Review: olloclip 3-in-1 camera lens for iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 is probably the phone with the best camera I’ve ever used. Best in terms of quality, not features. I’ve used a lot of smartphones, including the high-end ones from different brands but the iPhone 5’s camera is still the best for me.
So how can you maximize your iPhone’s camera? You might want to try the olloclip 3-in-1 camera lens for it. The olloclip system gives your normal iPhone access to a fisheye lens, macro lens, and a wide-angle lens which is way better than any apps can offer.
The olloclip is an easy-to-carry 3-in-1 lens that you can attach to your naked iPhone 5 (a different version is available for iPhone 4/4S). Yeah, unfortunately even the slimmest case won’t work with this one. There’s also an adapter included that allows you to attach it to your iPod Touch 5th Gen.
On one side of the olloclip is the Fisheye lens to give you an approximately 180 degree field of view.
On the other side is the wide angle lens which expands your viewing angle by two times.
Unscrew the wide angle lens to use the macro lens with a focal distance of 13mm/.5 to give you 10x the macro shot as to what the iPhone can offer.
The olloclip uses precision ground glass multi-element optics for the lenses while the barrels are made from aircraft grade anodized aluminum. The attachment is made of soft plastic material that fits securely to your iPhone without scratching it.
So let’s take each of the lens for a spin shall we?
The first is the Fisheye lens which I’m not a fan of but I’m sure a lot would like to take photos of their pets with this lens for that circular warped effect. Here’s a sample of the normal shot, and with the olloclip Fisheye lens.
iPhone 5 normal
iPhone 5 with olloclip fisheye lens
There are fisheye apps out there but nothing beats the effect coming from a hardware solution.
Then there’s the wide-angle lens which will give you more space on your frame. Here’s a sample of what the iPhone can normally do, and the same shot with the wide-angle lens.
iPhone 5 normal
iPhone 5 with olloclip wide-angle lens
You would notice some barrel distortion on the edges and this is normal for wide-angle converters. To maximize this, you’re better off shooting landscapes or avoid those with linear content.
Unscrew the cap to reveal the macro lens which I like. This lens allows you to point your iPhone close to the subject for a detailed shot with an excellent depth of field. Check out my sample of the same shot with and without the macro lens.
iPhone 5 really close to the subject
iPhone 5 with olloclip macro lens same focusing distance as above
With this lens, you can get really close to the subject, like a centimeter close. Perfect for flowers, insects and other detailed close-up images.
Overall, the olloclip 3-in-1 camera lens is the best solution out there if you’re looking for expanding the shooting capability of your iPhone. It has a superb build quality, is portable, and easy to use. The only problem I see is that you have to remove your iPhone case to use this, or go without a case instead.
The olloclip for the iPhone 5 retails for Php2,950 and is available in all Digital Walker, Digital Hub and Beyond the Box outlets.