Review: Carson LensMag ML-515 10x and 15x Lenses for iPhone 5

Apple has been successful in establishing a large market for third party accessories for iPhones. Taking advantage of this growing market Carson is out with a unique product called as LensMag for iPhone 5.

iPhone camera is among the most popular devices which is used for taking pictures according to the recent analysis by Flickr. And, an accessory to help improve its quality will be welcome by most avid photographers. LensMag is a Magnifying lens that can be attached to your iPhone 5 to magnify objects. Often you may face situations when you see some small printed text that you cannot read with naked eyes; Or you wish to take a Macro shot to capture the minute details of a product. How you wish you could use your phone to magnify objects? This product can cater to your needs.

Look and Feel of LensMag in detail:

The Product consists of two lenses one which gives 15x magnification, and the other gives 10x magnification. It was packaged in a small case that perfectly fits both the lenses so that it gives it protection against a fall. The packaging is excellent as it makes the lenses very easy to carry in your pocket anywhere.

Carson LensMag ML515

The Lens is very easy to use. You have to simply attach the lens on the back of your iPhone 5 on the top left corner on the back pane. The lens is equipped with a small magnet that helps it to fit perfectly on the phone. The magnet does it’s job in holding the lens in it’s place.

iPhone 5 with LensMag attached

Once you attach the lens on your device just launch the camera and hold the object you wish to magnify close to the lens. The lens does the job perfectly.  It gives a clear and crisp magnification of the desired object. However, the material of the lens body is seems to be built of cheap quality plastic and does seem like an eye sore.

Let’s do an image comparison of images clicked via iPhone camera without a lens, with 10x lens and 15x lens.

Without LensMag

Without LensMag

LensMag 10x

LensMag 10x

LensMag 15x

LensMag 15x

The product is priced at $14.95 (approx Rs. 850 in INR) Even though the product may not appeal to a large audience, it is very useful to those with weak vision or those who frequently require to use a magnifying glass or people who are avid fans of taking close-range photos. LensMag provides a good amount of magnification on a large screen and yet very portable. It seems to be a good investment if you are in need of a Magnifying glass and own an iPhone 5.

Rating: I would give it a strong 3.5/5 rating for helping me take amazing Macro shots!