The Olloclip is a funky camera gadget that even techno-cursed people like myself can use. Requiring no installing or fiddling with settings I simply unpacked this micro iPhone gadget and clipped it on.
So what does it do?
The Olloclip is a tool that clips over your iPhone lens. In the one package it has three settings: fish eye, wide angle and macro. Playing around taking pictures in London I found that the wide angle lens is the real gem in this product. When trying to take in a wide landscape the Olloclip allows you to picture approximately twice the amount of the iPhone alone. The fish eye is a fun tool for 180 degree ‘selifie’ portraits but this is not something I see myself using in my posts anytime soon. The macro lens is unfortunately where my techno-curse came in, for try as I might I couldn’t get it to work. I read and reread the simple instructions, got the Man (who is good with gadgets) to take a look and still we couldn’t get it to focus with my iPhone. It’s supposed to apply roughly a 10X multiplier and allow you to focus the iPhone within 12-15mm of the subject, which sounds brilliant, but all I got was blur. (I’m going to contact the makers and see what it is I am doing wrong as I’m pretty sure it’s me that’s broken and not the lens.)
Great for travelling
As someone who relies heavily on her iPhone for travel images (including most on this blog) the Olloclip is a great accessory. No bigger than the smallest of pockets; the fact you can have extra lenses that fit in the palm of your hand is perfect for travellers. The Olloclip comes in a little microfiber pouch which doubles as a lens cleaner and is great for protecting it on the road. Also available is a protective flip case for the iPhone, which adjusts for you put the clip on and , really cleverly, also works as a shutter mechanism so you can take steadier pictures. The only annoying thing I found was once the Olloclip was on you can’t reach the standby button on the top of the phone, meaning my battery was wearing out in between photos. You can always not be lazy and just take the clip off and on but if you are taking lots of pictures in a row this might get annoying.
The Olloclip in action
These are some snaps I took around London using the different lenses so you can compare the effects. You can also use the Olloclip directly within your favourite camera app – instragram, Camera+ etc.
(NB I’ve not featured it here but they also work the same way in video mode.)
Standard iPhone image taken at Columbia Road Flower Market
Image taken in same position as above using wide angle lens
Image taken in same position as above using fish eye lens
London Bridge using Camera+
London Bridge using Camera+ and Olloclip Wide Angle
London Bridge through fish eye
The Olloclip retails for £59.95 and quick flip case is £39.99. Both products are available in the Apple Store UK. Visit olloclip.com for more details.
I was provided with an Olloclip for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as always, remain my own.