The Polar Pro Proview for iPhone 6 is a smartphone case with a GoPro mount built in. It is one of those slide-on cases, which is a good thing here since it comes with another top piece that you can slide onto the phone in place of the GoPro mount portion.
I first mentioned the Polar Pro Proview iPhone 6 case last year when I saw it at PhotoPlus. I was initially impressed with the concept, although I didn’t get a chance to put it to any use at the time.
I have been using the Proview case for the iPhone 6 for a few weeks now, so I wanted to share my experience with it.
The Proview is a very smart and and simple design that I think many GoPro users will appreciate and enjoy. Using it in conjunction with the GoPro iOS app, it makes framing self-shots easy. So, if you are talking on-camera, you can get precise framing for your position.
It also does well as a monitor for framing shots when you turn the camera around. Having the GoPro app open on your phone gives you quick and easy access to your GoPro camera settings.
Of course, there is about a half-second delay on the iOS app monitoring. That might be enough of a gotcha in some cases to prevent you from using it. And that is GoPro’s deficiency, not Polar Pro’s; however, Polar Pro has to cope with that negative point by extension as a GoPro accessory.
I have shot quite a bit of casual footage over the past couple weeks with it and haven’t really been bitten by the GoPro app lag. If you are used to it, you adjust for it anyway. I can see that becoming an issue with fast action, but you probably aren’t using your phone as a mount in that situation.
Additionally, if you have the new HERO4 Silver, you can simply use your phone as your phone and monitor off the HERO4 Silver‘s rear LCD panel. In that case, the Proview functions quite simply as an at-the-ready GoPro mount.
Without the GoPro top portion attached, the Proview case is perfectly serviceable as a standard iPhone case. I have been using it for several weeks as a daily driver phone case and I don’t have any major complaints. The only minor quibble that I will offer is that using the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 6 requires slightly more attention due to the bigger lip on the edge of the case than what I had used before.
Also, the finish of the case is slightly coming off where my thumb rests to press the home button. It is still black underneath, but not matte black.
If you are an avid GoPro user, I don’t see any downside in picking up the Proview case for your iPhone 6. It just makes sense – this should be you phone case.
Polar Pro also makes the Proview for the iPhone 5/5s and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Proview for iPhone 6 runs $29.99 at the time of this review, which is less than many decent phone cases that don’t do anything special. Check it out here at Amazon.com.