Pocket-sized photo machine

Not everyone owns a DSLR camera or is interested in photography but, most of us have at some point of time tried to take photographs on our smartphones.

By Santana Fell
  • Published 23.07.18
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GADGET: CamKix Universal 3-in-1 Camera Lens Kit for smartphones, tablets and notebooks
TECH SPECS: Fisheye Lens: up to 180°; wide-angle: wide 0.65X; macro: super macro 10x
PRICE: Rs 1,762 
BEST FOR: Mobile photography

Not everyone owns a DSLR camera or is interested in photography but, most of us have at some point of time tried to take photographs on our smartphones. Despite our best efforts, the phone camera may sometimes be incapable of capturing the perfect shot — be it a selfie, travel pictures, super closeups of flowers and insects, or a scenic landscape. At those times, these inexpensive but handy universal 3-in-1 lenses are just what you need.

The CamKix Universal 3-in-1 lens kit is a pocket-sized photography powerhouse, with three different lenses — the fisheye, macro and wide-angle — designed to provide you with an array of shooting options to enhance your mobile images. 

The wide-angle and macro lenses come in a set of two — the small lenses are screwed together for easy storage. To use the wide angle, just attach both lenses to the clip provided and to use the macro lens, simply unscrew the wide angle one.

The fisheye lens will give you a wide-angle, round perspective and beautiful barrel distortion with greatest exaggeration at the edges of the frame.

The macro lens allows you to get as close as 12-15 millimetres of your subject, revealing intricate details. It is easily the best lens among the three. 

The wide-angle lens will allow you to capture 20 per cent more in your shot, which is great for cityscapes, buildings and large group photos. You can also achieve the bokeh effect with these lenses. Bokeh is the aesthetic blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image. 

This pack comes with a small velvet bag and a tight, rubberised clip to hold the lenses, making it easy and convenient to use. The aluminium construction of the lenses make them much more durable. 

You need to screw the lens of your choice onto the clip and align it with your device’s camera. These lenses work on most mobile phones where the camera lens is not bigger than 13mm. A word of warning: while using the clip and lenses, the flash tends to get covered.

Such lenses are an easy way to take your photography skills up a notch without spending a bomb. There are a variety of such lens kits available online for smartphones, tablets and notebooks and prices start as low as Rs 165. 

These lenses are available in various colours as well. They are good for mobile photography, as their small size makes them portable and easily detachable.