Add Macro mode to your iPhone for under $5

Here’s an inexpensive way to add a macro mode to your iPhone.
iPhone Macro mode
By default, the iPhone’s camera isn’t that great…let alone for macro (closeup) shots. Simply holding a magnifying glass (or plastic) lens in front of the iPhone’s camera will let you get a lot closer (and in focus):

Normal:
Normal mode
Macro:
Macro mode
Normal:
Normal mode
Macro:
Macro mode

The lens I used was popped out of a magnifier I bought for $4…I’m sure you could find a cheaper one if you look around in just about any kind of store (toy, hardware, pharmacy, etc).

Of course this ‘hack’ should work on just about any cameraphone, not just the iPhone.

Have fun!

Update: Looks like Griffin has integrated something like this into a case…very cool!

3 Comments

  1. Gene Blishen says:

    Great tip John. Seems one always has the iPhone handy with the camera feature but it misses so much. Saw you Olympus posts. Compared to the Nikon what do you think? My D300 keeps getting better. I can’t believe the depth of features.

  2. John says:

    Thanks Gene.

    To be fair to Olympus, I didn’t really put it’s camera through the paces I should have – I was having too much fun with the fisheye lens and I knew I’d be giving it all back so didn’t invest that much time digging into it’s featureset which was pretty decent – especially compared to my D40.

  3. Micheal Smith says:

    Nice blog! Keep up the good work I got you bookmarked!

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