The pictures you can make on the latest smartphones are starting to give regular cameras a run for their money. Combine these advancements with a multi-lens case and you might just be able to leave your regular camera at home.
The team over at Unbox Therapy are back once again with another insightful video showcasing the Shiftcam for iPhone XS and XS Max. In a nutshell, the Shiftcam is a phone case which includes several lenses that can be slid over the top of the smartphone to increase its versatility in the camera department. While I'm sure you've seen this type of lens and case combo before, the slim form factor of it and the resulting images make this worthy of closer inspection.
Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy showcases the various features this travel case has to offer and tests the six different lenses which come with it. On the back of the case, users can take advantage of the 120-degree wide angle lens, 2x telephoto lens, 180-degree fisheye, and lastly, a 10 and 20x macro lens. On the front of the case, there is also a wide angle lens which makes the front-facing camera a little easier for group selfies, etc. What I like about this particular product is how easy you can move through the various lenses by sliding each individual lens into place. The fact everything is built into the case appeals to me, as I'm not a fan of carrying around or attaching extra bits of gear.
Hilsenteger has unboxed and reviewed his fair share of gear over the years and seems impressed by the build quality, price, and features of this case. He also makes an excellent point about how a case like this can help your phone images stand out in the crowd, as the focal lengths won't be the same as every other photographer using their iPhone. Personally, I think anything that can open up your options photographically is worth its weight in gold, especially when something like this won't break the bank or take up much extra space in your pocket or camera bag. Could this case and phone combination replace your regular camera? Maybe. With the extra versatility the Shiftcam case brings, you may find yourself using your main camera in some situations much less in the future.