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Ikelite Underwater Housing for Sony Cyber-shot HX50, HX60 Instruction Manual
Underwater Housing for Sony Cyber-shot DSCHX50V, DSC-HX60V
Product Number 6115.50
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About this Product
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Included in the Box
• Housing
• O-ring # 0109 (installed)
• Port cover # 0200.08 (installed)
• Flash diffuser
• Flash deflector
• Silicone lubricant
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.
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About this Product
Included in the Box
Important Notices
Getting to Know Your Housing 6
Setting Up Your Camera
Setting Up Your Housing
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings 8
Opening the Housing 8
Closing the Housing 9
Final Check 10
Entering the Water 11
Zoom Control 11
Control Dial 12
Using the Built-in Flash
Using the Flash Diffuser 12
Installing the Flash Diffuser 12
Setting Up An External Strobe
Using the Flash Deflector 13
Installing the Flash Deflector 14
About Fiber Optic Cords 14
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 15
Maintaining Your Housing
Post-Dive 16
Lens Port 16
Storage 17
Servicing Recommendations 17
Lubricating Controls
Lubricating Push Buttons 18
Lubricating Control Shafts 19
Spare Parts
Limited Warranty
Service and Repairs
Contact Us
Getting to Know Your Housing
Mode dial
Lid snap
Tray mounts
Lens port
Control dial
Up / Display
Right / Flash
Tray Mounts
This housing features two 12-24 threaded tray mounts on the bottom
of the housing. The spacing between the tray mounts is 3” (76.2 mm).
Optional tray with handles and mounting hardware are sold separately.
It is recommended to detach and thoroughly rinse the tray mounts,
tray, and mounting hardware, with fresh water routinely during
continuous use and prior to storage.
Lanyard Mount
The included lanyard is a break-away safety lanyard. The lanyard is
designed to break if stress is placed on it. This is important so that
the user can break free if the equipment is caught on something
The lanyard is not designed to support the weight of the housing and
should not be used as a carrying strap. Carrying the housing by the
lanyard may result in damage to the lanyard and/or housing.
A different lanyard with a thin cord may be attached to the housing
using the lanyard mount on the side of the housing back.
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap which may be attached to the
2. Insert a fully charged camera battery.
3. Insert a properly formatted memory card.
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.
Closing the Housing
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap which may be attached to the
2. 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
3. Pull out on the housing control knobs to move them out of the way.
The motion picture control must be facing forward and upward to
allow clearance for proper camera installation.
4. 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.
5. Align the housing back with the front and carefully insert the camera
into the housing front until the rear o-ring is touching the front.
6. Make sure no controls or wires are interfering with the o-ring or the
back of the housing.
7. Place each lid snap into the corresponding hook on the housing
8. 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.
9. 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
Installing the Flash Diffuser or Deflector
1. Only the diffuser or deflector may be installed at any given time. If
a diffuser or deflector is attached to the port, remove it by pulling it
away from the port.
2. Press the large opening over the housing’s lens port until it snaps
into the groove in the outer circumference of the port. The piece
may bend during installation.
3. Orient the diffuser or deflector as shown.
»» A small hole in the corner of the flash deflector allows it to be
attached to your system using a thin string (not included). It is
recommended to attach the flash deflector to your system to
avoid accidental loss.
Using the Flash Diffuser
Install the semi-transparent diffuser when using the camera’s builtin flash. A portion of the camera’s built-in flash may be blocked by
the housing’s lens port. The diffuser spreads the light of the flash to
reduce any effects on the image.
It may be necessary to zoom in when shooting close-up photos to
completely eliminate any darkened areas.
Using the Flash Deflector
Install the opaque white flash deflector when using external strobes.
The flash deflector improves transmission of light to the fiber optic
ports and reduces unwanted backscatter (the illumination of particles
in the water).
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.
Zoom Control
After you have used the housing’s zoom control, it must be returned to
the center position to disengage. If the housing zoom control is
pushing the zoom lever in either direction, you may not be able to take
a picture or access other functions. This is because the camera is
receiving a signal from the engaged zoom control.
Control Dial
A small section of the rubber disc is missing at the end of this control.
This is normal and allows the user to completely disengage the control
from the camera when not in use.
To disengage the dial, line up the dot on the knob with the dot on the
housing back.
Control dial
Maintaining Your Housing
1. Rinse the housing in fresh water. Rotate the housing controls and
press each button several times while submerged in fresh water to
flush out any salt or debris to ensure smooth operation on future
2. NEVER leave your housing in a fresh water rinse tank, even if it is
the only system in the tank. Collisions with another person’s gear
can cause scratches or damage to your equipment. Accidental
damage occurs most often in the rinse tank.
3. Rinse off any residual residue from the rinse tank with clean,
running fresh water.
4. Stow the housing in a shaded place where it is protected from
impact and overheating. If no shade is available, cover the housing
with a light colored towel or cloth.
5. Check the memory card capacity and battery life of your camera
and strobe(s). Recharge as necessary.
6. Always re-check the o-ring seal after opening the housing.
Lens Port
Treat the surface of the lens port like a camera lens. After use, rinse
and gently dry the outside lens port to avoid water spotting. Use only a
microfiber lens cleaning cloth to avoid scratches. To clean, use a mild
soap solution.
»» Do not rinse the inside of the lens port.
»» 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.
1. Clean the housing and controls thoroughly prior to storage.
2. Remove the rear o-ring. Place in a small re-sealable plastic bag
inside of the housing.
