Extend your iPhone 3G camera using Griffin Clarifi

One of the more common complaints about the Apple iPhone is that the 2.0-megapixel camera on it isn't that great. There aren't a lot of camera settings, there's no auto-focus, and not much image editing in general. You can get third-party image editors via the App Store, but you can't fix the lens hardware itself.

Or can you? Enter the Griffin Clarifi, an ingenious protective case for the iPhone with a built-in close-up lens. At the face of it, it looks like a normal black polycarbonate case for the iPhone. But on the back is a sliding close-up lens that you can slide over the iPhone's camera for a better close-up shot. Simply slide it back out if you would rather take a wider shot.

Clarifi is no ordinary polycarbonate case.

That's because, when the details matter, Clarifi's built-in lens gives your iPhone a boost in camera resolution.

Slide the Clarifi lens into place over the built-in lens of your iPhone. Your macro and close-up shots are instantly finer in detail, more accurate in color. With Clarifi's lens, your iPhone can image an entire business card with astounding clarity. Slide the lens aside for normal photography. WIthout Clarifi, iPhone requires about 18 inches to focus properly. Slide Clarifi's lens into place and you can move in to 4 inches for crisp detail and great pictures.

And, of course, Clarifi is also a super-protective case, constructed of durable polycarbonate, with cutaways for access to power switch, headphone jack, volume controls, and dock connector. For use with Apple Universal Dock wells, Clarifi features Griffin's trademark EasyDock™ design: the bottom third of the case slides down and off to fit in standard dock wells.

  • Protective polycarbonate case.
  • Close-up lens focuses close for incredible detail; perfect for capturing business cards, document text.
  • Lens slides in place for close-ups, then back for normal photography.
  • No adapters or small pieces to lose; the lens is built in.

Product Compatibility: iPhone 3G (8GB & 16GB)

Extend your iPhone 3G Camera possibilities even more with these cool apps from the Apple app store

Check out Snappr.net app for iPhone. Snappr is an awesome iPhone app you can use in conjunction with your Clarifi. It scans barcodes in stores to find you the best prices.

Check out Amazon.com app for iPhone. Amazon.com is an awesome iPhone app you can use in conjunction with your Clarifi. It scans pictures in stores to find you the best prices on Amazon.com website.

Check out Evernote app for iPhone. Evernote is the best solution to capture, sync and find information from your Clarifi photos. Use Clarifi's incredible close-up lens to snap a photo of a business card, sync the business card image to your Evernote notebook, and easily locate it later using their awesome recognition technology.

Have a look at the video about Griffin Clarifi in action on the iPhone!


Nicole Lee, from CNET got the chance to play around with the Clarifi for several weeks, and he is what she said in her post..
"we're overall very impressed. The case itself is nice and sturdy--it's a black polycarbonate case that fits the iPhone 3G like a glove (Only iPhone 3G compatible though--older iPhones are out of luck). Griffin even supplies a protective film/screen protector that you can slap on the iPhone's display. We found it hard to apply the screen protector without any air bubbles and dust, so make sure you clean the display thoroughly before applying it.

As for the sliding close-up lens, it works like an absolute charm. We tested it out on business cards, print documents, and everyday objects, and as you can see in our little slide show gallery, the Griffin Clarifi works as promised. Blurry text becomes legible, and fuzzy objects turn sharp. The image quality itself probably still needs some color adjustment, but for sheer clarity on macro shots, the Griffin Clarifi delivers.

We can see how this is very useful beyond snapping nicer photos. As we said earlier, using the Clarifi to capture business cards means you may never have to forget a contact. And with note-organizing applications like Evernote, it's easy to find your contact with Evernote's text recognition abilities. There's also a third-party application called
Snappr, that lets you scan barcodes for cost-comparison. Without the Clarifi, it's almost impossible to scan the barcodes because the iPhone doesn't have macro focus. With the Clarifi, it can be done.

Perhaps my only complaints are my aforementioned problems with the screen protector, and that it's only available in black. The Griffin Clarifi is available for $34.99 and would probably make a great gift if you know someone who likes taking photos with his iPhone 3G."

(Credit: Nicole Lee/CNET)

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