Android and iPhone Camera Lens Filters for Better Smartphone Videos!

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Lens filters are a key tool in any Pro Filmmaker or Photographers arsenal, and for very good reason… They can not only improve the detail and composition of your shot under the right conditions, but also unlock a huge amount of creative potential and flexibility!

Shooting on my smartphone, I’ve missed having a decent set of filters and the extra flexibility they provide. I’ve been experimenting with filters for smartphones for a while now but hadn’t found any that I’d give a solid ‘thumbs up’ and recommend on the channel… Most were made of cheaper plastic, and definitely didn’t hit the quality bar I was looking for… until now!

SANDMARC recently reached out offering to send us a free set of their filters to try… After checking out their website (they made some BIG promises), I was keen to put the SANDMARC filters to the test!

After using the Smartphone lens filters on a variety of shoots (specifically the ND and Polarizer filters), we wanted to do a full review on the channel for anyone looking for ways to level up their ‘Smartphone Video game’ (oh… and smartphone photography! 😀 )

Don’t worry, if you’re new to camera filters – this is not just a SANDMARC filter review… We also run through the key filters I’d recommend to get started (the Polarizer and ND filter for phones), and HOW you can start using them!

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camera lens filters are a key tool for any pro filmmaker or pro photographer and now there's some great quality filters that are available to help you create better smartphone videos and photos as well so which filters should you have in your video kit how should you use them and what's the best Android and iPhone camera lens filter brand that we would recommend I'll be covering all of that off and more in this video hey it's Justin Brown here from primal video we released a ton of content to help you get better results with your videos faster if you're new here then make sure you click that big subscribe button and all the links to everything we mentioned in this video you can find linked in the description box below so let's jump into it lens filters are a key tool in any pro filmmaker or photographers kit and for good reason they can not only improve the detail and composition of your shots under the right conditions but they can also unlock a huge amount of creative potential and flexibility whether you're shooting videos or photos they can easily help you do things like remove glare and also totally change how the motion is captured when I've been shooting on my smartphone I've really missed having a decent set of filters and all the extra flexibility that that provides I've been experimenting with filters for smartphones for quite a while now and I hadn't found any that I'd give a solid thumbs-up and recommend on the channel most of them were made from cheap plastic and definitely didn't hit the quality bar that I was looking for until now SanMar Creason t reached out and offered to send us some free filters to test I took a look at their website and they made some pretty big promises so we gave them our standard terms that we'd love to but we can't guarantee your video we'll put them through their paces and we'll only review it if we like it and recommend it they agreed we got the filters we tested them out and that was so good that we thought it was finally time to get some smart phone filters up on the channel so in this video we're gonna look at which lens filters I'd recommend starting out with in your smartphone video kit how you can use them to improve your videos as well as my recommended iPhone lens filters that also work for most androids plus make sure you stick around because after we're done I'm gonna show you my number one tip for getting the most out of your smart phone when it comes to video quality and while you're watching make sure you drop a comment down below and let us know what your number one tip or accessory is for shooting better videos on your smartphone and while you're down there make sure you check out the ideas that other people have posted as well because there's always a ton of great tips and hacks from the primal video community so let's quickly start out with what a filter actually is a filter is something that sits on the outside of your camera lens to help you change up the shot so it could be something like a polarized filter which will allow you to remove the glare it could be something like an ND filter which will darken down your shot to give you a different look or a different motion capture for your videos or for your photos could be a colored filter or a gradient filter to totally change the look of the image or the video that you're capturing so there's a heap of different filters out there and essentially they're there as a creative tool to help you get more out of your cameras so the two main filters I would recommend to start with for anyone that's shooting video would be an ND filter or a neutral density filter and a polarized filter now what an ND filter will allow you to do is to limit the amount of light or restrict the amount of light that is sent through onto your camera sensor so it's essentially like putting a pair of sunglasses in front of your camera lens it's going to darken the shot down so what this lets you do is change how motion is captured in either your photos or your videos by changing the amount of light that's led in so this will give you more control over things like your aperture your ISO and your shutter speed because you'll now be able to restrict the light before you even get to adjusting those three settings which is the three settings that you would normally use to adjust the brightness and the look of your shot so in regards to creating videos with a smartphone adding an ND filter will allow you to shoot at lower shutter speeds which means that you're able to get a more cinematic look or it can also help you bring motion blur into your shots as well if you're after some more creativity with your filming now in regards to photography once again an ND filter is going to help you limit the amount of light coming into the camera which will let you play with the different exposure settings and get more control over those so this would be perfect if you want to create a long exposure shot of something like a waterfall where you get that nice look of the water where it's all blurred and flowing smoothly instead of just freezing time over one split second so it gives you a huge range of creative control just by limiting and changing the amount of light that you're letting into the camera itself now a polarized filter is normally used to help remove or limit the amount of glare or reflections from water or from bright surfaces so a polarized filter is ideal if you're going to be using it down to the lake down at the beach somewhere you've got a heap of glare coming off the water or you can also use it to creative and get some different looks with your scenery shots or scenic shots as well so you can use it to bring out more blue in the sky or more green in the grass so you can get creative with your polarized filters as well so think of it as your polarized sunglasses when you put them on it cuts out the glare and you also get a different look or different lot of colors through so that's exactly the same thing okay so now let's take a look at the sand mark filters the ones that we've got is the polarizing filter and the ND filter kit as well so what you get in the box is obviously the filter itself you also get the hard carry case which is a solid case and your filters definitely aren't going to get damaged in here and you also get the clip which is used to mount the filter and clip it onto your smartphone so straight out my first impressions were that this is definitely a high quality filter set you can tell straight away the build quality is awesome just looking at the glass it's high-quality now I've seen some really cheap sets and yeah this definitely isn't one of them so when the polarized filter kit it's actually a circular polarizer so you can adjust the amount or the level of the polarization when you're using the filter so that's really really cool and with the ND filters actually come in three different gradients or three different levels and these are stackable meaning that if you want to add multiples together to really darken down your shot then you've got that ability to so that's really cool and really because all these filters are all the exact same size will have the same thread it means you can actually even add the polarized filter on to use with the ND filters as well so that's pretty cool so to use them all you need to do is screw the lens onto the clip and then clip the clip onto your smartphone now when you're clipping onto your smartphone you want to make sure that it is 100% centered over the camera lens now these will work on both the front-facing and the rear cameras on most smartphones they do have a list of certified or recommended devices on their website this includes most of the modern iPhones so everything it says from 5c and up to the latest iPhones but I'm sure it would actually work fine on some of the older iPhones as well on the Android side there's a heap of supported devices everything from the Moto G through the Google pixel all the way up to the latest Samsung Galaxy s8 and si+ now really looking at the design of these filters they should really work with most smartphones we're pretty surprised if it doesn't work for your particular phone but with any of the smart phones that have the dual cameras on the back you just want to make sure that you are putting the filters over the correct lens depending on which one you're going to be using so when we're testing out the filters they worked exactly as you would expect for high quality filters there was no vignette another noticeable that there was even a lens filter attached to the camera while we were using them so that's that's really all you can ask for when you're using filters on your cameras one thing to be aware of though is that in a lot of cases you'll want to remove your phone case while you're using these filters for best results so that the clip will actually mount properly to your phone and that the filter will sit hard up against your camera lens the filters themselves worked exactly as they should there's three levels of darkness with the ND filters they bundle in an ND four and ND 8 and an ND 16 and obviously you can stack those up and they worked really really well and we were able to get some amazing shots both video and stills and the polarized filter was exactly the same at work as you would expect for a high quality filter set for a professional camera so it's amazing to have these filters such high quality for your smartphone use as well and with the polarized filter having it as an adjustable polarized filter where you just turn the outside and you're able to adjust the amount of polarization in your shot is amazing in us it saves having to swap out three or four different ones to be able to get the level of polarization you'd like you simply just rotate the lens as you would with a professional polarizer to get the look that you're after so it's absolutely amazing to have these filters available for your smartphones as well all right so now I know that you're just hanging out for the price how much are these filters where you can currently pick up the ND filter kit for $59.99 on Amazon and you pick up the polarized filter kit for $29.99 some amazing value considering what these lenses will let you do and how much more creative control you'll have over your videos and your photos from your smartphone now before we cover off on my number one tip for getting better video results with your smartphone let's take a look at who I'd recommend these lenses for well obviously I'm gonna recommend them to someone who is serious about taking their photography or their video with their smartphone to the next level so if you're looking to get long exposure photos or long exposure videos to change up the motion to have more cinematic looking videos and just serious about creating professional-looking videos and photos using your smartphone then these are for you so who would I not recommend these lenses for well obviously someone who is not going to use them if you've got no need for an ND filter or for a polarized filter you're just happy with your smartphone photos and videos the way they are and applying filters using things like Instagram or Snapseed after you've created your photos then this obviously isn't for you this is really for those people that like to do everything in camera and get the most out of their camera pushing the boundaries of what you can create with your smartphone then yeah this is for you so if you're not that then obviously don't spend the money on these filters emery goes to my number one tip to get the most out of your smartphone when it comes to creating quality videos with your smartphone is to use a third-party camera app or an aftermarket camera app get away from using the built-in one that came with your phone and get some power in behind your videos so this will allow you to do things like lock down your shutter speed your ISO your white balance and a heap of other advanced controls that you would normally just find on your DSLR or video camera you've got all that power that you can harness and lock down in your smartphone as well using an app like filmic Pro so check out the video linked on-screen now for a full walkthrough of the key settings to use when you're using filmic pro on your smart phone whether it's an iOS or an Android device I'll see you soon

