On Test - The Best iPhone Lenses
A whole sub-industry of gadgets, gizmos and cases is out there, and the number is growing all the time. Some just offer some extra shooting options (usually with at least one version of a wide-angle lens), whilst others can be mounted on your helmet, or even your board – all the while being sheltered from the elements by protective cases. So if you’re looking for something to help you shoot better pictures and video when riding, but can’t splurge on an action camera or DLSR, one of these might be worth looking at.
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Available for: iPhone 4/4S/5/5S/5C/6
This one is used by a hefty roster of pros including Jed Anderson and Scott Stevens.. It’s a serious fisheye, and so is ideal for followcams and close-up stills – if not much else. You do need to download an app to get the best results when filming, but it’s free.
Olloclip - #Selfie *Best On Test*
Available for: iPhone 5/5S
The name’s a bit of a giveaway – this one can spruce up both front and rear cameras to give you a fisheye effect on one side and a wide-angle on the other. The latter can also be unscrewed to reveal a mega-zoom macro lens – not much use for snowboarding, but still cool.
Hit Case - Pro+
Available for: iPhone 5/5C/5S
This is shockproof, waterproof to ten metres, comes with two different lenses (flat and wide-angle) and a retractable pole. There are plenty of other accessories available too, especially as it’s compatible with all things GoPro. The protective case does make it pretty chunky though, and using the phone’s touchscreen becomes trickier.
Mophie - Outride
Available for: iPhone 4/4S
This case will keep your camera in one piece, and is waterproof to five metres. You have to cue up the camera app before you use this, though, as you’re limited to stop/start once you’re phone is in the case. It’s not compatible with GoPro mounts, but comes with plenty of its own.