At CES, popular iPhone lens manufacturer Olloclip showed MacRumors an upcoming iPhone case designed to work with its line of lenses, and at the time, we were highly impressed with the design. As of this week, Olloclip is now accepting pre-orders for the case, called the OlloCase, which we were able to get our hands on ahead of release.

Those of you familiar with Olloclip's line of lenses know that they're not able to work with iPhone cases due to the way that they fit tightly over the iPhone's camera, so until now, iPhone photography enthusiasts had to choose between using an Olloclip lens and having a case to protect their iPhone from drops and scratches. That's no longer the case, as the new OlloCase is compatible with the company's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lens systems.

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Olloclip's previous venture into case creation for the iPhone 5 and 5s resulted in a thick plastic case that was overly bulky, but for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Olloclip has designed an entirely new case that's impressively svelte. Available in clear and smoke black, the case is made from a thin textured plastic that lets the design of the iPhone shine through.

The sides of the case are constructed from rubber (gray for the clear case and black for the darker case) to protect the iPhone from drops. The rubber extends just a bit past the phone's display to keep the glass free from scratches when it's placed face down on a surface. There's full access to ports and there is a deep camera cutout that accommodates the Olloclip lenses. The lens accessory slides right over the top of the case and cleverly replaces the lens insert that shipped with the original Olloclip accessories for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Olloclip's OlloCase has a simple design that works well on the iPhone even when a lens accessory isn't attached to the phone, and it makes it easy to slip on a lens when a picture-taking opportunity arises. Adding and removing a lens with the case on is as easy as it is without a case. Compared to the company's previous lens-compatible cases, the new OlloCase is a significant improvement and worth a purchase for Olloclip owners who want to be able to use their lens systems with a case.

The OlloCase for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be pre-ordered from the Olloclip website for $29.99. Orders will begin shipping out in June.

Top Rated Comments

hortod1 Avatar
97 months ago
"That's no longer the case..."

Very funny
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KdParker Avatar
96 months ago
Never seen anyone use it ever. Might as well get a real camera if you're that serious about picture quality.

If you are not interested in spending $500+ dollars on a new camera but want to extend the quality of your phone's camera 30 bucks seems like a good deal.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
96 months ago
Cool, got any links to point and shoot cameras that can make phone calls and are constantly connected to LTE?

Why would someone need their camera to make phone calls? My iPhone has that feature and I never use it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
santaliqueur Avatar
97 months ago
With that much overhead associated with this product, a point and shoot is less complicated and comes with features that lead to significant pre-shot control when the prevailing shooting conditions are not within an iPhone's sweet spot.

Cool, got any links to point and shoot cameras that can make phone calls and are constantly connected to LTE?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
moldy lunchbox Avatar
97 months ago
With that much overhead associated with this product, a point and shoot is less complicated and comes with features that lead to significant pre-shot control when the prevailing shooting conditions are not within an iPhone's sweet spot.

I use the fisheye lens to film skateboard videos then upload to Instagram. I've never seen a fisheye that connects to a point and shoot. Even if there is it won't be less complicated when I want to post it online.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JustThinkin' Avatar
96 months ago
Never seen anyone use it ever. Might as well get a real camera if you're that serious about picture quality.
Cameras and Camcorders usually have limited processing power, unless they are very expensive. And that power is usually very application-specific. iPhones now (especially since the 5S) have significant processing power that can be harnessed in all kinds of ways through apps. But naturally they have limited optics.

An Olloclip or similar lens attachment can turn an iPhone into a powerful camera or camcorder for a broad range of applications, including those which need real-time processing and/or connectivity.


The problem with Android alternatives (such as a Samsung Galaxy Camera) is it's hard to get app developers to commit to supporting their special capabilities. The iPhone is such a stable platform (only a few, well-known hardware variations with predictable OS updates) that developers are more likely to code for it. And by 'code for it,' I mean fully take advantage of its capabilities. Then you can extend the hardware yourself with something like an Olloclip, and end up with a more functional device.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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