About HDFX360

Designed by professional photographers, the HDFX360 mobile lens kit claims to be machined from aerospace polymer and scratch impervious aspheric lenses, so you’ll be able to take professional DSLR-quality photos—but without breaking the bank.

Each HDFS360 kit comes with three German designed precision lenses:

  • Macro: 0.5” tall, 20X optical zoom
  • Wide: 0.78” tall, 0.67 magnification
  • Fisheye: 0.98” tall, 180° field of view

These lenses attach directly to any mobile device using a spring-loaded clip, which are claimed to work without harming or modifying your device and without downloading any apps. When you’re finished using your HDFX360, you’ll be able to store them in a microfiber Carry Clean soft case.

Taking all of this together, along with the fact that HDFX360’s lenses were voted Best Mobile Product 2014 and 2015, the company claims they’ve sold more than 30,000 lenses just this month.

Just because they might be popular, does this necessarily mean HDFX360’s lenses are worth the money? Can you realistically expect them to perform as well as a much more expensive DSLR? We’ll break it down here so you can make an informed decision.

What Is a DSLR Camera?

While there’s no need to go into too much detail here, in a nutshell, a DSLR (or digital single-lens reflex) camera uses built-in mirrors that “allow you to see exactly what the lens sees through the viewfinder,” and also uses interchangeable lenses.

In addition, DSLR cameras generally feature large imaging sensors, which translates into better image quality, including in low light, with speeds of at least 4 frames per second. And taking into considering the fact that a DSLR camera can be customized further using external flashes, filters, and upgraded battery packs, the possibilities are almost endless.

What does this mean when it comes to HDFX360?

Will HDFX360 Turn Your Smartphone Into a DSLR Camera?

Based on what we just learned, we can see that a DSLR is much more than just a lens. As such, simply attaching an external lens to your smartphone doesn’t automatically turn it into a DLSR, or allow it to take the same quality images.

Instead, it will only change what your smartphone’s camera sees, but not its overall quality. For example, imagine taking two pictures of the same thing and under the same circumstances (lighting, etc.): one using an HDFX360 lens, and the other using only your camera’s lens.

Afterward, when looking at your screen, you’ll notice that any imperfections will be identical (such as graininess, pixelation), although the composition might be different. The fish eye lens might include a wider view, the macro lens will zoom in, and so forth.

Even if HDFX360 won’t turn your smartphone into a DSLR camera or necessarily provide the same image quality, is it still worth the price?

How Much Does HDFX360 Cost?

HDFX360 lens kits are available in the following quantities:

  • 1 Set: $56
  • 2 Sets: $97
  • 4 Sets: $169
  • 5 Sets: $196
  • 10 Sets: $350
  • 15 Sets: $450
  • 20 Sets: $550

During checkout, you can also purchase lifetime protection (no additional details about this were provided), the cost for which varies depending on the number of kits you buy.

According to the company’s Terms, it appears refunds are only available in the event of a defective or damaged product, and only within 30 days. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to call customer service at +3129-772-8113 (note: long distance charges may apply).

How does this price compare to similar lens kits? Or, is there anything else out there like HDFX360?

Is HDFX360 the Only Smartphone Lens Kit?

Not by a long shot. So, if you’re in the market for some aftermarket smartphone lenses, you’ve literally got thousands of choices at just about every imaginable price point.

Comparatively, HDFX360 claims their lenses are constructed of an “aerospace polymer,” which is such a broad term that it tells us little about the product itself. We’re also told they contain aspheric lenses, although this technology only affects the profile (i.e. the thickness) of the lens, but not necessarily the performance.

From a price perspective, you’ll find similar three-lens sets only selling for as little as $7. Without more concrete details about HDFX360’s lenses, there’s no way to tell how they stack up against these other options based on quality and functionality.

What are customers saying about HDFX360? Are they pleased with their performance?

Online Customer Feedback for HDFX360 Camera Lenses

We came across only a handful of online reviews for HDFX360 during our research, the most detailed of which was on ICTPLD.com. There, the author noted that they were “very impressed with the quality of the photos”:

As for all of the extravagant claims made by the makers, I cannot vouch for the truthfulness of those claims. The product appears to be professionally designed, but I wasn’t there to witness its inception so I can’t be 100% sure. Apparently, the HDFX 360 has won various awards from important organizations in the camera industry. And they are proud to tout about those awards.”

As for how these lenses might stack up against a traditional (and much higher priced) DSLR camera? One user on Singletrack World’s forum mentioned: “They're probably ok for producing 'quirky' smartphone images, but I really don't think they'd be much cop beyond that. Quality lenses cost loads for a reason. These are very cheap.”

Should HDFX360’s Lens Kit Be on Your Radar?

We’ve already talked about the fact that lenses alone don’t make a DSLR camera, so it’s reasonable to conclude that HDFX360 will not turn your smartphone into one.

What if you’re just looking for a neat new way to enjoy photography and open up new creative possibilities on your smartphone? In our opinion, as long as you understand that HDFX360’s lenses will only change the composition—not the quality—of your pictures, you might be satisfied with the performance. Just remember that they’re competing with thousands of different options, some of which might offer a better bang for your buck.

Regardless of which option you choose, just remember that although these types of lenses often claim to fit any mobile device, they might not work with your case. This means that you might find yourself having to constantly remove your case in order to enjoy your lenses.

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5 Customer Reviews for HDFX360

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  • 37 out 37 people found this review helpful

    HD360X Scam

    • Omaha,
    • Sep 18, 2016

    Bought for my wife for a birthday present as she likes to take pictures. Looks durable. As far as pictures being professional quality – give me a break. Very grainy and out of focus. Now I'm hearing refund nightmares. Don't get swindled. This product is garbage. Buyer beware.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 41 out 41 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy from this company

    They are terrible to work with. The website has many flashing distractions, the customer "service" is unfriendly, they refuse to cancel orders (within the first minute after it was placed!), they do not acknowledge emails, refused shipments, or returns. I am still waiting for a refund from April (it is August as I write this).

    The products are available through Amazon, so if you must have it buy it from Amazon.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 39 out 39 people found this review helpful

    HDFX360 Failure

    The HDFX360 lens appear to do all that is advertised but only when used in conjunction with a smart phone that is not in a protective case. Once the thickness of the case is involved the lens do no more than the native controls will accomplish. Most people will not remove their protective case to use these lenses.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 48 out 48 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    The HDFX360 doesn't work well with my Samsung S6. I've made numerous calls to their telephone number (no one answers the phone). I've sent numerous email and when I do receive a reply, it is a generic one with their URL link. I also tried to use their contact form on csm123.com and it doesn't work. I am keen to return my product within their 30 day; however, I can't get them to reply with their RMA number (a requirement to send it back to get refunded). I noted there is no name or address I can contact and that raises alarm bells regarding this company.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 37 out 37 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    Never received the product. I asked for shipping details several times and was just given the email run around. DO NOT buy anything from these guys. I had to get the credit card company involved in order to get my money back.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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