With rugged, mount-equipped iPhone cases such as the Optrix XD, it’s now possible to use your phone as an actioncam. Most of these cases, however, aren’t designed to be mounted on the user’s chest – a viewpoint that often offers some of the best point-of-view shots. That’s where the Hitcase and its ChestR Mount come into the picture.
The polycarbonate Hitcase for iPhone 4/4S is shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), plus it has a Lexan window that allows for access to the phone’s touchscreen features. There’s also a model with a two-element glass wide-angle lens (which is a good idea for point-of-view footage), called the Hitcase Pro. iPhone 5 versions of both are apparently on the way.
Since the cases are GoPro-mount-compatible, they could be used with that company’s Chest Mount Harness. The Hitcase company does offer its own chest mount, however, in the form of the ChestR Mount. It features a single-shoulder sling-like design, along with elasticized straps, a neoprene body and a polycarbonate mount. A Hitcase-enclosed iPhone can be quickly slid in and out of that mount, rotated 360 degrees, and pivoted 90 degrees, for a variety of shooting angles.
GoPro owners can also mount their HERO cameras on the ChestR Mount.
The Hitcase is priced at $89.99, with the Pro model coming in at $129.99. The ChestR Mount is an additional $49.95 – GoPro’s Hitcase-friendly Chest Mount Harness, by comparison, costs $39.99. Potential buyers might also want to check out the Miveu-X, an iPhone chest harness/mount that’s priced at $99 – although it doesn’t fully enclose and protect the phone.
Footage shot with the Hitcase can be seen in the video below.