Need more coverage? Check out Black Eye's Pro Cinema Wide G4 Lens [hands-on]


Smartphone add-on lenses aren’t new, they’ve been around for quite some time adding a new layer of versatility for content creators. Knowing that, it would make anyone wonder what’s different and special about the Pro Cinema Wide G4 lens from the company Black Eye.

To be blunt about it, there’s nothing terribly different about it versus some other equivalent offerings in the market. Essentially, you slap the add-on lens over your phone’s existing camera to get that wider view. Strangely enough, the newer Pro Cinema Wide G4 lens extends its coverage to a 120-degree view, which is actually less than previous HD Wide Angle lens from the company that reaches an even wider 160-degree view. Okay, so we’ll let that one slide, but to Black Eye’s credit, the Pro Cinema Wide G4 lens features enhancements that aren’t found with the previous model.

Without (L) and with (R) the Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 Lens. You gain the extra coverage, but notice the softness and vignetting.
Without (L) and with (R) the Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 Lens. You gain the extra coverage, but notice the softness and vignetting.

Without (L) and with (R) the Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 Lens. You gain the extra coverage, but notice the softness and vignetting.


Testing it out with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, we noticed that you really can’t use the lens with a case on the phone – just because it requires a flush connection to reduce distortion. There’s a sweet spot where everything comes into a sharp view, so it takes a little bit to find it. Once we’re able to find it, we’re given that wider view to capture more of the scene. At the corners, though, we notice a bit of softness and sometimes vignetting, which is a common thing produced by these wide-angle lenses.

Using the Pro Cinema Wide G4 with the front-facing camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Using the Pro Cinema Wide G4 with the front-facing camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Using the Pro Cinema Wide G4 with the front-facing camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.


Obviously, if your smartphone lacks a dedicated wide-angle camera, like the ones found in the Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and LG V40 ThinQ, the Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 will be a huge benefit. We particularly appreciate its wider coverage the most when pairing it with the front-facing camera, since most phones tend to have a tighter view and rarely often feature wide-angle coverage. Priced at $100, however, makes for a tougher sell because it’s a significant investment that the average person is unlikely to budge on. For enthusiasts that are looking to up their game and really appreciate the value of a wider field of view, it may be worth the investment.

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6 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

$100 for a lens? Lol

2. emjoigently

Posts: 139; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

I'm a convert to Moment lenses. The simple act of putting a mounting system into a phone case is pretty critical. You twist on the lens and it's all good. Clip on lenses, no matter their quality, have that headache of getting them to sit just right. My suggestion. "Someone" (who? Apple, Samsung, Google... Canon or Nikon?....an agreement between these lens makers?) create a mount standard that case makers can easily implement. Just a hole size with a notch. Agree to something and sales will be much better.

6. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Agreed! The ease of use of the moment system is amazing. Nothing can beat the simple twist and go for each of those lenses.

3. retinas

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 02, 2018

Why not get chinese lens for 2-3 dollars?

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Quality of the glass matters greatly, many of the cheap ones have terrible vignetting and are very soft, almost blurry. There are definitely cheaper options that work well, I spent $30 for one I'm happy with.

4. Vogue1985

Posts: 318; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Nice, buttttt, if I spend an extra 150 I'll get a camera (2nd hand) better than the one on my phones. Nice accessory,it really adds more detail.

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