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Camera Underwater Housing
3. Function Controls
4. Set up Instructions
5. Use & Care of Housing
Made of 6061 aluminum, 10Bar Housing is a sturdy choice for the G10 camera. For those who favor small
cameras, it is the ideal housing to suit their needs. It is equipped with full-function control buttons, bulkhead
connector for external flash and interchangeable ports for conversion lens. The acrylic lid allows taking pictures
and checking on the camera much easier. For closure, the double o-rings and key-hole lock design provide ease
of use and added security. Now you can use small cameras with the feel and function of professional housings.
Housings individually tested to 10 Bar (90 m / 300 ft.) Recommended working
pressure 60 m
Double O-rings, Key hole lock
6061 Aluminum, Acrylic
136 x 152 x 117mm (L x W x H)
Approximately 940g (Housing only)
Buoyancy (with camera)
Slightly negative in salt water
Spare main O-rings ( included)
Silicone O-ring grease ( included)
Carrying bag ( included)
Red filter (optional)
Extension arm for strobe or video light (optional)
Macro and Wide Angle Converter (optional)
Dome port and extension adaptor (optional)
Housing for 580EXII Flash (optional)
3. Function Controls
3.1 Buttons & Parts
(2) EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL
(3) MODE DIAL
(4) ISO SPEED DIAL
(5) SHUTTER / ZOOM
(6) POWER ON/OFF
(8) (AE LOCK/FE LOCK) / (MICROPHONE) BUTTON /
(METERING LIGHT) / (JUMP) BUTTON /
(AF FRAME SELECTOR) / (SINGLE IMAGE ERASE) BUTTON
(9) CONTROL DIAL
(10) 4-WAY BUTTON
(11) FUNCTION. SET
(12) DISPLAY / MENU
(13) (SHORTCUT) / (PRINT / SHARE)
3.2 Control Details
(1) BULKHEAD for connecting sync cord, unscrew the blank plug and install the sync cord. Always keep
the blank plug in place if sync cord is not installed.
(2) EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL - press down and turn to adjust the exposure compensation.
(3) MODE DIAL - press down and turn to activate the required mode.
(4) ISO SPEED DIAL - press down and turn to adjust the ISO value.
(5) SHUTTER / ZOOM - press to activate the shutter, turn to activate the zoom function (separate controls on
(6) POWER ON/OFF - align the white dot towards the lid, press and turn on or off.
(7) PLAYBACK - press to activate.
(8) (AE LOCK/FE LOCK) / (MICROPHONE) BUTTON，(METERING LIGHT) / (JUMP) BUTTON，
(AF FRAME SELECTOR) / (SINGLE IMAGE ERASE) BUTTON - rotate until the white dot is over
the required button and press to activate.
(9) CONTROL DIAL - press down and rotate to select.
(10) 4-Way BUTTON - rotate until the white dot align and press, when not in use rotate the white dot until
pointing downward to facilitate the ‘Function Set’ to be activated.
(11) FUNCTION. SET- rotate until the white dot align and press.
(12) DISPLAY / MENU- rotate until the white dot align and press.
(13) (SHORTCUT) / (PRINT / SHARE) - press down to activate the function.
For the full list of camera functions and settings accessed by each control, please consult the Canon G10
camera instruction manual.
4. Set up Instructions
4.1 Special note on responsibility for watertight integrity
Each housing is individually inspected and hydrostatically tested in the factory. The design of the main piston
O-ring seal is among the most reliable in the industry and the watertight integrity is excellent. This special
O-ring design provides a perfect seal even if there is any slight movement between the body and lid due to
change of ambient pressure. However please note that responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the watertight
seal lies entirely with the user. 10BAR accepts no liability for damage to, or loss of any equipment used with,
or placed inside the housing. Users are highly recommended to carry out in-water test of the housings without
installing of the camera for their first dive, after change of new ports or alternation of any new configuration.
The test can be carried out by lowering the housing with ballast to the working depth or dive down to the safe
The O-ring seal is the main barrier between the water outside and the air space within the camera. It is
an effective barrier only if the seal is properly maintained. The O-ring seal should be inspected before
every dive. The following information is provided for guidance in using and maintaining the O-ring seal.
