Outex Phone Pro Dome Kit review

Can your smartphone take pro-quality underwater images? Worth taking a dive?

Outex Phone Pro Dome Kit
(Image: © Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Outex Phone Pro kit, especially with the dome lens option, turns a smartphone into an exciting underwater photography tool. It’s not cheap, but it opens possibilities even a dedicated action camera can’t manage. It feels like a professional accessory, with some time needed to set up, but the results are top-notch.


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    Universal fit means you can use with multiple phones

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    Dome corrects optical distortion from water

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    Able to capture cool ‘half-in, half-out’ shots

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    Touchscreen works through phone case


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    Dome version is a significant investment

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    Neoprene glass case could be a bit bigger to protect glass.

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    The cloudy plastic means screen visibility isn’t perfect

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Outex has long been manufacturing underwater housings to allow photographers to take their cameras under the water, or out in aggressive weather. Outex’s approach is a flexible skin for the device, with an optical glass dome so the image quality isn’t compromised (offered in both flat or dome options). It’s a patented design that leaves access to camera controls and viewfinder, and now it has created a new skin to fit many people’s best camera: the phone. On the face of it, that seems a great idea, but does it work? Also, given Outex’s pro glass is designed for full-sized lenses, are we looking at some serious overkill? We decided to find out in a nearby muddy pond!


The Outex Phone Pro Kit includes the 120mm glass dome, a protective padded bag, the waterproof phone case, a wrist strap and a float. (Image credit: Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

To fit: All Apple iPhone and iPhone Max models, Google Pixel phones, and Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy S Ultra phones. 

Waterproof: Depth of 10m (33ft)

In the box: Universal phone cover, optical glass dome 

Dimensions (case): 150 x 180 x 15mm

Dimensions (dome): 130 x 130 x 65mm

Design and handling

Outex Phone Pro Dome Kit

Once the lens is screwed in, capturing images is easy (and fun) for children (Image credit: Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

The Phone Pro kit consists of a gorgeous dome of glass fitted to a black screw mount and what looks like a phone-shaped prophylactic. The camera case is a single piece of slightly cloudy clear rubbery plastic, which is thin enough to operate a touch screen through. To fit the phone you need a small amount of assembly; the handset needs to be persuaded into place. We found this was possible with an iPhone 14 Pro Max in a case (though Outex suggest using without one). More or less any phone with the main camera on the top left (including Samsung’s Galaxy line) will fit, so you can swap phones as you choose.

One your phone is more-or-less in place, you take the ring and manipulate it into a groove in the 120mm cut-out circle which you just squeezed your phone through. Then, finally, gripping the ring through the rubber, you screw the domed glass lens on. This has a quality tooth grip and the rubber isn’t slippery so it’s easier to manipulate than you might imagine. After that, it’s time you use your phone’s camera as usual.


We tested the device in some disappointingly muddy water, but the image beneath was sharp and the glass dome without visible imperfection. (Image credit: Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

The Outex system manages to live up to its promises. Although we’ve not had the opportunity to test below 1m of pressure, we had no issues with leakage. The glass provided an exceptional image through all of the iPhone’s cameras. There was no distortion visible in the images or video, though the water we tested didn’t really lend itself for the zoom lens! The more significant factor is the lack of light bending, and that the dome is sufficient to minimise the apparent thickness of the waterline, making possible under/over shots.

We were impressed that that the phone’s touchscreen even seemed to work under the surface. The shutter button will also work, though is less tactile than the bare handset given the even ‘universal fit’. It’s just as sensible, though, to hit record once and keep capturing footage. 

Viewing the screen is subject to some air bubbles but it is perfectly possible to compose a shot.

We also found the thoughtful wrist strap with pull-tight grip did a good job of ensuring we could briefly let go of the phone and housing without the worry of losing it.


Outex Phone Pro Dome Kit

Fitting the phone is slightly reminiscent of a puzzle with three parts. First you need to ease the phone in… (Image credit: Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to make your phone camera your underwater – or damp conditions – device of choice. Pro video recording apps can make your phone equivalent to some top notch cameras, and the options for immediate editing and sharing without the trouble of copying/downloading are high on that list.

That said, the Outex’s undoubted quality is reflected in the price. While the flat glass version ($149) puts it in the accessory bracket, go for the $349 Dome kit and you’re spending a similar amount to a waterproof action cameras like the best GoPros. There is something to be said for having a separate device, especially weighed against the time taken to remove and keep safe the delicate glass and sheath of the Outex offering. 

The dome, however, does offer serious photographers more than a GoPro can. The distance from the camera’s lens opens photographic possibilities which surface tension on a small lens makes impossible. For that reason alone, this is an easy recommendation for serious enthusiasts and pros.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook