When most of the people are using their smartphone as a camera as well, it makes more sense to use the camera phone only whenever you are shooting underwater, rather than invest in a camera and housing.
Of course, a good digital camera and it’s casing is required if you want to take up underwater photography seriously. But for once-in-a-while chance of shooting underwater, it’s better to make some simple changes in your smartphone. It will be a cheaper and convenient option as well.
So keep in mind your requirements, what you need to buy, what precautions you need to follow; and you are good to go for that fun-filled underwater photoshoot.
1. If you are wondering which phone to buy which you can use underwater as well, then you can straightaway buy Sony’s Xperia ZR, which is a waterproof smartphone. It is till now the only phone which boasts of being able to work underwater for photographing and taking videos.
2. You can buy a camera housing which can be used for a phone. Search the web or a mobile accessory market for a good waterproof case or housing for your smartphone. Once you cover your phone with this housing, you can use it underwater to click photos or take videos. Do clean the camera lens and the housing before you put them together.
3. Be very careful while buying the camera housing. You need to be absolutely sure that it won’t let water in once you go underwater and damage your phone, and a whole bunch of data with it. Buy a housing which is of a reliable company and has received good reviews.
4. Do not be fooled by mobile companies’ claims of their phone being water-proof or water-resistant. Know the difference and always read the fine print (because that is where they will put the real information). Water-resistant means that your phone will be safe if you accidentally spill water on it or if it gets wet in rains. But it does not protect the phone if you submerge it in water to take pictures. For that you need a water-proof phone or a water-proof housing for the phone.
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