Wed, 25 Feb 2009 Griffin Clarifi review
An iPhone case with a special lens that improves the iPhone's camera
- Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
- Pros: Good for taking pictures with high contrast
- Cons: Expensive for what is still just an iPhone case
- Min specs: Protective polycarbonate case; rubberised coating; built-in close-up lens; compatible with Apple iPhone 3G
- $34 (around £24)
- Around £25 inc VAT from UK e-tailers
- Star rating:
The iPhone trails badly behind other cameraphones when it comes to image capture. While it’s adept at snapping bright, crisp photos that look good on its 4in screen, they don’t compare with even the lowliest of digital camera shots because of their poor resolution. That's where Griffin's Clarifi comes in.
Griffin addresses this problem with its Clarifi snap-on accessory for the iPhone 3G. The shiny black half-case 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.
It may be a one-trick pony, but the Clarifi is great for photographing business cards, and may come in handy if you use the camera on your iPhone a lot.