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.
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.
When I first purchased my GoPro Hero HD it wasn’t long before I discovered a major flaw- all my underwater footage was blurry! This never happened with my Sanyo Xacti when shooting underwater and I was very confused about what was going on. As it turns out the curved lens distorts the video when shooting underwater. I checked on GoPro’s website and sure enough there is a mention of it in their FAQ. Technically GoPro only says the housing is waterproof and doesn’t actually market it as “underwater”, but they say they are developing a flat glass adapter for underwater use. Never-the-less I set out to find an existing solution and came across the Snake River Prototyping BlurFix.
Even though I have several cameras that are twice as powerful as my iPhone4, I still find that I really love shooting photos on my iPhone- even when I can’t immediately share those photos with the world. I’m not the only one infatuated with the iPhone’s camera, the iPhone4 is the most popular camera on Flickr. Naturally because I spend a lot of time outdoors and on the water protecting my iPhone is very important, but being able to take that camera underwater would be a huge advantage for me. That’s where the Joy Factory RainBallet comes in.