Updated October 15, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Telephoto Smartphone Lenses

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in August of 2018. The photographic technology built into today’s smartphones blows away dedicated digital cameras from just a few years ago, but it can still be tough to capture a stunning shot from a considerable distance with a phone. When you attach one of these portable telephoto lenses to your mobile device, however, you’ll be able to zoom in on your subjects easily and come away with high-quality images. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best telephoto smartphone lens on Amazon.

10. Vorida Black

9. Todi Cell

8. Bostionye Universal

7. Xenvo Pro

6. Criacr Kit

5. Omitium Zoom

4. Apexel Power

3. Mactrem 9 in 1

2. Eweima Clip-On

1. Moment Tele

Special Honors

Moondog Labs Anamorphic Capturing images and video in anamorphic format used to require expensive equipment, but Moondog Labs has set out to remove that burden. These sleek, high-end lenses enable any talented cinematographer with a mobile phone to produce professional-quality films and photos. moondoglabs.com

Smart Evasion Creativity Using this versatile telephoto lens, you’ll be able to generate sharp, detailed portraits in a close-up format, capturing the essence of your subject’s character without worry of distortion or inaccurate colors. It also allows you to zoom in and focus on objects at a distance, making it useful for animal and bird watching. smartevasion.com

Editor's Notes

October 09, 2019:

With the exception of the Vorida Black and one other item with quality issues, every product on the list was no longer available, necessitating an extensive overhaul of the rankings. We made an effort to include some single-lens options as well as several kits that provide multiple lenses (such as macro, fisheye and wide angle) in addition to the standard telephoto lens.

Some models, like the Bostionye Universal and Omitium Zoom, also come with special filters for spicing up your images with enhanced colors, more dynamic contrast, vibrant lighting, and other features. Users of the Omitium model appreciate its portability and simple operation, noting the ability to quickly attach and detach the lenses while hiking, traveling or watching a sporting event.

In terms of zoom capabilities, the Apexel Power is one of the more impressive models available, and it comes with a sturdy tripod stand to ensure stability as you zero in on faraway objects. Reports suggest that it’s an effective lens for capturing images of animals and nature with exceptional clarity.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on October 15, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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