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Great product, highly recommended
on September 29, 2014
I bought this from Sport Chalet along with the red filter for a trip to Maui and was very satisfied.
The options I had for underwater photography were: underwater camera: digital or disposable, underwater housing for regular camera, or housing for your smartphone. I went with a phone housing because of the convenience. Underwater cameras seem to be very blurry and disposable cameras sometimes don't develop at all. I have a digital camera but did not want to risk damaging it and it would be inconvenient to swim with. Although the go pro takes great photos, I like to be able to view my photos directly and see that my images are coming out. After searching and reading about other underwater housings for iPhone I decided to go with the Watershot. I tested it 3 times by placing tissue paper inside the case and placing it in my bathtub for about an hour each time. (I also placed something heavy on top so that the camera is submerged at the bottom) I had no leaks and no issues and used it everyday for my trip to Maui. Many people have issues with the Watershot app but if you play with it , you'll get the hang of it.
- Make sure your phone setting for Auto Lock is set to NEVER.
- Put it in Airplane mode so that you don't get texts and calls.
-Open the App before closing it the case because if you access the app from home screen after closing it, you may get a pop up about bluetooth and access etc.
- Use burst mode and hold the phone as steady as possible to get clear shots.
- If you have trouble seeing your phone screen because of glare/it's too bright outside while trying to take photos, hold your hand slightly over it to block the sun
- Pool photos turned out fine without the filter, but I saw a big difference when I went snorkeling in Maui. The red filter really brings the colors out of the fish, coral, people etc. I will try to post before and after photos of red filter use.
- Buy a portable phone charger (no need to plug into an outlet) so that you can charge your phone between snorkel/dive spots, or on the beach when you're resting. I bought one for $20 and it came in very handy. The app does eat your battery, and its good to have some backup.
This is a great product and I found it very easy to switch from photo to video and viewing the photos underwater was also easy.