The stock camera on the iPhone since the iPhone 4 has been one of the best, if not the best that you can get on a mobile phone. However, what we have today with the dual cameras and Portrait Mode of the iPhone 7 Plus makes even those really good to great cameras of the past pale in comparison.
As we have progressed to this point where the smartphone that we carry in our pockets every day can make a solid point and shoot camera seem unnecessary and irrelevant, many companies have tried to bolster and augment the iPhone’s camera to make it even more competitive with cameras that have optical zooms and wide angle lenses.
Olloclip was by far and away the cream of the crop of these earlier offerings for older iPhones. I remember reviewing a multi-lens olloclip on my iPhone 4S for another site several years ago, and what a big difference it made being able to take a wider angle shot. I used it during a family vacation to a National Forest, and the wide angle and fisheye lenses made a real difference in pictures of open landscapes.
The biggest issue with that olloclip was that, not only could you not use a case with it, but you also couldn’t have a screen protector of any kind. This limited the usefulness of the olloclip for me, and I eventually quit using it and gave it away. They later came out with a case that works with their camera clip, but it is still incompatible with all screen protectors. On top of that, their lens setups are also quite expensive.
In the past, there really weren’t any companies filling the gap between the higher quality olloclip products and the cheap knockoffs you find all over eBay and Amazon. However, I eventually came across the Ztylus Revolver, and it was an eye-opener. Here was a device that came with a full coverage case for the iPhone, and had a 3 lens setup that retracts into a circular revolving shell on the back of the iPhone. It is an extremely creative design that has actually won several awards.
I initially bought the Revolver before my family’s trip to Williamsburg, VA this spring. However, I only used it a limited amount on that trip because I had my Samsung mirrorless camera with me, as well. Also, since a merger between iPhoneInsight and iPadInsight was already in the works, I decided to wait until after that dust settled before doing a full review. This trip to New Orleans seemed like the perfect opportunity to leave the Samsung at home and see what the Revolver and my iPhone can do together.
One thing to note about the Revolver is that the original design came before the dual lens iPhone 7 Plus. So, even though the “Plus” Revolver fits and works with the iPhone 7 Plus, it is not compatible with the second telephoto lens. I believe that most, if not all of olloclip’s lenses for the 7 Plus have the same issue. Because of this, I also purchased and will be reviewing the Ztylus Switch 6, which has 3 separate pairs of lenses that can work with either of the 7 Plus’ dual lenses. I will be taking pictures with this camera case later on. After I return home, I will write of a review of each. For now, onto today’s pictures!
Don’t bother coming to New Orleans without an appetite. It’s hard to find bad food here.
Good day from NO. See you tomorrow with more pictures.