Joby SeaPal Waterproof Phone Case review

Take your smartphone for a deep dive and capture underwater clips and stills

Joby SeaPal waterproof case held in a pair of hands
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The JOBY SeaPal may be expensive - especially if you purchase additional accessories like the 6-inch Dome and the Bluetooth trigger handle - but it will enable you to take a deeper dive into creative underwater filmmaking and photography. It will also keep your expensive smartphone free from sand and suntan lotion when enjoying a day on the beach. Just make sure you pack it in a padded camera bag to protect its potentially vulnerable rear plastic membrane. All in all though highly recommended!


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    Protects smartphone from sea and sand

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    Touchscreen control when underwater

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    Scratch-resistant glass lens

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    Secure dual-lock closure


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    It doesn’t float

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    Expensive, especially when adding accessories

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Material(s)Optical glass construction, Stainless steel, Glass-Filled Nylon Plastic, TPU
CompatibilityiPhone 15,14,13 (but not the mini),12,Samsung Galaxy S24,S23,22
Bluetooth connectivityYes (with additional SeaPal Bluetooth Shutter Grip)
Dimensions6.4 x 24 x 13.5 cm
Weight570g / 1.26 lbs
JOTO Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

JOTO Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch
The Joby SeaPal is expensive, so if you’re on a tight budget then this cheap but effective waterproof pouch is worth a punt. It’s not as robust as the SeaPal and it’s harder to interact with your phone’s touchscreen, but it should still enable you to capture some clear shots from up to 30 meters in depth. 

Aquatech AxisGo

Aquatech AxisGo
Aquatech collaborated with Joby to design the SeaPal, but they also produced their own underwater iPhone housing. Like the SeaPal the AxisGo is waterproof up to 10 meters. You can access the phone’s touchscreen through the case’s transparent screen or purchase a Bluetooth pistol grip for a tighter hold.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.