Best Buy Review: Protect your iPhone with Hitcase

iPhone Case Reviews.

This article is by Shelly Wutke, Editor Appliances and Home & Lifestyle

Original Article published @ plug-in.bestbuy.ca


hitcase.jpgWe take our phones everywhere with us. They pop in our pocket, purse, or backpack, and if you had to count how many times you pull it out during the day, you’d probably hit the high hundreds. That’s if you ever put it away in the first place.
 
Although smartphones are a high-use item, they are also extremely fragile. If you let it hit the ground, the screen could shatter. Accidentally drop them in water? You’ll be running for a rescue pouch or a bag of rice then cooling your heels while you wait and see if it will recover. I’ve even seen people sit on their phones and actually alter the shape, all because they forgot to take it out of their back pocket.
 
That’s why we use cases on our smartphones, but not all cases are created equal. There are cases that are purely cosmetic, letting you add a bit of your own personality to your phone, and cases that are built to stand up to anything.
 
I fall into the cosmetic case category, although I know better. I’ve already lost an iPhone 6 to a smashed screen and another to a drop in the pond in the back of my house. I’ve tried waterproof and shockproof cases before, but I didn’t use them long term because I found them too cumbersome for my pocket.
 
That’s where Hitcase comes in. Hitcase has an iPhone case that’s shock-proof and waterproof, but it also comes with something extra. Hitcases have interchangeable TrueLux Lenses, and if you’ve ever wished your iPhone had the capability to be a bit more creative in the photography department, this is something you’ll love as much as I do.
 
I was interested in seeing whether or not Hitcase would do two things: protect my phone and give me more flexibility when taking pictures, and it hit the mark on both counts.
 
Here’s a look at the two Hitcases I tried out.iPhone6HitcasePro+.jpg
 
Hitcase PRO+ Waterproof Photo Case
 
Features
 
The first case I snapped on was the Hitcase PRO+ Waterproof Photo Case. It’s a hard, plastic case that feels quite heavy in your hand. Here are a few quick specs:
 

  • Waterproof up to 30 feet or 10 metres
  • Absorbs impact when you’re phone is dropped and Shockseal keeps water and dust out
  • TrueTouch screen protector protects your screen while still allowing you to tap
  • Shockwave audio seal gives you protection while still allowing for decent sound recording
  • Has a TrueLUX wide lens to give you 170 degree field of view
  • Case has a railside mount system that’s compatible with GoPro mounts
  • Includes a selfie stick aka pocket-sized ShootR extension pole and monopod for shooting action
  • Includes StickR surface mount so you can mount it to any flat surface

 
 
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Putting on the Hitcase PRO+ waterproof photo case is really easy. After you undo all of the corners you need to use a coin to unlatch it. Once unlatched, just open up the case, snap it back on over your phone, and make sure the edges are securely closed. Before you take it into water, be absolutely positive the seals on all corners and the charging port are sealed shut.
 
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve lost a few phones in my time due to screen factures and water damage, so I wasn’t feel so adventurous that I wanted to test by throwing my phone against a tree or anything like that. I did drop it right on pavement a few times, completely not on purpose, and it came through fine. I’m not anywhere near an ocean or body of water to try it out right now, but I did toss it in the sink and hope for the best. Thankfully it was bone dry when I pulled it out of the case.
 
It’s nice to know the phone is protected, but for me the real appeal of the Hitcase is the additional wide-angle lens. The TrueLUX lens screws right onto the front of the case with two simple turns, and if you’ve never tried adding a lens to your iPhone, you’re in for a treat.
 
The first photo was taken without the TrueLUX lens, the second photo taken with. As you can see, it really does let you take in more of your surroundings.
 

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With the TrueLUX lens on the Hitcase Pro+

 
 
 
The wide-angle lens is great for video too. You can use it anywhere you’d normally take video with your iPhone. I took some video with it that I included in my video below.
 
The Hitcase PRO+ Waterproof photo case also has the Railslide mounting system built right into the case. That means you can connect it to your helmet car, bike, or anywhere on your body. Hitcase does sell mounts, but the Railslide mounting system is compatible with Gopro mounts too.
 
Although you can use the mounting system easily, I’d only recommend it if you’re doing some sort of activity where you don’t need to worry about image stabilization. My husband mounted the Hitcase Pro+ to his handlebars with his GoPro mount and took it for a spin down the trail. While he loved the wide-angle view he got from the TrueLUX lens, with no image stabilization you can definitely see what a bumpy ride it was.
 
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The Hitcase PRO+ Waterproof Photo Case is one I’d trust my phone with when I take it with me on an adventure, and for water protection and shock protection, it does an amazing job. I wouldn’t use it every day because the TrueTouch screen isn’t as responsive as the iPhone screen and I like to use touch to login for everything.
 
