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X12 Zoom Lens Test with Galaxy Note 3

I’m not that kind of guy who reviews stuff but I wanted to share my experience with the X12 zoom lens that are available for mobile phones.

First here’s a photo of the lens I used, I got it for about 23$, it comes with a tripod and an adapter which you can screw the lens into (Adapter & phone not in photo).

X12 Lens

X12 Lens

In short:

  1. Lens is good.
  2. Tripod sucks (or I just don’t know how to use it?). no matter how hard I try to fix the angles the phone\lens just rotates slightly because of the phone’s weight.
  3. It’s hard to take a video of moving objects since you’ll have to adjust the lens manually to keep the focus, it’s not always clear on the screen that the image is out of focus.

If you (like me) prefer to see results rather than read them then the rest of the post is for you. Before you continue please note that the post will contain lots of large images 🙂 .
Video samples will be provided at the end of the post too!.




To start, let’s compare two images taken with and without the lens:

Cable car, no lens

Cable car, no lens

Cable car, with lens

Cable car, with lens

(Click on the images above to see in full size)

And for something more distant here’s a plane:

Airplane, no lens

Airplane, no lens

Airplane, with lens

Airplane, with lens



And in case you’re too  lazy to click on images for full size here’s an image that will show you the difference:

Cropped Versions

Cropped Versions



I want to say that I’m really impressed with the results, I think the images would have more quality if I used the tripod. I didn’t use it because I find it really hard to make it stand still especially with the weight and size of my Galaxy Note 3, So all the photos here are taken with my not that steady hands 🙂 .

Sea gull

Sea gull

Birds value their privacy

Birds value their privacy

At the top

At the top



Finally here’s a short video, watch it in the highest quality available:



I’m also uploading a longer video which will take some time:




I hope you benefit from this post, and if you tried such lens (or any other type) please let me know and show me the results you have.

Thanks 🙂 .

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Categories: My Thoughts, Photography
  1. Frank Kirschner
    15/10/2015 at 9:04 pm

    It’s not a zoom lens. It’s a fixed telephoto lens.

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