This past Tuesday evening, we marched into the Apple store in the Columbia Mall and purchased our new iPhone 5s (that's plural iPhones, not the rumored "iPhone 5s"). And yes, I know that Apple will be announcing something new in the phone department in a couple of weeks, but my history with iPhones is to let the be a little mature before I buy one. Anyway ... aside from being an all-around better device than our previous Android-based HTC Thunderbolt phones, the iPhone has a much better camera than the HTC (even my old iPhone 3Gs had a better camera than the HTC). The iPhone 5 camera is so good that I was also tempted to order a set of the olloclip lenses and the olloclip case. The optical and build quality of the olloclip gadgets is really quite impressive. And what could be better than having only a single device to carry around to take and process pictures?
I spent many hours looking at the images on flickr that people created with olloclips on iPhone 5s, and even spoke with an excellent photographer I know who has a set (she said that they're fantastic).
While the pictures are impressive, the cost of the olloclip collection is high -- about U$200.00 at current prices for the 3-in-1 Wide Angle lens, the Telephoto lens, and the special flip case that allows you to put on the lenses without having to take the phone out of the case. For that kind of money, there are a number of good digital cameras available with larger sensors and better primary lenses. And for not a huge amount more, there's the Fujifilm X10 I wrote about earlier.
In the end, I'm just not ready to make a cell phone my primary walkabout camera. I'll continue to work to raise the cash for the Fuji. But I sure was tempted.