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Need to view or take close up pics of really small objects using your phone? Check out the low-cost add-ons made by Carson Optical: These fit on iPhones and the Galaxy S 4 using a magnet, making small objects super clear.

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I’ve seen a number of camera add-ons for mobile phones over the years but never invested in one. I am thinking about this one from Carson Optical though, after watching a demonstration video of its 10x and 15x macro lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S 4.

I like how small the product is and how it “clips” onto a phone: It uses a magnet. Provided that’s not going to wipe my phone’s data (on no!), I love the implementation because it’s quick and easy. Take a peek the product demo and its usage on a Galaxy S 4.

I don’t see pricing for the Galaxy S 4 version of this but the model for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s has an MSRP of $15.00 according to Amazon, which currently sells it for $10.58. That’s a small price to pay to see tiny objects up close and take clear images of them with a handset.

  1. I like how that guys beard grew out over the course of the video. Was that an optical trick? ;)

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  2. False advertising! At 1:40 he seems to actually focus on Washingtons head. Then you he used a saved image, he already had on his phone of Washington (B&W! Really, thought money was GREEN!). Plus he isn’t even focusing over his head when he’s supposedly showing “after results”. Also most people have cases over their phones so the magnet and macro capability will be affected, because a case would move the macro lens further away from the actual phone lens. Stop showing saved pics from your phone!

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  3. Muhammad Adnan Bashir Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Iphone 5s’ camera is enough for me and at least for every iphone user which provide great quality. I’ll not prefer changing the look of my iphone.

    Adam,
    http://howbees.com

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  4. Sounds like a lot of people are saying this doesn’t stay on the phone. I designed an iPhone 5/5S macro lens that slips over the edge of the phone that can be 3D-printed on Shapeways. The whole thing is about $10, has a glass lens, and looks pretty slick if I do say so myself. A little bit of assembly is required. Help yourself: http://shpws.me/q26I

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