Adding lenses to your iPhone is not a new idea, with the convenience of using them dogged by having to attach, detach, attach each time you want a new look by which time you may as well be using a DSLR. Until now.
Last year, start-up Shiftcam came out with a handy way round this with a custom iPhone case incorporating three pairs of dual lenses that can slide or shift down the case and over the rear camera lens via magnetic lens cap.
Now the group has upped the ante with a redesigned case that offers the same 6-in-one travel set plus five 'pro' lenses.
You won’t need to take the case off except, in the case of dual camera iPhones, to align the other row of lenses to the camera you want. However, unlike the original 6-in-1 lens set, the pro lenses do come separately, although they work with the same slide rail system so attachment should be easy.
The new line up of interchangeable lenses includes a 2x telephoto, 120-degree wide-angle, 238-degree fisheye, ‘traditional’ 10x macro, and ‘long-range’ 20x macro options. There is also a 120-degree wide-angle adapter for your front camera - for taking group selfies.
The system is available for the iPhones 7/Plus and 8/Plus, as well as the iPhone X.
By all accounts the pro lenses are of solid build and deliver on the promised ‘professional’ quality.
Shiftcam 2.0 is a kickstarter funded project which smashed through its target so we expect this to ship from this month (May).
The entire 12 lens kit will currently cost you around £250 and comprises:
- ShiftCam 2.0 Case
- Front Facing Wide Angle Lens Set
- 6-in-1 Travel Lens Set
- Macro ProLens
- Wide-Angle ProLens
- Telephoto ProLens
- 238° “Full Frame” Fisheye Advanced ProLens
- Long Range Macro Advanced ProLens
Find out more from the official ShiftCam website.