A friend of mine asked me the other day what I thought about add-on camera lenses for the iPhone. I told him the Olloclip was pretty popular, but I hadn’t ever owned any myself so I probably wasn’t the best person to ask.

You see, I’ve never really seen the point to these clip-on lenses. They just never seem to improve picture quality enough to justify the cost and hassle. But this new HiLO Lens might actually be worth taking a look at…

The HiLO is an angled, innovative camera lens for your iPhone. It fits over the handset’s rear iSight lens, and attaches via a sticky pad. Don’t worry, it won’t leave residue on your device and can be cleaned with soap and water.

The casing of the lens is made from machined aluminum, and inside you’ll find custom designed optics, made with three lenses and a prism. This essentially gives you a pariscope-like setup, so you can take angled photos.

If you’re interested in the HiLO, you might consider heading over to its Kickstarter page and backing the project. With 14 days left, they’re at $21,000 of their $27,500 goal. A $60 pledge scores you an early version of the lens.

The team says the HiLO will start shipping in February of next year, and will be compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. It’s an interesting product, for sure, and will make a nice addition to any iPhoneographer’s lens kit.

What do you think of the HiLO? Cool idea, or expensive novelty?

  • twited21

    Great something else I won’t buy
    I love kick starter ideas and innovations some people have amazing ideas
    But this isn’t something I would buy seems a bit useless
    And something that would get lost easily

    • jose castro

      i guess it could work if you wanted to be 007

  • I think it will be cooler if you could adjust the angle you want.

  • 1337lolzorz

    I would definitely consider an add-on lens for my iPhone if I saw it in store!

  • elemenohpee

    I like the idea but I really don’t see myself using it that often. Taking photos with my iPhone is a spur of the moment thing and I don’t want to go fishing around for an add-on. If purchased I could see this easily forgotten at home, and eventually forgotten all together after a little while.

    And I’m sorry but $60!! Anyone else think that’s a bit overpriced?

  • Sure seems handy.

  • Thanks for a great article. Already two backers came from this page!! @wahaha you can adjust the angle by repositioning the lens. @twited21 certainly not for everyone but swivel/rotating screens are very popular for digital cameras and HiLO Lens can offer a similar flexibility. @elemenhpee the optics are custom designed and made – it is expensive to make good optics. @1337lolzorz you will see it if enough people get behind the project on Kickstarter, please spread the word.