iPro Lens System for iPhone 4/4S Review

The iPro Lens System turns your iPhone 4 and 4S into a video and picture taking machine that you can take anywhere. The system is made up of a special protective case that allows you to easily attach lens to enhance the quality of the iPhone. The case also doubles as a universal tripod mount and screws onto a comfortable handle to film much more stable videos.

All the components of the iPro Lens System are designed to work together. Each lens uses a bayonet mount to securely fasten onto the iPhone case. The iPhone case gives you the two options of attaching the handle on the left or right side of the iPhone. The handle itself safely stores your lenses and enables you to attach your iPhone to any tripod.

The $199 system comes with the case, handle, wide-angle lens, and fisheye lens. The optional 2X telephoto lens (which I didn’t get) cost $105 extra. This makes iPro Lens System among the most expensive iPhone camera accessories out there. Its competition includes the mCam (formerly Owle Bubo) and the Olloclip.

What sets the iPro apart are the lens. They are much higher quality than the competition. Instead of a plastic lens housing, the iPro lenses have a metal housing. The lenses were designed and developed by Schneider Optics, a company that provides professional quality lenses and filters.

The wide-angle lens provides a 35% wider field of view with minimal distortion and edge-to-edge sharpness. The fisheye lens increases field of view to 165 degrees, making every shot both panoramic and dramatic. While the fisheye distorts in all the right ways, there is a noticeable loss of sharpness on the outer edges. When using the fisheye lens on videos, the edges can look downright fuzzy. This could be good or bad, depending on the type of videos you’re shooting.

Overall, the iPro Lens System is my favorite iPhone camera system. It offers the stability of the mCAM without the bulk and added weight. It’s as versatile as the Ollocip and just as easy to carry around. At $199 ($304 with 2X Tele Lens), the iPhone Lens System is not cheap. However, for the iPhone user who wants to turn his iPhone into the ultimate portable photo/video setup, the iPro is the system to get.

Stock iPhone Lens

iPro Wide-Angle Lens

iPro Fisheye


10 thoughts on “iPro Lens System for iPhone 4/4S Review”

  1. Guram says:

    Hi John,
    It is nice lens, but audio is not so good, do you know why?

    thanks.

    1. John Chow says:

      The kit doesn’t improve audio. It’s a lens kit. The audio is from the iPhone. I do have a Rode Videomic Pro that I use but it wasn’t connected at the time I was filming.

  2. Ryan Cruz says:

    That’s a very cool addition to the Iphone.

    But at $199, it’s a little bit pricey don’t you think.

    The fisheye also looks like it has a lot of cropping on the edges. Maybe it’s the vignetting effect.

    I would admit that the quality of the lens is great.

    1. John Chow says:

      $199 does seem like a high price, but when you compare it to the competition, it’s actually not that bad. The mCAM/Owle cost $169.95 and only comes with a wide-angle lens. Adding high quality fisheye lens would surely make cost more than the iPro. The Ollocip cost $79.95 but has no protective case or handle to store the lenses.

  3. This is another great find for all those iPhone 4/4s users. Thanks! Now you can do more with your iPhone instead of carrying another camera.

  4. Abhik says:

    What!! At $199, it surely is overpriced.
    I’d bet on a Nokia 808 pureview, if I want to take pictures and videos on my mobile.

  5. faisal says:

    Just buy a better camera for $400 ;p

  6. TylerIngram says:

    Neat effect, but quality and distortion around the sides where the wide-angle takes over is kinda (to me) not worth it. I’d probably only use the fisheye lens.

    How come no sample of the 2x telephoto? One thing that has always bugged me about the iPhone (yes, it’s not a digicam etc) is the focal length sucks lol. can’t remember what it is, but it is less than 50mm anyway.

    1. John Chow says:

      They didn’t send me the telephoto! I would have loved to try it out too!

  7. Daniel says:

    Little bit pricey but quality is perfect! Would be good to have one of these little gadgets for traveling purposes.

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