Although many top smartphones nowadays can take great pictures, they’re still limited by the optics. This is especially true when you want to obtain a narrow depth of field with an attractive bokeh. Fortunately, there are external lenses out there that you can attach to your smartphone, and improve your mobile photographs.
These lenses are oftentimes sold as a set, usually including a wide-angle and macro lens. Fisheye, telephoto and polarizer lenses are also available.
So, here are our recommendations for attachment lenses for Android cell phones in 2018.
Best Add-on Lens For Android Smartphone:
Xenvo Camera Lens Kit Pro
- Key features:
- includes two lenses: 0.45x wide-angle and 15x macro
- well-built aluminum case and premium optical glass elements
- anti-reflective coating, to minimize lens flares and other artifacts
- mounts with a clip – works with most phones and cases
- includes a small LED fill light
Amir 3-in-1 Lens Kit
- Key features:
- includes three lenses: 0.4x wide-angle, 10x macro and 180 degree fisheye
- cheaper than our top choice
- high-quality glass elements
- compatible with most phones – uses a clip
- best-seller on Amazon
Moment Wide Lens (version 2)
The Moment wide-angle model might actually have a slight quality advantage over the wide-angle lens in the Xenvo Camera Lens Kit Pro. However, considering the big price difference, we recommend purchasing the Xenvo lenses.
Moment makes some of the most expensive mobile lenses on the market. However the brand enjoys a very good reputation. At the beginning of 2018, the company generated a lot of excitement with its Kickstarter campaign for an anamorphic mobile lens. The campaign raised over $1.5 million (and counting), surpassing its original funding target of $50 thousand in less than an hour!
Therefore, the title of the Most Anticipated Lens goes to:
Moment Anamorphic Lens
Here is Moment’s pitch video from their Kickstarter campaign
You can pre-order the anamorphic lens on the Moment store
To use Moment lenses, you need to mount them on a Moment case. The cases are available for Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones (and iPhone, of course).
As you might have noticed, we do not recommend any telephoto lens. Unfortunately, no telephoto lens exists today that creates a bokeh and a narrow depth of field that you typically see in portraits photographed with DSLR and DSLM cameras. The only benefit you get with the current mobile telephotos is a closer shot (i.e. they act as teleconverters). However, you can often achieve the same look by getting closer to your subject and/or digitally zooming in.