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Hitcase ‘s OneClip Makes Interchangeable Lenses a Better View on Your Phone

Updated on October 23, 2019

Smartphone or Digital Camera?

Camera use by average people exploded in the....1960’s? It’s true, the advent of the single lens reflex (SLR) that shot 35mm film and took interchangeable lenses allowed anybody who could turn knobs and press a shutter to take excellent quality pictures. The camera wasn’t cheap either — in today’s dollars the average SLR ran about $500.00. And don’t get us started on high-end models from Nikon or Leica! Does this sound familiar with today’s cellphones that are increasingly upgrading their cameras but aren’t exactly reasonably priced? Smartphone cameras are what they are because everybody now has a phone on hand. So that means they have a camera on hand too.

But interchangeable lenses, nope, you get the lens or lenses what has been built and that’s that because the idea of being able to use interchangeable lenses on a smartphone has always been predicted on two factors: a specialized phone case that would fit one’s phone, and lenses that could be attached to that case. Sounds great, unless you’ve a phone that there isn’t one of these specialized cases for. So that’s the beauty of the OnceClip, because it is “universal” in that it grips onto the existing camera (or camera case) so as to allow lenses (also from Hitcase) to be attached. Let’s get specific.

Add Lenses to Your Phone

The OneClip is made from plastic and so isn’t designed to be crushed under your feet. You place it over the lip of the phone/case so that the phone’s lens is against its hole. the only caveat is that there’s a limit to how wide it can do this gripping: the bulk of today’s smartphones or thin smartphone cases won’t have any issues (nor will any Hitcase case, but a bulky waterproofing case most likely won’t go over big. Nor would one of these folding phones look appealing, although using it on a standard type tablet shouldn’t be an issue.

The OneClip does the gripping and will maintain its pressure, which is important once a lens’ weight has been added. The process of putting this onto the phone/case is rapid, but the obvious downside is that you won’t find it as convenient to put the phone in the pocket you’ve been using. Especially if there’s a lens on as well, which is more than likely. But if you’re waiting to put on a lens later on, the OneClip can stay on the phone/case because, once properly lined up, the original lens will continue to operate in its normal fashion. Obviously the weight now added (without lens) is negligible and if a lens added, then barely noticed. It should also be noted that a thin rubber bumper on the OneClip keeps it from scarring/damaging the phone/case that it’s put on (regardless of whether it’s positioned vertically or horizontally).

It’s The Lenses

So it’s the lenses that are the real stars here, because they allow for changing the perspective of what is being seen and so captured (we were about to say “on film” so that does date us for sure). Company makes three TRUELUX lenses available; there is a Wide, a Super wide and a Macro. Each lens radically alters the view that the smartphone can now capture. The Wide provides a wider angle, being 104 degrees diagonal FOV (field of vision) in photo mode and 83.6 degrees diagonal FOV in video mode. The Super Wide ups that with a huge field of view: 160 degrees diagonal FOV in photo mode and 121 degrees diagonal FOV in video mode. The Macro, with its 3X magnification could arguable be called the most useful, although many might think that it’s not. One of the uses of the phone’s camera is for taking pictures of documents or closeups. Granted the Macro takes that more to the extreme, since its range of focus is at 15-25 millimeters, but good luck getting anywhere with the average smartphone’s camera that has a tough time focusing down to 3 feet.

Just as important in all of this is the fact that the lenses, being optical-grade quality glass, ensure that the images caught are not degraded. Nor is there any restriction or stoppage on using any of the phone’s camera software. These lenses are not a “hack” as far as the phone knows, because what it is now “seeing” is perfectly okay.

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