If you’re thinking of getting into mobile photography a bit more seriously, then one of the accessories that you need to invest in is a good smartphone camera lens kit. Using the right lens will help you capture more of a scene when you need a wide shot or limit your field-of-view for capturing beautiful portraits. You can even attach a lens to capture extreme close-up details of a subject.
I must emphasize, though, that using an add-on smartphone lens will not improve the picture quality of your phone’s camera. That is dependent on things such as the sensor, the size and number of megapixels, aperture, and others. Add-on lenses can only change the field-of-view of a smartphone camera or increase its magnification for macro photography with a mobile phone.
Below are seven of the best smartphone camera lens kits you can find on the market. These kits have two or more lenses that give you different effects.
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit
The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit that is made up of a 0.45x wide-angle lens and a 15x macro lens. It is a very popular smartphone lens kit, and for good reason-- it’s a quality lens kit that produces great photos and it is compatible with a wide variety of smartphones. Plus, it comes with extra goodies.
The wide-angle lens can capture an extra 45% of the scene whenever you use it. It’s a good quality lens that does not suffer from vignetting (dark edges) as cheap lenses do. It’s made from aluminium and premium optical glass for durability and clarity.
The 15x macro lens works really well for macro photography with a smartphone. With it, you can take extreme close-up shots and capture all the intricate details of small objects in sharp focus. The lenses attach to the smartphone camera via a lens clip that’s strong enough to keep the lens attached to the phone without damaging the device.
The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit also comes with some nice extras. Most notably, included in the kit is a GlowClip LED light that attaches to the phone and provides adjustable continuous lighting.
MACTREM Phone Camera Lens Kit
The MACTREM Phone Camera Lens Kit is a nine-piece collection that’s got quite a lot going on. It can turn your smartphone into a photography powerhouse. It makes it possible for you to capture great photos on your smartphone in a wide variety of environments and scenarios.
The kit includes a 20x telephoto lens, a 205° fisheye lens, a 0.5x wide-angle lens, a 25x macro lens, a universal smartphone lens clip, an eyecup, and a tripod. The universal lens clip makes the MACTREM smartphone lens kit compatible with a lot of smartphones.
Each lens is well-built and made of premium materials. Unlike other plastic lenses, MACTREM lenses have an elegant aluminium alloy housing which allows you to easily rotate the focus ring and fix the focus.
The entire MACTREM smartphone lens kit comes with a travel case, making it easy for you to take the kit with you on your mobile photography adventures.
Criacr (Upgraded Version) Phone Camera Lens
Criacr’s smartphone camera lens kit is an affordable kit that gives decent performance for what it’s worth. It has a fisheye lens, a 15x macro lens, and a 0.6x wide-angle lens.
These lenses are good quality and offer great clarity, so you won’t have issues with vignetting or distortion. They have a special coating that reduces glass flare and ghosting caused bu reflections.
The Criacr lenses are made of high-class glass and covered by a lightweight but strong outer shell. The lenses attach to the phone via a PVC lens clip, which is compatible with a variety of smartphones.
CoPedvic Phone Camera Lenses
The CoPedvic kit of smartphone lenses is perfect for anyone who is interested in exploring mobile photography. The lens kit includes a 22x telephoto lens, fisheye lens, 0.67x wide-angle lens, and a 25x macro lens.
The lenses themselves are a good build. They have solid aerial aluminium alloy housing and a special coating on them to minimize ghosting and flaring.
The CoPedvic phone camera lenses can be used with a wide variety of smartphones, thanks to its adjustable lens clip. The kit also comes with a mini tripod, a phone holder, and a microfibre cloth for cleaning the lenses. There’s also an eyecup that allows you to use the telephoto lens as a monocular.
CamKix Deluxe Universal 5in1 Camera Lens Kit
The CamKix Deluxe Universal 5-in-1 Lens Kit is an affordable smartphone lens kit that can be used for the back or front-facing cameras. The kit consists of a 2x telephoto lens, fisheye lens, macro lens, and a wide-angle lens.
The CamKix lens also comes with a circular polarized lens (CPL) which can filter out reflections from surfaces that should otherwise be see-through such as glass and water. So, with this lens attached, you could shoot through the clear waters of a lake instead of capturing the reflection of the sky on the surface.
The lenses are made from aluminium for durability and easily attach to a smartphone via a universal lens clip.
KODAK 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Set
The KODAK 3-piece kit of smartphone lenses consists of a 100° wide-angle lens, a 15x macro, and a 170° fisheye lens. They are made of metal and plastic and have double-side AR+ coating on all glass elements to avoid unwanted reflections and to improve colours.
The lenses attach to a smartphone’s front or rear cameras using the provided lens clip. You can change them pretty quickly and easily thanks to the screw mechanism used to fasten the lenses to the lens clip.
Godefa Phone Camera Lens Kit
The Godefa smartphone lens kit comprises of many different pieces, which makes it ideal for various situations and for some creative purposes. All in all, there are fourteen pieces in this lens kit which includes a 0.63x wide-angle lens, a 2x telephoto lens, a 198° fisheye lens, and a macro lens.
But that’s not all. The Godefa Phone Camera Lens Kit also comes with some pretty cool filters and lenses. The kit also has a kaleidoscope lens, a radial filter lens, starburst lens, UV filters, and the ever-so-useful CPL filter.
And as if that’s not enough, the Godefa smartphone lens kit also comes with an LED light. The light can attach on to the lens clip and has seven adjustable brightness levels to choose from. It’s great for selfies in low-light conditions.
The solid clip-on lens attachment fits on a wide variety of smartphone models.
Again, attaching an add-on lens to your mobile camera will not improve the quality of its photos, it’ll only change its field-of-view. So, if you want to venture into macro photography using your smartphone or want to take shots wider than what your phone’s camera can capture, then I recommend you use one of the lens kits above.
But if attaching smartphone camera lenses doesn’t improve the quality of the photos, what does? For one, using a smartphone with a good camera certainly makes a huge difference. But the camera is only a tool. If you want to take better pictures with your phone, you need to learn more about your smartphone camera and how to use it in order to get the most out of it despite its limitations.
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