IPhone Lets Me Down: No Underwater Photos

This is the underwater photo I didn’t get when we went snorkeling yesterday. We saw this photo, in fact I took literally a hundred photos.   First time I tried to use my IPhone 5S with the LifeProof case for underwater photos.  Epic FAIL!

Underwater photo of a school of blue tangs.  My photo yesterday would have been the same, but alas, no photos. Darn IPhone!

Underwater photo of a school of blue tangs. My photo yesterday would have been the same, but alas, no photos. Darn IPhone!

Fish were everywhere, Nassau Grouper, hogfish, black grouper, queen angelfish, a grey angel, parrotfish galore, lots of little colorful reef fish, along with this large group of blue tangs – actually yesterday it might have been surgeonfish, but they look similar.  So why didn’t I get any photos?

Nothing I read anywhere said the IPhone touch screen will not function underwater.  Not even half underwater.  Not knowing to expect my touch screen wouldn’t function, with my Camera Plus app open, I kept snapping photos.  It’s difficult to see underwater, but I could see the button to press for a photo, so I pointed the phone, snapped away and hoped for one or two good shots out of dozens.

Not one photo.  The IPhone touch screen apparently does not function – at ALL underwater.  I didn’t notice because I already had the camera app open and ready before I got in the water.

So IS it possible to take underwater photos with the IPhone and a waterproof case (in my case LifeProof)?

My IPhone Volume + aka

My IPhone Volume + aka “shutter” button for underwater.

After returning to the boat and doing a bit of research, I found that the Volume + button will function as the shutter on the camera.  Trying it above water, there’s a slight delay but not horrid.  The biggest problem for me is to keep the phone steady while pressing the Volume + button – a two hands approach seems to work.

Does it work underwater?  Do the photos look good?  Who knows, it’s an experiment.  Next time we go snorkeling, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, don’t make the mistake I made and expect to take underwater photos with your touchscreen.

Cheers!  Jan

 

 

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