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Tuning your built in camera


There are three options on the market right now that till allow you to ‘tune’ your iPhone camera via add on lenses. This is the review of one that is a snug protective case from Griffin that has a lens allowing the iPhone to take close up picture clearly.


Your first reaction may be that you don’t ‘need’ to take close up pictures. But, you may want to take a closer look at how your using your camera now. 


For group shots or pictures of landscape, all is good. Try to take a picture of a piece of paper or a scratch on your car and you get a slightly out-of-focus usable-ish picture.

The Griffin ‘Clarifi‘ is a two piece black case that fits very tightly to the iPhone, that allows access to all the buttons and connections you normally will need. The product comes with a self stick (easy to remove if needed, leaving no sticky behind) screen protector as well.


Over the iPhone camera lens is a slider that has a close up lens in it. You slide the small door open to use the camera as you normally would. When the time comes to get a clean image of a fine detail object you slide the lens ‘closed’ over the built in camera lens.

Here is two images taken close up – first is the standard lens and the second is with the Clarifi lens.


 – This lens might prove to be just the thing needed for bar code apps. Currently, the iPhone can not take a clean enough picture of a standard product bar code for applications to use. With this enhancement, we may see more apps giving us the ability to snap a pic of a bar code that will then feed to a service to give us more information like where to the buy that item for less.


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