(Discontinued) FL
Manual for the FL-12 Housing
For Nikon Coolpix L12 Digital Camera
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ................................................................................................................................. 2
GENERAL INFORMATION .......................................................................................................................... 3
THE FANTASEA FL-12 HOUSING ...................................................................................................................... 3
FANTASEA FL-12 USES ................................................................................................................................... 3
GENERAL CAMERA DESCRIPTION .................................................................................................................. 10
NIKON COOLPIX L12 FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS .............................................................................................. 11
USING THE FANTASEA FL-12 HOUSING .............................................................................................. 12
OPENING THE HOUSING ................................................................................................................................ 12
INSERTING CAMERA....................................................................................................................................... 12
CHECKING THE O-RING ................................................................................................................................. 13
CLOSING THE HOUSING.................................................................................................................................. 13
VIEWING THE SUBJECT ........................................................................................................................... 15
TAKING THE PICTURE .................................................................................................................................... 15
CHOOSING IMAGE FILES ................................................................................................................................ 15
BATTERY LIFE ............................................................................................................................................. 16
USING THE FLASH ...................................................................................................................................... 17
ACCESSORY SLAVE FLASH ............................................................................................................................. 17
LENS ACCESSORIES ....................................................................................................................................... 18
FANTASEA COOLPIX ACCESSORY SYSTEMS AND SETS .................................................................................. 18
SHOOTING TECHNIQUES ......................................................................................................................... 19
EXPOSURE MODES (PRE-SET BEFORE CAMERA INSERTION) ........................................................................... 19
ZOOM CONTROL ............................................................................................................................................ 19
MACRO FOCUS............................................................................................................................................... 19
QUICK REVIEW .............................................................................................................................................. 19
CAMERA STANDBY MODE ............................................................................................................................. 20
CARE & MAINTENANCE ........................................................................................................................... 21
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GENERAL INFORMATION
THE FANTASEA FL-12 HOUSING
Fantasea has specially designed the FL-12 housing for the Nikon Coolpix L12 camera. This
housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photographers who enjoy the camera's automatic
exposure features for capturing fast action pictures easily and creatively. The FL-12 housing
insures easy handling and accurate access to camera functions through the critical placement of
push-button controls and a compact design.
The FL-12 housing provides all essential control functions: On/Off, Shutter Release, Zoom
In/Out, Menu, Flash, Exposure Compensation, Timer, Macro, Playback, Delete, Mode Selector,
One-touch Portrait and D-Lighting, and has a built in Flash Diffuser and an anti-glare hood over
the LCD screen.
FANTASEA FL-12 USES
The Fantasea FL-12 housing is designed as an underwater/outdoor camera housing. It features
double O-ring on all controls, and has a working depth of 200 feet/60 meters. Underwater
photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while
outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white
water and paddle sports, swimming, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing and hunting,
backpacking and camping. The Fantasea FL-12 will protect the Coolpix L12 camera from water,
sand, dust, and other damaging elements.
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Top/Front Side of Housing
3. One-touch Portrait /
D-Lighting
2. Power On/Off
4. Anti-shake
1. Shutter Release
5. Removable Flash
Diffuser
7. Buckles to
Secure Housing
6. Threaded Lens
Port
Numbered description below refers to corresponding numbers on above graphic.
1. Shutter Release
This is a two stage shutter-release button. First lightly press the shutter-release button halfway,
stopping when you feel minimal resistance. Once the camera has focused, press the shutter-release
button the rest of the way down to release the shutter and take the picture.
2. Power On/Off
To turn on the camera, press the power switch. The power-on lamp (green) will turn on for a moment,
and the monitor will turn on.
To turn off the camera, press the power switch again.
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3. One-touch Portrait / D-Lighting

One-touch Portrait: For portrait shots, press the One-touch Portrait button when the camera is in the
auto mode, scene mode, movie mode and anti-shake mode. The following features are automatically
activated:
o
Portrait: Portrait subjects stand out clearly.
o
Face-priority AF: The camera automatically detects and focuses on faces.
o
Auto red-eye reduction: Reduces "red-eye" caused by the flash.
Press the One-touch Portrait button again to return to the shooting mode selected in the shooting
mode selection menu.

