3 Benefits Of Using An Excellent Underwater Case For Your IPhone As A Professional Photographer

September 26, 2016
3 Benefits Of Using An Excellent Underwater Case For Your IPhone As A Professional Photographer

Several years ago, everyone would have laughed at anyone claiming to use a phone to take professional photographs. Today, you can use your iPhone to take HD underwater photos — you only need a secure, protective housing. Undoubtedly, the image of a typical professional photographer must still be embedded in your mind. The half-sleeve jackets with multiple pockets for storing films, the extended lens, flash-mounted cameras slung over both shoulders, and the detachable tripods for mounting the expensive looking cameras. It was all too theatrical. Anyway, that was before the smartphone was invented. Nowadays, a professional photographer can fit all his/her equipment in his pants' pockets — that’s the beauty of invention and innovation. Similarly, a modern-day professional photographer can enjoy multiple benefits by using a cased iPhone for underwater photography.


High Quality Photography


Obviously, many professionals use their iPhones to take ordinary photos on land today and they can attest that the quality is exemplary. Likewise, you can use iPhone to take incredible underwater photos — you just need to do a little outfitting. Veteran innovators, who used to design underwater camera housings, are now focusing on smartphone housings. As such, the latest underwater smartphone housings are amazing. For starters, they feature an optical dome lens designed for land and underwater use, meaning it offers the same field of view underwater as on land. And to ensure that your photos are extra sharp and clear, this dome lens has internal color correction filters and it produces no distortions or soft corners. Therefore, instead of investing in two commutable gadgets (phone and bulky camera), you will achieve the same, or even superior, functionality with just your iPhone and its sleek underwater case.


Enhanced Smartphone Protection


You might be worried that the idea of using your iPhone for underwater photography might be too farfetched and risky and that this whole enterprise is an exercise in futility. That is fully understandable considering the inherent risks involved — your phone might be damaged by shock, water leakage or water pressure. What you might not know is that all these risks have been considered and averted. You iPhone will be fully protected in a hardy casing that is pressure tested and depth rated, up to 100 meters. The best underwater iPhone casings feature a specially designed retaining system that holds the smartphone securely in place and amortizes shock. They feature a secure main safety lock and a tight-fit rubber O-ring seal to prevent water leakage.


Ergonomic Controls


Finally, you might be concerned about accessing the controls and features of your iPhone, now that it is fully enclosed in a foolproof underwater housing. The good news is that superb underwater casings feature ergonomically designed controls to ensure ease of access to all the native smartphone camera functions, including 4K mode, access resolution and frame rate settings. Modern underwater housings for iPhones are designed for specific models and their subsequent models, such as iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Therefore, the housings feature optimal design features and ergonomic controls to ensure 100% fit and operation of each specific model. By getting the right housing for your iPhone model, you are assured of full access to stills, video, bursts, panoramic, time-lapse, and square shooting modes. Also, you will still be able to swipe to unlock the iPhone and you will have a sleep/wake push button for active operation. You will never loose functionality or access just because your phone is in its protective underwater housing.

Amit Porwal
Amit Porwal


With over 60 years of combined underwater housing manufacturing experience, our project team knows this industry inside and out. 
Valentins (Val) Ranetkins built the first underwater housings for National Geographic. He also started two industry-known manufacturing companies: Amphibico and Aquatica. He held the original patent for the underwater pushbutton, and manufactured the first underwater Dome port lenses.
Manuel Aranda was Val's main mechanical designer at Amphibico. Manuel designed the Amphibicam F900 housing for the Sony F900. To this day, it is the most advanced housing to ever hit the professional market.
Freddy Espinoza is the mechanical designer of the LenzO™ housing. Freddy also designed housings for Val and was the main machinist to work on all of Val's recent projects. 
Anthony Lenzo is an Emmy Award-winning cameraman and underwater cinematographer who has worked with Val and his team on several underwater housing projects. He brings professional user experience to the team and came up with the concept for the LenzO™ housing.


“The LenzO™ housing for the iPhone 6/6s is an elegant and easy solution for capturing great underwater video and still photographs. Combined with a sweet price point, the LenzO™ is a home run! “

Nick Caloyianis, U/W film maker, winner of Oscar, Emmy and Nogi awards for his films and underwater documentaries.


“The housing worked faultlessly. All-in-all I was totally amazed at the quality of the footage acquired and the ease of use of the LenzO™ housing.”

Clay Wiseman, marine biologist. His photography and writings are published in National Geographic, Time, International Wildlife, Ocean Realm, Skin Diver, Sport Diver and Scuba Diving Magazines.


“ ... at ReefID we have adopted LenzO™ as our work horse and one of our primary underwater photography resources. Out of the box LenzO™ features provide a solid platform to take great images. Its built-in features provide a familiar interface that is easy to use underwater by any diver, snorkeler or underwater enthusiast wanting to record their adventures. A top notch product that can have a profound effect on how people view our ocean’s wonders.”

John Fifer, underwater photographer, Founder and Editor ReefID - developers of marine life identification apps. Graduate of Humboldt State University in Environmental Engineering and Oceanography.


“The ease of use is astonishing, including the insertion of the iPhone. Also I love that the LenzO™ it is so easy to hold and the locking mechanism is much easier than my housing for the Canon camera. I took pictures freediving and the ability to focus so quickly helps tremendously!”

Anne Jo Lee Ito has a B.Sc. in Film Production. She works with HD and larger format cameras for several broadcast TV shows, music videos, commercials and a short film. She produced a documentary about the Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.


“The ease of use and quality of the pictures is stunning. The design features including the latching system is usually found on much more expensive housings. I took the Lenzo overseas to Papua New Guinea and dove consistently over 100 feet with no leakage. Intuitive and compact. Will be on every dive from now on.”

-Michael Gerzevitz
PADI OWSI, Camera Operator IATSE 600, 30 years as Motion Picture and Television Technician