Video + Photo samples of Magnetic Lens Adapters on Nokia Lumia 920

We recently reported that magnetic lens adapters made by a third party and commonly available for general smartphones work well on the Nokia Lumia 920. Truth be told while they do stick naturally to the 920 without a magnetic ring adapter, it doesn’t work too well meaning they easily slip off. Because of this we actually recommend using the sticky magnetic rings to ensure a firm grip by the lens adapter on the 920.

Anyway, we figured we would put the lens adapters through some testing and after the break, you can see our photo and video results. In short, we were impressed.

We sampled the fisheye, wide angle and macro lens adapters for the 920 and came away impressed. Sure the photos are a bit soft here and there, but nothing that Nokia’s Creative Studio can’t touch up.

The lenses are a bit gimmicky, especially the fisheye, but yet they work well. In fact, we can imagine a few situations where they would be fun to use e.g. concerts, auditoriums or any where where you want to capture the whole room. Macro was probably the most interesting as it really allows you take some close-up shots of objects. Granted the depth of field is very shallow, so you will only have some of the photo in focus, but it’s still fun to tinker with.

Video with the lens adapters was very impressive. The optical image stabilization (OIS) works just fine for photo and video with no interference. That results in some excellent videos, especially when using Macro.

The lens adapters can be purchased on for a very reasonable $18 (opens in new tab) and while they won’t make you a better photographer, it does allow you to play around and get creative with the 920’s excellent camera. For that reason, if you’re a photo buff we have to give these little doodads a nod of approval.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • wow those are amazing
  • Really cool, quality isn't too shabby either. This could be a potential accessory market for Nokia to capture - the hobbyist photographer. Sometimes I don't want to lug my dslr around and only bring my smartphone. Having an accessory ecosystem where lens attachments work across the Lumia range would be killer. Who wouldn't want to add a tad bit more functionality.
  • I have to agree. These are perfect to play with if you're into photography.
  • they should make many accessories that should make instagram un-noticable
  • Nice and clean application. Wonder if this is a new market, seems to have a lot of potential.
  • The cat didnt seem impressed....:)
  • Cats are never impressed, lol.
  • My one million pictures of my cat can confirm that cats don't like photography. She's getting used to it to some degree thou. :-D
  • This is pretty cool, I love taking pictures. I think it's work the $18.
  • Dan's cat makes an appearance. What's his name?
  • Zoe. One of two cats I have, which are brother and sister tuxedos.
  • Cool. He looks as unimpressed as either of my to cats would be, a Maine Coon and a blue tip Persian. I know that look well.
  • Ohhh! Main Coons are so wonderful, just love the "little" buggers.
  • Wow, that's really good.
  • Wow. This is actually very cool indeed. This past summer where I live I tried recording bumble bees as they extracted pollen out of the flowers. I could never seem to get close enough. This will definitely fix that.
  • I had one similar to these for my old phone (though it needed an attachment).  I just tried it on my Lumia 810 from T-Mo and it worked like fine, if you hold it vertical though, it slides a little bit when you turn it.
  • Here's a link to a similar product for us Europeans (
    I am glad you guys are playing around with these... I carry two Pocket Peak Scopes with me at work all the time... One of the scopes I use for looking at defects in paint and for viewing my scalpel as I slice into it to see the layer the dirt is in the other I have a Camera mount on it to take pictures of what I found... It sure would be nice to be able to just use my phone camera... Unfortunately I need a way to be able to use a scalpel under some type of mount... With the add-on mentioned above the camera phone would be too awkward to hold but can see this for just grabbing a quick shot to send out to my boss after I made a cut... I also would like to see something to attach to my phone with a ring of LED lights to balance out the shot so it looks more natural..
  • Interesting.
  • That's so cool! I just did not understand one thing: how do you attach the adapter to the phone? It's possibile to attach the lenses on a eventual cover with that adapter? Thanks
  • The article mentions a "magnetic ring adapter" and "sticky magnetic rings". So I would assume some sort of adhesive holds it on, that can be removed with a bit of force.
  • Not that I own a Lumia 920, but if I did, I would purchase them. I rarely take photos but they look like great attachments!
  • I would really love to see a telescoping zoom lens for smartphones, especially on the Lumia 920.
  • No shipping to Norway :(
  • where can I buy this cool stuff? please tell
  • Hey guys, is it also working on the Nokia Lumia 800.? O.O
  • Hey guys, Just a quick question. I've heard that the magnetic ring that needed to be attached to the phone is permanent. Is that true?
  • Are those lenses good for the Lumia 925 as well? Thank you!