The Mobile Phone Telescope for Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bit of a novelty item, sold from MobileZap, (a provider of smartphone cases and gadgets for the Galaxy S4 and iPhone’s). The telescopic lens (or what I like to call it – a spy camera) can take some decent photos; however, it can make you feel like a bit of a fool when using it.
Inside the box, you get 1 x Samsung Galaxy S4 camera case, 1 x Long Range Telescopic Lens, 1 x neck clip, and 2 x microfiber cloths. Connecting the camera lens is as simple as attaching the add-on case to the GS4, and twisting in the lens; however, you may find that by the time you connect the lens, your objects moved from view. If you are using a phone case with your GS4, you may have to remove it.
Testing out the telescopic lens
This is a photo of my backyard from the inside my house through the lens, with the camera zoomed in full. Below is a photo while standing in the same location without the lens and no camera zoom. Note: I did crop the bottom of the photo.
Below is the above photo, but I have zoomed-in using my computer.
In my opinion, the quality is just as good without it.
One thing you do need while using the lens, is an incredibly steady hand, or a tripod.
Yes, you will be able to archive the above image with the telescopic lens; however, for everyday shots it will be a little hard.
For less than $30, it’s a fun thing to have as it is categorised under “novelty”, but you wouldn’t use it on a daily basis, unless of course there is a particular object that you want a photo of that is a fair distance away, or you need a conversation starter.