Underwater photography with an iPhone?
It doesn’t seem that long ago that we tried to revive wet smartphones by putting them in a bag of rice and hoping for the best.
Now, most modern smartphones are “water resistant”. If water gets to them, they will not be destroyed, as in past years. However, we are not supposed to submerge them in water. But try to tell the kids about it.
iPhone underwater photos
My friend Alex called me recently, excited about the underwater shots his daughters were getting on their iPhone. He was right, the footage and photos are amazing. But the idea of putting a naked iPhone in water struck me as a little, well, scary. A few years ago my iPhone would not charge due to “water damage” in the charging port. So I would be wary about putting a $1,000 device running my life in the water for an extended period of time.
Alex and his 13-year-old daughter, Zadie, had no such apprehensions, and they happened to “stay” near me at a local resort. So, I stopped by to chat to Zadie about it recently and gave her one of my old phones to get shots. You can watch the interview by clicking here YouTube link Or listen to the full chat on the latest episode of iPhone view photos Podcast.
Underwater photography, Zadi tells me, “shows the kind of photos you wouldn’t normally take but would love to take when you’re having fun.”
It transports you to an underworld where the sky is always blue. Sometimes there are bubbles and it is always dreamlike. Yes, it’s very interesting.
But is your iPhone secure?
I had fun Shoot videos and photos With an iPhone in the rain. While the footage was great, the LCD became completely unresponsive. I had to dry her in order for her to respond to commands. Zadie agreed that the LCD screen does not like water. To get around this, Zadie said she used the volume button to snap the shutter instead of the onscreen button. For the video, I started before the phone got into the water.
And what happened after my zadi took my old phone swimming? Have you stopped recharging? Is the screen damaged? Were there problems? no one.
However, Apple disagrees. Apple’s website says so in uncertain terms Shall we take the phone in the drink.
To prevent liquid damage, avoid the following:
- Swim or shower with your iPhone
- Use your iPhone in a sauna or steam room
- iPhone intentionally submerged in water.
Samsung is less optimistic About going underwater with more recent Galaxy devices than Apple, saying they’re IP68 rated, which means they can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in no more than 1.5 metres. iPhones have the same rating, just a different warning to customers.
There is no doubt that Zadie got great results from her iPhone underwater. But at such a steep price tag for the device, and one that many of us use to run our business and personal lives, I still don’t think the potential risks are worth it. However, I have a solution.
When my son was growing up, I would sell over $20 a disposable Kodak cardboard camera that could be taken underwater, then spend another $20 on developing film. In other words, each shot costs $50 or so. They didn’t shoot video, and I only got 24 shots per camera.
Fortunately, we all live in the digital age. So if kids or a couple are comfortable with an iPhone, why not buy a used iPhone for exclusive use of the pool and rain shots? You also don’t need a top-of-the-line model, as you won’t be using multiple lenses. All you need is a great underwater shot.
A used iPhone SE can be bought for less than $250. Good recent Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones are also available in the same price range. If they mess up, because of all the water play, you won’t get out much.
Or spend $200 or so on a waterproof point-and-shoot, or better yet $200-$300 on a used GoPro camera, which can do double duty, with pool and ocean shots.
Keep the expensive phone for the important stuff, the secondary phone, (no wireless service, of course, why pay for that?) as a wet phone.
Last resort: Buy a waterproof case for your iPhone, eg hitcase. Its casing is “drop-proof” and water-resistant to 10 feet, and with protection, you can take it to the ocean. However, I’m still wary of putting my work/life phone in the deep blue sea, and would much rather do it with the SE. What about you?
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