Olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens review

Create instant photo effects without an app with a four-in-one, pocket-sized lens

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The olloclip 4-in-1 lens is so compact that it’s hard to believe it consists of four lenses. The great thing about all four lenses being contained in one small accessory is that it’s easy to carry around in your pocket. If you’re looking for added protection, though, it comes with a lens caps and a small drawstring bag. You also have a choice of three coloured pendants that slot over the accessory, enabling you to wear it on a keyring or make use of the supplied lanyard.

Attaching the device to your iPhone couldn’t be simpler. As long as your phone’s case has been removed, it slides right on and secures in place in a matter of seconds. Each lens is labelled, so you can see exactly what effect is going to be captured on the iPhone’s front or rear-facing camera. The macro lenses are built into the mount, while the fisheye and wide-angle lenses screw on top of them (they’re screwed on by default, so you just unscrew them if you want to shoot macro). The overall build is solid and robust, but be careful when unscrewing the removable lenses, as they can easily fall to the ground.


As expected, the wide-angle lens enables you to capture more of a scene, however, image quality is noticeably compromised, particularly when you examine around the edges. If you’re not too bothered about this, it’s an adequate lens for taking a panorama or capturing the entire height of a tall building or tree, but if you’re a photographer who cares about image quality, you’ll probably give this lens a miss.

The fisheye lens produces just the right amount of distortion for creating a hemispherical image, and is great if you want to get a little creative with your shots. We did find that the lens struggled in low light, but we had fun with it all the same. The macro lenses are where the device truly shines. The 10x macro lens produces some incredible results, allowing you to get really close to an object that previously you weren’t able to without it being horribly out of focus.

The 15x macro lens is even more impressive, as the smallest of details are displayed in sharp focus when holding the iPhone just millimetres from the subject. We’d recommend the accessory based on these two brilliant lenses alone. Although the iPhone becomes a bit bulky and awkward to handle once the lens is attached, it’s a small price to pay when you realise you’ve added four lenses to it. And although image quality isn’t necessarily first-class, you can forgive the lens for this when you remember how convenient it is to carry around and how quick and easy it is to fit.

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