D-Lighting: can be used to create copies, with enhanced brightness and contrast, brightening dark
portions of a picture. Enhanced copies are stored as separate files.
o
Select the desired picture from full-frame or thumbnail playback mode and press the DLighting button.
o
Press the multi-selector up or down arrows to choose OK, and press the Ok Button to confirm
your selection.
4. Anti-shake
For anti-shake mode, press the Anti-shake button when the camera is in the auto mode, scene mode,
movie mode and one-touch portrait mode. Anti-shake mode reduces the effects of camera shake and
blurred subjects, and produces clear images. This mode reduces blur when shooting subjects in motion.

The higher sensitivity is set and the shutter speed will be faster than in auto mode.

Flash mode and self-timer are set to off.
5. Removable Flash Diffuser
The Flash Diffuser is used to diffuse the flash's intensity [the internal flash]. See the section on
"Accessory Slave Flash" for additional information.
6. Threaded Lens Port
Refer to the section "Inserting Camera" for useful information.
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7. Buckles to Secure Housing
Refer to the section "Using the Fantasea FL-12 Housing" on how to open and close the camera
housing.
Back Side of Housing Buttons
9. Zoom In/Out
8. Menu
13. Self-Timer
10. Flash Mode
11. Exposure
Compensation
14. OK button
12. Macro
15. Delete
17. Playback
16. Mode Selector
Numbered description below refers to corresponding numbers on above graphic.
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8. Menu
When Menu button is pressed, the following menus are displayed according to the mode that has been
selected:
Auto Mode Shooting Menu
Scene Mode Scene Menu
Movie Mode Movie Menu
One-touch Portrait Mode  One-touch Portrait Menu
Anti-shake Mode  Anti-shake Menu
Playback Mode Playback Menu
9. Zoom In/Out

Use the Zoom buttons to activate optical zoom. Press "W" to zoom out, increasing the area visible in
the frame, or "T" to zoom in, so that the subject fills a larger area of the frame. When the camera is
zoomed to the maximum magnification (3x), holding "T" down triggers digital zoom. The subject is
magnified up to 4x, for a total magnification of 12x. A monitor indicator shows the current zoom
ratio.

Press "W" in full-frame playback to display pictures in "contact sheets" of four or nine thumbnail
images.

Press "T" to zoom-in on still images displayed in full-frame playback.

When entering a menu, press "T" to view a description of the currently selected menu option.
Multi-Selector buttons (8-12)
10. Flash Mode
In order to select a flash mode:

Press the Flash Mode button.

Use the multi-selector up/down arrows to choose the desired flash mode (Auto, Auto with Red-Eye
Reduction, Off, Fill Flash and Slow Sync), and press "OK".
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11. Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation is used to alter exposure from the value suggested by the camera to make
pictures brighter or darker.
 Press the Exposure Compensation button.
 Press the multi-selector up/down arrows to adjust exposure, and press "OK".
12. Self-Timer
The camera is equipped with a ten-second timer for self portraits. When using the self-timer, mount the
camera on a tripod or rest it on a flat and stable surface.

Press the Self-Timer button.

Press the multi-selector up/down arrows to choose "On", and press "OK".

Press the shutter-release button half-way to focus, and then all the way down.
13. Macro
Macro Close-Up mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 15cm/5.9 inch.

Press the Macro Mode button.

Press the multi-selector up/down arrows to choose "On", and press "OK".

Press "T" or "W" to frame the picture, focus and shoot.
14. OK Button

Push this button to confirm a selection.
15. Delete

Press Delete to delete the picture currently displayed in the monitor in full-frame playback. Press the
multi-selector up/down arrows to choose "Yes", and press "OK".

In Shooting Mode, press this button to delete the last picture taken. When the confirmation dialog
shown at right is displayed, press the multi-selector up/down arrows to choose "Yes", and press
"OK".

Press Delete to delete the movie currently displayed in the monitor in full-frame playback. Press the
multi-selector up/down arrows to choose "Yes", and press "OK".
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16. Mode Selector
Set the Mode Selector to the desired mode:

Scene Mode- Select one of 16 scenes suited to different subjects or shooting conditions, and let the
camera do the rest.