4.2 Maintaining the O-ring Seal
If the main body to lid O-rings are not installed, install the O-rings
before diving. Their care and maintenance are critical to the
watertight integrity of the housing. If the O-rings are contaminated,
or not already installed; inspect, grease and install the O-rings
according to the following guidelines.
4.3 Inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-rings
A soft cotton bud or sponge applicator, make sure these are free of all chemicals or contamination such as loose
fibers, and the tube of silicone grease supplied with the housing. Note other types of silicone grease specifically
for use with underwater camera equipment can usually also be used. It is advised to carry out the following
procedure on a firm clean level surface, e.g. at a table, to prevent skidding especially when diving from a boat.
When to maintain the O-ring seal
Remove the O-ring periodically for inspection. It is not necessary to remove, clean and re-install the O-ring
after every dive provided the O-rings are not become contaminated. As a rule of thumbs set up the camera and
housing before a day’s diving. If the housing is required to be opened between dives for changing memory card
or re-charging batteries, make sure the outside of the housing is thoroughly toweled dry before opening up.
After removing the lid and servicing the camera, replace the lid straight away, rather than leaving it lying
around. Before replacing the lid, check the o-rings and make sure that no contamination such as dust, hair, salt,
sand etc. has fallen onto the O-ring or O-ring recess, as a precaution we recommend to inspect the O-ring every
time the lid is opened and to carry out the maintenance only if necessary.
Place the lid on a firm non-slip level surface.
The O-ring can be extracted using an O-ring extractor tool (make
sure the tool has no sharp edges). Alternatively use the flats of the
thumbs to gently stretch the O-ring on two faces thus making a
small loop protruding a few mm. The loop can then be grasped
between finger and thumb, to pull the O-ring over the lip.
Clean the O-ring recess (the square groove where the O-ring sits)
with a cotton bud.
Inspect the O-ring all the way round its surface for damage such
as cuts tears or contamination. This should be done visually and
also by feeling the surface texture between finger and thumb.
IF THE O-RING IS DAMAGED OR SUSPECTED OF BEING DAMAGED, DISCARD IT IMMEDIATELY
A spare O-ring is supplied with the housing, or a replacement O-ring can be ordered from 10 BAR. If the
O-ring is contaminated or suspected of being contaminated, clean it with a cotton cloth that is free of all
chemicals or contamination. After cleaning inspect the O-ring again.
Once the O-ring has been inspected and verified fit for use, apply a small amount of silicone grease to the
O-ring. The silicone grease must be evenly distributed round the O-ring
Replace the O-ring into the groove; run a finger round the O-ring, to make sure it is snugly seated in the
4.4 Key-hole Lock
The Key-hole Lock is simple and easy to use and adding security.
To open the housing, turn the levers of the lock perpendicular to the wall of the housing until the lock is
released on both sides.
Pull out the lid by holding on the grip near the lock.
4.5 Mounting the camera in the housing:
Remove the lens cap and wrist strap. Slide the camera into the body along the rubber packing. Make sure the
camera body reach the limit and test the function of the On/Off button on the body of the housing.
Align the bulkhead cable as shown below and check the cable is not jammed under any button or over the
Slide the hot shoe plug into the hot shoe
Replace the lid and make sure the lever is perpendicular to the side wall of the housing. Lock the lid by
press down the lever and turn until the lever is parallel to the side wall of the housing.
After replacing and locking the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for contamination.
Note: If the O-ring is in good contact, a thin black line, about 0.5 to 1mm in width should be visible,
where the O-ring is in contact with the lid. Follow this line all the way round the edge of the seal, as a
final check that the seal is good.
4.6 Mounting the camera lens and ports
The 10 Bar G10 underwater housing interchangeable port system accommodate a wide variety of lens for
use underwater. The installation procedure is as follows:
Mounting the Conversion Lens Adaptor for camera
Mounting the camera into housing and close the lid
Mounting the Port Adaptor for housing
Mounting Conversion Lens
Mounting Dome Port
There are o-rings on all the components of the port parts which should be installed according to the
procedures at 4.3.
