The team at Olloclip has taken
the wraps off of their newest product, a case for the iPhone 4/4S
and iPhone 5 called the Quick-Flip Case
(US$49.99) that works with the Olloclip 3-in-one lenses to
produce a lightweight solution for all-purpose iPhoneography. Let's
take a look!
At first glance, this doesn't look like much of a case. It's
made out of a smoked translucent black or opaque white polyurethane
material and looks like any of a thousand other slip-on hard cases
for iPhone. But then the little features start to appear and you
realize how the Quick-Flip case can be used to assist in taking
photos with your iPhone.
By itself, the case has a pivoting corner that rotates 180° out
of the way so that you can install your Olloclip lenses. That
pivoting piece also has a second function -- it presses up against
the volume up button on the side of your iPhone so that you can
just squeeze the button slowly to take a photo. No more need to tap
that virtual shutter button on the screen.
The real fun comes when you attach the included Pro-Photo
Adapter. It slides onto the bottom of the iPhone and includes a
pair of threaded tripod mount points as well as a cold shoe mount
for other accessories like video lights or microphones.
In case you happen to own a 5th-generation iPod touch, there's a
special adapter that's included with the iPhone 5 case to make it
compatible with the "non-phone iPhone."
For Olloclip-toting iPhone owners, the Quick-Flip Case should be
a no-brainer if you take a ton of photos. Your iPhone remains
fairly well protected in the case, and with a quick flick of the
top the bare shoulder of the phone is exposed so you can slide on
Using the rotated corner piece as a trigger button for taking
photos is pure genius. Rather than holding onto the iPhone with one
hand and swatting at the display to take a photo, you can use both
hands to keep the iPhone steady while gently squeezing the button.
It's sure to reduce blur in your photos, especially under low-light
I was happy to see that Olloclip uses metal inserts for the
tripod mounts as that will add to the usable life of the Quick-Flip
case -- provided Apple keeps a similar size for the next-generation
iPhone. The cold shoe is also a nice touch for adding goodies that
can make the difference between dull, underlit video and properly
illuminated personal movies.
While it's a bit pricey for an iPhone case, the Olloclip
Quick-Flip Case and Pro-Photo Adapter -- along with the Olloclip
lenses (purchases separately) -- make for an incredibly useful set
of accessories for anyone who takes a lot of photos with their
- Quick-Flip Case makes it easy to protect your iPhone while also
facilitating the installation of the Olloclip 3-in-one lens
- The design of the case makes it possible to hold the iPhone
with both hands while shooting pictures, helping to steady your
- Mounting the case on a tripod in either landscape or portrait
mode is a piece of cake with the two threaded tripod mounts
- Cold-shoe mount works well for adding small LED light bars or
- The case itself is nothing spectacular in terms of looks or
Who is it for?
- Dedicated iPhoneographers who want use their devices to get the
best possible photographs and need the steadiness of a tripod mount
at a moment's notice
Olloclip Quick-Flip Case and Pro-Photo Adapter add protection,
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