Record summer fun with Flip underwater case

An underwater case that supports the Flip Ultra and Flip UltraHD cameras.

The Flip UltraHD inside the underwater case. Dong Ngo/CNET

Summer is here and it's time for having some water fun. The question is how to capture that without damaging your camera? If you have a Flip camera, more specifically the Flip Ultra or the Flip UltraHD, here's something you definitely want to check out: the underwater case.

It's a simple clear case with an orange rubber rim at the opening and at the camera's controls that seal tight to keep water out from down to 30 feet depth.

It's a great tool when you want to record underwater activities at the swimming pool, while snorkeling, on the beach, or even when doing some light diving.

The top of the case has a twist lock to quickly lock or open the case. Unlike the rest of the case that's very sturdy, this lock seems to be made of cheap plastic and might easily be broken if you twist it too hard. Nonetheless, it worked fine during our trials.

Also, we found out that although the on/off and record buttons worked well while in the case, using other functions, such as deleting, zooming, and so on, were a little hard to do; you need to press really hard on the buttons for these to work.

Note that the more buttons you use when under water, the more likely you are to create a leak. After about 10 minutes of trying out all different functions with a Flip UltraHD in a pool, I later found water stains that were left on the camera's control buttons when removing it from the case. These stains were very minor and the camera wasn't wet, but I think it's best to just record when under and do the rest when you get the camera in a dry place.

The case comes with a hand strap, which is handy if you want to keep the camera with you. If somehow you let go of it, the case and camera floats.

All in all, if you have a Flip Ultra or UltraHD, it's worth it to get this case. Its MSRP is $50, but you can find it for just about $30.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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