If you like extreme sports, then you probably own (or have considered buying) some kind of ruggedized action camera. The problem is that if you want a decent quality or name brand model, you have to spend around $300-$400. Even if you get a high quality model, you will have to deal with a clunky and confusing interface, as well as a tiny LCD screen or potentially no screen at all.
The HitCase Pro iPhone action camera case gives you all the advantages of those expensive stand-alone models and eliminates nearly all of their disadvantages - not to mention you can pick one up for about ¼ the cost of the big expensive dedicated action cameras.
The HitCase Pro has a built-in wide-angle lens with a 115-degree field of view. This is a pretty effective field of view even if it is fairly less than most dedicated action cameras. The HitCase Pro is rated to be waterproof down to 33 feet. Personally, I tested it down to 10 feet, and everything worked just fine. The case is also shockproof up to 6 feet. I dropped it accidentally a few times from around 3-4 feet, and it survived just fine. If you want to prevent your HitCase-Pro-enveloped iPhone from being damaged, I suggest you utilize the included wrist lanyard as much as possible.
One of the HitCase Pro’s most advanced features doesn’t even come with the case. I am, of course, talking about the iPhone 4S that you insert into it. Not only does the iPhone 4S have a great image sensor and lens, but it also has a magnificent user interface and a huge screen compared to all action cameras on the market. I have used all the big name brand action cameras, and if you happen to own any of them, you will agree that the interfaces on all of them harkens back to the dark ages of gadget interfaces. I feel like I am programing a VCR from the 90’s every time I try to use a stand-alone action camera.
Since we all use our iPhones for just about everything now, it makes a lot of sense to utilize the user interface we are already very familiar with. The other nice part about using your iPhone for shooting wide angle video of action sports and various other adventurous activities is that you don’t have to carry more then one device with you. Your iPhone then truly becomes a “do it all” device.
One drawback I did notice with the HitCase Pro is that to charge your iPhone, you have to completely remove it from the HitCase Pro to do so. This exposes your iPhone to all the dangers that the HitCase Pro was meant to protect it from in the first place. Luckily, the HitCase Pro has some other nice advantages over several other waterproof iPhone cases on the market. It allows access to the volume buttons and power button with its own pass-through metal buttons that provide very nice tactile feedback when pressed. There is also access to the headphone jack when the top latch is released.
If you think the HitCase Pro might not give you enough mounting options, you are dead wrong. With its built-in quick release slide on rail mount system, and wide variety of mounting hardware accessories, the sky is the limit. Personally, I was only able to test the ChestR mount and the included tripod mount adapter, both of which performed perfectly. A GoPro mount adapter is also included which allows you to take advantage of all the various GoPro mount options as well. I especially enjoyed the ChestR mount since it allows you to easily rotate the iPhone into what I would call its “viewing position,” which allows you to see and interact with your iPhone while it is still fully attached to your chest.
Audio quality was quite decent when placing phone calls with my iPhone inside the HitCase Pro. The caller on the other end said I “sounded great.” However, when attempting speaker phone mode, the caller mentioned a very obvious echo of his own voice during the call. While playing music, there was a noticeable drop in audio clarity and output volume.
I have owned quite a wide variety of rugged iPhone cases, and this one is by far my favorite when it comes to shooting photos and video while hiking, biking, kayaking and windsurfing. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to record his or her adventures without breaking the bank or carrying a second gadget.
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