A new era in underwater photography was ushered in with the arrival of the Micro Four Thirds System (MFT, Micro 4/3) format. The cameras have gotten smaller, lighter and more performing. This new standard in lens format, one that is shared by multiple camera manufacturers, also greatly expands the range of useful optics for underwater imaging.
Finally, with the AE-M1, the underwater photographer now has a premium, compact system offering available to them.
Yes, size and weight do matter, and travelling restrictions have affected the amount and weight of camera equipment one can travel with nowadays. The Aquatica AE-M1 housing follows this train of thought, its design is compact, is made of lightweight aluminum, yet benefiting from the same quality process that has made Aquatica legendary. Precision, ruggedness, reliability and ease of maintenance are all incorporated in its construction.