3 Unique Specs In Underwater Smartphone Housings For Professional Photographers

September 27, 2016
3 Unique Specs In Underwater Smartphone Housings For Professional Photographers

Modern phones, or smartphones, have revolutionized the world of gadgetry. Several years ago, there were specialty gadgets for every single need or function. For instance, there were watches for time, radios for music, and cameras for photography. Nowadays, all these functions and countless others are all available in a single device — the smartphone. Smartphone cameras are ranked by their most functional and prominent features. The latest iPhone models are primed with HD cameras that can take exceptional, professional-level photos. As such, they can be used by scuba divers and other underwater professionals for photography. They only require an equally exceptional underwater housing for protection and enhanced functionality. Expectedly, most modern underwater smartphone casings feature numerous protective, optical, and control features. However, there are three unique specs that should be considered when looking into underwater casings if you wish to enhance your photography as a professional.


Optical Dome Lens


The most dynamic and versatile feature in high quality underwater housings is the optical dome lens. Outfitted with easily operable zoom features and an underwater field of view that is similar to its land view, this lens is designed to optimize the photographic capability of your iPhone. As a professional, you might decide to take some photographs in rough/harsh environments. Do not worry; the optical dome lens will survive. Featuring a tough, scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coating, the dome lens is durable and ensures obscurity. To ensure that your professional photos are sharp and clear, the modern dome lens produces no distortions or soft corners. To squeeze more value from the money paid for your underwater case for iPhone, you might also consider additional protective features like the presence of a unique dome port safety locking mechanism to keep the lens safe and secure. Superior underwater casing models also have a built-in functional selfie dome lens.


Color Correction Filters


As a professional photographer, one of your biggest concerns is the quality of photos that will be taken with your newly outfitted iPhone. Compared to land photography, underwater photography is a bit more challenging and contingent. Incidentally, the quality of your underwater photography depends on several factors and conditions including depth, distance, lighting and visibility. So, how do you counter these underwater issues and still achieve quality photography? Well, some innovators have already thought of that. The latest underwater housings feature internal color correction filters — usually two of them — to balance underwater colors. For instance, you can buy an underwater housing with magenta and red color filters and then use magenta during normal photography, such as in close-to-surface shots and pool and lake photography. The red color filter will come in handy in deeper surfaces. Use your phone to monitor and adjust the best color filter depending on the environment.


Light Mounts


Whether you are on land or underwater, the quality of lighting reflects on the quality of photographs that are taken. Professional photographers usually mount lights on their cameras to illuminate dark places. Similarly, modern housings feature top and bottom threads that can be used to mount lights on them. Also, some upcoming models are expected to include a grip arm attachment where lights can be mounted as well. All in all, by choosing an excellent underwater housing for your smartphone, you can be assured that your professional photography career will continue to excel and improve, and your shots will be more impressive and true to life.

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