Moment brings better camera lenses to some Samsung phones

by: Shawn IngramJanuary 15, 2014


The new Moment lens wants to help you take better photos with your smartphone, assuming you have a Samsung Galaxy S4, or one of a few other select Samsung phones.

The Moment lens Kickstarter project promises to produce two lenses to make you phone photos look better: a wide-angle lens, and a telephoto lens. Both lenses are made specifically to connect to the back of your phone, working with your existing camera sensor.

The team behind Moment lenses used the same techniques used to create DSLR lenses to create the diminutive lenses for smartphones. The key, according to the backer video, is all in the glass used in the lenses. The team claims that using their lenses will result in no distortion, minimal chromatic aberration, and better MTF performance.

All of the images on the Kickstarter page are from the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, but they are impressive photos that do look a bit better than you’d expect from the excellent camera in Apple’s devices. If there’s one downside tot he project for Android fans it’s that there are no examples from an Android phone.

The team says it’s working on bringing the Moment lenses to the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S2, but there’s no mention of other Android devices. Even Samsung fans who prefer the larger screen of the Note 3 are left out.

Moment lenses will attach to smartphone via a special mount that will work both with and without a case. On the iPhone the team uses a small metal plate that attaches to the phone. It’s not clear exactly how the punt will work on Samsung devices, as it is still in the prototype phase.

Each Moment lens will cost $50 through Kickstarter, and will come with a mount, cleaning cloth, and carrying case. There’s also an option to buy both the wide-angle and telephoto lens for $99. When the campaign is over the lenses will cost $99 each.

The team expects to ship the lenses in June 2014, and has already doubled its $50,000 minimum funding with 28 days left to go.

Will you pay to get a better lens for you smartphone? Or is your device of choice not supported?

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    Looks pretty cool. I do have an S4 so I would be interested in this. The trouble of course is going to be making such a fine tuned piece of hardware compatible with so many devices. I understand why they started with the iPhone and I’m actually surprised they even went to Samsung also. It goes to show how much pull Samsung has.

    • needa

      i doubt it has anything to do with ‘pull’. more like the iphone and gs4 are the two best selling units.

  • I’m very interested in this! If anything for the novelty. OIS sensors on the Nexus 5 and G2 haven’t brought as much to the table as I was hoping for. Either way, the ability to add extra an extra lens is very cool.

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      when you mention OIS…do you think this can interfere with it in some way?…couse this lense is still but the one on the phone is moving around…maybe the focus will suffer…I don’t know what do you think?

  • Jayfeather787

    Awesome idea, and cheaper than most regular cases.

  • Note 3 is not in the list, so I’m out.

    • Bernard

      I have the Samsung galaxy s4 zoom I wonder if it will be included

  • Frank d.

    Anybody kno
    if Samsung note 2 is Goin to have lenses avaliable? ???