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iPad Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens review

Amateur photography just got a little easier

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There’s an air of impracticality surrounding the thought of even using the Olloclip for iPad out in the wild. After a line of similar multi-lens combinations for iPhone – which, admittedly, were pretty fantastic – the company has unleashed a similar product for Apple’s tablets. Does it feel unnecessary, especially when you consider how primed and ready the iPhone is for taking quality photos? You betcha. Does that make it any less awesome? Not at all, you just need to get over the somewhat shady social acceptability of iPad photography.

The Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens slides over your iPad’s camera and opens up a world of photography options for those with one eye on the world around them. The device lets you take four different types of photos thanks to the quick-change lenses that come in the package. There are Fisheye, Wide-Angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro lenses, which give a surprising amount of versatility to the type of photos and videos you can capture.

All four lenses produce images with deep colour contrast, good definition and a centrally sharp focus that impressed on all fronts. Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to switch between the four quickly – you’ll simply flip the Macro lens around to switch zoom levels or have to quickly screw on the Fisheye or Wide-Angle lenses. All four are small in size and very lightweight.

The Fisheye delivers the classic 180-degree bubble field well enough, though we’d have liked to have seen a little more warping around the edges and perspective. Any of you that have ever spent time admiring punk rock from afar will know what we’re talking about. Still, it gets the job done – and the Macro lenses do more than enough to make up for any shortcomings. The 10x lens works with an 18mm focus, while the 15x works at a 12mm distance. The results are truly impressive.

Of course, getting up close and personal with an iPad is anything but easy. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens is another great product from Olloclip, but the device it has been designed for is a bit too awkward to take photos with. If you’ve got an iPhone there’s little reason to not pick up Olloclip’s functionally similar product.

Price: £59.99/$69.99 Score: 4/5

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