3 Major Features To Consider Before Buying Any Underwater Smartphone Housing

September 26, 2016
3 Major Features To Consider Before Buying Any Underwater Smartphone Housing

In the world of IT, any amazing innovation usually triggers a string of other fantastic IT-related innovations. This is the case with underwater smartphone casings/housings. As smartphone manufacturers — read Apple — continue to enhance the functional capabilities of mobile phones, such as HD quality cameras, their applications have continued to expand. For instance, you can now use your iPhone to take high quality, professional photos on land. And, with a little sophistication, you can use it to take professional underwater photos, too. Whether you are a novice or professional scuba diver, surfer, sailor, or an everyday outdoor enthusiast with a keen interest in underwater photography, you can now use your smartphone to take exquisite HD underwater photos without risking damage to your expensive phone. Just get an excellent underwater housing, by considering the following features, and you are good to snap and splash at the same time.


Smartphone Protection


If you decide to use your multi-functinal smartphone to take underwater photos, you must ensure that it has ample protection. In this light, you need an equally functional underwater casing that will ensure its safety. Luckily, there are special casings that are designed for specific smartphone models to enhance functionality and protection. For instance, if you decide to use your iPhone 6/6s underwater, buy the corresponding underwater housing for this model to ensure perfect fitting and operation. Also, consider the following protective features before acquiring one. First, the casing should be pressure tested and depth rated to your desired underwater sink/dive level. Top ones are rated to 100 meters. Secondly, the case should have a smartphone retaining system to hold your phone in place and amortize shock. Thirdly, the housing should be secure and properly sealed with a hardy and accurate main safety lock for effortless opening and positive closing.




As much as you are concerned about your smartphone's protection, while using it underwater, you must also be curious about the functional setbacks of covering it with an extra case. That is fair considering some of the touch-related inhibitions that have occurred after covering a smartphone in a low quality screen protector. As a professional, you will be relieved to learn that modern underwater housings enhance, instead of limit, the functionality of your smartphone. In other words, your iPhone's cameras will work even better if you get a good underwater casing with some of the following optical features. First, an optical dome lens with an underwater field of view that matches the land view — and one without distortions or soft corners. For longevity and obscurity, choose a scratch resistant dome lens, whose port has a safety locking mechanism, with anti-reflective coating. Secondly, an excellent underwater casing should have internal color correction filters for balancing underwater colors accurately. Finally, consider additional optical enhancements like a built-in optical selfie dome lens.




Again, this is a matter of functionality. You must be wondering if the underwater housing will inhibit your access to the smartphone controls — the answer is no. Top quality underwater housings are optimally designed with ergonomic controls that enable access to all the smartphone's camera functions. Before you buy, confirm full ability to access resolution and frame rate settings and also the following native camera features: stills, video, bursts, panoramic, time-lapse, and square shooting modes. You should be able to swipe to unlock your phone and a sleep/wake push button should be available.

Matthew Boley
Matthew Boley


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