Underwater Photography Specialists Launch New Housing for iPhones
Underwater photography specialist SeaLife has launched a new compact and lightweight underwater housing for Apple’s iPhone, which allows divers to take photos and video with their iPhone down to a depth of 40 metres.
The new SportDiver housing is compatible with iPhone models from the iPhone 7 onwards, including the iPhone 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, Xr, Xs, Xs Max, 11, 11 Pro Max, and SE (2nd Gen) models. The housing connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth rather than direct button contact, thereby allowing the user almost complete control of the iPhone inside.
The heavy-duty housing is constructed of Polycarbonate, stainless steel, aluminium and optical grade glass but weighs in at under 641g, making it light for travelling and almost neutrally buoyant in the water, depending on the model of iPhone inside.
A large shutter lever and rear control buttons are designed to accommodate divers with gloves, but the Bluetooth connection between housing and phone means that no buttons touch the phone, reducing the risk of flooding, and also allow grant the user almost full control of the iPhone camera's functions, including zoom, exposure (EV), auto or manual focus, white balance, tint, lens selection, RAW+JPEG mode, live photo and background blur, depending on model.
SeaLife's SportDiver app is free and compatible with iOS 12 and over, and automatically connects the iPhone and housing over Bluetooth Low Energy 5 technology. The SportDiver is powered by two AAA batteries which SeaLife claims will provide more than 50 hours of continuous use and assure 'ultra-low' power consumption for both the phone and the housing.
A removable underwater colour-correction filter is included, and the housing has three 1/4-20 tripod mounts which will connect to any lights or trays with standard tripod threads, including SeaLife’s own range of Sea Dragon underwater photo and video lights.
Other features of the SportDiver include a sturdy holding spring and rubber grip straps to keep the iPhone in place with added shock protection, and 'Dual Leak Alarms' - an internal moisture alarm and a vacuum pressure alarm which will alert the diver with on-screen warnings, audio and LED signals if the waterproof seal is compromised.
The SportDiver Underwater Housing for iPhone is also available as SportDiver Pro 2500 Set with Sea Dragon 2500 underwater light and single tray.
SeaLife SportDiver: (Case only) £269
SeaLife SportDiver Pro 2500 Set: (Case with light) £595