Using my phone to take photos brings different challenges aboard. I used to have (and still do) a small Canon point and shoot and a special HUGE unwieldy waterproof case so I could take it in the dinghy, our sit on top kayaks and snorkeling. That case was so big and heavy that alot of times I didn’t take the camera.
Fast forward a few years and now I have a new iPhone with a good enough camera that it deserves to be included in our adventures. Adding a lifeproof case made it waterproof – I’ve had it in the surf, but not snorkeling yet. But the lifeproof case did nothing if I accidentally dropped it while hanging over the side of the boat trying to get a shot (or video) of dolphins, or playing in the kayaks or dinghy.
I’ve had one phone go overboard in the past, and while Charlie Tuna enjoys having my cell phone, I don’t enjoy the idea of giving him a free upgrade.
When I saw the Lifeproof Life Jacket online, it seemed a good solution. I’ve been using it now for two months, including our one month anchored out on sv Winterlude and there are mostly pros, but some cons too. First the pros:
PROS of the LifeProof Life Jacket
1. It allows me to use the phone’s camera anywhere without worrying about dropping it overboard – even on the sit on top kayaks – because it floats!
2. Surprisingly enough, I can access most of the camera and phone controls even though the phone is in a LifeProof case and inside the life jacket.
3. The camera shutter stays waterfree and clear when in the kayak. This is a big one for me – the previous camera waterproof case always had waterdrops on the shutter which had to be wiped dry before every photo. I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve ruined by not paying enough attention to water droplets on the lens of the waterproof case. So far, the phone’s lens stays dry even when I’m toting it around in the sit on top kayak and everything else gets wet.
4. Love, love, love the two straps – one is a neck strap and the other a wrist strap. I use the neck strap most of the time.
1. Putting the phone in and taking it out of the life jacket isn’t hard, but it isn’t easy either. It’s getting easier as I’m getting more used to the process. Basically you just slip the bottom of the phone in the life jacket and then work the top over the top of the phone. I have yet to figure out how to do this without shutting off the sound on the phone. It’s not a big deal, I just have to remember to move the side button to take it off of silent once it’s in the life preserver.
2. You can’t charge the phone while it’s in the case because the charging door at the bottom can’t open. That’s not a big deal either, I just take life jacket off the phone just like I take my life jacket off when I get back aboard the boat.
3. So far, there are no more cons … 🙂 I’m satisfied. Anyone else using a life jacket for their camera/phone? Do you like it? Please leave a comment and share! Cheers! Jan