No matter which iPhone you have, it’s got a pretty good built-in camera – especially so for the latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. For several years now the iPhone has been the most popular “camera” in the world, but the fixed lens can limit your creativity in some circumstances. Whether you’re a budding iPhone-ographer or a seasoned camera pro looking to improve your mobile shooting options, a set of detachable lenses will massively expand your photography potential.
Each camera kit in this roundup includes (at minimum) a macro lens, a wide angle lens and a fisheye lens, covering you for a wide range of shots. Each set of accessories has its own benefits, but they’re all great for one reason or another. Whatever your needs, we’re sure you’ll find something here to spice up your photographs!
Best on a budget
CamKix Universal 3-in-1 Mobile Lens Kit (£9.99)
For casual photographers, or those wanting to dip their toes into the camera accessories market before spending additional cash, it’s hard to beat the value offered by CamKix. Though the lenses aren’t as high quality as our other picks, the three-piece set is still pretty solid, and throws in a carry case to boot. The set is comprised of macro, wide angle and fisheye lenses. The clip-on attachment may not be the slickest, but on the plus side it’s a universal connector so you can use it with other phones and tablets, too. A total bargain.
Best for portrait photography
AUKEY Barlow 2x Telescopic Lens (£12.99)
Owners of the iPhone 7 Plus will know the difference an optical zoom can make – that particular device has a second lens, permanently locked to 2x zoom. It’s great for everyday portrait photography or focusing on distant subjects. This clip-on lens is a good choice for those without the latest iPhone. It’s perfect for capturing sports events, and the fixed range can help to take more flattering, professional looking portraits to boot. A good choice if you like the look of the iPhone 7 Plus camera but have a smaller, or older model.
Best attachment design
Mpow 2-in-1 Wide Angle + Macro Lens (£19.59)
If capturing beautiful landscapes is more your thing, this wide angle lens will capture much more scenery in each photo. The huge field of view can help give an awesome sense of scale to a wide vista, or it can just help you fit more in the frame when photographing inside a small room. As an added bonus, this lens also comes with a 10x macro lens, used for super close-up shots that would otherwise struggle to focus properly. Like the others, this is a clip-on lens and so will work with any generation iPhone. Definitely the best choice for large group photos, architectural cityscapes, or close-ups of flowers and insects.