Smartphone cameras have come a long way since the basic-quality models we put up with in the early days.
So much so that, under the right circumstances, it’s tough to distinguish between an iPhone shot and something snapped on a DSLR.
In fact, the greatest benefit a dedicated camera arguably has is the versatility of the lenses available. The 4-in-1 Lens from Olloclip aims to evens things up.
Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Olloclip is a really elegant and versatile lens solution that slips onto the top of the phone and covers both the the rear and front-facing cameras.
One side of the clip has a wide angle lens plus a 10x macro — accessed by screwing off the lens facing — and on the other side there’s a fisheye lens and a 15x macro (again, accessed by removing the lens face).
Lens-quality is superb and we were especially impressed how well the 10 and 15x macros worked.
However, most of our day-to-day shooting was done with the wide-angle. It’s just so easy to quickly point and snap something without needing to think about if it’s framed; the field of view is so wide, you know it just is.
Clipping it onto the phone was a little perplexing, however. Included in the box are two small plastic spacers — one for each version of the iPhone 6 — which slot into the Olloclip so that it doesn’t slide too low down the top of the phone.
Getting the spacer in was the trouble; we knew where it needed to go, but it didn’t feel like a natural fit. Like whacking a TV to fix the picture, brute force turned out to be the way to go.
If fiddling around with attachments and clip thingys isn’t your idea of fun, there is a specialised case for both phones available (for an additional $30) which includes a dedicated spot for the lens to clip onto.
Obviously the Olloclip isn’t meant to be a permament fixture on your phone, instead only coming out at meal times or when there’s a cat close-by — so there’s a handy lanyard and mount included in the box.