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Best Android Lenses of 2020

Smartphone cameras have advanced drastically over the past few years, and what was one a nice gimmick has now become a major purchasing factor. Apple spends millions every other year on massive advertising campaigns to promote the iPhones photography prowess – but that doesn’t change the fact that Android Smartphones have some of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

Despite all the technological advances, Lens Kits for Android Smartphones remain a popular accessory. Wether its a macro lens or a fish eye lens – having an actual lens on your android camera to create funky effects make a drastic difference compared to just using an app to create a similar effect.

We’ve had a look at a whole bunch of Android Macro Lenses, wide angle and fisheye lenses and yes – even telephoto lenses and made a list of the best android lens kits on the market right now.

Before you buy: How to pick the best Android lens kit

If theres one thing worth remembering it’s that not everything is what it seems. DSRLs and Professional DSLR Lenses are expensive for a reason. While the marketing photos for various Android smartphone lens kits might make it seem like you’ll be able to take the same quality photo as with a $3000 telephoto lens, chances are you wont.

Now that doesn’t mean that a macro Android lens or wide angle lens won’t do a good job – in fact they can take great photos – but its just important to have the right expectations.

1) When buying an Android lens kit or attachment, its worth remembering the following points: Telephoto lenses on your smartphone have a high chance of producing terrible photos and videos. Have you ever maxed out the zoom on your smartphone camera and then tried to take a steady photo? It’s nearly impossible right? Well, the same principle applies to telephoto lenses. They are super sensitive to shakes and vibrations. Here’s a pro tip: Use a tripod if you want to take a photo with a telephoto lens attachment.

2) Your image quality won’t improve when using a lens attachment on your smartphone. As you are attaching a lens over the rear camera – the all important lens and sensor combo isn’t being improved upon. What you might see is that the sharpness might have a slight increase in the center of your photo, but the trade off is almost always a drop in sharpness in the corners. Lens attachments also bring with them a whole host of interesting (but not always welcome) issues such as distortion, purple outlines around subjects, and shadowing in the corners of your photo.

3) Theres a very high chance that your smartphone flash will be blocked by a lens attachment, rendering it somewhat useless.

4) Majority of Android lens attachments wont fit on your camera if you’re using a case, so you’ll be forced to take off your Android case every time you want to use your lens kit. The only exception here are dedicated lens kits that come with their own smartphone case.

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Best Android lenses shortlist

Moment 18mm Lens Best Overall Lens

The priciest Android Lens on the list, but also the best
$119.99 AMAZON

Moment Tele 58mm Lens Best Telephoto Lens

Like the Moment 18mm, the 58mm Tele Lens is simply the best quality lens on the market
$119.99 AMAZON

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit Best Clip-On Lens

Great glass optics at an affordable price
$44.99 AMAZON

Erligpowht 11-in-1 Phone Lens Kit Best Variety

11 Lenses for the price of one
$21.99 AMAZON

Camkix Universal 3-in-1 Best Budget Lens

The best pick if you're on a budget
$11.99 AMAZON
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A closer look at the best Android smartphone lenses

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Best Overall Android Lens

Moment 18mm Lens

Moment 18mm Lens

$119.99
Pros:
– Fantastic Quality Glass
– Can be used with Dual Lens Cameras
– Excellent manufacturing quality
Cons:
– Expensive
– Requires an extra Phone case thats not included in the price

Moment makes the best smartphone lenses on the market, no questions asked. They’re so good in fact that they’ve managed to get two entires in our best Android lens list. Good optical glass has its price, and Moments lenses aren’t cheap, but if you can afford it and are serious, the best lens that you can buy for your Android is the Moment 18mm. It delivers crisp and clear photos without any distortion at the edges. As with all Moment lenses, you will need to buy a dedicated Moment Phone Case for around $29

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Best Telephoto Lens

Moment 58mm Lens

Moment 58mm Lens

$119.99
Pros:
– Fantastic Quality Glass
– Can be used with Dual Lens Cameras
– Excellent manufacturing quality
Cons:
– Expensive
– Requires an extra Phone case thats not included in the price

The Moment 58mm Telephoto Lens for the Android shares the same pro and cons as the 18mm version. It has the same fantastic glass and manufacturing quality while giving your phone camera 2x the zoom power while letting you take photos that are sharper than any other telephoto Android lens on the market. Sadly, the price is just as steep as the 18mm version.

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Best Clip-On Android Lens

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit

$44.99
Pros:
– Comes with wide angle and macro lens
– comes with led fill light
Cons:
– Slightly fidgety to place on correctly
– Sensitive to bumps

If you’re not quite ready to drop over $100 for a lens and case from Moment, but still want a quality android lens attachment you cant go wrong with the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit. It slips on easily over your Android Smartphone thanks to its clip, but can be somewhat fidgety to place correctly over the camera lens. It features minor distortions on the edges, but to such a degree that most people will never notice. The kit also includes a 0.45x wide-angle lens, a 15x macro lens and an LED fill light.

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Best for Variety Android Lens Kit

Erligpowht 11-in-1 Phone Lens Kit

Erligpowht 11-in-1 Phone Lens Kit

$21.99
Pros:
– Comes with 11 Lenses
– Comes with carrying case
Cons:
– cheap optics
– Slightly fidgety to use

If you’re looking for an Android Lens Kit that has it all – this is it. The Erligpowht 11-in-1 Phone Lens Kit comes with 11(!) android lens attachments which include: a0.36x Wide Angle lens, a 198-degree Fisheye lens, a 20x Macro lens, and a 2X telephoto lens. You also get a collection of four color filters (orange, red, green, and blue), a CPL filter, a Starburst filter, and a Kaleidoscope lens.

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Best Budget Android Lens Kit

Camkix Universal 3-in-1

Camkix Universal 3-in-1

$11.99
Pros:
– 3 Lenses for under $12
Cons:
– Plastic Lenses
– Slightly fidgety to place on correctly
– Sensitive to bumps

Looking for some cheap Android Cameras lenses to have some fun with? The Camkix Universal 3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit is a great choice. The Android lens kit includes a fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lens which all do a decent job. Of course these lenses aren’t going to perform like their +$100 counterpart – but they’re a fun little kit for a great price.

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FAQ

What is the best Android lens kit?

Our pick for the best Android lens kit is the Moment 18mm Lens. It’s made of high quality Japanese optical glass and aluminium and provides sharp and crisp photos

Is a telephoto lens on Android Smartphone worth it?

Depending on what you are planning on Photographing, a telephoto lens on your Android Smartphone can be an excellent accessory – especially if you want 2x the zoom power.

Do smartphone lenses really work?

Yes – but as with everything in life, the more you pay the more you get. If you pay for a glass lens kit for your smartphone you will get premium results. Cheaper lenses tend to distort, fog and warp images.

Do smartphone lenses improve picture quality?

It all depends on your definition of improve. The image quality of your smartphone wont be enhanced because of an Android Lens kit, but you will get more zoom power, wider angle photos and some nice filter effects if you use a lens on your Android.

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