Posted on January 15, 2013 by

Lights, Camera, aXtion!

The Joy Factory is back with a new collection of protective cases for the iPhone5 and iPad. This time around the cases are available in three different styles, all sporting some level of IPX certified water resistance, with the highest being fully (and continuously) submersible. They have even gone beyond just making these cases fit the new dimensions of the iPhone5 by adding in access to the headphone and dock, something that was unavailable in the earlier cases.

The Joy Factory - aXtion Collection

We previously reviewed The Joy Factory RainBallet case and really enjoyed the underwater capabilities when backcountry camping in Algonquin Park.

Posted on October 17, 2012 by

GoPro Hero3 Available November 14th

The GoPro Hero2 was just a small improvement over the original Hero, but the Hero3 has made a big jump in both quality and style. We skipped the Hero2 since we already have a few Hero’s at our disposal, but I’d really like to get my hands the next GoPro.

The Hero3 is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than the earlier models, weighing a mere 2.6 ounces. This little camera features a new lens that offers less distortion and improved sharpness. You can expect increased video quality and speed as well as high quality 12MP stills.

The Hero3 will be available in three editions, with the Black Edition boasting the best specs, including a Wi-Fi remote.

More details at

GoPro Dive Housing
Posted on August 12, 2012 by

Behold The New GoPro Dive Housing

GoPro has finally answered the call for those of us who like to take our films underwater. We previously covered the issues with the curved lens and underwater footage and even reviewed the BlurFix hack to fix the problem on the regular housings. The BlurFix works great, but the new GoPro Dive Housing looks like the quality finished product we were hoping for. The flat glass lens allows for maximum sharpness underwater in all resolutions, free of vingnetting and is waterproof to 60 meters.

Posted on July 10, 2012 by

Otterbox Armor Series iPhone4 Case

Otterbox is coming out with a new series of cases starting with the iPhone4. The Armour Series case as the name suggests wraps your device in a protective plastic fortress. The case is drop proof up to 20 feet, crush proof up to two tons, and can be submerged 10 feet underwater for up to 30 minutes. Otterbox is keeping most of the details to a minimum, even cancelling the twitter chat about it this evening, but still promising “to exceed all expectations and uphold the standards of the OtterBox brand with the Armor Series”.

The Otterbox definitely looks nice and I’m looking forward to seeing it. But there is some pretty tough competition out there with the LifeProof cases (MSRP $80) and the cheaper (though less featured) RainBallet case we reviewed earlier this year. We’ll have to wait a little big longer before we see them in stores though I’m hoping to get my hands on one and see how the Otterbox performs in terms of features, usability, and punishment.

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