In this SHIFTCAM 2.0 review, you will learn what you should take note before spending money on this.
The ShiftCam 2.0 is a phone case for the iPhone 7, 8, 7 and 8 Plus, and X that features a click and slide mechanism to fit 6 different photo lenses on your phone’s camera. It also features a wide angle lens for the front camera for selfies and group photos. They’ve reached a few of their stretch goals, which means that you also get a leather safety hand strap.
Review and Discussion – Should you buy this phone case?
Now, the system looks pretty cool and it seems like a neat idea. But all one has to do is read the specs to find drawbacks. First of all, it says it will fit most smartphones, but not Androids. So, if you have an Android, just don’t buy this. You’ve got a 75/25% chance in favor of it not fitting your phone. Also, even if you have an iPhone, you have no way to carry around the lenses right now. You’ll just have to figure that out on your own.
Not to mention, it doesn’t even fit all versions of the iPhone. If you have an older 4 or 5, it won’t fit either.
On the Campaign page, it clearly states that the lenses work with stabilizers. However, the Pro Lenses won’t work with stabilizers without the use of a counterweight because they’re too heavy. If you have an iPhone 7 and not an X, your ShiftCam 2.0 will actually consist of 4 lenses in 1, not the 6-in-1. The pictures on the Campaign page and in the video, both, feature the Pro Lenses. However, just to get all 5 of them, you have to buy the Full Deluxe Kit, which costs $349.
On the other hand, ShiftCam 2.0 project makes this the 3rd venture by this company. The first two had some major issues. With their first Shiftcam venture, and with their RevolCam, there were major issues with the shipping, fulfillment and with the quality of the products. RevolCam’s project isn’t even done yet and they’ve started the ShiftCam 2.0. A lot of people haven’t even received their RevolCam. The quality of the pictures taken with the ShiftCam and the RevolCam left backers sorely disappointed. And backers are saying that the hard case on the previous versions barely fit their phones.
It could be argued that you can’t base past ventures on this venture. However, one is still active and they aren’t paying attention to their backers’ comments, aren’t fulfilling their products and are having a plethora of issues, all while starting the ShiftCam 2.0 venture. So, there’s not a lot of reason to assume that they would somehow magically not have these same problems with the ShiftCam 2.0. Customers are customers, no matter which product they buy. And if they get bad service with one product, they’re not going to buy another.
This is evidenced by the fact that so many people paid money simply to leave comments warning people away from the ShiftCam 2.0.
Also, shipping is pretty expensive for the ShiftCam 2.0. Why? Basically, because they admit that they screwed up shipping and fulfillment with their previous orders, and they expect you to pay to guarantee better shipping, or even any at all.
Meanwhile, having the camera lens in phone case is not new. There is one highly similar product I found on Amazon by Ztylus, a well-received company dedicates for quality camera lens on phone cases. We definitely recommend you to check out their selection.
Overall, Is it worth it? I don’t think so, personally. But, then again, I don’t have enough disposable income to just throw away on something that may not work, may not ever get delivered to me and may not even fit my phone if it does. We’ll just have to sit back and watch to see what the backers are saying in May to see if they actually get theirs, if they’re getting their refunds as requested, etc. or if this is a repeat of their previous ventures.