Fantastic fisheye lens expands view of iPhone camera


scene from iPhone 11 with Moment fisheye lens
Go wide! The new Moment fisheye lens lets you shoot in Night Mode and capture RAW images on the iPhone 11 series.
Photo: Moment

By now, we’ve learned that two of the three rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro are worthy of the Pro name. The third, the ultra-wide, is merely adequate.

Mobile phone lens-maker Moment has a new chunk of glass to bring fisheye drama to your photos with the image quality you expect from a camera with Pro in the name.

The Moment Fisheye 14mm lens provides a 170-degree look at the world with edge-to-edge sharpness. And you get the same point of view as GoPro for about $100 less.

The Moment fisheye lens option

Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro debuted this fall with a new three-camera module. Alongside the 28mm standard camera and the versatile telephoto camera, Apple added an ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree view. Built-in software minimizes the distortion common with super-wide shots.

But some of the more serious iPhone photographers see the iPhone 11 Pro ultra-wide camera as a bit of a letdown. It does not work with the iPhone’s new Night Mode, which greatly eliminates previous problems with low-light performance. The ultra-wide camera also does not allow shooters to capture RAW files.

The new Moment fisheye lens is a 14mm with a 170-degree field of view
The new lens is a 14mm with a 170-degree field of view.
Photo: Moment

Moment’s new Fisheye (its widest lens until today’s launch was 15mm) boasts an f/1.7 aperture. It mounts in front of the iPhone’s main camera lens, so photographers can record in RAW and make stunning cityscapes in the evening with Night Mode.

When the lens is used with Moment’s Pro Camera app for iOS, photos will have minimal fisheye distortion, often characterized as a bending of the image that starts to approach fun-house-mirror territory.

The new 14mm lens goes on sale today on the Moment website and will retail for $119.99. For the first 48 hours, Moment is selling the lens for $89.99.

The video below shows the possibilities when using the 14mm lens for stills and videos.


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