Summer is coming up fast, before you know it, you’ll be relaxing on the beach. Make sure your valuables are protected from the water and sand with the Morfica Beach Buoy. The Beach Buoy is basically a watertight bag that allows you to protect as well as use your gadgets underwater up to 16ft. In this review, I will be doing a test on the Vado HD pocket camera.
First of all I made sure the Vado was sitting in a comfortable position for shooting video. I have to admit that the pouch felt like it could hold a lot with no trouble. The camera doesn’t weight that much and the Beach Buoy doesn’t add that much weight to the overall package. The one thing that I had trouble with was closing the bag securely. To seal the connects, I actually had to step on them before they went into place.
The first test I did was put the pouch under a faucet and thoroughly wet the bag. This test was designed to put pressure on the watertight tabs which simulates the bag being washed around under lots of water. After taking the camera out of the pouch to see the camera, there was no water at all that had got into the Beach Buoy. When I examined the video footage that was taken from the Vado, the video was absolutely fine but the audio was unusable. There was way too much background noise but this was probably because the sound was magnified through the case. I’m sure if you wanted to take some video of a coral for example, the audio would be a lot better. One thing to mention, although the audio was bad, my other waterproof camera (an Optio) didn’t have much better audio in the same test.
The next day I did was a standard submerging test. Although the water was only about 3 inches deep, I did viciously shake the Beach Buoy around underwater. I took the camera out, and again, the camera was absolutely fine. After taking the camera out, it was stone dry.
Overall, the Morfica Beach Buoy is a cheap solution for keeping you items dry underwater, and recording video underwater. I give it a 9/10 and at $14, it is a must have for the Summer holidays.
The Morfica Beach Buoy can be purchased from Proporta here: http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=4154&t_mode=des&affiliate=OmniTechNews