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Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers, Underwater Cameras

Scuba Capsule for iPhoneScuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets. Excepting dive computers, the sport is full of valves, hoses and nozzles rather than electronics. Even dive computers, with their dot matrix digital read-outs, are usually clunky and functional rather than sleek and laden with geeky features. The Scuba Capsule changes all of that by taking what is arguably the ultimate consumer gadget, Apple’s iPhone, and turning it into a dive computer.

Some divers might be leery of taking their expensive and prized iPhone into 120 feet of saltwater, but the Scuba Capsule housing is a visibly sturdy rig that should allay those fears in all but the most nervous divers. The body is made from solid aluminum, while the display screen and camera port is made from bulletproof mineral crystal glass, creating a housing rated to 660 feet (200 m). Few divers should ever need worry to about this rugged housing failing and flooding the iPhone within.

With the Scuba Capsule, all a diver needs to do to turn their iPhone into a dive computer and camera is install a new app. The Scuba Capsule comes in both wireless and hose-based configurations.

Even with the diving app, the existing functions of a Scuba Capsule-converted iPhone (within memory constraints) remain intact. The dive computer app supports air, nitrox and trimix, and all the usual trimmings for a high-end dive computer, such as ascent alarms and a digital compass. The Scuba Capsule’s app allows a diver to customize their data displays, a very convenient feature enabling you to put whatever you think is most important on the top page, and bury the data you rarely or never look at on the bottom. The app also has a GPS receiver, although how much of a signal that receiver gets at depth is not well-known.

The Scuba Capsule should also have great appeal to tec divers, and not just because of its robust depth rating. Even with the dive computer app, the Scuba Capsule iPhone continues to permit playing iPhone games and music, a real treat for tec divers on a long decompression hang. The Scuba Capsule also has underwater headphones, but how compatible those are with thick hoods (let alone helmets) is, like the GPS receiver, not yet known.

In a nutshell, the Scuba Capsule lets you take an iPhone and convert it safely into a combination dive computer and camera, complete with kind of full-color graphical display heretofore limited to number crunchers like the Mares ICON. When you consider that a new iPhone and the Scuba Capsule housing and app cost about $1000 combined, and a computer like the Mares ICON is closer to $1,200 and doesn’t have a built-in camera, the advantages of the Scuba Capsule become obvious.

At the time of publication, the Scuba Capsule was available only in limited numbers as a Beta product, but it was available for pre-order. Dive Gear Reviews fully intends to revise and expand on this article as more information becomes available.

Pre-Order Price: $499 for the core Scuba Capsule, plus another $350 for the wireless module.  iPhone not included.