34 thoughts on “Android and iPhone Camera Lens Filters for Better Smartphone Videos!

  1. I'm in real estate and I've ordered the Sandmarc wide angle for my iPhone XS MAX. When shooting interior photos, brightness from windows and such are always a challenge. Which Sandmarc filter(s) would you recommend that I experiment with?

  2. Hi! I've been searching for an Android app that lets you set (or at least view) the shutter speed of video recording. But I can't seem to find it. Do you know an Android app for it? "Open Camera" only lets you set the fps, ISO and a slider for the exposure, but NO shutter speed 😪 Please help! 🤐😘😘

  3. Looking at getting the polarization lens to get rid of glares when shooting photos of my acrylic painting in my art studio. Does anyone have any experience with that?

  4. You said you will show us your #1 tip on how to get the most out of your video. You just provided a link to another of your video. You could have just provided the link in the 1st place.

  5. I bought Sandmarc's ND filters and Drama polarizer on my iphone 6s thinking they would be helpful when taking pics and videos of planes in air shows. Typically, the sky brightness makes it difficult to center the plane in the middle of the viewfinder when the plane is in the air and thought these filters would help. Not sure yet what combination of NDs and polarizer would be best for this. Indoors makes a big difference, when taking a few shots outdoors, the effect seems to be very subtle. I guess I need to experiment. If anyone has any suggestions on iphone settings which may make a difference, let me know.

  6. Hi, great vid… what lenses do you recommend for galaxy s9? New to the galaxy and android platform use to be iphone user till recent and seems like there are more accessories for iphone for filming and limited to samsung phones… thanks for any suggestions or opinions

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