The Ultimate Pixel 3 Camera Upgrade [Moment Lenses Review]

by birtanpublished on April 6, 2021

The greatest flaw of the pixel threes camera might be that there's only one of it it's awfully the best performing of any smartphone camera but the extra versatility you get from features like nice sight is undone by the very limited field of view that you have to deal with there's no true telephoto lens no true wide-angle lens that's a problem that moment has been solving in phone cameras for the past couple years this company produces lens cases for a bunch of phones and has a lot of high quality lenses to go with them you can use a moment lens with an iPhone or a Galaxy Note 9 or anything that has a supporting

Case but the pixel 3 might be the best phone ever for this kind of accessory take a second to subscribe if you haven't already and we'll get into why that's the case first let's get to the basics of what these moment lenses actually do I've been using them with a pixel 3 and pixel 3 XL and what you get is a chunky plastic case in a bunch of colors and finishes with this screw attachment over the phone's rear camera in addition to being pretty sturdy as a hardshell case it also doesn't look too bad

Attaching lenses is pretty simple just align the line on the lens with the mark on the case and turn same motion in Reverse to detach once you're done so the moment lens sits on top of the pixel trees built-in camera and lens giving you a wider or tighter view so that's the same benefit you get from a multi camera phone like an LG be 40 or galaxy s 10 but with a bit of a difference see most multi camera phones use cheaper lower performance sensors in their secondary cameras which is why in many situations you'll see the telephoto mode switch back to a digital crop of the

Main sensor in low-light the difference of the moment lens is it gives you true telephoto or true wide-angle using the phone's main high performance camera I've been using three of Moments main lenses the 58 millimeter telephoto the 18 millimeter wide angle and the 170° superficie p2 as you'd expect the telephoto lets you punch in a little more for a closer view while the wide-angle opens things out a little and the superfish opens things out a lot for some perspective the telephoto gives you about the equivalent of a single punch in on the pixel 3 software zoom scale

With the 18 millimeter telephoto it's the reverse imagine you could zoom out again one level from the default field of view but the telephoto in particular what that ultimately gets you is an extra level of optical zoom before you need to start using the super resolume feature in software and if you do need to punch him from the world of extra detail then the super a zoom feature does work just fine with the moment lens attached the effect isn't too over-the-top or particularly dramatic but the telephoto in particular opens up some really interesting creative

Possibilities for the pixel 3 for instance you can combine the 58 millimeter lens with a pixel threes in built software portrait modes to completely obliterate the background in portrait shots even in the distance and even in a low-light that's because you're still using the main sensor with all its dual pixel magic as opposed to a cheaper secondary tell Oh sensor it's a unique look that really doesn't look like any other smartphone photo though I did notice a few more edge detection issues with the moment lens attached compared to using the

Pixel three's main camera alone it's also pretty neat to see what you can do with panorama mode with a moment lens attached you'll need to use the optional photosphere mode but once you do ility capture dramatic landscape shots with more detail in the horizon and less sky and ground taking up space but since the pixel three's camera software isn't necessarily tuned for these lenses you can run into one or two issues the biggest one I've encountered is around video stabilization sometimes this will just completely fall over and fail to count a hand motion of any kind using

The wide angle or fisheye lenses that's not too surprising nor is it a deal-breaker after all you can always go in and stabilize your shots after the fact in google photos or a professional video editing app it is worth being aware of though speaking of the fisheye this has been by far my favorite of all the moment lenses just because of the unique field of viewer offers which is unlike anything else I've seen from a phone camera I captured some really impressive street photos using the moment fisheye lens and it's actually really fun to combine it with the pixel

Threes excellent nitesite mode for super wide angle shots at night with exceptional clarity brightness and Colour detail no wide-angle camera in a smartphone even comes close to what the moment fisheye lens plus Nightside can offer the fisheye lens is also really enjoyable to use in video mode though as I said be prepared to have to stabilize your shots after the fact if you're moving or panning a lot in a couple of video reviews here on the AC channel I've used footage from the moment fisheye lens to give in the point of view perspective of for example using

The honours new 20 year you can still get a very clear view of the phone in your hand only with the benefit of this extremely wide angle and you can do all of this on a phone without carrying around a bulky camera rig it really is a ton of fun to use but while we're talking bulk is worth remembering one of the major trade-offs of these moment lenses the case has significant extra bulk to your phone there's really no getting around that and the lenses themselves also take up a non-trivial amount of space to moments credit it also provides these neat little bags for

Each lens Plus lens caps and carry cases for multiple lenses are also available include this model which can store two or up to three of the pinch that's all well and good but it's still an extra thing that you'll need to make room port in a pocket or bag however if you're out on vacation or an event or just somewhere that happens to be particularly photogenic and I think the trade-off is absolutely worth it using these lenses has let me rediscover the pixels for each camera all over again in particular the capabilities of

The telephoto and a superfish are an ideal complement to Google's already excellent single camera setup this equipment certainly is not cheap and if you go all in then you're looking at a few hundred US dollars to kick yourself out with a bunch of lenses and cases but if you're already on Team pixel and you have even a passing interest in photography then I think moments lens setup is well worth a look that's it for now check the links in the description to buy the gear we've been talking about in this video and be sure to subscribe to you don't miss our MWC 2019 coverage

Coming very soon thanks for watching and I'll see you next time

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