June 8, 2018

The $50 PanoClip Turns Your iPhone into a 360 Camera

Give your phone the power of 360-degree photo capture with the PanoClip.

With 360 capture growing ever popular, people are making moves to get their hands on cameras that can accommodate the trend. The only problem with that is these cameras can be a little too expensive for those who are still unsure about whether or not 360 capture is even something they're really into—and yeah, the Rylo and GoPro Fusion are cool, but $500 to $700 is a lot of money to gamble on a curiosity. Though it doesn't currently have video capabilities, this new lens attachment dubbed PanoClip not only turns your iPhone into a 360 camera but it's also super affordable.

The $50 PanoClip slides over the top of your iPhone to instantly let you capture 360° and “tiny planet” images. Its dual-lens system utilizes the two cameras on your iPhone. Once in place, the two super-wide-angle lenses line up with your iPhone's front and rear cameras to capture 360° and “tiny planet” images. Since iPhones can't capture images from both the front and rear camera at the same time, the free PanoClip app does the job by taking images from each, one right after the other, and then stitches them together.

It's certainly an interesting idea that I think a lot of image makers will appreciate, especially with such a small price tag. However, the greatest thing about PanoClip is also the weirdest: it takes advantage of your iPhone cameras' image quality to create 360 images, but that means stitching together images captured at two different resolutions.

And of course, the one humongous thing missing from the app is video capability. I know what you're thinking, "Uh, we're filmmakers. We want video." That's exactly right, we do. We reached out to PanoClip to ask about any potential plans of adding video in the future, and though we're still waiting to hear back, something tells me there's a good chance of that happening given the fact that the app has a "Spin View" feature, which turns your photos into short videos that display the scene in every direction.

PanoClip comes in two flavors, a full and a Lite version, the Lite coming in only one configuration that clips onto your iPhone and can be adjusted to fit whichever version you have. Both are $50 and offer compatibility with the iPhone 6/Plus, 6s/Plus, 7/Plus, 8/Plus and X. An Android version is also in the works.

The PanoClip Lite is sold in a single configuration, which can be adjusted to fit different iPhones. It is compatible with iPhone 6/Plus, iPhone 6s/Plus, iPhone 7/Plus, iPhone 8/Plus, iPhone X.

Check out the PanoClip website to learn more.      

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