Understanding Outex Underwater Camera Housing Systems
System Difference Summary
The Entry Kit is an inexpensive, simple way to get started. However, it limits use of the viewfinder and LCD to framing and composition since sighting is limited through the cover, which is not optically precise. In other words, you're mostly shooting on auto. If you're shooting on manual, we suggest the Pro Kit. The Pro Kit offers complete control of all aspects of camera and lens, and gives you full optically accurate visibility of the LCD and viewfinder, while allowing you to still access buttons and controls behind the glass. See the video and other references below.
Entry Kit covers have only one front opening for the front glass, and no rear viewfinder glass or opening. This means that the Entry Kit does not include a rear glass viewfinder and viewing occurs only through the cover itself. It's not as precise as the Pro Kit and will not deliver the same results, especially in bright sunlit conditions. Because there’s only one point of entry, it may also be more difficult to install or remove the cover from the camera depending on the model and size used. It eliminates your ability to use the viewfinder, and limits you to using one or the other viewfinder/LCD on auto-focus to find focus in your photography work.
The Pro Kit includes both front and rear glass and openings, for professional grade results in any condition, and in any shooting mode. And the patented mechanism still grants you full/complete access to all your buttons, knobs, and functions anywhere on the camera. You can move the glass out of the way when that's the case on reach between the glass and camera. The Pro Kit offers both tripod and/or viewfinder mounted rear glass, depending on your camera model or specific request. The advanced Outex kits, such as tripod, tethering, lighting, and pistol grips, only come in the Pro configuration; with the rear opening cover. When in doubt, we recommend the Pro Kit. Many of our Entry customers end up upgrading to the Pro Kit by purchasing the Pro Cover + Rear Glass.
The Outex system is universally compatible. Domes and all front glass options work with both the Entry Kit and Pro Kit covers and systems. Advanced kits such as tripod, tethering, lighting, and pistol grip options work only with the Pro Kit configuration.
Entry Kit Installation Video
Example sighting with Entry Kit Cover