Tue, 03 Feb 2009 Griffin Clarifi review
Protective case with built-in close-up lens for iPhone 3G
- Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
- Pros: Stylish, well-built, helps improves quality of Apple iPhone images.
- Cons: You need good light and a steady hand to get the best out of Griffin Clarifi, doesn't fully resolve iPhone's image shortcomings.
- Min specs: Protective polycarbonate case; rubberised coating; built-in close-up lens; compatible with Apple iPhone 3G.
- Price: £24
- Star rating:
Cameraphones may have come on in leaps and bounds, routinely packing 5Mp or even 8Mp sensors, but the Apple iPhone trails badly behind in the image-capture stakes.
While it's adept at snapping bright, crisp photos that look good on its 4-inch screen, they don't compare with even the lowliest of digital camera shots because of their poor resolution.
Even importing iPhone photos from my recent Arizona jaunt to iPhoto showed up the device's shortcomings. Its 2Mp images were pixellated and edges jagged - it just doesn't capture enough detail.
Griffin addresses this problem with its Griffin Clarifi snap-on accessory for the iPhone 3G.
The Griffin Clarifi is a shiny black half-case that has a magnifying lens for use with close-up shots.
This slides across the iPhone's camera lens when you want to capture a subject in more detail, rather than the whole image appearing flat and closer objects blending in to their surroundings.
Of course, this works best when you've got plenty of contrast between subject and background, good light, a steady hand - there's no getting away from the awkwardness of holding aloft your iPhone handset, using its screen to compose the shot and then pressing an onscreen camera icon to trigger the shutter.
It's also worth noting that while the Griffin Clarifi lens can bring out hitherto uncapturable detail on close-to objects, it can do nothing to improve the overall lack of detail caused by the iPhone's limited megapixel rating.
Sat, 07 Feb 2009Reviewed by: phil.townrow
Duration of ownership: 3 months
Strengths: This is a great protective cover which has the added bonus of a close up lens/ lens cover
Weaknesses: In use, the lens cover is a dust magnet if you keep your phone loose in your pocket like I do.
Overall Evaluation: The lens works exactly as advertised. As long as you have a lens cleaner to hand it is fine. The obvious week link in the chain is the rubbish camera in the iPhone.