How to click the best underwater shots with your phone on your next vacation

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How to click the best underwater shots with your phone on your next vacation

We use our phones to take a lot of photos and videos, but it’s all fun and games until we have to deal with water. After all, despite the IP ratings, it is a known fact that electronics and water don’t generally agree well with each other. Smartphone makers today have ensured that the devices you use are resistant to a certain level, but they aren’t exactly ‘waterproof’. So, say you’re on an exotic vacation, do you really want to give up on bringing your scuba diving memories home? Here are some ways to prep your phone for an underwater shoot.

3 ways to prepare your phone for an underwater shoot

Whether you’re kayaking in emerald waters or diving off a yacht, there are a few simple ways to get those picture-perfect digital memories back home. However, before you do, it is crucial to note that these ways don’t ensure 100 per cent protection from water and may only support your smartphone to an extent.

1. Waterproof pouches: The easiest and most cost-effective way to make your phone waterproof temporarily is to get a waterproof pouch. They are also known as dry bags. They look similar to plastic bags, are easy to use, and are pretty inexpensive as well. One of the negatives with them is that your camera use will be fairly restricted as using the phone underwater can feel like a task altogether. But on the flip side, it can protect against snow, dirt, and also sand.

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2. Waterproof cases: Waterproof hard cases aren’t very popular given they tend to be pretty expensive. On top of this, they are bulky as well. But their biggest benefit is that you have full access to all the buttons on your phone. Most cases are rated for depth and the amount of time you can safely submerge your phone. On top of all, they also protect against accidental drops and shocks. Needless to say, they are more reliable than waterproof pouches.

3. Waterproof skins: In between a full-blown hard case and a flimsy pouch, lays a smartphone skin. It is a thin film with an adhesive layer that can stick to your phone and provide protection. This allows you full access to all the buttons on your phone without making it bulky. However, it can’t be used for a long time as it covers all the ports of your phone. Due to this, it also cannot be reused. That said, they are, however, pretty inexpensive and can be stocked up on before you head out for your next vacation. All you need to do is make sure you have applied it properly.

These are the top three popular options available that can make your non-waterproof phone capable of taking underwater shots. However, it should be noted that none of these are 100 per cent reliable. There is always a chance that something can go wrong. And if something does go wrong, it could prove to be detrimental to your phone. It is best to try them out at your own risk, or have Croma’s ZipCare plan for smartphones handy before you do!

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