Apple has ambitious plans for mobile photography – the company takes it very seriously indeed. Every iPhone on the market has an exceptional rear-facing camera, and the 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X have a twin-lens model capable of even more.
But whether or not you’ve got one of the latest handsets, there are plenty of way you can improve your iPhone photography. In this article we explore some brilliant lenses that take things to the next level.
You can also get better smartphone photos if you choose a good iPhone tripod. And for non-product-based ways to take better photos with your smartphone, take a look at our iPhone photography tips.
Seek Thermal Compact XR
A professional thermal imaging camera can cost you anything from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand, and not everybody has that sort of dough. This sits at the affordable end of that range.
Built for outdoor use, the CompactXR will turn your iPhone into a fully functioning thermal imaging camera. It sports a 20-degree field of view and picks up heat from 1,800 feet away. As well as letting you take super cool images as though you were James Bond, you can also create a personal tool to seek out intruders and animals in suspicious scenarios. It plugs straight into the handset. Nicholas Fearn
Virtual reality is taking over the world right now, although to make your own VR videos and stills, you’d normally need to get an expensive 360 camera. The Insta360 Nano lets you shoot and live-stream HD virtual and panoramic media straight from your iPhone. It clips on to an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s or 6s Plus. Additionally, it can be attached to a bike, helmet, drone or selfie stick.
Once you’ve created a film or image, you can convert the device into a VR viewer to experience your immersive masterpieces. Spec-wise, it sports two 210-degree fish-eye lenses, an 800mAh battery and a 64GB memory card slot. Nicholas Fearn
Olloclip Core Lens for iPhone 8 and 7
Olloclip makes a wide range of lenses for smartphones, but this lens set for the iPhone 7 and 8 (including Plus versions) is one of its flagship products. It’s portable and versatile, with fisheye, super-wide, and 15x Macro options, turning your iPhone into an infinitely more professional point-and-shoot.
The little lens is small enough to stick in your pocket but when attached to your iPhone open up the world in front of you to photograph.
If you want something more specific, Olloclip also has separate Active, Macro Pro, and Vista lens sets, while if you have another iPhone check out the 4-in-1 lens sets for iPhone 6 and 6s or 5, 5s and SE.
PNY 4-in-1 Lens Kit
If you’re really into your photography, you’ll understand there are lenses for different functions and purposes. Instead of going down the route of buying lenses separately, which can prove expensive and timely, you can get a 4-in-1 lens kit from PNY Technologies.
Costing under £40, you get a complete set of accessories so you can turn your iPhone into a state-of-the-art camera. There are four different lenses in total: super wide angle, fisheye, wide angle and macro. The best thing here is that they’re so easy to use, sporting magnetic clips that attach straight to the iPhone. Nicholas Fearn
Techo Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit
This is a very simple, budget option if you’re not quite sure you want to splash out on an iPhone camera lens. It’s pretty versatile, and should work with all smartphones provided the camera is in a position you can easily clip the lens in front of.
It comes with two lenses, one is a 0.45x super wide-angle lens and the other is a 12.5 super Macro lens. Both give great, easy results and might just draw you into a world of photography on the move.