Xiaomi revolutionized wireless charging last month, and now it looks like it might be poised to do the same thing to smartphone photography. The company has developed new camera technology, including a retractable wide-aperture lens that can increase the amount of light input by up to 300% for clearer, sharper photos — and much like traditional point-and-shoot cameras, the lens retracts into the phone body when not in use.
Motorola looks intent on layering on more phones in its One mid-range series of smartphones. Hot on the release of the One Zoom and One Action, Saudi tech retailer Extra has prematurely revealed the existence of the Motorola One Macro.
Smartphone cameras have quickly taken over as the primary point-and-shoot for many people, and while they offer up a quick way to take a shot, their use is still fairly limited. If you're looking to get more out of your smartphone's camera, then these add-on lenses may be just what the doctor ordered.
What Are They?
They're small lenses that bring three commonly used mods to your smartphone camera: wide angle/macro, fisheye, and telephoto. They're very simple to use, but I'll warn you upfront - they do require a bit of modification to your phone in order to work. What sort of mod, you ask?
In my opinion, some of the best inventions also happen to be the simplest. You know the products - the type that you see and question why didn't I think of that? One such product is the Macro Cell Lens Band from Photojojo; honestly, this thing is bloody brilliant, partly because it's so insanely simple.
If you haven't already guessed by the name, the Macro Cell Lens Band adds a macro lens to your phone's camera. It doesn't do so by adding an massively bulky (and ridiculously impractical) add-on to the camera - it's just a simple rubber band. A rubber band with a camera lens.