There's an onslaught of new accessories for the iPhone camera, with gadgets ranging from a lens housed in a rubberband, to a full-on SLR mount. It's overwhelming, to say the least, to decide just how seriously to take your iPhone photography, so I decided to check out something less intimidating in size and price: the Olloclip.
Three lenses in one tiny package comprise this Kickstarter alum, which fits around the corner of your iPhone. When fitted over the camera, it autofocuses to adapt and the user is able to take pictures with a fish-eye lens on one side and a macro and wide-angle lens on the other. (The macro lens is accessed by removing the wide angle.) I’ve had my fair share of camera phones over the years, and while I’m not a photography wiz, I can see how adding the Olloclip is a good alternative to an actual camera. I tested one with my iPhone at the local beach on a cloudy day, and the results were great.
Because it’s so small and comes in a pocket-sized case, the Olloclip didn’t take up much space. The only issue I did have with it was that I had to remove the phone's protective cover every time I decided to shoot a photo, and the clip kept peeling my screen cover off the corner where it was attached. According to Ollocip's site, the cover thing can’t really be avoided, but a thinner screen cover could prevent the clip from catching. Overall, this is a good accessory for those who would like to take some impressive pictures without signing up for a night class in photography at their local community college.
A view of the beach using the fish-eye lens. Credit: Christina Ortiz / Discovery