Camera hardware and technology in smartphones has taken huge leaps in the past few years. More and more megapixels are being squeezed in, along with new features like dual rear camera sets, AI-based software improvements, and even physical aperture shutters.
However, phone cameras can’t do everything well, which is why there is also a growing market for mobile camera lens add ons. They can offer owners better telephoto, wide-angle and macro pictures, and even 360 degree images and movies. If you are an Android phone owner, here are some of the best mobile camera lens add-ons you can buy.
Jopree 4-in-1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Package
If you are looking for an afforable way to add new features to your Android camera, you might want to take a look at the Jopree 4-in-1 package. It offers, as the name indicates, four different interchangable lenses for your mobile image and video needs. One is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Another lens takes 120 degree wide angle pictures. The fish eye lens lets owners take rounded images with 180 degree views. Finally, the 20x macro lens will give owners a way to take extreme close ups of their subjects.
All of the lenses are made from professional optical glass and aviation aluminum, with a 5+5 coating that helps to cut down glare, reflection and ghosting in pictures. The package comes with two different clips to attach the lenses to your phone; one for single rear smartphone camera and the other for the new dual rear camera setups. It also comes with an affordable price on Amazon for $49.99.
Ansteker 4-in-1 Cell Phone Camera Package
If the Jopree product is not for you, the Ansteker 4-in-1 lens package might be to your liking. Like the Jopree, it also has four add-on camera lenses, but they have some improvements. The Ansteker telephoto lens offers 3x optical zoom features. The fisheye lens lets you take rounded pictures at up to 238 degrees. The macro lens is a bit lower with 10x zoom features, however.
The add-on clip for the lenses should fit most smartphones. It is a bit more expensive, with the Ansteker package selling normally for $99.99, although there are discounts that can cut down that price to $88.
Aukey Optic Pro Camera Lens
If you only want a lens for taking wide angle images, the Aukey Optic Pro Camera Lens should be the perfect choice. It can take landscape images with up to 238 degrees of view. It can clip onto both the rear and front-facing cameras, and for the latter it’s perfect for taking selfies and keeping a large group in the frame.
Best of all, the Aukey lens is highly affordable at just $25.99, which should make it an easy choice for anyone who wants to take pictures of the wide open spaces, or if you want to just take the perfect selfie image.
Insta360 ONE 360 degree camera
If you want to take full 360 degree images or movies, this makes your phone able to do it. The Insta360 ONE can take 24MP static photos or full 4K video clips in 360 degrees. The camera comes in two versions for Android phones; one connects to phones with the older MicroUSB ports, and the other uses the more recent USB-C port.
The camera also connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, in case you want to use it on its own away from the smartphone. It also supports live streaming of videos, and if you want to take a selfie with the camera, it will automatically get rid of any selfie sticks you might be holding onto. The Insta360 ONE is not cheap. You can get it on Amazon for $299.
If you own one of Motorola’s Moto Z phones, you can take advantage of the Moto Mods camera accessories that attach to the back of those phones.
The Hasselblad True Zoom Camera mod offers 10x optical zoom, OIS for photos, EIS for video, two microphones, a Xenon flash, and much more. It’s available on Amazon for $150.
Another Moto Z Moto Mod for camera fans is the 360-degree camera add-on. It can take 360-degree images and video with its two 13MP cameras. It supports taking 4K 360-degree videos at 24fps. It can also take 150-degree videos and images that will be perfect for extra-wide selfies. It’s available on Amazon for $149.
Finally, this Polaroid Moto Mod not only lets you take pictures, but prints them out on the back of your phone, just like the old fashioned Polaroid cameras. You can snap it up for $150.
Mobile camera lenses – Conclusion
If you want to take better photos, or even 360-degree images, with your phone, you should be able to make that happen with one or more of these mobile camera lens add-ons. Are there any others you think we should add to this list? Let us know your picks in the comments!