Apple’s apple iphone has actually covered Flickr’s listing of the top mobile electronic cameras for many years, with Apple even surpassing Nikon to be the number 2 camera brand name on the solution previously this year. Smartphone photography is expanding and there has been no lack of devices to aid users take even a lot better images, and among the most up to date entrances in this classification is the ExoLens system.
Apple pertained to us two years ago searching for a greater end lens system for their approaching devices” claims John Willenborg, Chief Executive Officer at ExoLens. “The objective was to engineer something that showed the high quality and also preciseness of the apple iphone 6 with the power of a mini DSLR.’
What’s in the Box
The ExoLens system comprises 2 lenses– a 3x telephoto lens as well as a 165º vast angle lens– that screw right into a machined aluminum bracket that slides into an apple iphone. The bracket has an integrated 1/4′-20 tripod install, which will also collaborate with some selfie sticks/monopods. Likewise included are lens caps, a lens hood for the telephoto lens, and also a microfiber lugging pouch. ExoLens officially releases today for the iPhone 6 with a retail price of $129.95, with a model for the iPhone 6 Plus prepared for launch in May.
All included items, other than the microfiber pouch
The brace is made from machined aluminum. The telephoto lens has a focal length of 90 mm and steps 37 mm x 24 mm and weighs 40 grams. The vast angle lens actions 37mm x 16mm as well as weighs 30 grams. The bracket as well as lenses feel solid and also precisely made. The brace is a darker grey than the area grey iPhone as well as is quite light, evaluating in at 25 grams.
How It Works
The ExoLens brace slides into an iPhone 6– it’s lined with foam to stay clear of scratching the iPhone. It takes a reasonable quantity of pressure to put an apple iphone however it’s a tight and also protected fit, meanings the iPhone won’t unintentionally move out of the bracket. This is, though, a downside of the ExoLens. It’s not feasible to make use of the bracket on an iPhone 6 that’s in a situation as well as the bracket is bulky sufficient to make it difficult to leave on an apple iphone continuously, and also that it does not offer much security to an iPhone to function as a situation to begin with. Getting rid of a case from an iPhone, after that placing on the ExoLens bracket and also attaching a lens takes a minute, so capturing images spontaneously using the system can be difficult.
If you’ve obtained an intended occasion or photo shoot, this possibly will not be an issue. The lenses screw right into the bracket easily and increase the apple iphone’s abilities to take wider landscape images or zoom in on objects or landscapes that would generally need using the iPhone’s electronic zoom.
The bracket has a cut-out for the wake/sleep button on the right side and also leaves all-time low of the iPhone completely revealed. The tripod mount is on the left side and does not meddle with the quantity buttons or mute/silent switch. On the back, it’s positioned over the apple iphone’s video camera lens so that the consisted of lenses are focused completely over it when mounted. Significantly, it does cover the iPhone’s flash. It is for use with the rear-facing electronic camera simply, unlike the lens sets recently launched by Olloclip, which will certainly work with the front-facing video camera too.
While it’s very easy enough to hold an apple iphone constant in your hands making use of the ExoLens system, it’s actually optimized for usage with a tripod with its integrated tripod place. The brace is simple to install on a tripod and holds the lenses firmly, turning the iPhone 6 into a ‘miniature DSLR’ as intended.
The Lenses in Action
Here are pictures caught with an apple iphone 6 with no lens connected, the 165º broad angle lens attached, and the 3x telephoto lens attached, specifically:
Taken with the iPhone 6, no lens attached
Taken with the ExoLens broad angle lens
Taken with the ExoLens telephoto lens (the circle on the right is a decline of wetness, not a flaw in the lens)
The large angle lens significantly increases the field of view yet things outside of the center of the field of view are significantly indistinct. Touching to concentrate on these things in the Camera application does nothing to adjust this.
The telephoto lens offers a remarkable zoom degree yet there’s substantial distortion. In a Frequently Asked Question, ExoLens states, ‘All wide-angle and telephoto lenses are going to trigger some bending or distorting of the natural world. The more effective the lens the much more the graphic will certainly distort. ExoLens has one of one of the most powerful telephoto lenses on the marketplace. To reduce this effect make certain to center the topic in the framework or you could fire in ‘square method’.’
Below are images caught with an apple iphone 6 with no lens affixed (top) and the 3x telephoto lens connected (bottom) on a subject inside your home. With a solitary topic at a shorter distance, the distortion is less noticeable.
The lenses do substantially improve the iPhone’s abilities yet the distortion with the telephoto lens as well as out-of-focus advantages with the wide angle lens, also though anticipated and also typical, could be distracting. Nevertheless, it’s possible to function around this by considering your topic, the range to it, and readjusting accordingly.
Who Is It For?
With its built-in tripod place, the ExoLens system is perfect for those which don’t have or don’t wish to use a DSLR however do look for the capacity to install an apple iphone on a tripod to record much better portraits or photos of surroundings. As a point-and-shoot remedy for spontaneous image capture, the ExoLens is less ideal with the time it requires to slide the bracket on and affix a lens, specifically if you have a case to remove from the iPhone first.
At $129.95, the ExoLens system is not affordable though it does defeat buying a DSLR cam, which would certainly cost at least a few hundred bucks. If you currently have a tripod or selfie stick/monopod and also want to take organized photos at family occasions or on holiday and could adjust to accommodate or prevent the distortion and concentration concerns, the ExoLens system could be a great portable remedy to augment your iPhone’s photo capabilities.
- Bracket and also lenses are well-made of good materials
- Bracket suits apple iphone well as well as securely
- Impressive zoom degree with telephoto lens
- Incredibly very easy to place to a tripod and stable when mounted
- Very portable
- Time to set up brace makes spontaneous usage difficult
- Noticeable distortion as well as emphasis factors with some subjects/distances
- Can’t be made use of with front-facing camera
- Can simply be made use of on a case-less iPhone