Best iPhone Camera Lens In 2019 | Top Wide, Macro, And Telephoto Lenses

Do you wish you could get more out of your iPhone camera? Then we recommend getting an add-on iPhone camera lens to take your mobile photography to the next level.

Can the iPhone take wide-angle photos?

Yes – with an add-on lens!

Try a telephoto, macro, wide-angle, fisheye or even a 360 lens for a whole new level of iPhonography.

Good quality lenses do come at a price, but there are budget options out there too.

Here is a list of our top 10 recommended iPhone lenses and lens kits for 2019.

A photo of examples of Amir wide angle, fisheye and macro lens iPhone camera lens photography
Adding an external lens to your iPhone allows you to extend its functions and capture otherwise impossible shots.

1. Moment Wide Lens

A front shot of the Moment Wide iPhone camera lens
The Moment Wide Lens is a high-quality add-on for your iPhone camera lens.

LENS TYPE: Wide-angle – 18mm / 0.63x magnification

ATTACHMENT: Moment phone case needed as no standalone lens mounting solution.

COMPATIBILITY: iPhone 6 and above.

Moment claims their Wide Lens is the best iPhone camera lens in the world. And it’s hard to argue with them.

It’s a handmade premium lens that won’t disappoint. And although it’s wide-angle, it features impressive distortion correction, to ensure you get top quality razor sharp edge-to-edge images.

Get twice as much in a scene with the Moment Wide Lens. It’s the perfect lens for landscape photography – you can capture more of the scene. Similarly, shoot more of building exteriors and interiors in your architectural photography. You’ll also be able to fit more people into group photos.

Photos of a mountain range taken with and without the Moment Wide iphone Lens
The Moment Wide iPhone Lens is great for capturing more of the scene in landscape photography.

The lens is also great for travel photography thanks to its portability and ease of attachment.

You’ll need one of the Moment cases to attach it to your iPhone, which is sold separately. The lens attaches easily and securely with either the Moment Photo Case or the Moment Battery Case.

A photo of the Moment Photo Case and Moment Battery Cases on mobile phones with Moment Wide Lens attached
You’ll need either the Moment Photo Case or Moment Battery Case to attach the Moment Wide Lens to your iPhone.

2. Sandmarc Pro Edition Lens Kit

A photo of the Sandmarc Pro Edition iPhone camera lens kit
The Sandmarc Pro Edition kit is a great iPhone camera lens starter kit.

LENS TYPE :

  1. Telephoto (60mm / 2x)
  2. Wide (16mm / 0.56x)
  3. Fisheye (10mm / 0.2x)
  4. Macro 25mm / 10x)

ATTACHMENT: Sandmarc case or Sandmarc clip-on mount.

COMPATIBILITY: iPhone 7 and above.

The Sandmarc Pro Edition is a premium quality kit that produces high-quality images. It’s a great starter kit as you get a range of lenses in a single purchase. The pack contains telephoto, wide, macro and fisheye lenses. Attach the lenses using either the Sandmarc case or a clip-on mount – both are included in the kit. The kit also includes handy lens caps and pouches, to help keep the lenses clean and scratch-free. Furthermore, the lenses are also filter-compatible, which can be purchased separately.

Are you serious about your iPhone photography and want professional quality images? If so this is the perfect lens set for all genres of photography.


3. Olloclip Multi-Device Essential Lens Kit

A photo of the Olloclip Muti-Device Essential Lens Kit
The Olloclip Multi-Device essential lens kit easily attaches to multiple iPhone models.

LENS TYPE:

  • Fisheye – 180° spherical effect.
  • Super-wide.
  • Macro – 15x.

ATTACHMENT: Clip mount.

COMPATIBILITY: iPhone 5 and up.

So what is an Olloclip? Quite simply, it’s the most widely known range of add-on lenses for iPhones. You’ll hear people talk about their Olloclip rather than their add-on lens.

There are plenty of Olloclip lenses on offer but the multi-device essential kit is a great choice. It includes fisheye, super-wide and macro lenses. This lens set is a great choice for all types of photography, whether you want to add some creativity to your shots with the fisheye and macro lenses, or you want to get more into your image with the wide-angle option.

A photo looking down a spiral staircase, taken with the Olloclip Super-Wide iPhone camera lens
The Super-Wide Olloclip lens enables you to get great shots of small spaces.

Plus, unlike other iPhone model specific lenses, you’ll be able to continue using this set if you upgrade your phone to a different brand.

You’ll also benefit from an active community that will give you plenty of inspiration: check out user pages showcasing the best Olloclip shots for inspiration. You can even submit your own Olloclip photos for inclusion.


4. Amir iPhone Camera Lens Kit

A photo of Amir fish eye, super wide and macro iPhone camera lenses
The Amir add-on lens set is a great budget option.

