36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Compact, fun, less than perfect visuals,
This review is from: Olloclip 3-In-1 Fisheye, Wide-Angle and Macro Clip-On Lens System for iPhone 4 and 4S - Red (Wireless Phone Accessory)
The olloclip is a great toy for your iPhone 4(s). It comes with a pouch, it's quite small, and it gives you macro, wide angle and fish-eye all at once. Yay! I'll take you through the three options:
The smaller lens. It gives you a significantly wider view of a room or place so you can fit more in when you just can't "Back 'dat up" any more. This is probably the most "useful" of the features, as the barrel distortion is minimal and most people won't notice that there's anything different about it unless you show them a side-by-side with a picture taken without any attachments. The iPhone's lens is frustratingly narrow in view, especially in video. This helps fix that.
The most fun of the options on the olloclip. It allows you to take some really cool-looking shots. Portraits taken with this thing can be particularly hilarious, though it won't do you any favours in the looks department. :D Obviously, it has massive barrel distortion. That's kind of the point. More frustrating is how muddy the picture gets outside the central sweet spot. It's a shame, but as this is a "for fun" feature, it's not really a massive issue. Taking pictures, it leaves black at the corners. Taking video, the camera just about crops off all the black and you get a cool, ultra-wide-angle shot that's probably useful for the sk8er k1d5 among you. I wouldn't really know about that myself.
Take the wide angle lens off and you've got AMAZING MACRO!!!! Wooohooo!!! Sounds brilliant, and it can be. You get really really close to the subject and can achieve some incredible detail. However, you do have to get so close that you're almost touching what you're taking pictures of. Yeah, it doesn't really give you any zoom, just allows you to focus more close up. Well, I say "allow", but what I mean is "force". Once you take the wide angle off, you physically cannot focus on anything further away than... an inch. Tops. As you can probably imagine, this leads to difficulties with shadowing the subject and also living subjects running away before you get anywhere near close enough.
All in all, great fun, but flawed in a lot of minor ways. I give it a 4 star rating rather than a 3 as it really is that much fun and also a good talking point.