Ikelite | Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix ZS200, TZ200, TZ202, TZ220 | Instruction manual | Ikelite Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix ZS200, TZ200, TZ202, TZ220 Instruction Manual

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix ZS200, TZ200, TZ202, TZ220 Instruction Manual
Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix ZS200,
TZ200, TZ202 Digital Cameras
Product # 6170.12
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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
to receive information on any updates or notices pertaining to your
Included in the Box
• Housing
• O-Ring # 0109 (installed)
• Port cover # 0200.08 (installed)
• Silicone lubricant 1 cc tube
• 200 ft (60m) depth rating
• Controls for all camera functions except Diopter Adjustment Dial
and Flash open lever; Flash may be opened prior to installing
camera in the housing
• Near neutral buoyancy in fresh water
• 1/4-20 thread tray mounting with 3” (76mm) spacing
• 2.8 lb (1270 g)
• 6.2 x 5.1 x 6.8” (157 x 130 x 173 mm)
• 3.9” diameter glass lens port allows effective zoom range of 24-135
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.
»» Always assemble in a cool, dry location. Opening the housing
in a humid environment will lead to fogging.
»» This housing is designed specifically for use with the
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200, DC-TZ200 and DC-TZ202
cameras. Other camera models will not likely fit or function
properly in this housing.
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.
Product Registration
About this Product
Included in the Box
Important Notices
Accessory Port
Getting to Know Your Housing 5
Setting Up Your Camera
Setting Up Your Housing
Getting to Know Your Housing - cont. 6
Accessory Port 7
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings 7
Opening the Housing 9
Inserting the Camera 10
Closing the Housing 11
Final Check 11
Entering the Water 12
Built-in Flash and External Strobe Use
Zoom and Macro Close-up
Spare Parts
Limited Warranty
Service and Repairs
Contact Us 20
About the Built-In Flash 13
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 13
Post-Dive 15
Travel and Storage 15
Getting to Know Your Housing
Motion Picture Button
Mode Dial
Zoom Lever
Control Ring
Fiber Optic Ports
Lid Snap
Lens Port
Accessory Port
Hole Plug
Tray Mounts
Getting to Know Your Housing - cont.
Rear Dial
OT ZOOM PAST 135 (0.3M / 0.98FT)
Lid Hook
UP Cursor
Self-Timer / DOWN
Accessory Port
Your housing features one 1/2-20 threaded Accessory Port which
may be used for attachment of factory optional or aftermarket housing
accessories. We recommend Vacuum Kit # 47012 which allows you to
pull a vacuum on the housing to simulate pressure at depth and check
for leaks prior to entering the water.
DO NOT remove the Accessory Hole Plug unless you are installing a
compatible accessory. Visit ikelite.com for an updated list of factory
optional accessories.
Use the following steps to replace an Accessory Port Hole Plug with
an accessory fitting:
1. Remove the Hole Plug using an 11/16 inch open end wrench.
2. Check the accessory fitting o-ring sealing area. If an o-ring is not
present, use the Hole Plug o-ring. Lightly lubricate o-ring with
Ikelite Lubricant. Use ONLY Ikelite lubricant. Other manufacturer
lubricants can cause the o-ring to swell. Check o-ring and o-ring
sealing area. Both should be clean and free of hair, sand, or other
3. 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.
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 “A” Aperture Priority. Manually adjust aperture
setting to achieve the best exposure for your shooting conditions.
The shutter speed will be locked at 1/60th second when the camera
flash is active. If a faster shutter speed is desired, set Mode Dial
to “M” Manual mode to manually adjust both aperture and shutter
speed settings.
4. Set AFS/AFF/AFC to AFS and ISO Sensitivity to “200.”
5. Set AF Mode to “1-Area.”
6. Set Metering Mode to
7. Set Flash Mode to
optic strobe.
“Forced Flash On” when connecting a fiber
8. Set Shutter Type to “MSHTR.” Flash may not fire if this setting is
9. In Custom Focus Menu: Set Eye Sensor AF and AF Assist Lamp to
10. In Custom Operation Menu: Set Touch Screen to “OFF.”
Set Step Zoom function in the Custom menu > Operation > Zoom
lever > Q .
CAUTION: Zoom the camera in small steps. DO NOT zoom
past the 135 setting or the camera lens may extend and contact
the ports lens, shutting down the camera. If this occurs, turn the
camera off until the LCD screen goes dark. Turn camera back on to
11. In Custom Monitor / Display Menu: Set Auto Review to “5SEC.”
12. In Economy, set Sleep Mode to “5MIN.” and Auto LVF/Monitor Off
to “5MIN.”
13. Set Eye Sensor - LVF/Monitor Switch to “MON.”
14. Set Focus Mode to “AF Macro
15. Set White Balance to “AWB.” When recording video or shooting
stills images without a strobe, AWB can still be used, but for more
accurate and consistent colors we recommend setting Custom
white balance “ 1 .”
DO NOT open the camera flash until AFTER the camera has
been installed in the housing front. Once the housing back is
attached and closed, the camera flash CANNOT be opened.
All camera user settings not listed should be set to the user’s
preference. Adjust settings as necessary 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 snaps.
4. Remove the housing back.
Inserting the Camera
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap which may be attached to the
2. Remove the camera Mounting Plate from the inside bottom of the
3. Line the mounting screw up with the camera’s tripod socket. Use
a coin or flat head screwdriver (preferred) to tighten the mounting
plate to the camera.
Camera Tripod
Mounting Screw
1/4-20 Tripod
Attachment Hole
Mounting Plate
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. OPEN the camera flash AFTER the camera has been installed in
the housing front. Once the housing back is attached and closed,
the camera flash cannot be opened.
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
Even Gap on
All Sides
Lid Snap
Lid Hook
Housing Back
Main O-ring
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. Always
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.
Built-in Flash and External Strobe Use
About the Built-In Flash
Due to the opaque housing design, the internal “built-in” flash can
ONLY be used to trigger external fiber optic strobes. For the best color
and clarity, we recommend adding a filter, strobe, or constant-on light.
To shoot flash photography underwater, an external strobe must be
connected to the housing and then triggered via fiber optic cord. Two
ports are provided for the connection of up to two fiber optic cords.
Any Ikelite DS strobe may be connected using the Fiber Optic
Converter # 4401.1 and Fiber Optic Cord # 4501. The AF35 strobe is
NOT compatible with this housing.
We recommend attaching an external strobe for the optimal color
and clarity in a wide variety of shooting situations, including daylight
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord
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 and then the strobe(s).
7. Take a test photo to ensure proper functioning properly.
Zoom and Macro Close-up
The optional WD-4 Wide Angle Dome 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 lens port.
A press-fit Macro Adapter 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,
Subsea, 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
Spare Parts
• 0109
Main housing o-ring
• 0200.08
Port cover
• 0184.2
Silicone lubricant resealable 2cc tube
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 other peoples’ gear can cause scratches or damage to your
3. Store 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 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.
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 check that the fiber optic cord is attached.
• Check that the camera flash is opened properly and facing forward.
• Check that the camera flash is set to fire on every photo.
• In the camera menu, set Shutter Type to “MSHTR.”
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 not engaged.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Position strobes/lights farther away from lens and at a slight angle.
• 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
Email: ikelite@ikelite.com
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