As any Apple fan will attest to, the iPhone has a pretty decent lens on it and takes HD video (720p on iPhone 4, 1080p on iPhone 4S and iPhone 5). The problem usually becomes, how do I use my iPhone to take video if I’m the one behind the wheel? There are a plethora of in-car phone mounts that could be used for in-car video with just a little forethought, but if you want to mount your iPhone outside your car, or use it in a less than perfect environment (rain, snow, mud), you need a case and a way to attach it. We found these two great options for the iPhone from Hitcase and Optrix.
The Hitcase Pro is the premium model from Hitcase (they offer a base model as well). The Hitcase Pro is offered for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 models and is waterproof to 33 feet and features a wide angle lens built into the case. In the case your iPhone is still completely usable for calls, texting, etc. so there’s no need to remove the phone from its protective case to fire off a text or check your Facebook status. The Railslide mount means you can easily install or remove your iPhone from your helmet, car, or other mounting surface in seconds; just squeeze and pull. The optional mounts and accessories for the Hitcase Pro are vast, including suction cup and roll bar mounts. Hitcase’s own app uses the power of the iPhone’s internal sensors to overlay GPS info and more on your videos too.
Like the Hitcase, the Optrix XD4 and XD5 cases completely protect your iPhone from the elements and are waterproof to 33 feet while still allowing full use of your iPhone (in case you want to play Angry Birds while kayaking!). The Optrix XD4 and XD5 use the power of the iPhone’s 1080p video and the Optrix wide angle lens to offer great video of your on or off track experiences. Optrix offers apps to overlay GPS info, track map, and more. Optrix users have even been known to use GoPro’s app to control external GoPro cameras mounted on their cars with the Optrix used for in-car video, controlling all the cams via the iPhone. You can even use Apple’s FaceTime to steam your in-car video back to your friends track side!
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