Last Jan. at the Consumer Electronics Show, we came upon a bunch of new tools to convert your smartphone into the HD video camera it was always meant to be.
Maybe not always, but recently.
This versatile little rectangle, has been able to get so much goodness jammed up inside it, you think twice about pulling out the real gear.
Yes, my tongue is firmly in my cheek.
Anyway, we did find one of the best overall protective cases, which is not only waterproof, but shockproof, and thin enough to let you control the touchscreen though the clear acrylic cover.
fits an iPhone 4 and on it’s own, is a solid protective case, impervious to most drops, or spills into the pool.
(You do have to have a special included plug inserted into the earphone socket to get that waterproof-ness)
Lot’s of claims out there, but this item really works.
First, we made sure the seal was watertight buy submerging the closed case under water with a heavy cup on top, for an hour.
The case passed the wet test.
Now onto our usability test.(yes,we talk that way.)
None of the extreme sports but more Hitchcockian filming was on the agenda.
In a small shower, how do you get a waterproof camera with an actor/actresss, in there with some room to move?
We weren’t about to build a set. C’mon, we’re shooting on a budget!
And the GoPro had a bit more distortion than we wanted at the close range.
and iPhone to the set, please.
Using a GoPro adaptor for the case, and a suction cup mount, we set the phone/HD Cam in place.
First of…..can we choose our music while we shower?
YES! with the use of a bluetooth jambox speaker, we could choose our tunes to shower by,with bathroom filling volume. And change our minds at will, when ABBA bored, and it was time for Springsteen.
The soapy fingers floated over the touch screen and changed the tune, like a juke box. Thanks, Lifeproof!
Right, back to the shoot:
By adjusting the HD Camera in the iPhone to shoot the reverse, our talent was able to see what the camera saw.
From the shampoo application to the conditioner massage to the dramatic crescendo.
The iPhone mounted with the LifeProof
case, the GoPro holder and the Suction cup, did the work, as the director intended.
Sorry, the talent would like to wait till it’s given a rating before sharing. It’s a shower scene after all.
Here is the rig, as set, from the side. Tiny space.
We do recco dubbing in the sound later unless, you need that “in situe” water sound as it its the head and body.
So while we are not using the LifeProof
for the extreme sports shooting it may be capable of, we found it to be an incredible tool that solved a shooting problem.
And not just recommended:
WE ARE GIVING ONE AWAY THIS WEEK!
yep, the weekly giveaway is a beautiful LifeProof case, made to fit an iPhone 4 or a 4s. A couple of you may have one of these, yes?
Here is some REAL water:
And the specs:
•Protects against every-day hazards-full IP-68 rating against water and dust, and designed to Military Specifications
•High degree of shock and impact protection-tested to Military Specifications MIL-STD-810F-516.5 (2 meters/6.6ft drop on all surfaces and edges. 26 tests)
•Fully sealed protection against minute dust particles
•Includes bonus General User Headphone Adaptor and Keeper for headphone jack cover
•Ability to swim and take underwater (2 meters/6.6ft depth). Optional Swimming Headphone Adapter allows use of waterproof headphones underwater
•Mil-Spec protection that allows you to go anywhere, anytime, and do anything with carefree freedom
•Ultra-slim and adds only 1/16″ (1.5mm) when measured from the center of the phone
•Weighs less than an ounce (28g).
•Unique combination of materials that will not stick to your pocket
•Compatible with all iPhone 4 and 4S models (International carriers, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon).
•Double AR-coated optical glass lenses provide unprecedented crystal-clear photo and video quality
•All phone features are operational while maintaining a high level of protection
•Improves the bass and mid-frequency speaker response by utilizing the back of the case as a sub-woofer for a richer, fuller sound.
So on Weds., when the Photoinduced.com free Newsletter comes floating into your inbox, details on how you can get your phone all cased up and ready will be there.
We have one to giveaway.
This is item will only ship in the US.