A glaring problem with the iPhone's camera is its inability to focus closer than ~1 foot away. Some aftermarket solutions help fix this problem such as the iClarifi
by Griffin Technology. This case for the iPhone 3G allows you to slide a little macro lens over the camera to take closeup pictures, and is also handy for scanning barcodes for use with apps like snapr.net.
I've got a 2G iPhone and a limited budget and wanted in on this barcode-scanning fun as well. I googled some things and was inspired by this
, but it wasn't quite what I wanted. I finally came up with the following cheap (free) solution.
What you need:
-a disposable camera. You can get these from most any photo counter, for processing they just crack the film out and will recycle the rest. They'll usually give you a handful of cameras for free if you tell them you're doing a project.
-a flathead screwdriver or something else to pry the camera case open.
-a flexible iPhone case. Not necessary, but you've gotta mount the lens somehow. I got a case for $5 at 5 Below.