Manual focus lens on fixed focus camera ?

by ToZo   Last Updated June 21, 2018 14:18 PM

Hello i have bought this camera: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Compact-Digital-Camera-24MP-4X-Digital-Zoom-3-Rotatable-Screen-Semi-Pro-Photo-Video-Recorder-Camcorder/32785992486.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.7d5e4c4dAxVHqj

It is a lens type camera, but it has a FIXED focus. I read on the internet that if I buy and put a manual focus lens it will work? Is that true ?

If it is true what type of lens should i buy .. i search and search but there are A lot of different types of lens interfaces .. i dont know even what my interface is.. it just screws .. a screw type lens ? (or something like that)

I can take photos of something if would be helpfull :)



Answers 1


This camera appears to essentially be a phone camera placed into a body made to look like a compact 'point and shoot' or small advanced compact camera. Most of the "lens" is just window dressing for the tiny lens located in the middle. In some of the product photos there appears to be a flat, screw on "protective" filter in place to make the "lens" look much larger than it actually is.

The optional "lenses" are screw on adapters that attach in front of the actual lens permanently attached to the camera. They are similar to the add-on "telephoto", "wide angle", and "macro" attachments one can purchase to use on their phone's camera. Such "lenses" are also available to fit some lower cost SLR lenses, such as the 18-55mm kit lenses sold with many entry level DSLRs.

When the description says "fixed focus" what it probably means is that the focal length of the embedded lens on the camera has a fixed focal length. Several other clues in the description hint that the description is a less than perfect translation from another language.

The optional "lenses" will probably work about as well as similar attachments for phone cameras do. I doubt you will have any control over being able to manually focus this camera. It will probably autofocus about like most phone cameras do. After all, what this camera appears to be is basically a phone camera disguised as a compact point and shoot or even a "bridge" camera.

Michael Clark
Michael Clark
June 21, 2018 14:04 PM

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