As much as we welcome multi-camera setups on modern smartphones, we understand that the ultrawide and/or telephoto lens are often noticeably inferior to the primary wide/normal lens.
Moment has just revealed a new 14mm smartphone lens that promises to deliver “the widest, crispiest shot you can have on a phone” to the latest smartphones like the iPhone 11/11 Pro, the Google Pixel 4, the One Plus 7, and the Samsung Galaxy S10.
The Ultra-Wide angle camera on the new iPhones is arguably the most enjoyable of the three options, but it also lacks the most features, losing out on resolution, the widest aperture, built-in stabilization and all of the impressive AI trickery that Apple has baked into its latest phones. The Moment 14mm promises to be wider, sharper, and better all-around.
The lens features an all-new optical design made specifically for the latest smartphones from Apple, Google, OnePlus and Samsung. It features a bi-aspheric design that Moment claims use 15-percent more of the image sensor than its existing Fisheye 15mm lens.
This design results in a 170-degree field of view that’s 30% wider than the 120-degree field-of-view found on most ultra-wide-angle lenses in newer smartphones, such as the iPhone 11 Pro.
Here are some comparison shots provided by Moment that shows the difference between the built-in Ultra-Wide on the iPhone 11 vs using the 14mm fisheye on the Wide Angle camera:
The resulting image can be de-warped using a new distortion correction filter in Moment’s Pro Camera app (Android, iOS). The de-warping feature is available in the iOS app today and the feature will make its way to the Android app “in the next few weeks.”
Moment’s lens promises “edge to edge” clarity that ensures a sharp image throughout the entire frame. And because the lens works through your phone’s primary sensor, you are still able to take advantage of the best image quality and access features such as Night Mode.
The Moment Fisheye 14mm lens costs $119.99. It will work with Moment’s line of M-series cases, which include options for a handful of iPhone, Pixel, OnePlus and Galaxy devices.
More info on Moment’s website.