Best iPhone lenses for pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy

The iPhone takes great pho­tos for a smart­phone, but with the right ac­ces­sories it can re­place your DSLR en­tirely.

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As we can see from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Ap­ple is tak­ing iPhone pho­tog­ra­phy very se­ri­ously. Both de­vices have ex­cep­tional rear-fac­ing cam­eras, and the Plus has a twin-lens model whose po­ten­tial we are only be­gin­ning to ex­plore. But whether or not you’ve got one of Ap­ple’s lat­est hand­sets, there are plenty of way you can im­prove your iPhone pho­tog­ra­phy. Here we re­veal the best lenses to take things to the next level.

Seek Ther­mal Com­pact XR Price: £249 from

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.

In­sta360 Nano Price: £209 from

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.

Ol­lo­clip 4-in-1

Price: £69 from Ol­lo­clip makes a wide range of lenses for smart­phones, but this 4-in-1 lens is one of its flag­ship prod­ucts. It’s por­ta­ble and ver­sa­tile, with fish­eye, 10x Macro 15x Macro and widean­gle 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. When out and about it’s great to take a few in­stinc­tive snaps – with the 4-in-1, those mo­ments will turn out even more pro­fes­sional.

PNY 4-in-1 Lens Kit

Price: £36 from­ncv8 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.

TECHO Univer­sal Pro­fes­sional HD Cam­era Lens Kit

Price: £15 from­fuqdu 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.

YOPO Cam­era Lens Kit for iPhone

Price: £35 from This lit­tle kit from YOPO is ex­cel­lent. It comes with a fair few ac­ces­sories to get you snap­ping in no time – it’s de­signed for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus only. The snap-in cases paired with the lenses and tiny tri­pod al­low you to set up a sturdy pho­tog­ra­phy sys­tem, while the kit is ver­sa­tile enough to go hands-free if you pre­fer.

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