You can charge your phone while it’s in the Hitcase Pro+, but at first I really didn’t think you could. The first couple of times I tried to plug in it wouldn’t connect, but I quickly realized two things: it only works with Apple certified cords, so you won’t be able to charge with an after market cord. You also have to really work to connect the phone with the charger. I had to push it with two fingers before it made a connection, but that’s understandable in a case designed to be water resistant.
 
For daily use, I turned to the Hitcase Snap.
 
Features on the Hitcase Snap
 
The Hitcase Snap is one of my favourite iPhone cases, and I have tried a lot. Here are a few of the features:
 

  • Hard, durable plastic shell
  • Lightweight, easy to put on, and has no touchscreen cover so you can use your iPhone’s screen as is
  • Includes wide-angle TrueLUX lens which snaps on with two turns
  • Includes ShootR extension pole and TiltR tripod mount

 
 
 
Hitcase Snap Review.jpgTrying it out
 
The Hitcase Snap is easy to put on your phone. Just snap it on and you’re good to go.
 
Because there is no cover for the screen you can use your iPhone to its full capability (touch, tap) while still protecting the sides and back. The case does a better job of fully covering the profile of the phone than other cases I’ve tried, so if you drop it on an angle, it should protect it.
 
The TrueLUX lens is the same wide-angle lens as on the Hitcase Pro+, and it takes the same great photos. The Hitcase Snap also has the Railslide mount system that you can use if you’re hiking, biking, or doing any activity, but you’ll get the same type of image stabilization as you’d get on the Hitcase Pro+ so I’d recommend using it for smooth types of activities.
 
Overall thoughts
 
The Hitcase Snap is one that easily fits into a back pocket or bag, and this is a case I use on a daily basis, especially considering you have the opportunity to switch out the lens whenever you want to.
 
 
 
 
Here’s a quick video I shot showing how to set up the Hitcase Pro+ and the Hitcase Snap, plus a few quick clips we shot with the TrueLUX lens on.
 
 

 
 
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The Hitcase Pro+ will protect your phone in any situation, and the Hitcase Snap is a great every day case. But the real star of these cases is the fact you can switch out the lens.
 
An iPhone camera can only go so far as far as photography is concerned, but so many of us pull our iPhones out to take a picture because we don’t carry a real camera. With Hitcase, you get the convenience of taking photos with your iPhone, but access to the bells and whistles of a great lens. Although each Hitcase only comes with a single wide-angle lens, you can add the TrueLUX iPhone lens kit and get access to two other lenses.
 
The TrueLUX Superwide will capture a 160-degree view while the TrueLUX macro will magnify whatever you’re snapping up to 3X. They come in an easy-to-carry pouch that you can take along with you wherever you go, and each lens comes on and off with a few twists.
 
There are benefits to both Hitcases, one to protect while you’re out and one to use daily. Both cases do their job and do it well, and I love having the ability to switch up the lens.
 
You can find Hitcase on Best Buy right now.

Waterproof Case for iPhone SE

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HITCASE PRO is the ultimate waterproof, shockproof protection for your iPhone SE.

Go deep, down to 33 feet deep. The HITCASE PRO for iPhone SE ShockSeal and ShockPad is a dual seal system that works in tandem to provide maximum water sealing and shock protection. The silicon ShockSeal mates tightly with the ShockPad foam. This unique combination allows the Hitcase PRO to be waterproof up to 33 feet and lets your iPhone SE take drops from up to 10 feet.

Available for your iPhone SE. Get it here: HITCASE PRO for iPhone SE.

11 QUICK TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER PHOTOS WITH iPHONE

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The top right of this image is blurry and distorted due to a smudge on the lens.

CLEAN LENS First things first: make sure your lens is clean. Check the inside and outside of the HITCASE lens, as well as the inside of the your iPhone lens. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how often we forget to do this. There is nothing worse than reviewing your epic footage only to discover a smudge on the lens ruined all of your shots. Use a microfiber cloth to clean your lens. Don’t use your clothes; (chances are) they are filthy and will scratch your lens. If you are on the lake and there is a big water droplet on your lens, the best way to clean it off is to dunk your (HITCASE PRO only) camera in the water and give it a good shake. We know it sounds counter-intuitive, but trust us – it works.

 

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Touch the screen on the area you want in focus and properly exposed.

