That will depend on you and how you want your iPhone to look. A giant pane of glass or tiny pieces of glass with colored rings on them.
For the impatient, this product is going to be the best used with a case, specifically a clear case. From a protection standpoint, it’ll add a tiny bit of extra protection for your camera lens. It’ll be the equivalent of trying to block a punch to the gut with a piece of paper.
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At MREH, Monty and I base all our reviews on actual usage. That means using products that we think are silly. Like camera lens screen protectors. Check out that video to find out why.
For $15 USD, Spigen gives you two protectors. Which seems like a sweet deal when compared to the $10 dollar piece of junk that you get from Zagg.
Installation is simple. Wipe your camera lens on your sleeve, dab it with the dust sticker and stick it onto your camera lens. Now I sound nonchalant wit the install because it’s that simple.
The backside of the protector has cutouts to fit the camera lens. There’s no guess work. Slap it on and go.
Now unlike all the other camera lens protectors, the glass doesn’t have any adhesive so the glass just floats on top of the camera lens. Will this be an issue for the photo quality? More on that in a few minutes.
The only thing that isn’t covered on the back of the iPhone is the mic.
Now Spigen, claims that it has a hardness of 9H on the pencil scale which is correct since the protectors scratches between 6 and 7 on the Mohs scale.
The only protector that I’ve come across that’s actually going to provide actual scratch protection is the Shellrus one. On paper anyways, we’re still testing it.
There is an oleophobic coating on the protector but I haven’t been able to gauge the quality of it.
When it come to impact, well, it’s going to break if you can do a camera lens only drop. But that’s pretty hard to do. And if you do, don’t be disappointed when this thin piece of glass breaks easily.
I will note that if you do try to take this product off after installing it, you’re going to break it. AND if you do end up shattering this protector, make sure you cover it with some tape as a safety measure. Again, there isn’t any adhesive on the clear parts of the protector so there is nothing keeping glass from going every where.
Now the reason I say this is a great product for a clear case is because you have the option to get a different color than the one you have for your iPhone. It’s a different aesthetic if you’re into that.
My biggest issue with this product are the edges. They are very noticeable on a bare iPhone. The camera area of the iPhone is bumpy BUT doesn’t have many sharp edges. The sharpest edge is probably the lens itself but its has a bit of chamfering. The glass on the Spigen GlasTr full cover camera lens protector
Alright, onto the big question, does this camera lens protector mess with your photo or video quality? Remember, there’s no adhesive on the glass.
Let’s start with the biggest culprit which is the flash. It’s going to suffer a bit since the protector basically adds a 1 mm wall around the flash bulb which means you’ll lose the flash at the edges of your photograph.
Will this be noticeable? Probably not since when you’re taken flash photos, you’re subject is usually in the middle BUT it’s still limiting the full potential of your device.
Next up are photos with the sun in the background. You’re going to love this product if your JJ Abrams and all the lens flare you’re going to get with the protector.
Now outside of those two instances, the other photos didn’t show a noticeable change in quality. Monty looked fine and all the lights in my office didn’t suffer much from the glare. Remember the photo from the Zagg product? Terrible.
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