Taking photos with a cell phone or tablet has gained popularity over the past few years. Instead of carrying a camera and a cell phone or other device, the integrated features now allow users to document their activity directly from their device to their favorite social media platform, email or text message. Now, the fun of mobile photography has gone a step further to add a bit of professionalism to those shared photos.
The Olixar 3-in-1 Clip Camera Lens works with almost any phone or tablet and just about any case. Because the lens clips gently onto the device, it can accommodate almost any size or style. Surprisingly, the lenses do offer some very interesting photography opportunities for the otherwise non-adjustable phone or tablet. For fun, they are completely portable and easy to have on hand rather than trekking with a full sized DSLR. Of course, they don’t have the same adjustment capability but they do create some interesting special effects. Taking a macro photo with a cell phone was unheard of before these lenses came out. Now, gorgeous close-up magnification is a possibility with an extremely easy installation. Just clip the lens onto the device, center it over the camera, point, focus and shoot. This lens was quickly the favorite fore nature-related and garden photography. The easy-on, easy-off clip allows the lens to be shared from one user to another. Unfortunately, the instructions were not included and there was some confusion initially over where the macro lens was, as it was actually screwed into the wide angle lens. Once that was deciphered, all was functional.
Tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a Note 4 and an LGV410 Tablet, the lenses worked wonderfully on the phones but the clip was too short to reach the camera lens on the tablet. That’s ok, though because the tablet’s camera is inferior to that of the phones. Wide angle shots were sometimes difficult to obtain without shadowing from the lens on the outer edges of the photo, but a simple crop does the trick at removing those. Fisheye was a lot of fun for more candid shots, and did work effectively. A fun gift for anyone who loves to take photos with their device; this clip-on camera lens costs less than $20.
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