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iAquatic: The LifeProof Case tested to the max at depth

Shooting an underwater scene in your next iPhone movie?

Here are a couple of waterproof case options you might want to check out before taking the plunge with your expensive smartphone.

We have come along way since Majek Pictures’ Michael Koerbel placed his iPhone in a $2 ziplock bag to shoot the wine-in-the-glass scene in one of the earlier episodes of mobile web series Goldilocks, but waterproof cases in general have had a mixed reception, either because they are too bulky and/or fail to offer complete protection.

One of the best on the market at the moment is the LifeProof Case for the iPhone 4/4S ($56.65 on Amazon), with its sleek design, and robustness. CNET Asia tested it to the max and found: “The LifeProof case is said to offer full IP-68 protection, which means it is tested to withstand powerful water jets and being immersed in water that’s more than 1m (3.2 feet) deep. [Tested by the manufacturer to a rated depth of 2 meters (6.6ft).]

“Most protective cases are either shockproof or waterproof, but rarely both. When they fulfill both criteria, most cases end up being bulky.”

The LifeProof Case is not perfect though, for everyday use, some of the functionality impairment, like the recessed headphone jack, are a slight inconvenience, is one criticism.

The Concord Keystone Marine Case

The Keystone ECO MarineCase ($39.99 on Amazon) will also keep your precious iPhone dry under 20 feet of water, it is claimed, and if you simply want to use your device while on holiday, say, this is a good enough option.

The case also works well in any situation where water might be present, such as snorkeling, fishing, boating and rafting, writes Mashable’s Samantha Murphy. “The clear protective silicon cover supports the full iPhone screen and call functionality, so you can watch videos, answer email, send texts and use apps without ever leaving the water. It also protects against sand at the beach.”

• So, two excellent options to protect your iPhone in aquatic conditions. Have you shot footage underwater? What was the best method you used? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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