Despite the fact that I have been having fun in using olloclip lens for more than 2 years since iPhone 5, I did not spend time to review it as it is just very popular and well-known already. About a month ago, as a loyal customer, I pre-ordered the new olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus and I have been playing with it for a week already. Here is the unboxing and my first impression to it.
The crowdfunded olloclip concept was brought to reality in 2011. Currently this famous brand offers lines of products of accessories for worldwide mobile photographers, including the latest flagship 4-in-1 Photo Lens for for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, as well as Telephoto and Macro lens. The company opens up numerous possibilities for users to capture creative photos and selfies beyond the limit of the smartphones.
Inside the package, you are able to find the 4-in-1 Photo Lens with the color you selected, alongside with the two colorful companion pendants. Additionally, there is a lanyard and a ring that allows you to attach to the pendant to easily carry around. Inside the microfiber bag, you can find two plastic cover for the back and front lens. Certainly there is a quick installation guide for you to start with.
The olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens I picked is the Gold lens with white clip with navy blue and mint pendants. The lens itself has a very impressive, premium-look design with a texture very similar with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Unlike its predecessors that only works with the rear-facing camera, the new patented design now works on both front and rear-facing cameras so you can also play around with selfies. The four versatile lens options included are Fisheye, Wide-angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro. And they all works with any photo and video apps.
The installation is easy by firstly unclipping the lens from the pendant. It works either way so it does not matter whether you turn it back or forth. But I did notice a little bit friction when I clip the lens onto my iPhone 6 despite my tempered glass screen protector is only 0.3mm thick. Also, it is by default looks a bit tilted as the front and rear facing cameras on an iPhone are not horizontally aligned. So don’t worry about that. If you are an iPhone 6 Plus user, make sure you remove the stock insert which is for iPhone 6 only, and replace it with the one for 6 Plus inside the package.
The experience of using the lens has been extremely pleasant and much better than the one I used on my iPhone 5s. The build quality is excellent and it feels like stock accessory bundled with the gorgeous iPhone 6. Taking wide-angle or fisheye selfie is definitely one of the most important pros and bonuses as I took a lot with my girlfriend. Second, the size is larger and with the pendant I can have a better grip on it. The lens caps are also much tighter that they will not fell off easily. The lens performance is as great as it used to. Images looks clear without any distortion. All in all, I do not have any complain in using this product so far.
As for the latest flagship – 4-in-1 Photo Lens, there is wide variety of different color options which enables you to get one that fits both personal taste and the new iPhone that you own. It will cost you $79.99 plus shipping freight depending on your location. But the Fedex International Priority service is very speedy which generally take less than 3 days to arrive if local customs does not stop it from moving. Unfortunately, my pre-order took more than 2 weeks until it got shipped, which is almost the same time as those who simply placed an order after the pre-order has finished. This makes no sense for the pre-order customers who just want to their hands on much earlier than the others. The customer service kept losing promise on shipment date, despite of my ongoing complains, which brought me extremely bad experience over it.
Overall speaking, olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus is granted with a complete redesign and takes a huge step forward from its predecessors in terms of build quality and functionality. It is a must for existing olloclip users who upgraded their iPhones, and those who love taking pictures and have more fun in doing so. There are plenty of cheaper options in the market but yet could I find any that comes close with the same quality in terms of material and design. By the time of this article is written, it has yet reached in the Apple Store shelves. Definitely check out the official website and order the one that fits your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus now. Leave us a comment on how you think about this product and feel free to tweet me if you want to hear more from me. Last but not least, check out my first unboxing video down below and give a thumb up if you like it. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Chan Xin is a tech geek, an iOS specialist, You can follow @chanxin on Twitter.