FOCUS AND EXPOSURE When shooting, the tip of your finger is magic. Touch different areas of the screen and observe how your iPhone adjusts focus and exposure accordingly. A yellow box appears on your screen over the area that you touch. Notice the sun icon beside the box. You can swipe the sun up or down to adjust the exposure. Always make sure your camera is focussed on the desired subject and exposed properly. If you are wearing sunglasses or goggles, it’s best to take them off while setting focus and exposure — especially if they are polarized. Lock down your Focus and Exposure by holding your finger on the desired area of the screen. Count to three and AE/AF Lock will appear. Notice that the sun icon pops up again. You can swipe it up or down to adjust the exposure; it will stay locked in as youset it. This is really handy if you are shooting video or a sequence of photos, or if you are shooting in an area where the lighting is constantly changing (e.g., a wooded trail).

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When taking photos and videos underwater, using the volume buttons to release the shutter is a necessity. Manatee photo by @ambertorrealba

SWIPE UP, OPEN CAMERA Never miss a shot! When the action suddenly happens you won’t have time to type in your passcode and open the camera app. Instead: 1. Click your home button to activate your screen. 2. Swipe up the camera icon located on the bottom left corner of your screen. 3. Boom! Your camera app is open. Get the shot.

SHUTTER RELEASE Volume Buttons: Our favorite way to release the camera’s shutter is by pushing the volume but- tons; either one works. They are in a convenient location for your finger and the tactile feedback is a necessity when shooting underwater. Apple Headphones: Remember those white Apple headphones you got when you bought your iPhone? They also have volume buttons, and they release the camera’s shutter as well. This is a great feature for taking sneaky photos or videos. We also like to use the headphones when we have our HITCASE mounted on a tripod with TiltR. Your headphone cable acts as a remote shutter release and eliminates camera shake.

COMPOSITION is the key to getting your HITCASE images noticed. Any dummy can point and shoot, but it takes a skilled photographer to compose a shot that’s visually appealing and holds the viewer’s attention.

THE GRID The Grid is one of the most useful photography tools on the iPhone. It’s great for applying the Rule of Thirds, keeping the horizon straight and it reminding you to think about composition when taking a photo.

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Your camera with The Grid enabled looks like this.

RULE OF THIRDS To Enable the Grid…

1. Open the Settings App.

2. Select Photos & Camera.

3. Scroll down and under the Camera heading is the option for Grid.

4. Enable the Grid by tapping the slider. Green means go!

The Rule of Thirds (which is really just a guideline) is about where you position the main elements of a scene. Open your camera with the Grid enabled. You will see an overlay of four lines: two horizontal and two vertical. The Rule suggests that the most powerful areas of the image are the four points where the lines intersect, and that our eyes are naturally drawn to these areas first. To make your main subject stand out, position it at one of these intersections.When shooting a landscape, align the horizon line with one of the two horizontal grid lines.GGI-pg3-taichi-mtnThis is a good example of the Rule of Thirds in action.

SHOOT FROM UNIQUE ANGLES Rather than taking pictures from eye level, try using the ShootR pole to shoot from really low or really high. This technique can help simplify the composition and also gives a unique viewpoint people don’t usually see.

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This was taken using the ShootR pole to get a unique angle from above. Image courtesy of @seanpettit_

LEAVE SPACE FOR MOVEMENT When you look at a photo of someone skiing or jumping off a cliff, your eye tends to look ahead and follow the direction in which they are moving. So when you are taking a shot leave enough space inside the frame for the eye to follow that movement. This generally means leaving more space in front of them than behind them, (unless of course they are skiing backwards). You can also apply this when shooting portraits – naturally your eye tends to follw the person’s gaze, so leave more space in front of them than behind them to give them space to look into.

FRAME YOUR SUBJECT Use foreground objects to create a “frame” around the main subject. Tree branches, archways, win- dows and cave entrances make perfect frames. This naturally draws the eye to your main subject and creates a more visually compelling image. Your eye follows the riders path to the landing. This was taken using the ShootR pole to get a unique angle from above.

BREAK THE RULES Photography is art and no one can tell you how to express yourself

 

10 iPHONE VIDEO TIPS: SNOWBOARD PRO CAMP

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Kevin Pearce at Snowboard Pro Camp breaks down 10 important tricks for capturing great on-hill footage with iPhone. The Snowboard Pro Camp channel is constantly producing helpful videos for tips, tricks and pointers helping you become a more confident snowboarder in any situation. Check the video below, follow Snowboard Pro Camp here, and get your HITCASE Pro iPhone case for snowboarding here.

“In this video I’m going to share with you ten tips for filming video with your iphone. As the iphone camera gets better, you know have the ability to take professional looking video from your pocket. I’ve used the iphone for filming outdoor action sports like snowboarding and from my experience, I’m going to share with you 10 tips to help you film great video from your iphone. I hope that your find these ten iphone tips helpful! If you have any question or if you have any tips it would be great to hear about them in the comments. Have fun out there filming with your iphone and I’ll see you in the next video!” – Kevin Pearce

 

DEEPEST DAY OF THE YEAR WITH HITCASE & iPHONE

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It’s deeeeeeep out there, boys! Wow, Chris Rubens and Mark Abma visited CMH K2 last week and we’re plowing through it on one of the deepest days of the year. Welcome to paradise, winter doesn’t get much better than this.

