It’s hard to imagine why would anyone want to bring their iPhone 5/5s with them during a deep ocean dive. But if you happen to know a diver who would want to but can’t, then Thanko may have just something that may tickle their fancy.
Folks, meet Thanko’s new Aluminum case made specifically for the iPhone 5 and it successor. Just by looking at its robust frame and rugged construction, you can tell that this water-proof case means serious business.
Thanko’s case only serves one purpose, and that is to allow divers to take underwater pictures using their iPhone 5/5s at depths that goes beyond what ordinary water-proof cases can handle. It’s not the prettiest among the rugged cases out there, but who cares about good-looks when you’re 300 feet under the sea, right?
But in order to use the iPhone underwater, users have to make a few subtle adjustments to the phone’s settings. This is because the transparent window of the case doesn’t actually support touch inputs, and users have to rely on the 4 physical buttons on the case to operate the handset underwater.
That being said, users would have to set the Auto-Lock feature of their iPhone to “Never”. After that they’d have to remove one of the four homescreen apps and place the native camera on the center. This way they can fire up the camera app using the case’s button.
Thanko DL-i5 Waterproof Case specs:
Waterproof rating: IPX8 certified (up to 100m)
Standard Cold Shoe and Tripod Mount
Colors: Gold and Silver
Dimension: 42 x 92 x 165mm
The Thanko DL-i5 Waterproof Case is be sold in Japan for ¥29,800 or almost thirteen grand in our local currency. With that kind of price tag, I think your diver friend may just be better off buying a GoPro which comes with its own waterproof case.