No matter which iPhone you have, it’s got a pretty good built-in camera – especially so for the latest models. 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.
These clip-on lenses instantly transform your shots, whether you’re into portraits, landscapes, or both. Whatever your needs, we’re sure you’ll find something here to spice up your photographs!
Note: all prices are accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change – so make sure to double check before buying!
Best all-rounder on a budget
CamKix Universal 3-in-1 Mobile Lens Kit ($13.99)
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 kit is comprised of macro, wide angle and fisheye lenses – useful for close-ups, wide vistas, and tight spaces. The simple clip-on attachment works with all iPhones, making this kit a total bargain.
Best for portrait photography
Aukey Optic Pro 3x Optical Zoom Lens ($24.99)
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 and greatest iPhone, going a step further with a 3x optical zoom. 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 for landscape photography
Apexel 16mm Wide Angle Lens ($29.99)
If capturing beautiful landscapes is more your thing, this wide angle lens will capture twice as much 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 detachable CPL filter, used to limit reflections from surfaces like glass or water. In many circumstances this is a really useful addition! 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 or architectural cityscapes.