The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

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It’s always frustrating when you can’t quite get everyone in your shot. These smartphones and wide-angle lenses mimic the human eye, meaning you can fit more into your photos.

  • What focal length is the human eye? In terms of a DSLR lens, your main frame of vision is equivalent to around 22–28mm.
  • What are iPhone lenses? These clip-on accessories change the view through your iPhone’s camera.
  • What are the best smartphones for wide-angle photography? Check out this roundup for our favorite phones and wide-angle lenses.

As much as anything, photography is about capturing what we see. Yet all too often, cameras do not mimic the human eye. If you’re trying to get that true-to-life feel with your pictures, these phones and wide-angle lenses should be on your wishlist.

Smartphones with wide-angle lenses

If you regularly take group shots or enjoy capturing landscapes, it might be worth buying a smartphone with a wide-angle lens. Here are some devices that fit the bill.

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3 - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

The Google Pixel 3 offers a great wide-angle view

The latest flagship phone from Google only has one rear lens, but it’s a fairly wide one. Equivalent to 28mm on a DSLR, the Pixel 3 camera gives you crisp 12.2MP images in all lighting conditions. Furthermore, you can use the new Super Res Zoom feature for a tighter crop.

Price: $799 USD

Samsung Galaxy A9 Quad Rear Camera Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A9 Quad Rear Camera Smartphone - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

Four lenses on the Samsung Galaxy A9

The new Galaxy A9 from Samsung actually has four rear lenses. The widest of these offers an incredible 120-degree field of view, and it’s attached to an 8MP sensor. You also get a 24MP regular lens, a 10MP telephoto view, and a lens for adding cool bokeh.

Price: $695 USD

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

The Huawei Mate 20 goes ultra-wide

Huawei’s new Mate 20 devices also have multiple lenses, including an ultra-wide angle view. This 20MP shooter is perfect for capturing full vistas, and the Mate 20’s impressive autofocus keeps your photos razer sharp.

Price: $1192.23 USD

How to mimic the human eye

Of course, you may already have a great phone. If so, these lenses and accessories will help you get that human-eye view and other cool perspectives.

LEMURO Premium Smartphone Lenses

LEMURO Premium Smartphone Lenses - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

Capture 110 degrees with LEMURO

The LEMURO series combines a stylish range of iPhone cases with high-quality lenses. The starter pack comes with four lenses, including an 18mm wide-angle lens that provides a 110-degree field of view.

Price: $29 USD, pre-order

Moment iPhone XS Photo Case

Moment iPhone XS Photo Case - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

Moment makes the best lenses

Among professional Instagrammers, Moment is considered the cream of the crop when it comes to smartphone lenses. This case lets you attach premium glass to your new iPhone XS, including Moment’s highly-rated 18mm wide-angle lens.

Price: $29.99 USD

Olloclip Multi-Device Mobile Lens Clip

Olloclip Multi-Device Mobile Lens Clip - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

Olloclip’s lens works on any device

The latest clip-on lens system from Olloclip works with a variety of devices, including Apple and Samsung phones. The range extends to six lenses, including both wide-angle and super wide-angle options.

Price: $44.99 USD

Firebox Take Better Selfies Phone Lens Kit

Firebox Take Better Selfies Phone Lens Kit - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

Take Better Selfies with this Firebox kit

You can use this Firebox kit on most smartphones, and it comes with four lenses. The wide-angle option provides a 130-degree field of view, and you can even use it on the front-facing camera for group selfies.

Price: $26 USD

SANDMARC iPhone Photography Lenses

SANDMARC iPhone Photography Lenses - The best smartphone photography gear for a human eye view

Get coated optics with SANDMARC

SANDMARC makes a range of premium multi-coated optics and super-thin cases for recent iPhones. The Wide Lens Edition offers a 2x wider view with surprisingly little distortion.

Price: $69.99 USD

Smartphone photography gear

We love smartphone photography here at Gadget Flow. What’s your favorite shot of all time? Share your snaps in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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