After the #ShotoniPhone7 Campaign with Apple, many of you have been asking about tips of shooting with iPhone, especially about the water resistance feature. I do trust the quality of new iPhone 7 and did some shots with it in swimming pools, or in the ocean. Nothing went wrong at first until I realised I made a serious mistake myself!
First, I will show you some clips that I created with iPhone 7 plus.
Well, we actually shouldn't do such things.
Based on the information from Apple.com, the new iPhone 7 series are IP67, which means it is splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.
This functionality is supposed to avoid some accidental drops in the sinks and toilet, or you dropping your phone in the bathtub while you are enjoying a long bath with a glass of wine.( Happened to me before...)
However, both I and some other people on the internet did a few experiments to see how far we can go with this water resistance feature:
- I swam with it in a swimming pool. It worked perfectly.
- I snorkelled with it for about 10 minutes at Great Barrier Reef. There are a few seconds of the video below was shot on iPhone. I was really impressed with its underwater quality in comparison with the GoPro I rented.
- I live streamed under the water. The signal was not strong enough to be connected to the internet underwater, so this is not suggestible.
- Someone surfed with it about 30 mins, and it was fine.
Therefore, it is safe to say, iPhone is more than just splash proof. I believe when Apple designed the phone, they deliberately increased the water resistance level to reduce the potential risk of quality control issues. Even Apple already has a fairly high level of QC, it is still their first generation with this water resistance feature.
However, there are a few things that you need to know before you put your most expensive iPhone so far in the water:
- Apple won't cover water damage on the iPhone 7 under the warranty.Think twice before you put your phone in the water.
- Make sure you clean up your phone after put it in the water. This should be a common sense, plus Apple did clarify on the website. However, after my snorkelling session in the ocean, I DID Not clean up my phone or dry the charging port, and I charged the phone directly. It didn't explode like Samsung, but the remaining water in the port shortened the port, and it cannot be charged anymore.
- There is another common problem after people put the phone under water: it will affect the audio of your phone. Interestingly, I found that this normally only happen on iPhone 7 but not the iPhone 7 plus. Also, there might be a classic way to resolve this problem: Put your phone in a rice bowl( It will attract Asians to fix it for you.)
- Another thing you need to know before you seriously planning on an underwater shoot with it: the touch screen doesn't really work underwater. You could either use the volume button as your shutter button, or you could put it in the waterproof case.
So, does it worth it to put your iPhone in the water and try to be creative? You decide! However, be safe and always 7777 33 66 3 66 88 3 33 7777.