4.6 Using External Strobes:
The standard bulkhead is SF6 (Subtronic, TTL). Bulkhead NKF5(2) (Nikonos. Non-TTL) or other type to be
custom- made as requested.
Check the o-rings and connect the strobe sync cord to housing’s bulkhead. Tighten the lock ring to secure the
cord in place. Make sue that the blank plug is secured to the bulkhead if no sync cord is connected.
5. Use & Care of Housing
5.1 Pre Dive Function Check.
Just before entering the water, make a habit of reviewing the proper steps to close the housing and connect the
bulkhead. Make a visual check of the O-ring seal. It is also useful to switch on the camera, and check that the
controls e.g. on/off, zoom, shutter functions operate normally.
Check housing is closed
Check O-ring is in the groove between housing and Acrylic
Check battery and memory card status on the LCD display
Check control knob and zoom function
Check the Bulkhead is properly connected or blanked.
Always avoid submerging the housing in hot water for a prolonged time or a cleansing tank where the
water may be heated up by the sun.
5.2 General Operation.
The control levers and push buttons consist of internal double O-ring seals on a stainless steel shaft. This
arrangement is very reliable, however as a precaution, when operating the controls, avoid excessively rapid
movements, as this may distort the O-ring. Also please allow for the fact that the camera takes a few seconds to
power on. If the camera does not appear to respond to a control action, make sure that no other controls are
pressing on the camera, i.e. locking out further actions.
Wear the wrist strap; it is easy to inadvertently let go of the housing, especially if you are distracted.
5.3 Cleaning & Storage.
The body & lid of the housing are made of 6061 Aluminum and Acrylic respectively. 6061 Aluminum is
selected for its outstanding strength stiffness, hardness and toughness, while Acrylic for its crystal clear
transparency and high gloss surface. Both of them have good resistance to weathering, although long-term
exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Normal operating temperature range is 3°C to 36°C (Storage
temperature: -10°C to 50°C)
It is good practice to rinse off your housing with fresh water after every dive. Avoid to exposure to fine sand.
After a series of 10 or more dives, e.g. after a dive holiday, it is recommended to immerse the housing for 2-3
hours in warm water to dissolve any salt deposits that may have built up. No chemical cleaners should be used.
For long term storage please remove the main closure o-rings from body.
Please protect the housing during transportation. It is recommended to remove the handle, and shutter extension,
and wrap the camera in foam or bubble wrap.
The impact resistance of the housing is excellent. However after an accident the alignment of the housing may
have been altered. Therefore in the event of your housing suffering an impact force, e.g. being dropped, it is
essential that you do not use the housing for diving. Please return the housing immediately for service and put a
note inside to indicate the nature of the accident, so that the severity can be assessed.
To ensure the continued performance of your housing, it should be serviced every year, or after every 200 dives
whichever is earlier. Please note the terms for servicing the housing posted at our website. A full service will
l Inspect all components for wears or damage (report if repair necessary),
l Clean all sealing surfaces,
l Replace all O-ring seals,
l Hydrostatic pressure test to 10 Bar.
Note: Replacement of damaged components may require additional cost.
The warranty is valid within two years from the date of first purchase. The warranty applies only to the
10BAR does not accept any liability either implicit or otherwise for any
equipment housed inside,
or used together with the housing.
In the event of the housing
flooding within the period of warranty, 10BAR will repair or replace the housing. Please note that
disassembly of the housing will invalidate warranty. Please fill in the information below, and return a
copy to 10Bar Underwater Housing at the address below, to validate the warranty.
(Copy to be retained by user)
Housing Type :
Date of Purchase：
Serial Number : (Labeled inside housing)
Owner’s Name :
Office & Showroom:
Unit C, 2/F., Wing Hin Factory Building, 31-33 Ng Fong St., San Po Kong, Hong Kong.
Please keep this document for future reference
(Note: due to continuous improvement the latest model housing may differ slightly form those described in this document)
(Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)