Olloclip for iPhone 5: Conclusion

March 23, 2013 by Laura Hicks Reads (4,133)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Features
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

The Olloclip is a fun attachment lens for your iPhone 5, 4s or 4. I always carry mine in my purse. It has traveled with me to Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak in Colorado, various locations in Texas, local parks in Ohio and the Beaches of South Carolina. I love its flexibility and the creative ideas I get when I use it. 

But the Olloclip does not come without some downfalls. The image quality is not sharp as a tack (let us not forget that it is attached to a small sensor camera in a phone). There is some significant chromatic aberration (purple fringing). As I mentioned earlier, you must remove your case when using the Olloclip. Also, the lens can also cause your screen protector to bubble or lift when attaching it. Lastly, using your flash with your Olloclip is out of the question. Because the clip covers part of the flash it is rendered useless.

None of the images in this review were retouched (besides the one shown below). I generally use Snapseed (a free iPhone and Andriod app) to edit and retouch my iPhone images. After spending less than 2 minutes with an image I can easily sharpen, color correct and adjust exposure. Give me 5 minutes with an image and I can add effects and/or color adjustments to my image as well. 

$70 for a 3-in-1 lens is a great deal. The image quality is pretty good, especially when most of the images created with the Olloclip will be viewed on the computer or phone through social media sites. That being said, I was able to print an 8×10 image that was taken from my iPhone 4s and Olloclip combination. The quality is very good and no one would ever guess it wasn’t taken with my iPhone.  



  • fun, creative iPhoneography tool
  • awesome macro feature
  • inexpensive
  • 3-in-1 combo lens



  • fisheye has major blurring at edges
  • significant chromatic aberration
  • Olloclip partially covers flash, rendering it useless
  • must remove case before using
  • Can bubble or push screen protector where lens attaches
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