Auto Mode- A simple "point-and-shoot" mode in which the majority of camera settings are controlled
by the camera.

Movie Mode- Record movies. Select one of five movie options.
17. Playback

Press the Playback button to enter full-frame playback. Multi-selector buttons may be used to view
pictures.

Press Playback button again or press the shutter-release button to return to shooting mode.
Note!
It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with all the
controls topside before using these controls while diving.
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GENERAL CAMERA DESCRIPTION
With the release of the COOLPIX L12, Nikon offers a quality, compact digital
camera with simple operation.
The latest addition to their COOLPIX line of cameras is a slim, lightweight model
with an impressive imaging performance of 7.1 megapixels, optical image
stabilization (VR), and sporting a 2.5-inch large, bright LCD monitor, it supports
smooth composition as well as enjoyable image playback anywhere. The L12 offers
a focus range of 50cm in Camera Mode or 15cm in Macro Mode, making it possible
to accurately capture the detail and color of both the smallest nature shot and the
widest landscape panorama as well as augmenting the digital camera's versatility
underwater. The COOLPIX L12 has enhanced ISO sensitivity with settings up to
ISO 1600. This makes possible shooting in lower light without having to use a long
exposure—an advantage when shooting underwater. The L12 Camera offers 3x
optical zoom Nikkor-glass lens, which gets you close to the action, and also
features a Video Mode with sound. The optical stabilization (VR) feature
compensates for camera shake to produce clearer, steadier images, especially
when shooting moving objects like underwater life.Finally, Nikon’s unique DLighting function, available in playback mode, improves underexposed images or
shots taken with too much back light.
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NIKON COOLPIX L12 FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

Scene Modes
A choice of 16 Scene modes makes it easy to achieve optimal results in a
wide range of common shooting conditions. Simply select the Scene
mode most closely corresponding to the scene at hand and the COOLPIX
L12 automatically chooses the best settings for pleasing results. Four of
these handy Scene modes also feature Scene assist, which helps users to
achieve better composition.

Three Image Innovations
Face-priority AF can automatically detect then achieve accurate focus
on people’s faces, no matter where they are in the frame. In-Camera
Red-Eye Fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect
sometimes caused by flash and compensate for it in-camera.
The D-Lighting Function can rescue underexposed images or shots
with too much backlight by creating a copy of the image but with light
and detail added where necessary and well-exposed areas left exactly as
they were.

VR Image Stabilization
The COOLPIX L12 offers the advantage of optical lens shift VR (Vibration
Reduction), which cleverly detects any camera shake and accurately
compensates for it to produce sharper, steadier images, like moving
subjects in the underwater life.

