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MPOW Smartphone 3 in 1 Fisheye, Wide Angle, And Macro Lenses Review

By: Chris Smith | Cables & Accessories in Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 3:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: MPOW

Let's dig deeper


It's time to take some photos! I'll start off with one lens at a time, providing some images and thoughts as I go along, because what better way to test out the product than to actually put it to use out in the wild?




The first image you can see above is three macro pictures stitched together. I've recently received a Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset for review and the stitching makes for some very impressive macro lens shooting. As you can see above, I've taken a photo of the red leather headband stitching, the X from the HyperX logo and also a picture of the microphone boom and pod.


There is one major issue I had with the macro lens, which is the distance in which photos will be taken from. Unfortunately, there was an extremely small range of distance where photos would be in focus, meaning you have to be a certain distance from the product, otherwise the image as a whole would look completely disappointing.




Next is the wide-angle lens. I used my friends 40" TV for this test (utilized as a PC monitor). Showing you exactly how much view this can encompass, whilst watching the breathtaking Defqon 1 2014 Australian end-show. There were no real issues to report with the wide-angle at all, besides a little distortion near the top of the photo - thanks to the way the lens architecture works.




You can get a little more appreciation for how the wide-angle works from the above image. Thanks to the weather being bad here in Melbourne, I was only able to take a photo inside. But in this photo, you can see the wide-angle lens utilized on the top image with the frame encompassing the whole image. Switch to the standard camera lens (bottom photo) and you can't even see the frame at all. However, this also highlights the issue with image distortion.




Lastly is the fisheye. Usually pets look the best for these kind of photos, but unfortunately for me, I don't have any - so this German Shepard toy that I bought for charity will have to do.


Fisheye photos usually look pretty awesome (think GoPro), however, I've been having some major camera focus issues with this product. I'm unsure if it's the lens itself or my Samsung Galaxy S4 struggling badly, however, there are many times where the camera just refuses to focus properly on objects.




This aside, the photos that come out in focus look awesome, however, they never seem perfect, unlike the wide and angle and macro offerings from MPOW.



Extended Use


There was one other issue I found, which involved the constant addition and removal of lenses from the little clip. Due to it using the shape and bendy plastic to clip in the lens, the plastic clip itself has to undergo constant bending to encompass the lens within.




This means that it may live a short life. There's no saying without testing it for longer periods of time, however, we found that just through our few weeks of use, white residue from the plastic clip started to appear on the lens themselves.


The image you saw above was taken after I had already blown on the lens to remove loose debris too. If the clip breaks, it will render your lenses almost completely useless, as there is now way to attach them without this add-on.




This is why some other companies prefer a magnetic method - asking you to stick a small metal ring around the camera on your phone and then attaching your lens to it. The main issue with this method is the fact that it removes the ability for you to use both front and rear-facing cameras, along with rendering phone cases useless, as you generally can't stick the adhesive to your case.

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