What is the Lensa app?
Lensa AI is a magic avatar generator app for iOS and Android that lets you create colorful, custom AI portraits of yourself. It takes less than 30 minutes to get a collection of 50+ avatars that are customized based on selfie images that you upload to the app.
First, my Lensa app review
3 out of 5 stars. The avatars weren’t bad, but also not great. 96% of the images were mediocre at best. However, I did like 2 out of the 50 images that I paid $3.99 for. Considering that it’s a 4K resolution piece of digital art hat I can now use as an avatar, I suppose it could have been worse. That’s about $2 for each digital photo, so I can’t say that I was totally scammed.
There are other cartoon-ify avatar generators that I’ve had better experiences with, such as Wonder. If you’re not interested in spending money on these yet, I recommend taking a look free apps with limited styles, like Snow or Beautycam.
Getting the avatars set up
In all, it took about 20 minutes to get from app installation to a folder of 50 avatars. It was about 5 minutes to set up, configure styles, and select selfies as training inputs. From there, it took approximately 15 minutes to generate the avatars.
Here’s a step-by-step look at how I created my avatars with the Lensa app:
- Sign up for a free 7-day trial to access the Magic Avatars feature.
- Choose some styles. You can pick from 22 styles across the categories Essential, Art, and Time Machine.
- Upload 10-20 selfies. Online guides suggest avoiding any face coverings, including hands that might be touching the face, since it impacts the training.
- Choose to pay $3.99 for 50 generated images (10 styles) or $6.99 for 100 generated images. 50 sounded like a lot, so I went with 50 (though afterwards seeing how wildly in accurate and gross some of the photos were, I wish I had more options to choose from).
- Hit the “generate” button, and it takes between 15-20 minutes for the images to finish.
- You’ll see your pack generated, which you can download all at once in 4k or hi-res files. You can also download files individually.
Best and worst styles, according to my results
Before I share the rank ordering, I wanted to share that the biggest problem I observed in the worst style packs was that I think Lensa is probably missing training data for Asian faces. I found the more creative styles, such as Iridescent, Pop, and Comics to be grossly incorrect.
Most accurate style: Cosmic
Most aesthetic: Iridescent
Most creative: Pop
Most generically bad: Anime
Most inaccurate: Focus