Alongside the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung unveiled a handy accessory for the photography-minded folks out there. It’s called the Lens Cover, and it’s basically a case for your S7 or S7 Edge that lets you swap out different lenses in a snap. Of course, clip-on lenses are nothing new to the smartphone world, but the way Samsung is doing it is a little bit different from what we’ve seen thus far. This is a pretty interesting accessory, so we thought we’d give you a first hand look at what it’s all about.

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The case itself is a simple shell-style case that snaps on the back of the device. It’s a plastic case that has a soft rubberized texture that makes the device much easier to hold. The cases aren’t really anything too out of the ordinary, but the lenses are wrapped in metal which helps them match the quality of the Galaxy S7’s design.

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There are two interchangeable lenses available with the cases – a wide-angle lens for closer and wider shots, and a telephoto lens for longer-distance shots. They’re easily detachable too, so it doesn’t really take that much effort if you need to change lenses on the fly.

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From our brief hands-on time with these lenses, they perform just as advertised. They do make the phone pretty awkward looking, but we’re sure many people will be willing to look past that detail if it means they get to leave their other cameras at home. No pricing or availability details have been given quite yet, but we’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

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  • Bob F

    I gotta say, when I’m in a situation that needs something like this, I’ll just bring my 5 year old point-and-shoot which (barely) fits in a pocket and STILL outperforms any modern phone in all aspects.

    • AS118

      Good point. If you’re going to carry a separate camera attachment anyhow, why not just carry a separate actual camera?

      • Bur

        What if you only have a phone as a camera?

        • Hans Pedersen

          Then you ask Bob to come along. :D

          • SnakeSplitskin

            * cracking up right now

      • James Murdock

        Because sharing and backup of your images is a thousand times easier and more powerful on your phone. The S7 camera is amazing too, I can’t wait to get this!

  • nezlobnyj

    so here we have first photos from that camera (even though it’s in the 1080p video))

  • jomane

    Does the Edge get official lens covers too?

    • Daggett Beaver

      Reading is fundamental.

      • poonjhi

        poop on you

  • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    OMG this is stupid. Why didn’t they just do a mount on the cover so you could switch?????

    • Bur

      You can switch, you get both lenses with 1 cover (they give a lens suitcase with it)

    • SnakeSplitskin

      OMG, your comment is stupid. Read articles thoroughly before opening your digital mouth. You look like a fool when you don’t.

      • Guest123

        It’s bad enough we have people lazy to read, now we have people lazy to watch a video LOL. Someone should invent a needle that you can inject info into the brain directly.

  • aaloo

    Current lens attachments do distort the image. You have more glass through which light has to pass through to get to the sensor. It’s basic physics.

    By the way, samsung making these lense cases, is that admission that Galaxy s7’s camera is not very good??? Just like Apple making a battery case for iPhone 6 was taken as admission of poor battery :) probably not eh, Coz it’s just an extra option for select few in select few circumstances.

    • Alex Alexander

      Those are not a “to have lenses”, they are optional adding wide angle and telephoto options for photography enthusiasts.
      Personally for me is a very good idea.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      um, I think your logic is a bit naive to even question whether the camera is good or not based on the fact that optional accessories are available. A good quality glass optical telephoto lens is always better than digital zooming no matter what kind of camera you’re using.

    • Guest123

      It’s call having limitation on a phone. The lens attachment doesn’t make the picture brighter or increase stability. How did you even come to that conclusion lol.

    • Rockman Rock

      and your wife having make-up is an admission her face isn’t any good?

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Please, please ….give us a picture of the case without lenses attached,
    We wanna see how it looks like without them. Lenses we will manage to attach when we need them.

    • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

      Yeah, i wanted to see that too. I didn’t get the article, but only saw the video and seriously thought that Samsung was stupid enough to have the lenses fixed on the cover. :)

  • kris jacobsen

    I see this is 4 months old-just went to Samsungs site and saw nothing on this. I am very interested, despite Bob’s objections, in using this in lieu of a separate camera. Any word on whether this is still coming?

  • fortyminstofive

    Just got this. Very pleased with it. The lenses come with a handy plastic cylinder case, so they both fit right in your pocket. Bit pricey at ~£93, but the case on its own would be about £30 anyway, so it’s decent value for money, considering the quality.