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Aquatica A1 Dcx

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The A1Dcx housing, is part of our fine line of precision crafted aluminum housings. Designed and tailor made for Canon’s flagship 1DC and 1DX cameras, both professional imaging tools with equally impressive still and video capabilities. With easy to reach controls, a next generation lens gear system and uncompromised viewing, This new, no non sense, Aquatica housing puts the Canon 1DX and 1DC into the hands of photographers shooting in the world’s most demanding underwater environments.

Housings built with quality

This new Aquatica housing, as all housings we currently manufacture, is milled from a solid block of 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminum, it is black anodized and then, for further protection, a resistant, baked at high temperature, polyester electrostatic powder coat paint is added. This ensures that your investment will last a lifetime. In order to take advantage of these cameras broadcast quality HD video functions (1DC: 4K cinematic quality video, and 1DX: 1920 x 1080 HD video capture), the A1Dcx layout was optimized with video shooters in mind as well. All video controls are designed for easy reach and smooth operation throughout the housing. This includes a next-generation lens gearing system with a redesigned housing pinion gear and a larger diameter lens gear selection, allowing for smoother transition while zooming/focusing in a video sequence. The Aquatica quick release tray delivers smooth and precise positioning of the camera in the housing and allows the user to insert and remove the camera using a simple push tab, allowing the camera to be removed from the back while keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

The video record on/off control lever is perfectly located on the right side of the housing. This lever is easily controlled with the thumb using a slight forward motion. All push buttons are made from high quality type 304 stainless steel and operate smoothly for a natural feel and intuitive operation.


The A1Dcx ships with our new atmospheric pressure sensitive circuitry and moisture detector.  This circuit, with the simple addition of a valve and pump kit, will offer the option to monitor the vacuum pressure inside the housing.

The moisture detection circuit is on constant guard duty, ready to inform you, by way of an audible and visual signal, of any infiltration, no matter how minute, this one would be. This advanced SURVEYOR circuit also integrates temperature compensation, preventing change in ambient temperature from affecting its accuracy.

The A1Dcx provides a bulkhead connection for installing this optional pressure valve. When set up in this manner, a few strokes of a pump will light up a green LED, giving you the confirmation that the housing sealing integrity is impeccable. The Surveyor adds yet another layer to your peace of mind.

With this technological advantage, Aquatica can safely claim of having the most advanced and effective protection system, for your camera equipment on the market today.


The A1Dcx housing sports three bulkhead access holes, ready to accept external accessories such as our Aquatica remote trigger, Water Wizard external radio transceiver housing, third party external monitors and other accessories. The A1Dcx model 20075-NK comes equipped with two classic Nikonos connectors of the newest type, these strobe connectors are easy field interchangeable in minutes, while the A1Dcx model 20075-KM is supplied with a time proven 5-pin Ikelite connector.


More than 30 years of expertise have helped craft this A1Dcx ergonomic design. It’s a design strongly influenced by working closely, and listening to the input of professional image makers from around the world.

The result is an unparalleled attention to detail and expertly crafted solutions. Viewing is through our own exceptional Galileo-type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the finder. The A1Dcx is also fully compatible with our accessory Aqua View 180, and Aqua View 45 finder, for those who seeking the ultimate in still image viewing, these two enhanced Aqua View finders delivers second-to-none clarity, providing tack sharp corner to corner viewing for composing and critical focusing.

The A1Dcx also retains our trademark molded grips, the industry standard of comfort for the last 25 years. Lightweight and molded of one piece, they never come unglued or corrode. On top of both grips, threaded mounting holes are ready to accept the popular mounting bracket of our Technical Lighting Control system as well as being compatible with most current strobes and lighting arms on the market. An extra mounting point for a focus/video light or other accessories is included on top of the housing and three additional mounting points are provided under the housing for various brackets, supports or tripods.

Of course, the A1Dcx housing belongs to one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. The Aquatica port system, with its critically precise optical property, has been a stable platform on which thousands of photographers have relied on, for more than 20 years, to produces state of the arts images.

The ruggedness of Aquatica housings is legendary. The lightweight A1Dcx benefits from the finest material available in the metallurgic industry and is carefully crafted from a selected alloy of aircraft-grade aluminum. This housing still has the same standard 90m/300ft depth rating that can be factory upgraded to 130m/425ft depth rating on request. Its knurled knobs and oversized controls mean easy operation in all kinds of diving conditions.


Depth Rating & Dimension

  • 90m/300ft (upgradeable to 130m/425ft)
  • Dimensions: Height: 8,49’’ / Depth: 5,3’’
  • Width: No grips: 8,63’’ / With grips: 13,03’’
  • Weight (with grips attached): 8,5 lbs

Construction of shell

  • 6061 T6 Marine Grade aluminum
  • Anodized to MIL-A-8625 (type 2, Class 2 specification)
  • Powder coated with certified A.A.M.A. 2603-98 Polyester coating
  • Baked at 177c/350F (specification ASTM D2794

Control shafts and push pins

  • Type 304 marine grade Stainless steel
  • All shaft double sealed with double O-rings
  • All push pins sealed with Quad Rings

Standard features

  • Ergonomically optimized for diving conditions
  • Oversized knurled controls knobs
  • Sturdy comfortable grips
  • Extended shutter release
  • Port lock mechanism
  • Lens release mechanism
  • Standard high quality Galileo Optical Eye piece
  • Dual sacrificial anodes (front and rear mounted)
  • 5 accessory bulkhead entry points

Mounting points for strobes arms, lighting fixtures and/or tripod

  • 5 standard ¼”-20 sized threaded holes, two on each hand grips and one centered on top of the housing
  • 3 standard ¼”-20 sized threaded holes located at the base of the housing
  • Standard features last line
  • 5 bulkhead access entry point for various accessories




Aquatica Aqua View 180 Finder

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Aquatica Aqua View 45 Finder

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Underwater remote trigger for Canon 1Ds Mk III, 1D Mk IV, 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III & 7D (extra bulkhead included)

Replacement anodes (two complete set) for all Aquatica digital housing

* except D2x housing
Maintenance kit for Aquatica Canon A1 Dcx Housings.

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Protective body cap: for all Aquatica bayonet style housing

19230 Grip extenders

These easy to install will give you additional space should your housing feel cramped for your hands, or if wearing cold water gloves, adding one spacer will give an extra 10mm/.0.375” of clearance, adding both will expand this to 20mm/0.75”, these extenders are ideal for adapting the housing to your own personal handling preference.

19217: Conversion spring kit for deeper rating (425ft / 130m)
*Please read notice

This deeper rating spring kit requires that the O-rings of the housing be removed and reinstalled, since the sealing integrity of the housing comes into play in doing so, Aquatica recommends that this modification be done only by qualified technician from and authorized Aquatica service center, also please note that this kit can also be factory installed as an option when ordering a housing.

19228: SURVEYOR pressure valve and vacuum pump (Ø 0.50”):

For converting a current Aquatica housing with an access hole diameter of Ø 0.50” which is already equipped with a (# 19229) SURVEYOR moisture and vacuum sensor circuit board. The addition of this pressure valve and vacuum pump will add vacuum monitoring capability to the Aquatica housing.

For installation of this pressure valve, the housing will requires a bulkhead entry point hole with a diameter of Ø 0.50”. Prior to ordering, the dimension of the access hole of your Aquatica housing model should be confirmed.

Included with this kit are the following items:

Pressure valve with retaining nut (Ø 0.50”)
Vacuum pump
Container of O-ring lubricant
Instruction sheet