An adage among photographers says that the best camera is the one you have with you. That means with the millions of smartphones around the world, most of us are never more than a foot away from a capable camera. The stock camera on the iPhone can produce stunning images, even earning the praise of photographers from National Geographic. But that doesn't mean your iPhone can't use a little help.
An ever-increasing number of iPhone kits includes lenses that let you get close-up details (macro), some that capture a 180-degree field of view (fisheye) and some that deliver expansive landscapes or scenes (wide-angle). There are even some telephoto lenses. The best investment you can make is a kit that provides the flexibility of multiple lenses along with strong image quality.
If you're looking for the sharpest photos you can get from a set of add-on lenses, our pick goes to Moment's lenses, which can be used alone, or in tandem with its cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 (and now the iPhone 8, too). They're pricey, but the image quality you get from Moment's lenses is simply the best around.
For people who want something a bit more affordable, Olloclip's Lens Kits are where it's at. There are multiple systems to choose from including the standard three lens Core Set, the Active Set which includes an ultra-wide angle and 2x telephoto lenses or the Macro Pro Lens Set which features lenses with 7x, 14x and 21x magnification.
Update (9/20): Olloclip announced that it is working to adapt its Connect system to the iPhone X, and is pretty sure that it will work with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but will confirm it on its website. Moment said that its lenses will work with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and is making new cases for the latter.
And if you're looking for something even more sophisticated, check out the DxO One. Instead of using the camera built into the device, the DxO One plugs into an iPhone's Lightning port and uses its own 24.2-MP sensor to capture super sharp pics that even the latest iPhone's camera can't match. And because all the DxO One needs to work is iOS 10.1 or later and a Lightning port, it's compatible with pretty much any iPhone or iPad made within the last three years.
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