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How to Take Underwater Photos with your iPhone 7

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May 21, 2024• Proven solutions

When Apple unveiled iOS 10 and iPhone 7, as expected, there has been global frenzy. Many people from all over the world were excited. In fact, in some cities, the phone sold out within a few minutes of being made available for pre-order.

What exactly makes the iPhone 7 a hit for many people? Aside from having the all-new iOS 10, there are also features that are improved, both in terms of aesthetics and software. Among others, however, one that has captivated the attention of many people is the fact that it can now be used for underwater photography. This makes it a good pick for people who love the beach or simply for those who love taking pictures even when they are in a swimming pool. Compared to the Huawei P10 which released on 2017, iPhone 7 is very water-resistant. Even when in the rain, it can also be used.

An All New High-Quality Camera

So, what’s new with the camera of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus? Better – this is one of the best ways to put the changes into a single word. It launches in an instant, and it takes better photos. The iPhone 7 Plus even comes with a dual lens, which is a revolution for iPhone. For the iPhone 7, although it has the same 12-megapixel resolution as the previous model, it takes better photos, especially in low-light condition. The optical image stabilization is also a good thing. Another significant improvement is the four LEDs in the flash, making it take better images. The best update is the fact that the camera can now be used underwater, given the fact that the phone has a waterproof rating of IP67. This means that you can use it underwater for up to 30 minutes, provided that the depth is not more than one meter.

After taking photos, you can have them converted into Memories, a new feature of iOS 10. With the latter, you will be able to compile all your photos in a slideshow.

Taking Underwater Photos with iPhone 7

Before anything else, let us be clear with the underwater feature of the new iPhone 7. It has its limitations, which means that you cannot leave it under the water for a long time. It is not waterproof, but it is water-resistant. You can have it submerged in the water for at least 30 minutes. Beyond such, it is highly-probable that it will be prone to damage.


To use it for underwater photography make sure that its battery is charged. Take note that it should never be charged when it is wet. To make things easier, you can use the volume keys as the control. Press it and a photo will be captured. Before going on the water, make sure that it is already setup properly, such as the filters and the settings.

Take multiple shots

When taking photos, take multiple shots. This will save you from frustration. You may be unable to see clearly the photos that are taken. By having multiple shots, on the other hand, you can easily delete those photos where you look horrendous and keep the best ones.

Add clip-on lens

You can also consider adding a clip-on lens when taking underwater photos. Some are especially designed to be used even in wet conditions. Wide angle and fish eye lenses will surely be great, providing more character to your underwater shots.


To take the best photos, proper lighting will also prove to be critical. Water is refracted in a different way when you are underwater, which can make it more challenging to take the best images. Avoid using flash as it can disturb colors and can create distortion. A diving flashlight torch will prove to be a wise investment to have the lighting that you need for underwater photography using your iPhone 7.


Lastly, make sure to also focus on stability, which is especially important when you use your iPhone 7 to take underwater videos. You can consider locking your arms or using a selfie stick to take more stable shots. Make sure as well that the subject is not moving fast. You should also try as much as possible to be in a stable position.

In sum, the all-new iPhone 7 is indeed full of promise, especially when it comes to underwater photography. This is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. This is the long-awaited update from Apple than many iPhone fans have been looking for. However, as it has been pointed out, there are limitations. Make sure to use it while keeping in mind the restrictions that have been laid by Apple.

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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