But, smartphone cameras are a whole lot more affordable. And, now a proper underwater smartphone kit is attainable for even the most budget of budget travelers.
AxisGO water housing is a purpose-built system for “underwater-ifying” your iPhone X. Here’s everything you need to know about it, and why you should consider buying it if you’re a budding underwater photographer or videographer.
AxisGO Water Housing for iPhone – Review
So what is it exactly? Well, according to the manufacturer, the AxisGO water housing for iPhone is:
… the ultimate Smartphone Imaging System. Designed to protect your iPhone from the harshest weather conditions, while offering the freedom to safely capture those special moments underwater. Capture beautiful images and stunning video with ease, then share instantly with full touchscreen sensitivity. AxisGO allows image capture with the phone’s native camera app, plus access to all your favorite applications. Confidently shoot at depths down to 33 feet (10 meters) with the peace of mind knowing your iPhone is safe inside the AxisGO.
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The Traveler’s Take
To be clear, the AxisGO water housing isn’t the first and only such underwater iPhone case on the market. But, from what I can tell, it’s one of the best designed. The feature set is incredibly solid for photographers who are looking for something more than just a way to waterproof their iPhone.
The latest AxisGo housing includes:
Functional touchscreen membrane
Interchangeable Lens port
Robust top and bottom mounting brackets
Pistol Grip kit
Professional quality accessory lenses
Anti-reflective and hydrophobic glass coatings
There are plenty of dirt-cheap “me-too” iPhone accessories available online. But, we’re not especially keen on trusting our near-thousand-dollar smartphone investment to a $30 “underwater” case. The brains behind AxisGO, AquaTech Imaging Solutions, have been designing and manufacturing waterproof sport housings for 20 years.
With that in mind, the AxisGO housing is constructed of ultra-durable materials like polycarbonate and machined aluminum. The combination of the two provides extraordinary impact resistance, rigidity, strength, and UV stability. Basically, it’s designed to take a beating and virtually anything your adventurous life on the road might throw at it.
From a practical standpoint, I love that the format feels more like a traditional point-and-shoot camera in your hand than any other comparable case we’ve seen. All of your phone’s functionality remains completely accessible with the case attached. This includes full touchscreen control (swiping, tapping, and pinching) and making/receiving calls.
Every element and accessory of the AxisGO relies on optically clear glass with anti-reflective, hydrophobic coatings to ensure the highest image quality. It’s designed to perfectly match the iPhone’s native camera lenses. And the results are pretty damn sweet:
UNDERWATER IPHONE HOUSING – Rated to 33ft/10m depths, the AxisGO is not an ordinary phone case, take amazing underwater photos with your iPhone like the pros
USE THE CAMERA YOU KNOW AND LOVE – Whether it’s a day at the beach, that dream fishing trip or a special snorkel tour on vacation, AxisGO lets you use your iPhone in the water with the camera you already know how to use!
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY – The ease of setup and operation mean the whole family can enjoy the underwater photography experience
QUICK SETUP – Insert your iPhone and clamp the case closed, you’re now setup to go with a waterproof housing for your iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone Xs or iPhone X, it’s that easy!
GO LIVE! – Full touchscreen access to your iPhone, no 3rd party apps so you can stay connected to your favorite social media platforms in the water or even video call your friends - The Ultra-Wide Lens on the new iPhone 11 models is not compatible with this design. we suggest using our AxisGO Ultra Wide Angle MK II Lenses to achieve the same field of view