One of the most important feature of smartphone these days are the camera. Smartphone cameras are getting better and better everyday with more pixels, improved focusing technology, various stabilization methods, dual lenses and new software based features.

But still most of the smartphone cameras lack the optical zoom feature. There are just few smartphones available with optical zoom. We all know that digital zoom affects the imaging quality a lot, so optical zoom is always preferred but rarely available on smartphone.

KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom lens is a nice smartphone accessory that brings the feature of optical zoom to smartphones. We received this gadget from Mobile Fun for review purpose and in this article, we are sharing a hands-on review of KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom lens for all readers of Geeky Stuffs.

KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom Lens : Hands-on Review


Retail Box and Unboxing


KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom lens comes in a small retail box. Inside the box, you will find the lens, smartphone clip, a lens cleaning cloth and a user manual.

You can find the KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom lens unboxing and hands-on review video below.



Design


The design of KSIX Clip and Zoom lens is very simple and easy to use. It comes with a minimalistic design. Both end of lenses can be covered with the caps provided to avoid any damage, dirt etc. The lens can be rotated to adjust the focus on the object

You just need to attach the lens to the clip provided and you are good to go. After the lens and clip are attached, just use the clip to connect the lens to the camera lens of your smartphone.

The lens and clip are designed in a way that it will perfectly fit on most of the smartphones and that is why they call it universal. It can be also used while using the cases on the smartphone. But keep in mind if your case is bulky and thick then it can cause issue in stability of the setup as the clip might not have the proper grip on thick cases.

KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom Lens : Hands-on Review

Also, you have to be careful with the setup as slight change in the position can affect the focus and image quality because of that.

The overall weight of the full setup is not much and justified considering the feature it brings to your smartphone.

Features


As the name suggests, KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom comes with the lens that provides the 8x optical zoom to smartphones for capturing objects in the distance. The F1.1 aperture lens quality is nice and provides good amount of details while zooming in.

If you record lots of videos then you can even use it for that purpose too. Since this lens comes with a portable clip on setup, you just need to connect it the smartphone to bring the optical zoom feature to it. So whatever kind of imaging you want, you can use KSIX Clip and Zoom lens for that.

Since the lens is not so big, you can carry it anywhere along with the clip to use it anytime you want. It is really good for the people like me who attend lots of events, product launches , conference, seminars etc and with KSIX Clip and Zoom, it will surely help to capture good quality images of what is going on the stage.

Performance


KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom lens works well when it comes to zooming. The minimum distance supported is 3 meters and can't be used to focus on the objects closer than that.

KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom Lens : Hands-on Review

Though the zooming capability of this accessory is nice, the image quality reduces a bit and doesn't come as sharp as the smartphone camera lens. The color saturation is also getting affected negatively sometimes.

The external lens always caused a vignette effect on the images and also deformed the pics sometimes as shown in the above video and image.

Also, the lens does not work well with all smartphones. We tried on multiple smartphones and the ones with additional feature like laser autofocus faced the focusing issue after attaching the KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom over the smartphone camera lens.

Conclusion


KSIX Clip and Zoom Universal 8X Smartphone Camera Zoom lens is a must have accessory for all photography enthusiast, specially travellers to capture the distant objects with good details. But as mentioned you need to use it properly and make sure that it works your phone perfectly.

The price of the product is not high at $30 and you will most probably find some discounts on Mobile Fun as well.

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