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.
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.
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.
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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