Best Waterproof Photo Cases for iPhone iMore 2019

Why stick to shooting on land when you can get some amazing photographs underwater with your iPhone? Newer iPhones may be more water-resistant, but there are always ways to shoot deeper and make those watery snapshots absolute perfection. These cases can take you — and your iPhone — out of your comfort zone and into the deep blue. Here are the best cases for underwater photography.

Durable: Catalyst Waterproof Case

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The Catalyst Waterproof Case is super slim and sleek for a protective, waterproof case, but it can withstand up to 33 feet of waterproof protection and 6.6 feet of impact protection, too. Though the case has 360-degree protection, you still get easy access to all buttons and ports.

$90 at Amazon

Deep diving: HAWEEL Max Underwater Housing case

The HAWEEL Max Underwater Housing case is an iPhoneography accessory that provides 360-degree protection. It allows you to dive up to a whopping 130-feet so you can capture crystal clear images at depths other cases wish they could dive too. It's designed to be able to attach to a monopod, tripod, or stabilizer, and the camera-like design turns your iPhone into more of a point-and-shoot device for easy shooting.

$89 at Amazon

GoPro-compatible: ProShot Waterproof iPhone case

The ProShot Waterproof iPhone case is a deep-diving iPhone photography case that allows you to capture stunning photography and video up to 50 meters deep. It comes with a floating hand grip and a GoPro mount. You can connect it to a variety of different handles and attachments for easy and creative shooting no matter how deep you dive.

$120 at Amazon

Keep it simple: Vansky Waterproof dry bag

Designed from a premium grade TPU, the Vansky dry bag can handle a ton of wet conditions — whether that's jogging in the rain or playing by the pool. It's also great for snapping photos and videos underwater. The thin layer that protects your iPhone is clear enough to allow distortion-free photos. Meanwhile, the armband and wrist strap make a decent grip for holding your iPhone underwater.

From $9 at Amazon

Protective: Hitcase Splash

The Hitcase Splash is an incredibly rugged case that can go up to 10 feet deep and has a reliable drop-proof rating of 6 feet. The case also has a variety of lenses you can shoot with, like a wide-angle, superwide, and macro lenses so that you can get creative with your watery snapshots.

$70 at Amazon

Stylish: LifeProof FRE Series Waterproof case

Lifeproof your iPhone with the LifeProof FRE SERIES Waterproof case, and you'll be able to capture underwater memories with the click of a button. This water and snow proof case can be fully submerged in two meters of water for up to an hour. It's perfect for filming a romp at the beach with friends, an underwater adventure on vacation, or even you and your siblings doing handstands at your pool.

From $50 at Amazon

Basic: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR

If you're looking for a device that does it all without an additional case that you need to strap on, takes incredible photographs in wet and dry environments, and makes mobile shooting effortless, then it might be time to upgrade to the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, or even the slightly older iPhone XR. The phones themselves are water-resistant and can easily shoot photographs and videos underwater if you're not staying underwater for too long.

From $599 at Apple

Dive deep and shoot like a pro

The key to underwater photography is making sure that your camera lens is clear of any obstructions and keeping your shutter buttons, whether you're using the screen or the volume button, easily accessible, and working well. Don't compromise on waterproof, however. When you're swimming with the fishes, don't assume you'll keep your iPhone within the time period and depth that is recommended for the iPhone X series' IP67 rating (up to 30 minutes for a depth of up to 1.5 meters) or the iPhone 11 series' IP68 rating (maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes). That's why a waterproof case is essential.

Catalyst's Waterproof iPhone Case is perfect for underwater photography because its machined buttons make it easy to press the volume buttons. Plus, the specially designed touch capacitive screen ensures that you can use all of your iPhone's on-screen controls.

The HAWEEL Max Underwater Housing case also allows you to dive up to 130-feet deep. You can capture your images and your video at depths your regular iPhone couldn't even dream of. Not only that, but it's a really sharp looking case, too.

Maybe you want something a bit more affordable and less bulky. The LifeProof FRE Series Waterproof case is a brightly colored, beautifully designed iPhone photography case that can be fully submerged in water or snow for an hour. It is ideal for a variety of different photography adventures.

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