Simple lens attachment turns smartphone into microscope

Simple lens attachment turns smartphone into microscope
While it isn't the first product turning a smartphone into a microscope, the Micro Phone Lens is surely among the simplest solutions around. The accessory is pretty much just a tiny lens that you stick onto your phone's camera, gaining extra magnification for taking a closer look at stuff like the tracks on a circuit board or the wings of a fly.

What you need to know about the Micro Phone Lens is that it adds 15X zoom to your camera's optical system. Sure, that isn't a whole lot when compared to a professional microscope, but seriously, you cannot really expect more from something that costs $15. Besides, a stand-alone microscope is quite bulky. The Micro Phone Lens, on the other hand, is made with portability in mind so it can be carried around anywhere. The accessory self-adheres to the camera you want to use it with (5MP or more with auto-focus recommended), meaning that special cases or attachments aren't needed. It is made of a material that is optically identical to glass and resistant to scratching. 

Want to have one of these? Well, then Kicstarter is the place to go to. The project has raised sufficient funding already and anyone who pledged will get their Micro Phone Lens in October at the latest. And by the way, the guy who came up with the idea has a supercharged, 150X zoom lens in the works, so you may want to keep an eye out for that as well.

source: Kickstarter



1. gd761

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The Question is; Will this and the 150x Lens Fit on ALL MODEL PHONES? And not just the most popular phones, because if that's the case, then you guys might be shooting yourselves in the foot before you even get started.

2. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Blur effect, I'd prefer photo taken with macro mode and cropping tool.

7. sepehrbeckham

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

this is not a Zoom lens guy.This is looks like a can't do it with macro mode or crop. open the source link an watch the just 15$.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Simple lens attachment turns smartphone into microscope" Far away from microscope, it is just a magnifying glass.

4. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011


5. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

cannot be called microscope.. in microscope picture tend to be very clear .. but in this not somewhat blury but still i would say good innovation.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Micro Phone Lens is that it adds 15X zoom to your camera's optical system and 5MP or more with auto-focus recommended. Nice.

8. Dunexus

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Less espensive, just a drop of water !​12/transform-your-iphone-into-a-microscope-just-ad​d-water/

9. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

i bet the quality of pictures taken is not as good as the stock quality.

10. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

Imagine the Lumia 1020...

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