Published on May 12th, 2014 | by Greg0
Watershot Pro: Make Your iPhone 5/5S An Aquatic Explorer
Waterproof phone cases come in a few styles. Most of them are meant for light use, certified for fairly minimal depths- perhaps you can scuba or go swimming, but certainly can’t take them diving. Others are hardier, but hefty, heavy, and prevent interaction with your phone, eliminating the biggest advantage of having your phone with you instead of a camera. And pretty much every waterproof case constrains your optics- until now.
The Watershot Pro is an iPhone 5 or 5S case with interchangeable lenses- a flat ‘port’ and a wide angle lens that increases the field of view to 110 degrees and is perfect for those large scale action shots. And it features a truly impressive depth rating, which we weren’t able to put to the limits- up to 195 feet. It’s fairly large, but this enables the phone to be completely suspended in the case, preventing any issues and making your smartphone much more shock and wear resistant even outside of the water. It’s all to easy, when diving, to knock your phone against something- even your gear- and that can be a very expensive mistake.
The case also has a removable grip- we’ve heard word of Bluetooth-enabled grips which will allow special functions, but the basic yellow grip was nice and textured. There is a tripod mount on the bottom, for easy use with a monopod or other steadying apparatus. It’s important to note, though, that this isn’t a case for swimmers- you won’t be able to use audio. But you can in fact use the front facing camera, a nice touch. On the other hand, your interaction with the phone is restricted- instead of being able to use the touchscreen, you’ll be confined to a few areas, the four or so where external buttons are placed. This means that you won’t be able to dismiss notifications for instance (including the battery warnings that users do not appear to be capable of disabling) nor take the phone out of sleep mode or unlock it.
Likewise, underwater, it can be hard to see exactly what you’re filming when using the Watershot Pro. Their free app allows controls when in the case, but you’ll have to be careful since touching them can lead to motion blur, especially considering the darkness and difficult focus underwater. We loved, though, that you can add a red filter, something missing from most systems and available as a reasonably priced accessory here. The Watershot Pro runs about $190, online and in stores, and is one of the best cases we’ve seen for serious divers- durable, well-designed, though with some limitations for those who would want to use it in less difficult conditions.