
installation. The sync cord will not go into the bulkhead if the Pins
and Receptacles are misaligned.
Bulkhead Cap
Sync Cord
Retaining Ring
Sync Cord
Pins and
4. Attach the other end of the sync cord to the bulkhead on your
5. If using an Ikelite strobe, set the strobe to TTL. If using a non-Ikelite
strobe, set the strobe to manual flash and select a manual power
6. Turn on the strobe(s).
7. Turn on the camera.
8. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s) are functioning
About Fiber Optic Cords
Attaching a strobe via fiber optic connection requires the camera’s
built-in flash to fire each time a photo is taken. Firing the camera’s
flash will cause increased lag time between photos and decrease
camera battery life.
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord
1. Camera flash must be raised BEFORE the camera is closed inside
the housing.
2. Turn the camera ON.
3. Check the end of the fiber optic cord to ensure that it is clean and
4. 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.
5. 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 Connector
PowerShot G1 X
Mark II
S to a compatible strobe.
6. Attach the other end of the fiber optic cord
7. Set the strobe to the appropriate setting based on manufacturer
8. Turn the strobe on.
9. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe is functioning properly.
10. Repeat steps 3-9 when connecting a second strobe.
Installing an Accessory via the Accessory Port
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
or accessory fittings by 3rd parties. Warranty DOES cover
factory optional accessories attached by certified Ikelite service
»» DO NOT remove the Accessory Port Hole Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory like Vacuum Kit # 47012.
Wide angle and macro close-up
The optional WD-4 Wide Angle Dome # 6430.4 provides a wider angle
of view underwater without the edge distortion, heaviness, or difficult
attachment typically associated with an external wide angle lens. The
WD-4 is a 0.75x magnification factor and simply slides on and off of
the housing’s lens port.
A press-fit Macro Adapter # 9306.78 is available for the attachment
of 67mm threaded accessory macro lenses. We recommend a macro
lens which is designed for underwater use like those from Epoque,
INON, Subsee, Nauticam, and other manufacturers. The adapter
should not be used with 67mm threaded wide angle lenses. The wide
angle lens would be too far away from the camera’s lens to provide an
improved image.
For additional information, refer to the product webpage at ikelite.
1. Rinse the housing in fresh water. Rotate the housing’s 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 other peoples’ gear can cause scratches or damage to your
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 memory card capacity and battery life of your camera
and strobe(s). Recharge as necessary.
5. Always recheck 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.
Water enters the housing
• Re-clean and re-install 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 and make sure it is properly charged.
• Remove Hotshoe from camera mount if using a fiber optic strobe.
The internal camera flash is disabled when the Hotshoe is
• Make sure that the camera’s flash is set to fire on every photo.
• Check that the fiber optic cord or sync 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 should be “tight” against the mounting plate. Check
tightness using a coin or screwdriver (preferred).
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.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Position strobes or lights farther away from your lens and at a slight
• Avoid using strobes in extremely low-visibility conditions.
Spare Parts / Optional Accessories
• Housing Rear O-Ring # 0110
• Vinyl port cover # 0200.08
• Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.5
• Silicone lubricant resealable 2cc tube # 0184.2
• Vacuum Kit # 47012 (allows you to pressurize the housing to check
for proper assembly prior to entering the water)
Limited Warranty
This Ikelite product is warranted against any manufacturing defects for
a period of one (1) year 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
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 contact 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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