LENS TYPE:

  • Wide – 0.4x
  • Fisheye -180°.
  • Macro – 10x.

ATTACHMENT: Clip mount.

COMPATIBILITY: All models of the iPhone.

This lens set is incredibly cheap at less than $15. And you get a lot for your money – super-wide, fisheye and macro lenses.

But what sort of quality can you expect at this price? The answer is surprisingly sharp images.

However, these lenses are susceptible to more lens flare and perhaps a shift in the color palette, which you don’t get with premium lenses.

The clip-on attachment makes it easy to get the lenses on and off your iPhone. Note the clip tends to work better if you don’t have a case on your mobile. You’ll also need to make sure the lens is centered over your iPhone camera lens to get the best possible photos.

Are you keen to try add-on lenses for your iPhone but don’t want to spend a fortune? Well this kit, suitable for all types of photography, is your answer.

A photo of examples of Amir wide angle, fisheye and macro lens iPhone camera lens photography
The Amir lenses offer impressive results on a budget.

5. Moment Tele 58mm iPhone Camera Lens

A photo of a side view of the Moment Tele 58mm lens
The Moment Tele 58mm lens is perfect for portrait and landscape photography.

LENS TYPE: Telephoto – 58mm/magnification 2x.

ATTACHMENT: Moment phone case needed as no standalone lens mounting solution.

COMPATIBILITY: iPhone 6 and above.

This Tele 58mm lens is another fantastic lens from an award-winning company Moment. It’s a high-quality piece of kit that gives impressive results. It is great for bringing faraway subjects closer in landscape photography. Moreover, the minimal distortion makes this lens a must-have for portrait photography.

Images of a desert scene - one taken on an iPhone with no lens, and one taken with the Moment Tele 58mm lens
Use the Moment Tele 58mm Lens to bring far away objects closer.

As with the Moment Wide Lens, you’ll need a Moment case to attach the lens. But the same case fits both lenses, so if you already have one, investing in a second lens is less costly.

The lenses are compatible with phone upgrades too: simply buy a new case and continue to use the lenses.

Be sure to download the Moment camera app to get even more out of this lens. It gives your iPhone camera the control and features of a DSLR for just $5.99.


6. Apexel Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

A photo of the Apexel Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
This lens kit from Apexel is a comprehensive budget iPhone lens option.

LENS TYPE:

  • Telephoto – 16x.
  • Wide – 0.63x.
  • Macro – 15x.
  • Fisheye 198°.

ATTACHMENT: Clip mount.

COMPATIBILITY: All models of The iPhone.

The Apexel Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit has plenty of fun features and includes everything you’ll need to take your iPhone photography to the next level.

There are four lenses: wide, telephoto zoom, fisheye, and macro. You’ll also get six kaleidoscope lenses, a circular polarizer/linear (CPL) filter lens, a mini tripod, and a remote Bluetooth camera shutter. That’s an awful lot for less than $30!

This kit is the one for you if you want to create fun and creative iPhone shots. Create unique effects on images with the kaleidoscope filters, and the fisheye lens is one of the widest ones available on the iPhone.

A photo of examples of CPL and kaleidoscope lenses in the Apexel Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
You can create unique effects with the CPL and kaleidoscope lenses included in this kit.

Just make sure you attach the lens to the main lens if your iPhone has two rear camera lenses.

There’s also a very handy storage pouch, which protects your kit and also makes it portable.


7. DxO One Digital Connected Camera

A side view image of the DxO One lens
The DxO One gives your iPhone the features of a professional camera.

LENS TYPE: Entire camera.

ATTACHMENT: Lightning port.

COMPATIBILITY: iPhone 5 and above.

The DxO One Digital Connected Camera is an iPhone camera upgrade which works independently from your iPhone camera lens. Connect it via your phone’s lightning port and your iPhone screen becomes the viewfinder.

The DxO One is essentially a miniaturized professional camera. It boasts the World’s smallest, most powerful 1-inch sensor. You’re guaranteed much brighter and sharper photos in low light conditions, compared to shots taken purely with the iPhone’s built-in camera.

A photo of the DxO lens attached the lightning port of an iPhone
The DxO attaches to the lightning port of your iPhone.

Furthermore, the DxO One is great for shots from unusual perspectives: swivel it by up to 60 degrees in either direction to easily capture shots from challenging angles.

You’ll love the DxO One if you crave more control of your iPhone camera settings. The free companion app gives you full control with manual shooting modes.

The DxO one is a great choice if you want all the benefits of a pro camera, but none of the hassle of carrying one around.

A photo of the DxO camera lens and app working on an iPhone
Use the DxO One app to get full manual control with your iPhone photography.

8. Bitplay Add-on Lenses

A photo of a Bitplay lens attached to an iPhone
The Bitplay lens works with a case that will give your iPhone a more traditional camera look.

