Today I will be reviewing a case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 courtesy of our good friends at MobileZap. The case in question is the Long Range Telescope Photo Lens Case.

Why would anyone want a Telescopic lens for a mobile phone you ask? One could answer “because I can”, another might say “Why not?”. In this age of gadgetry and toys, this one could be quite useful!

Hear me out, you’re out and about and you want to take some nice photos from a distance but you don’t want to lug around a big SLR camera. What are you going to do? The answer to that is quite simple, you could take your Samsung Galaxy S4 along. This in itself takes very nice photos. Then you could whack on your case, which provides protection to the back of your phone, and screw in the telescopic lens that magnifies your photo zooming capabilities by 8x.

What comes in the box?

  • 1 x lens
  • 2 x Cleaning cloths
  • 1 x Beck strap
  • 1 x Backing case

Samsung Lens


The lens performs quite well, with clear photos from afar. Don’t take my word for it, check out these photos I took using the Samsung Galaxy S4 on it own and with the Long Range Telescope Lens.

A quick look over the fence:

8x Zoom

8x Zoom

Standard Photo

Standard Photo







Over in one of Sydney’s Southern Suburbs, Kogarah Bay:

Kogarah Bay

8x Zoom

Kogarah Bay

Standard Photo







As you can see the zoom on this device is exceptional, turning your point and shoot camera into a pocket sized SLR.

The Lens:

Being a pint sized sized SLR camera, as expected you will have issues with stability. There is no stability control on this. The only tip I can give you is to hold lean your hand up against something when taking a photo and you will be happy with the results. The lens does not come with a lens cap, so you will need to clean it often.

Cleaning Cloth:

The cleaning cloth is made out of what looks like micro-fibre. This is pretty standard for all camera and other optics. Giving both sides of the lens a good wipe will ensure clean and crisp photos.

The Back Strap

When on holiday or roaming about taking photos into the distance the last thing you want to be doing is carrying around things in your pocket. This lens is mobil for that very reason. It comes with a back strap so you can secure the lens to your neck as you would any other camera, thus allowing you quick access to SLR type photos via your Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Backing Case

The backing case snaps snuggly onto the back of your phone thus protecting your phone. The backing case can be left on with or without the telescope photo lens. When you want to use the lens, it simply screws in and away it goes. The only drawback I found is that there is no hole for the flash, which means if you want to take a standard photo in the dark you need to take the backing case off.

The Verdict

The lens performed remarkably well, took great photos and for that, I cannot fault it. If you are looking to travel and pack lightly then this is a MUST. At $29.49 from MobileZap, I highly recommend you pick one of these up. With Christmas around the corner, this would also make a wonderful gift.

Don’t forget to tell them, TECHHELPER sent you!!


If you have any questions or comments regarding this device please leave your comments below.

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Nick is an IT Professional who has been in the IT industry for over 15 years. A passion for technology & thirst for knowledge. A certified ITIL v3 professional, Nick is qualified & dedicated to delivering effective & efficient IT services with an Honest smile.