White Balance
The COOLPIX L12 features Auto with TTL control, and a choice of 7
manual modes: Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy,
Shade, Flash and White Balance Preset.
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USING THE FANTASEA FL-12 HOUSING
OPENING THE HOUSING
1. Release all four latches at the same time, and lift off back half to open housing.
INSERTING CAMERA
Since the Fantasea FL-12 is specifically designed for the Coolpix L12 digital camera, inserting the camera
into the housing is quite simple.
1. Mount the camera on the removable tray, using the tripod screw.
2. Slide the tray and camera into the housing tray slot. Make sure it is completely inserted.
3. Make sure the camera lens is centered in the rounded port area and that the lens does not distort the
round black rubber seat. The housing is designed to have the camera fit in place perfectly, but if you
are not careful, it is possible to put it in at an improper angle and hence it will be impossible to get a
good seal or easy closure of the housing.
4. After camera insertion, be sure that the extended camera lens does not catch or bend the
black rubber seat on the inside of the lens port. It is vital that the lens does not disturb this
rubber seat.
1. It is recommended to make some camera settings prior to
inserting camera into the housing. Please refer to the
Coolpix owner's manual for menu options and personal
Notes:
preferences.
2. Take a few test shots: it is recommended to turn the camera
"on" and program to “Flash Always” mode before inserting
into housing and then take test shots to make sure all
systems are working.
Underwater photographers will probably want to set the flash mode to the flash always setting to insure they
always have a flash with every exposure. It is also wise to set the focus mode to allow the lens to focus in the
macro range for capturing great images of the tiny and exotic subjects that you can find underwater.
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CHECKING THE O-RING
Prior to each closure of the housing the O-ring should be visually inspected. If there is any debris present,
including dirt, sand, dust, hair, grease or other matter, it must be cleaned to insure a proper watertight seal.
Cleaning the O-ring is a simple matter of wiping it with a damp, soft cloth to remove the foreign matter. Be
careful the cloth you use does not leave any of its own material behind as this can also affect the
effectiveness of the seal. When replacing the O-ring, place it back into the groove starting at the same corner
and gently put it in by pressing it into the groove all around the housing until it is all sitting in the groove and
no part of it is sticking up or out of the groove. You can then apply a slight layer of silicone if you have not
done this yet. Be sure it is completely seated in the channel for a proper seal.
Lubrication of an O-ring does not improve the seal. It only reduces the
amount of friction on the O-ring when it is being moved into sealing
position. The amount of lubrication required on the O-ring is only enough
Note
to allow it to slip into place without friction, so it does not twist or become
dislodged. More grease is not better, and could in some cases have a
negative affect if it is applied in large amounts to form a build-up that
could trap any debris or foreign matter.
CLOSING THE HOUSING
1. Place housing back over front and align the complete mating surface of the housing and the Oring, forming a proper seal.
2. Position all four latches over latch hooks in ready position.
3. Close one of the bottom latches first, maintaining pressure on the other side. Proceed by closing
the other side's top latch. Then close the remaining bottom latch and the remaining top latch. Test
all latches carefully to make sure that they are completely locked into place and not just pushed
down. Try to open them to make sure that they cannot open accidentally.
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4. Inspect the O-ring for proper closure. A complete seal can be visually confirmed by the O-ring
around the complete circumference of the housing.
5. Always take the first dive without your camera in the housing just to make sure there is no leakage
from damage to the housing. During the dive—especially at the beginning of descent—take special
care to look at the housing to make sure no bubbles are escaping from it and that no water is entering.
Generally, if there is a problem with the seal, you will discover it in the first seconds of the dive.
6. After use, when opening the housing, it is important to hold it so the lens port is facing down. This
will prevent the camera from slipping out of the housing while being opened. Release the four latches
in the same order described for closing them in step 3, and take off the back side of the housing.
Gently pull both the tray and the camera outside of the housing and unscrew the tripod screw out of
the camera in order to disconnect it from the tray.