LENS TYPE:

  • Ultra-wide – 0.39x.
  • Macro – 6x, 5x and 1.5x.
  • Fisheye.
  • Wide – 0.6x and 0.68x.
  • Telephoto – 2x.

ATTACHMENT: Case or lens mount purchased separately.

COMPATIBILITY: AllClip iPhone 4 and above, SNAP! case iPhone 7 and above.

Bitplay produces a wide range of add-on lenses for the iPhone, all sold individually. Choose from high-quality lenses including wide, telephoto, fisheye and macro.

Furthermore, the lenses are compatible with Bitplay filters, which are also sold as part of their range.

The lenses give your iPhone the look and feel of a traditional camera, thanks to a ‘shutter button’, and a hand grip. The case that delivers this also serves as a lens mount.

The latest cases for the iPhone X models are stylish, lightweight and will give your iPhone enhanced protection.

For older iPhone models there’s a separate add-on grip. This is bulkier but has the advantage of including a fixing point for a standard thread mount tripod.

Use the AllClip if you don’t want to use the Bitplay case and grip system. This is a lens mount that is compatible with iPhone 4 models and above. Choose this option for your lens kit to work seamlessly with a phone upgrade.


9. Ztylus Switch 6 Lens Case

A rear view image of the Stylus Switch 6 lens on the back of an iPhone
The Ztylus Switch 6 lens works with both lenses on dual camera iPhones.

LENS TYPE:

  • Telephoto – 2x.
  • Wide.
  • Macro – 10x and 20x.
  • Fisheye.

ATTACHMENT: Case mount

COMPATIBILTY: iPhone 7Plus, 8Plus, X and XS.

The Ztylus Switch 6 works with the dual lenses of the iPhone 7Plus, 8Plus, X and XS.

The kit includes a comprehensive selection of lenses and a protective case. Uniquely, the lenses are all attached to the one case. Simply slide the lenses to the side to select the one you want to use. This makes the Ztylus Switch 6 ultra portable.

A back view image of the Stylus Switch 6 iPhone camera lens case
Simply slide the lenses to the side of the case to select the one you want to use.

You get a lot for your money with the Ztylus Switch 6 case: 6 lenses and a case for around $30 is a bargain. Furthermore, the image quality is good for the price.

The macro lens capabilities are impressive thanks to the use of both iPhone lenses. There’s both a 20x and 10x macro lens included in the kit.

A photo of example macro clock images from the Stylus Switch 6 iPhone lens case
The macro lens can zoom to 20 x and 10x to get extreme close-up detail.

Choose the Ztylus Switch 6 if you are looking for a multipurpose lens kit that’s easy to use. There’s no inconvenience of carrying multiple lenses or having to switch lenses, as they are built into one case.


10. Insta360 Nano S Lens

A rear view image of the Insta360 Nano S iPhone lens
You can capture 360-degree images with the Insta360 Nano S lens.

LENS TYPE: 360 degree camera.

ATTACHMENT: Lightning port.

COMPATIBILITY: iPhone 6 and above.

Have you wondered how those cool 360-degree spherical shots are taken? Wonder no more. The Insta360 Nano S lens lets you do that with your iPhone.

It turns your iPhone into a 360-degree camera. It captures every angle of a scene thanks to the two opposite facing 180 degree, wide-angle cameras.

It’s a standalone lens and works independently from your iPhone camera. Connected via the lightning port your iPhone screen is your viewfinder.

A side view of the Insta360 Nano S lens attached to an iPhone's lightning port
The Insta360 Nano S attaches to the iPhone via the lightning port.
A front view of the Insta360 Nano S lens attached to an iPhone
The two lenses of the Insta360 Nano S lens face in opposite directions to capture 360 degree images.
A screenshot view of a 360 degree image on an iPhone with an Ista360 Nano S lens attached
Cool spherical shots are possible with the Insta360 Nano S lens.

The lens can also help with composing the perfect shot: get everything in the view and then choose your favorite frame in post-processing.

The Insta360 Nano S is perfect for travel photography: see your favourite locations shot from all directions.


How to Choose the Best Add-On iPhone Lens for You

As you can see, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to add-on lenses for your iPhone.

So how do you decide which one is best for you? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What’s your budget?
  • Do you want to focus on a particular type of photography, e.g., you need one specific lens?
  • Do you want to experiment with different lenses, e.g. you need a kit?
  • Is the lens compatible with your iPhone model?

With these answers, you should now be ready to choose the right lens and have fun getting creative with your iPhone photography.

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Cat Cliffe

Photography goes side-by-side with my love of spending time outdoors. So you'll see a theme in my photos. I particularly enjoy testing the limits of mobile photography and getting creative with mobile editing apps. If you're curious to see the results check out my Instagram account @bodneyboo

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