The Accessory Your iPhone Craves [Product Review]

Travelers, socialites or those close to their family all have at least one thing in common, we all take pictures on our iPhones to capture our memories. Snapping photos is amazingly easy since the introduction of smartphones. The photos we’re taking are getting better and better thanks to great innovation for our smartphones. Unfortunately your iPhone’s cameras capabilities are still limited.

Thankfully there are some amazing lenses out there you can add to your phone which allow you to take even better photos on your iPhone. olloclip recently introduced a new 4-in-1 lens attachment for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus which fits in your pocket and lets you use both the rear and front facing camera. We’ve had our hands on it for a couple weeks and we’re ready to share our thoughts and some of our photos with you.

After I got the 4-in-1 lens out of the packaging, I had to remove the insert found on the inside of the clip that rests on the top side of my iPhone 6 Plus. The olloclip 4-in1 lens comes prepackaged with the insert for the iPhone 6 which must be removed if you’re using the iPhone 6 Plus. It required a bit of force to get the insert out of the clip. Once the insert was removed the iPhone 6 Plus insert slides right into place. Maybe a bit of over kill but I grabbed a pair of needle nose pliers to use, which probably made things run even smoother.

The olloclip 4-in-1 comes with 4 lens: Fisheye, Wide-Angle, 10x Macro, and 15x Macro. The Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses are removable and both macro lenses are inset on the clip. Instead of having to remove a lens and replacing it with a macro, they’re all setup and ready to go as soon as you take of the corresponding lens which screw on over the macro lens. I’ve had numerous lens setups and the removal and installation of different lenses does get exhausting if time is of the essence.

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The olloclip 4-in-1 setup is awesome since you always have all your lenses attached and ready for snapping pictures and if you need to access a different lens, all you need to do is remove a lens or flip the 4-in-1 around so the correct lens is positioned on the correct camera (rear or front facing). So simple and time saving!

One thing I noticed right-away though was the 4-in-1 lens required me to remove the iPhone 6 Plus self-healing case I recently started using. When it comes to snapping photos, you need to be armed and ready to go so you don’t miss a shot. If you’re wasting time taking off your iPhone case in order to snap on the 4-in-1 lens setup, you’re probably going to miss out on a few photos here and there. Removing my beloved case did make me feel a little anxious since I do find a naked iPhone 6 Plus to be quite slippery in my hands.

To combat this, olloclip has a case you can purchase which allows you to protect your iPhone 6 without losing any functionality. Obviously this is an additional cost, but replacing a busted screen on your iPhone 6 if you drop it while fiddling around with the olloclip will cost you exponentially more than purchasing their case. At the time of our review olloclip didn’t offer a case and lens package for a reduced price, which would be awesome and reduce my anxiety level from having my iPhone 6 Plus outside of its case.

#ImagesSpeakLouder is the slogan for olloclip and it truly delivers. The Wide-Angle lens delivers double the field of view for those landscapes, buildings or family photos you’re trying to frame. It’s so easy to capture more in your photos without taking a step back from your current vantage point while using the Wide-Angle lens.

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If you’re looking to spice up your photos and selfies, you’re going to get a kick out of using the Fisheye lens which lets you capture shots from a whole new perspective. If you’re unfamiliar with a Fisheye lens, I’m sure you can remember standing in front of a funny mirror. A Fisheye lenses vaguely remind me of those, but with style, sophistication, and maturity. The great thing about the Fisheye lens is it gives your photos a different feel and freshness without being too ridiculous—which is what you get in front of a funny mirror. The Fisheye lens is great for taking interesting selfies, group shots, and city landscapes. olloclip-4-in-1-fisheye

A favorite fisheye photo I’ve seen taken by others is where they lay on the ground surrounded by trees and it’s a straight shot up into the sky with the trees curving around the outer edges of the photo. Such a great way to frame a shot while capturing their surroundings. Unique yet creative photos are easy to come-by with the Fisheye lens on the olloclip 4-in-1.

