The Panasonic DMW-MCTZ30 Underwater Housing allows you to use your digital camera underwater, taking photos at depths of up to 130' (40 m) below the surface. It is compatible with DMC-TZ30, DMC-TZ31, DMC-ZS20, DMC-TZ27 and DMC-ZS19 Panasonic digital cameras. It is also ideal for taking worry-free pictures in the rain, at the beach, or on the ski slopes.
A diffuser for the camera's flash is included and removable and aids using the camera's internal flash underwater. For better results underwater, a rig attached to the camera could be used to add an external strobe or light, like those made by Fantasea, Sea & Sea, Ikelite, or SeaLife. The camera has an underwater mode setting for available light photography.
Reviewed by 4 customers
I'm a semi-pro photographer and just recently got back into Scuba Diving. On my initial dives, I used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 camera with a Panasonic DMW-MCTZ7 Marine Case and got excellent results. Now I have two Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19 cameras and a Panasonic DMW-MCTZ30 case for one of them. I'm extremely happy with both items and the pictures that I've taken speak for themselves.
Haven't used this yet so don't know acgtual underwater performance. But the engineering in this is incredible. This is a serious case that allowsaccess to all functions. You have to take of the hand strap which is a pain. My only concern is that they rely on a single o-ring to seal the case and that o-ring has to be imaculately clean and greased after each use. The case itself seems very robust. Yhe waterproofing not so much. I can see why it is expensive.
construction is adequate, not nearly as substantial as an Ikelite, but at half the price and smaller in size, should perform well for many years. Easy to insert/remove camera and easy to view/maintain main seal. In use, not good for snorkeling as viewfinder almost impossible to view with sun over shoulder.
Rated for 130', this enclosure keeps my camera dry anywhere I want to dive. It allows access to all of the camera's functions. The flash on the panasonic zs19 is a little weak, and I don't know if you can add an external flash, but for the price, they make a great underwater combo.