With a rebirth of our MyScope stick-on lens as a handy compliment to our MyScope Smartphone microscope, I wondered if those clip-on mobile phone cameras with their macro lens capabilities actually measured up to our product. So I went ahead and ordered one online for the cost of USD 10.00 and eagerly awaited its arrival. If you aren’t sure what I mean, check out https://flipboard.com/@topreviews/best-clip-on-lens-for-iphone-and-android-smartphones-2016-6c56jjq2z .
As soon as the clip-on camera arrived, I unpacked it and immediately started experimenting with it. After finally figuring out where the macro lens actually was located (it’s not obvious), I attached it to my Smartphone and started taking sample photos. After capturing a few different objects, I exchanged it for our MyScope stick-on lens. Again, away I went, snapping the same sample photos.
Here is an example of the comparison:
(Images are in their original format, and were captured with a Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone)
After reviewing the photos, I was reassured that our CDN 5.00 Stick-on lens provided a clearer image with greater magnification, it was much easier to use, and a much better deal. Phew! I also appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to remove my camera casing to install it, which you will have to do with these clip-on cameras, as the lenses need to sit flush against your camera's lens. Once I attached MyScope stick-on lens, it stayed in place – no adjustments needed. The clip-on camera lens kept moving around and continually interfered with the specimen I was trying to capture. I really couldn’t capture the details I wanted. The size of the clip and the lenses are much larger than the MyScope lens, as well. Larger doesn't always mean better!
Truthfully, I experimented with the fish eye and wide angle lenses, as well, but was not overly impressed. They distorted the original image and made my photos appear as if I was looking out from a fish bowl, with a black rim around them. You’ll have to spend some quality time with your photo editing software to get the true effect you really want.
In my experience, adding extra clip-on camera lenses to your Smartphone is definitely not a “smart” thing to do. Including a MyScope stick-on lens is more advantageous. You really have to see and experiment with it to believe it.
Feel free to share your MyScope stick-on lens feedback, photos, and/or experiences you’ve had with Smartphone clip-on lenses. We’d love to hear from you!