Apple’s iPhone consistently offers one of the best camera experiences on the market. But, like many other smartphones out there, how you capture your surroundings is often limited by the glass included in the device. Luckily, accessories such as the Orbit Pro exist, helping to offer users a much more elevated experience. Want to get a super wide view of the Grand Canyon? Simply rotate to the wide angle lens, which by the way doubles as a macro lens, too. Four pro-grade lenses, plus the iPhone’s normal lens, in one handy case.
The Orbit Pro works with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, and attaches to your device like a case. You actually put a rubber case over your device so it doesn’t scratch your phone, and that then goes into the Orbit. The Orbit has a nice look and heft to it, and has a small hump on the opposite end of the lenses, which makes it easier to grip and shoot with. On the lens end, the Orbit Pro has been constructed with a Peripheral Motion Lock Technology, which lets you easily rotate to your preferred lens of choice on the fly. Having all the lenses on is super convenient, and it’s so simple to just switch between wide angle, telephoto and fisheye (my personal favorite).
The really cool thing about the Orbit Pro is that it also offers functionality beyond just the four interchangeable lenses, with three different tripod mounts on the bottom and either side of the unit, giving users greater flexibility when taking pictures. We took the Orbit Pro for a spin around our Irvine office, and enjoyed the experience; it gave us options beyond just simply point and shooting, and livened up the scene a bit more. It’s nice to be able to choose which lens you want to use at any given moment, instead of relying on digital zoom, which is never very good.
It’s worth mentioning that when using wide-angle and fisheye, you do have to zoom in ever so slightly because of vignetting (think of watching a skate video), but that’s just a minor quibble. If you’re the type of person that wants to get more out of their standard smartphone camera, the Orbit Pro is the perfect solution. You might not use it as a daily driver, but it would definitely add a lot of depth on a trip to the mountains or to a big city.
The Orbit Pro is available in silver, black, red, blue, and purple, and retails for $229.99. Certainly not something you’ll buy on a whim at that price, especially when there are alternatives, such as Olloclip’s 4-in-1-lens for $69.99. But if you want an all-in-one solution that also doubles as a case, iZZi’s Orbit Pro should definitely be put up for consideration.