This was filmed on Friday, Feb 5th, 2016 with iPhone and the HITCASE Pro 6.

HITCASE CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE CONTEST WINNERS

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To start the new year off with a bang we hosted the Choose Your Own Adventure photo contest. HITCASE is about pursuing all of life’s adventures and we wanted to see how you choose yours, so we invited adventurers and iPhone enthusiasts from around the world to share an image that says… Adventure. Big, small, fun, funny, city, mountains – didn’t matter, we wanted to see what gets you outside and exploring. We were overwhelmed receiving over 200 amazing images and blown away by our #HITCASE community that cast over 4500 votes for their favourite images.

The top 2 vote crushing images and our chosen “Best in Show” (Best in Show image was judged on originality, composition, overall impact and how much FOMO it induced) are receiving our coveted iAdventure kits including: HITCASE Pro for iPhone 6/6s, TrueLux Lens Kit (superwide, wide, macro, flat), Railslide, ShootR Pole, StickR Mount, ChestR Mount, and 3 coloured shields.

Here are your top 2 images as voted on by you as well as our Best in Show and a few amazing honourable mentions that stopped us in our tracks.

Big high fives to everyone who entered and shared their adventure images. Keep in touch with us through our social channels for more contests and giveaways to come.

WINNING IMAGES

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906 Votes – “What are obstacles, but an adventure for you and your friends.” – Dre Corcoran

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434 Votes – “Bouldering in Hueco Tanks State Park on West Mountain guides by @bluelizardsclimbingandyoga. Awesome trip sad it’s over” – Simon Griffin

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HITCASE Best in Show – “Stay Stoked!!” – Lucien Pipps

HONERABLE MENTIONS

SNOWBOARD PRO CAMP YOUTUBE CHANNEL: RIDING WITH HITCASE

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Kevin Pearce’s Snowboard Pro Camp YouTube channel is dedicated to making you a better snowboarder. He’s answering your questions, making the videos you request, sharing wisdom and helping you progress.

He bought himself the HITCASE Pro 6 waterproof iPhone case with interchangeable lenses and has made it his go-to filming partner for the channel. Make sure you subscribe to his channel and get the HITCASE pow day experience below.

“This entire snowboarding Vlog was filmed on my iPhone 6 using the Hitcase. The Hitcase is a waterproof and shockproof case that allows you to attach wide angle lenses and mount your iPhone to a pole. The wide angle lens is key for filming action sports. I got up at 6 am to head up Whistler mountain for fresh tracks. The peak chair had 20+ cm’s of new snow. The morning on peak chair was spent snowboarding through powder and dropping cliffs. In the afternoon we headed to the Christmas trees area for some fresh tracks snowboarding through trees. It was an incredible day of snowboarding with my buddy Scotty. The Hitcase worked well and allowed the iphone to capture some great video.”  – Kevin Pearce

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/snowboardprocamp/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SnowboardPro…
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/snowprocamp
SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.patreon.com/snowboardprocamp

LOST AND FOUND, A HITCASE SURF STORY

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Kevin, an avid surfer from Vermont was sessioning one of his secret surf spots in New Hampshire when a hurricane grade swell took him out and sent him swimming. He had paddled out with his iPhone 5 and HITCASE Pro to take some videos, but lost his phone when he got slapped around by Mother Nature. Bummer. “When I came up I immediately looked around me for the Hitcase/ U-Float but couldn’t see it anywhere. The waves were pumping and I had just paddled out however I made the decision to head in and search the beach.” Kevin walked the entire length of the beach and found no trace of his phone. Best case scenario was alerting the oceanside Lifeguards to manifest a miracle that a beachcomber would find his phone and turn it in.
After an epic surf session sans phone, Kevin made the 3 hour trek back home to Vermont where his wife used the ‘find my iPhone app’ to ping his phone literally floating in the water. The couple followed the phone from the water to the rocks, then moving down the beach to eventually motoring down the highway. “I just assumed someone had found it and decided to take it,” comments Kevin. Turns out that one of the lifeguards had actually found it and turned it over to Cinnamon Rainbows (the local NH surf shop), whose staff happened to know Kevin’s friend local shaper Sean Gulla from ‘Sodium Surfboards.’ Sean ended up delivering the phone the next day…to…wait for it…Kevin’s shop ‘WND&WVS’ the next day. “The case was super sandy and salty, but the phone was completely undamaged and I was able to rinse out the Hitcase and use it again.”
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