3. Leave the lid snaps open to release pressure on the lid snap
4. Store the housing in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and
5. Before using the housing, check the tightness of the set screw in
each control knob. Check each control gland to make sure they are
snug. There is a slight chance that either could vibrate loose during
»» Do not leave the camera and housing in direct sunlight for
prolonged periods. Heat may damage the camera.
»» Do not transport with the camera inside of the housing.
»» Do not store the housing in a humid environment. Prolonged
exposure to high humidity may damage electronic
Servicing Recommendations
It is recommended that the housing be sent to Ikelite or an authorized
service center annually for routine service and maintenance. Service
may be required more or less frequently depending on care and use.
Lubricating Controls
The housing’s controls may need to be lubricated if they become
particularly difficult to use or if the o-rings have dried out during longer
periods of storage.
There will be some breaking force required to move the controls
initially after the housing has been in storage for long periods of time.
Remove controls for lubrication only if they continue to stick after
applying a small amount of lubricant to the exposed portion of the
shafts and working them many times.
»» Use only Ikelite lubricant. Other types of lubricant may cause
swelling of o-rings or cracking of plastic components.
»» Lubricant is not a sealant; it is used to reduce friction.
Excessive lubricant can collect sand, hair or debris which may
interfere with proper sealing.
»» Never use spray lubricants as the propellant ingredient can
cause the plastic housing to crack or o-rings to swell.
Lubricating Push Buttons
1. Press and hold the push button all the way in.
2. Place a small amount of lubricant at the base of the push button
shaft inside the housing.
3. Press and release the push button several times to work the
lubricant into the o-ring.
4. If a push button control becomes difficult to push or if it sticks when
depressed, soak the housing in warm, soapy fresh water. After a
few minutes, operate the push button. If this does not correct the
problem, return the housing to Ikelite for maintenance.
»» To prevent build-up of salt, sand, or debris, the push buttons
should be flushed with fresh, clean water after every use.
Depress each push button while the housing is submerged in
fresh water.
»» If it is necessary to remove a housing push button, NEVER
re-use the e-clip. Push button o-ring kits include replacement
»» Push buttons look similar but vary in length. Remove and reinstall one push button at a time.
Lubricating Control Shafts
1. Loosen the knob set screw using a hex key. Some set screws are
covered by a vinyl sleeve. The vinyl sleeve must be removed prior
to loosening the set screw.
2. Remove the control shaft from the inside of the housing.
3. Clean and lightly lubricate the shaft, including the large outer end of
the shaft.
4. If there is a spring associated with the control, make sure it is in its
proper position.
5. Re-install the shaft from the inside of the housing. Rotate the shaft
gently for smooth installation into the gland. Push the control shaft
all of the way through until the flat of the shaft is visible on the
outside of the housing.
6. Align the knob set screw with the control flat.
7. Tighten the set screw firmly against the flat of the control shaft using
a hex key.
8. Check that the set screw is oriented properly by holding the control
shaft in place on the inside of the housing while attempting to rotate
the control knob on the outside of the housing. If there is rotation,
loosen the set screw and realign with control flat; retighten and
»» We do not recommend removing the control gland from the
»» Always take the housing underwater to depth without a camera
after removing and re-installing controls.
»» Remove and re-install one control at a time.
»» DO NOT pull the shutter trigger without a camera installed. You
may accidentally detach or damage the control spring.
Water enters the housing
• Check and reinstall the rear o-ring.
• Replace the o-ring if there are any signs of cracks or tears.
• Take the housing underwater to depth 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 light(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 and make sure they are pointed
in the right direction.
• Adjust exposure compensation in the camera.
• Adjust lighting power.
Strobe(s) will not fire
• Turn on strobe.
• Check the strobe(s) battery life.
• Restore the camera to factory default settings. There are some
camera settings that will prevent an external flash from firing.
• Check camera settings recommended for use with an external
strobe in the beginning of this manual.
• Check that the fiber optic cord is properly attached.
• Check that the camera’s built-in flash has been raised and is
pointing towards the housing’s fiber optic ports.
Button(s) are sticking
• Soak the housing in lukewarm fresh water. Depress each button
several times while the housing is submerged. Rinse the housing
with running fresh water.
• Lubricate the controls.
Button(s) or control(s) not operating
• Tighten the camera mounting plate with a screwdriver.
• Ensure that nothing is preventing the camera from going all of the
way into the housing.
• Check that the camera mounting plate is pushed all of the way
Camera is not functioning normally underwater
• Check each housing control while underwater to ensure that
they are disengaged. An inadvertently engaged control may limit
functioning of the camera.
• Check that no controls are being accidentally pressed.
• Check that the zoom control is in the center deactivated position.
• Check that the shutter is not half depressed. If the shutter spring
has been damaged by activation without a camera installed, it may
not return properly. Adjust or replace the shutter spring.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Reposition strobe(s) or light(s) to light up the subject only and not
the water in-between the camera and subject.
• Avoid using strobes in extremely low-visibility conditions.
Spare Parts
Rear o-ring # 0109
Port cover # 0200.08
Silicone lubricant # 5020
Push button o-ring kit # 6201.03
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.
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
Attention: Service Department
50 W 33rd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
+1 (317) 923-4523
For detailed instructions on returning your product for service including
important information on international customs documentation, please
refer to our website at:
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
+1 (317) 923-4523
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