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VIEWING THE SUBJECT
The L12 camera does not have the standard eyepiece but underwater photographers and outdoor
photographers will appreciate the large 2.5 inch LCD viewing monitor for composing photographs. The LCD
monitor will allow you to see your subject in sharp focus and framed properly. Hold the camera housing in
your outstretched arm at a position that is both comfortable and also allows you to easily see the LCD
monitor, for best compositional options.
TAKING THE PICTURE
Once you have composed your scene or subject in the LCD monitor, depress the shutter release button to take
the picture. A half depress will activate the live viewing ability of the LCD and allow the camera to focus,
once in focus and ready to shoot a green light will appear on the LCD monitor and the camera is ready to
take the picture. Press down the shutter all the way to complete image capture. You may notice a pre-flash
and slight delay in the shutter release. This is to allow the camera to make its final focus and exposure
calculations before taking the picture. With a little practice, you will become used to this and taking pictures
of moving subjects will become easier and natural.
CHOOSING IMAGE FILES
There are several image file options to choose from that offer different resolution and file sizes. This
determination must be made prior to camera insertion from Menu options. Please refer to the Coolpix
instruction manual for details on setting these preferences.
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BATTERY LIFE
AA-Size Battery Compatibility
One of the most widely available battery sizes in the world - in alkaline, lithium, rechargeable or other forms
- AA compatibility allows near-ubiquitous use anywhere in the world.
There are certain things that users can control to help with battery life. The most important is to set the
camera to turn the LCD off after a short time, during periods of non-use. It can then be automatically turned
back on if you depress the shutter release control half way. Please refer to the Coolpix instruction manual for
details on how to make this adjustment setting. It is always wise to have backup batteries in case you do run
out of power. The supplied battery can be recharged many times and offer an economical and
environmentally friendly power source.
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USING THE FLASH
The Coolpix has a built-in flash, which will illuminate nearby underwater subjects. For subjects that are
farther away, an accessory slave flash is recommended (See Below). A built-in flash diffuser is supplied
which will help achieve a wider and softer light source thereby providing more coverage and less likelihood
of backscatter (the unattractive snowstorm affect of the flash reflecting off the suspended particles in the
water). Further reduction of backscatter can be achieved by using an accessory off-camera slave flash. This
will be discussed in more detail.
The need for artificial light to maximize color reproduction is necessary in nearly all pictures. Therefore it is
strongly recommended that you set the flash mode to Flash Always. This will insure the flash fires on every
exposure regardless of the ambient light conditions (Please refer to the camera's instruction manual for more
details).
Outdoor photographers do not have this same concern. There is no backscatter to be concerned with, and due
to the ability of the flash to travel farther and more effectively in air as compared to in water, there is
normally not a need for an accessory flash to provide proper illumination for most subjects.
ACCESSORY SLAVE FLASH
If you use the Coolpix built-in flash as the master, you can trigger a second slave flash to provide more
artificial light when needed. To do this, you must use an accessory flash that has a slave feature built in. The
flash from the Coolpix must be aimed or bounced toward the accessory flash's slave sensor, or other fiber
optic sensor. This will trigger the slave to fire in sync with the master flash.
When using an accessory slave flash with fiber optic cable, it is recommended to black out the internal
camera flash. The internal flash is located near the camera lens and can contribute to backscatter by
illuminating floating particles close to the lens port.
If the sensor of the fiber optic cable is attached to the outside of the housing directly above the internal flash
and taped over with black tape–it will block out the light from the internal flash but transmit the light pulse to
the external slave flash
Note
Be sure to use a slave flash that has the ability to ignore the built-in pre-flash in
digital cameras, and synchronizes with the shutter release.
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LENS ACCESSORIES
The Fantasea FL-12 features a 46mm threaded lens port. This thread port is designed to work with some of
the wide-angle and macro adapters that are currently on the market. Fantasea Line offers the following lens
accessories:

