Moment 18mm lens on Pixel 4Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

Best Photography Case for Your Android Phone Android Central 2020

The Moment Photo Case is well-known for a reason. On its own, it's a slim and stylish case that fits on most popular phones, but with the addition of Moment's high-quality interchangeable lenses, you can turn your phone into a much more versatile camera with options for wide angle, telephoto, macro, and even anamorphic lenses.

Our pick

Moment Photo Case

An impressive selection of versatile lenses

Moment's Photo Case is slim, durable, and textured for added grip. It's compatible with the company's excellent quality glass, and fits on popular flagship phones from Samsung, OnePlus, and Google.

Who should buy this

Mobile photographers who want more out of their phone's camera(s) than the stock experience can offer. Rather than deferring to a secondary lens with lesser quality, you can augment your phone's primary camera with different focal lengths to achieve different perspectives in your photos and videos.

Is it a good time to buy this case?

Yes. Moment uses the same style for nearly all of its cases, and more importantly, every case features the same M-series lens mount. This means that even if you upgrade your phone after buying multiple Moment lenses, the only thing you'll need to replace is the Photo Case itself — the glass will remain compatible.

Reasons to buy

  • Excellent lens selection
  • Multiple options for materials
  • Protective rubberized design

Reasons not to buy

  • Lenses are expensive
  • Brands like LG and Huawei are left out

Interchangeable lenses, interchangeable cases

Moment 18mm lens on Pixel 4Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

If you're someone who likes to take a lot of photos (or videos) on your phone, you've probably either picked up a phone with multiple cameras or considered buying one in the future. Those secondary (and often times, tertiary) cameras are great for added versatility, but they never quite match the quality of your primary sensor.

Even the best single lens can't beat a collection of dedicated lenses for any situation.

The Moment Photo Case allows you to use your phone more like a pocketable DSLR, with interchangeable lenses that make use of your phone's best camera, and optional accessories like wrist straps, neck straps, and pouches. The case itself comes in canvas and wood options, and the camera cutouts are shaped to accept Moment's various lens options.

You can choose from an 18mm wide-angle lens, a 58mm telephoto, a 14mm super fisheye, a 25mm macro, or even an anamorphic lens aimed at videographers looking to get that cinematic effect. Each lens is compatible with every phone Moment makes a case for, which includes recent flagships from brands like Samsung, Google, and OnePlus.

The downside? These lenses are expensive, ranging from $80 all the way up to $150 for the anamorphic lens. That's relatively affordable compared to similar lenses meant for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but at the end of the day, you're still shooting from a phone with a tiny sensor. These lenses allow your phone to take entirely new kinds of photos, but it's up to you and how often you take pictures to determine whether that's worth the expense.

Alternatives to the Moment Photo Case

Moment is the biggest name in mobile photography accessories, but it isn't your only option. RhinoShield offers a similar design, with a slim case and add-on lenses, at a much lower overall price, while Olloclip forgoes the case and instead provides a more direct clip-on lens option.

Value pick

RhinoShield SolidSuit (Galaxy S10)

Cheaper lenses, fewer modern devices supported

The SolidSuit case is available in a wide variety of finishes and allows you to attach one of RhinoShield's add-on lenses with the help of a lens adapter — that is, assuming you have a supported device. You can choose from a 0.6x wide + macro lens or a 0.62x 4K wide + macro lens.

RhinoShield's lenses are dramatically cheaper than Moment's, and the SolidSuit line of cases is far more customizable — you can change everything from the print on the back to the color of the buttons. You have fewer lenses to choose from, however, and RhinoShield doesn't support most modern flagships (with the exception of the Galaxy S10 series). If you have an older device, however, this could be the right option for you.

Best without a case

Olloclip Essential Lenses

Universal clip-on attachment

Rather than making phone-specific cases, Olloclip allows you to attach its lenses directly to your phone. Its lens selection beats out even Moment's, though its Essential Lenses bundle should be plenty for most people, offering fisheye, super wide-angle, and macro lenses in a single piece of kit.

Olloclip offers a wide variety of single- and multi-lens attachments that fit onto almost phone, with options for telephoto, wide-angle, macro, and more. The clip obstructs part of your phone's display, but it doesn't affect touch operation and can be a great options for phones unsupported by Moment and RhinoShield.

Bottom line

The Moment Photo Case and its lenses are expensive, but the image quality is well worth it if your phone is your primary camera — and let's be honest, phone cameras are more than good enough these days for most people. If you're on a budget, though, or your phone is unsupported by Moment, RhinoShield and Olloclip make great alternatives.

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