Do you have a crippling fear that a part of your super-expensive iPhone will break? Well, sadly Camera Lens Protectors is not for you. We have reviewed a couple of Camera Lens Protectors and more often than not your camera lens is more scratch-resistant than these camera lens “protectors”.
But if you really need one, we recommend Shellrus Sapphire Lens Protector because it can actually protect your camera lens.
Keep reading, if you want to find out if a camera lens protector is really for you!
At Mobile Reviews Eh!, we do tests and use the products in our everyday lives for days even weeks before doing an actual review. We started reviewing camera lens protectors in the middle of May so it’s taken us about two months to get through all these products and reviews.
A Fair Warning About Camera Lens Protectors
Camera lens protectors aren’t as protective as they sound.
The only thing they might do is maybe prevent your camera lens from breaking. We say maybe because out of the dozens of iPhone’s we’ve dropped, we’ve yet to break a camera lens. But almost every other drop we’ve done with a camera lens protector will result in the protector cracking.
If you’re worried about scratching, the camera lens themselves is quite scratch resistant. Glass companies love to bedazzle you with marketing fluff and plaster their products with two letters “9H”. But here’s the thing, the camera lens protectors we reviewed are actually more prone to scratches than the glass it’s trying to protect.
You’re sacrificing your photo quality by using camera lens protectors.
4 out of 5 camera lens protectors we reviewed will introduce artifacts into your photos. You’ll get ghosting and glare issues. The only product that offers the best photo quality is going to be the Ringke Camera Styling Screen Protector because it doesn’t actually cover the camera lens.
Most of these camera lens protectors don’t stick to the actual camera lenses so you’ll end up with light bouncing between the two glass surfaces.
Zagg Glass Fusion
Zagg Glass Fusion is the only product that won’t change the look of your iPhone’s camera area which is sadly the only good thing about it. Zagg Glass Fusion will scratch between 2-3H a far cry from the 8-9H found on the iPhone. You can also easily take your finger and move the Zagg Glass Fusion around and photos taken with these movable protectors are terrible.
Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector
The only thing Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector has is that it changes the way the camera area looks. Instead of the nice frosted, glass, you can slap on a piece of metal. Just be careful, it doesn’t take much to pop it off.
The fit of Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector is better than the Spigen GlasTR Slim because the cover has a chamfered edge which means you can use it with an ultra-thin case or by itself. You’re not going to notice the edge of the product much.
However, Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector isn’t going to offer much protection for the actual camera lens. There’s something to be said about adding a lip to the camera lens but that’s a moot point if you’re using a case.
The cutout around the flash is also going to reduce the effectiveness of the flash along the edges of your photographs.
Spigen GlasTR Slim
If you’re completely paranoid about shattering your camera lenses, Spigen GlasTR Slim camera protectors would be the one we’d recommend. There’s two in each package which is handy so when you drop your iPhone and break the protector, you can dwell in that false sense of security that the product actually did something.
However, the edges of the Spigen GlasTR Slim are quite noticeable. Unlike the Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector where the adhesive is applied straight to the metal piece, Spigen GlasTR Slim has a piece of foam between
the adhesive and glass, most likely to provide the protector with a bit of give so it doesn’t crack from a sneeze.
Like the Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector, your camera flash will be reduced and your photos of things taken with a direct light source will result in noticeable artifacts.
The tempered glass found in the Spigen GlasTR Slim camera protector scratches at a soft 6H. This means Spigen GlasTR Slim is going to scratch much quicker than the camera lens by itself.
Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector
If you really want to change the look of your camera lens, go with the Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector. Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector has a small multitude of different colors and the aluminum ring around the glass is larger than Shellrus Sapphire Lens Protector so it really draws your eyes to the protectors.
The individual protectors also eliminate the loss of flash you’d get from the Spigen GlasTR Slim and Ringke Camera Styling Aluminum Frame Protector.
One sorta good thing about Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector is that the scratch resistance it offers your camera lens is better than Spigen GlasTR Slim and Zagg Glass Fusion. Based on our tests, Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector could handle scratches up to 6H and scratches from a 7H were barely noticeable. But even this better scratch resistance, it’s not going to offer any extra scratch protection for your camera lens.
The last thing we don’t like about Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector is that they come off quite easily. We initially thought that there was a sharp edge along with each protector but it’s chamfered so it’s going to catch on much so that just means the adhesive on Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector needs to be stronger.
Shellrus Sapphire Lens Protector
Shellrus Sapphire Lens Protector is the only product that adds more scratch protection to your lens. Our Moh’s 9H Pic does nothing to the protector whereas the 9H pic will leave tiny scratches on the iPhone 11’s camera lens.
The adhesive on the Shellrus Sapphire Lens Protector is quite aggressive as we didn’t lose any during our testing period and from a physical standpoint, aren’t as noticeable as there’s more glass than aluminum when compared to the Rhinoshield Tempered Glass Lens Protector.
The only thing we don’t like withShellrus Sapphire Lens Protector is that light artifacts are quite apparent when dealing with photos shot against direct light sources. We mentioned this to Shellrus and they’re looking at adding a layer of anti-reflective coating on the inside of the protectors to minimize the ghosting that you’re seeing.