FWAL-01 Wide Angle Lens: an accessory Wide Angle Lens which fits over the housing port and can
be installed and removed during the course of the dive.

Red Filter 46 - fits over the housing port and can be installed and removed during the course of the
dive. The filter is mounted on the housing lens port and held in place by screw thread.
For more information on these items, see your local photo dealer or visit our website at www.fantasea.com
FANTASEA COOLPIX ACCESSORY SYSTEMS AND SETS
Fantasea offers a variety of sets for Coolpix and other housings. These sets are made up of quality accessory
products which will enhance and improve your underwater images. Accessory products include external flash
systems, flexible arms, trays, filters, wide angle and macro lenses, fiber optic cables and more. Below you
can see one sample system. For more information please refer to our website or to the Fantasea Dealer where
you purchased your housing.
NANO FLASH
LENS CADDY FOR
NANO FOCUS LIGHT
HOLDING ACCESSORY
LENS PRODUCTS
FIBER OPTIC
CABLE
MACRO / WIDE ANGLE
ACCESSORY LENS
FLEX ARM
FANTASEA HOUSING
XL STAY SLOT TRAY
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SHOOTING TECHNIQUES
EXPOSURE MODES (PRE-SET BEFORE CAMERA INSERTION)
There are several exposure modes [16 different Scene modes] for photographers to choose from, depending
on the situation. Underwater it is recommended that you shoot in the Auto mode on the camera in which
ambient light and artificial light will be automatically controlled by the camera according to the lighting
conditions. You can also select different light meters to use, based on the situation and your personal
preferences. Additionally, you can choose the Auto White Balance setting for color temperature control, or
experiment with some of the other modes to see which will work best underwater. These settings do not have
to be made ahead of any dive, as they can be accessed through the housing controls while underwater.
Please reference the Coolpix instruction manual for details on how to set these camera options, and under
what conditions the different choices would be used.
ZOOM CONTROL
Zoom in for telephoto photos and larger subject size. Zoom out for wide-angle scenes. It is generally not
recommended to use the zoom underwater as it is preferable to get physically closer to your subject. The
digital zoom has no value at all.
MACRO FOCUS
For capturing the tiny and exotic subjects that require close focus. Macro focus is possible when the lens is in
the wide-angle position.
QUICK REVIEW
Immediate review of most recent image is available that will confirm that you captured the shot you want.
However, if you want to scroll through your images, or delete images from the memory card, this should be
done when you are topside and the camera is out of the housing.
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CAMERA STANDBY MODE
You can access the camera's menu to select the length of the inactivity period. Inactivity period is the length
of time before the camera goes into standby mode. Options are 30 seconds, one minute, five minutes, and 30
minutes. This feature allows you to conserve battery power by placing the LCD monitor on standby [sleep
mode]. It is recommended that this option is set for 30 seconds to conserve battery power. If set for longer
periods of time the LCD screen will heat up and that will produce condensation and fogging of the lens port.
Condensation on the lens port will have a negative impact on the quality of the images taken.
When you want to resume shooting, pressing any button will re-activate the camera. However, if after the
camera goes into standby, a further period of three minutes goes by without any activity, the camera will turn
off [deep sleep mode]. You can turn it back on by pressing the On/Off Power button. The Welcome to Nikon
Coolpix screen will appear then it will display last image taken.
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CARE & MAINTENANCE
The Fantasea FL-12 housing requires only a minimum amount of care for reliable performance. The
following tips will enable you to get the best results.
1. Always rinse your housing with a strong stream of fresh water and if possible soak housing in
fresh water tub or rinse tank for about 20 minutes after every dive in order to dissolve the salt
water crystals from around the controls and openings of the housing. Manipulate each of the
movable controls to assist the removal of salt particles from these tight areas.
2. Allow the housing to dry thoroughly before packing away for the day or for the trip home.
You may use a soft towel or cloth to dry the housing. Be sure there is no grease or other debris
on the towel.
3. Visually check the condition of the O-ring before every dive. If it is dirty, clean it with fresh
water and dry it with a soft cloth as described above. If it is damaged in any way, such as cut
or perforated, replace it immediately.
4. It is recommended to slightly lubricate the housing's O-ring periodically. It's important to note
that the amount of lubrication required on the O-ring is only enough to allow it to slip into
place without friction, so it does not twist or become dislodged. More grease is not better, and
could in some cases have a negative affect if it is applied in large amounts to form a build-up
that could trap any debris or foreign matter.
5. Be careful not to get greasy fingerprints or dirt on the lens port. This will affect the image
quality. Wipe any dirt or grease off with fresh water and a soft cloth.
6. Do not drop the housing on hard surfaces. It is not a shock absorber, and could crack,
affecting its watertight integrity. It could also cause damage to the camera inside.
7. Travel with the housing protected in a padded case. It is best to remove the camera from
inside the housing when traveling and provide it with its own protective case, or compartment.
8. Never dive with the Fantasea FL-12 housing to a depth greater than 200 ft/60 meters.
9. It is recommended to have annual maintenance of all Fantasea housings. This includes visual
inspection and possible changing of all seals / gaskets / o-rings. It is recommended to use an
authorized Fantasea Service Center for this purpose. Please contact Fantasea Line by email:
service@fantasea.com , or visit the Fantasea web site www.fantasea.com.
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10. It is recommended that you select the shortest time option on the menu, for placing the camera
into standby during periods of inactivity. This will conserve battery power and reduce the heat
given off by the LCD screen, which can contribute to condensation inside the housing and
fogging.
11. It is strongly recommended to take the first dive without the camera inside the housing. You
should check that the water tight seal has not been affected during transport and long periods
of storage.
12. It is likewise recommended to visually monitor the housing during every descent, especially
for the first 10 meters/33 ft. If water is observed entering the housing or bubbles escaping
from it, the housing should be rotated to a port down position and held that way as you return
to the surface immediately and get out of the water.
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