I am a university instructor and plan to order these for my whole class. However, my hope was for them to be able to attach it to their phones, and I worry that many/most may have phones with this problem. So I was wondering
1) Is there any way to know which phones will have this problem (I have a Google Pixel 3 and I see that the poster had a newer iPhone.. but I attached it to my older iPhone SE with no problem).
2) Is there any way at this point to order the lenses mounted the opposite way to address this issue?
I have a Pixel 2 XL (not a particularly new phone) and have the same problem. Attaching my phone to the magnets creates a huge and really worrisome “wobble” distortion in the camera. I can even hear the camera buzzing and struggling.
The magnets in the Foldscope are pretty strong and even flipping them over, like in the post you linked to, still creates a wobble, which makes me nervous.
I don’t want to ruin my nice phone just to use a Foldscope, so I’ll have to use some other alternative. Some old, junky phone, I guess. Maybe I’ll try a webcam.
I think as phone cameras get more and more complex, using magnets will be more of a problem.
Hi–Team Foldscope here! We’re sorry to hear that you’re having issues with your phone camera shaking. Another fix can sometimes be stacking two couplers on top of one another. Let us know if this still doesn’t resolve it! Pixels can be especially tricky with the camera-shaking issue.