Olloclip 4-in-1 iPhone 5 Lens System Review

Design: Highly Portable and Organized

The Olloclip kits use an innovative black metal collar that slips over the top right corner of the iPhone, ensuring a snug fit centered over the camera. This double-sided, reversible mount holds the 10x and 15x lens. Furthermore, the wide-angle lens screws into the 10x macro and the fisheye screws into the 15x, so that the entire lens set fits on the mount for easy storage.

The ensemble slips into an included terrycloth bag so you can safely slide the kit into a backpack or pocket. I only wish that the 10x and 15x lenses were better identified: The labeling is on the attached wide or fisheye lens instead of on the macro lens itself.

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In addition to the iPhone 5/5s version that we tested, Olloclip also makes a version to fit both the iPhone 4 and 4s.

Ease of Use: Only Difficult If You Have a Case

Sliding the collar on or flipping it around to change lenses is a cinch. The only drawback is that, if you have a case on your iPhone, you'll have to remove it before you can attach the lenses. Alternatively, you can buy Olloclip’s $40 iPhone case, which has a cutout for attaching its lens systems. (We didn't evaluate the Olloclip case.)

Image Quality: Best in Class

Starting Point: Wide Angle and Fisheye

Below is a scene shot with a bare iPhone 5s, used as a reference point to show how the lenses augment images and affect image quality.

Credit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideCredit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide

Wide Angle: Least Distortion

Credit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideCredit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideOlloclip's wide-angle lens was the best we tested, with great detail on the focus subject (in this case the carving in the center of the arch), the best sharpness throughout the image and the least distortion. While images do get a little soft in the corners, you don't get the vignetting (darkening in the corners) that we observed with other wide-angle lenses.

Fisheye Lens: Among the Best

Credit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideCredit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideOlloclip's fisheye tied with Manfrotto's Manfrotto Klyp+ iPhone Lens Kit Review ($95) for best quality. Both kits provide a great way to capture a large environment without compromising (much) on quality. Images were sharper than rival lenses from CamKix and Photojojo. However, with all fisheye lenses, rounded distortion is a trade-off for the wide viewing angles.

Starting Point: Macro

Below is a test shot of a $2 bill using the stock iPhone 5s camera. We got as close as possible while still allowing the iPhone camera to focus.

Credit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideCredit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide

10x and 15x Macro Lenses: A league of Their Own

Credit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideCredit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideImage quality from the 10x and 15x macro lenses is head and shoulders above the competition from CamKix and PhotoJoJo. I was blown away by the level of detail captured in our test shots.While the pictures weren't free of distortion, they had much less than those of any other macro lens we tested. 

15x Macro

Credit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideCredit: Sam Rutherford / Tom's GuideNot only was I able to get more magnification than with any other kit, the option to use the 10x or 15x lens gives you more flexibility to nail your shot.

Bottom Line

Olloclip's 4-in-1 system provides a great range of lenses without breaking the bank. And it's a cinch to carry around, making it our favorite iPhone lens kit by far. With its superfast attachment and convenient and pocketable travel pouch, the Olloclip 4-in-1 is our top choice for iPhone camera accessories.

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  • steveyg777
    Oooh i know lets completely ignore whether it will fit the new iphone 6!!!! Whats the best kit for iphone 6 is what i wanna know????
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  • rutherfordsc
    Anonymous said:
    Oooh i know lets completely ignore whether it will fit the new iphone 6!!!! Whats the best kit for iphone 6 is what i wanna know????


    That's a valid question. The main problem is that most of the manufacturers are still working on updating their products for the iPhone 6. As soon as we can get the new products to test, you can be sure we will have new reviews out for them.
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  • steveyg777
    Oooh i know lets completely ignore whether it will fit the new iphone 6!!!! Whats the best kit for iphone 6 is what i wanna know????
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  • rutherfordsc
    There aren't any iPhone 6 lens kit yet. The phone just came out. The only thing that would even work with the iPhone 6 is the Photojojo lenses, because they work with almost anything, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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  • steveyg777
    The thing is, the iphone 6 was already out when this review was published and you really only need to search ebay or amazon to c that there are already lens kits for the 6 and/or kits that have already been out that can easily adapt to the new phone because they have a "clip on" system. It makes me think there wasnt enough forethought when doing this review. Dont get me wrong, i totally appreciate reviews of kits as its what i am looking to buy right now but i feel it was bad timing to bring out a review of kits for the five and older models when the 6 has just arrived (the 5s and 5c have been around for a year now - a bit of a late review for those models heh?). Id say it was a missed opportunity myself. Anyway, after giving you guys a slating all i can say is im looking forward to your more modern and current kit review to accomodate iphone 6 options :) although i will probably have moved onto other reviews by then and decided what kit to buy lol
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