Both macro lenses on the 4-in-1 are spectacular. If you’re not used to getting extreme close-up shots on your iPhone, it’s going to take some getting used to snapping these types of photos. Once you get the hang of it though, you’ll be capturing some fine details of your surroundings—or in my case, my fingerprints. A steady hand is key to capturing great macro photos, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a couple shots to get exactly what you’re looking for. These subjects aren’t going anywhere, so take your time to get it right.

Of the two macro lenses you get with the olloclip 4-in-1, I found the 10x Macro to be the most useful. It gets in close but not too close. The 15x Macro in my opinion requires you to get so close and you strangle out a lot of the light. Shots I took with the 15x Macro weren’t nearly as good as the same shots I took using the 10x Macro.

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Back in the days when I used to rock the iPhone 4 it had an olloclip on it a lot. The fit was decent and the lens options were great, but you couldn’t use the lenses on the front facing camera—bummer. I know selfies weren’t really a big thing back then, but I still thought it would’ve been cool to introduce the front facing camera to some of the attention the rear facing camera received. Thankfully the 4-in-1 does just that and you’re able to expose it to all the lenses as well. The front facing camera now feels like a part of the action while enjoying the all the amazing perspectives the 4-in-1 offers.

The new 4-in-1 design is extremely functional and snaps into place in mere seconds. As I mentioned before I used it on my iPhone 6 Plus and it never felt like a daunting task to get the 4-in-1 on and off. The main difference between using it on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus model is you have to slide the 4-in-1 clip left or right depending upon which camera you’re using. Since the iPhone 6 Plus is larger, the distance between cameras vary and when selecting between the front or rear camera you must slide the 4-in-1 clip into place over the appropriate camera. Otherwise your camera is obscured by part of the 4-in-1 clip.

Camera lenses are not something you keep on your iPhone at all times. So with that in mind, olloclip designed pendants the 4-in-1 clips onto so they’re handy and ready to go when you need them. Included with your purchase are three different pendant colors: black, lime green, and light blue, which you can attach to the olloclip lanyard, which is also included. Now you’re not digging in your purse or pockets trying to fish for your olloclip 4-in-1 lens.

Alright, I just heard what some of you are thinking, wearing a lanyard with a brightly colored pendant and lenses attached to it kinda makes you look nerdy. Well you have a point, but I started putting the pendant with the 4-in-1 in my pocket and left the lanyard hanging from my pocket. It was still quick and easy to grab the 4-in-1 out of my pocket when I needed it without having to sacrifice my street cred.

Once again olloclip got it right with their 4-in-1 lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With the 4-in-1 at your side you’re able to quickly and easily capturing even higher quality memories on your iPhone 6. Front facing camera capabilities you might be familiar with from the olloclip 3-in-1 design for iPhone 5 and 5s carried over into the all new 4-in-1.

When it comes to lenses for our iPhones, in my mind there are two distinct leaders: olloclip and Moment. I’ve had the pleasure of owning both and it’s extremely hard to pick a favorite since both amazing work. Both lenses have compatibility issues with third party cases. Moment is just about ready to start delivering on their Kickstarter case project here soon, whereas olloclip already has a compatible case for you to use with your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Price points for products are very different, but each item delivers on quality for your money.

At the end of the day it really comes down to personal preference. With that in mind though, I believe olloclip has the slight edge since they’re more established in the industry and their prices are more budget friendly. Ease of use goes to olloclip as well and you’re also able to use their lenses on your front facing camera, which you can’t with Moment.

I highly recommend grabbing the olloclip 4-in-1 lens for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus! Your iPhone 6 can snap some amazing photos and with the 4-in-1 attached they’re even more amazing. For under $80 you get 4 four different lenses and for just under $110 you can get the 4-in-1 lens and the compatible case too. Like I said before, I wish olloclip would offer a package deal priced around $100 since it’s important to keep your iPhone protected while snapping photos and removing lenses.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) An absolute must have camera accessory for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus!

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Jeremy McGinty

Jeremy McGinty is an iOS expert and has written over 350 articles relating to Apple and their products over the past two years. Writing about iPhones, iPads, and anything relating to Apple is what Jeremy does in his free time and you’re going to love reading how he’s a normal guy just like you. Jeremy is the most approachable person you’ll ever meet and you should try it out for yourself, send him a message here!

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