Best Action Camera Case – Optrix XD

Brian Lam is the editor of The Wirecutter, The Scuttlefish and a freelance ocean exploration journalist who has written for Wired, Pop Sci and the NYTimes. SF/Hawaii. 10+ years in technology writing.

Brian Lam is the editor of The Wirecutter, The Scuttlefish and a freelance ocean exploration journalist who has written for Wired, Pop Sci and the NYTimes. SF/Hawaii. 10+ years in technology writing.

Optrix XD is the best one of these that I have found, in terms of overall protection. In overnight endurance tests it was the only one of its peers to survive with zero droplets of water. In fact, a last generation case that I lost off Waikiki beach was later returned to me working a week later by a lifeguard who found it snorkeling on duty. This case is extremely waterproof, even if only rated to 15 feet for an hour, I suspect it can go deeper than that pretty easily.
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It’s also made out of a very strong plastic, is slimmer than other cases of it’s kind and has a glass wide angle lens with 175 degrees of view (most competition has a plastic lens). There are also tons of mounting options for almost every sport and Optrix tells me that they’re hoping to build gopro mount compatibility into the case soon. Oh, it has a special app meant to be used to take shots with the case that include g-force, speed and an autofocus lock to keep the video from trying to focus on all the scenery whizzing past your head.


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