Most smartphones, today, are equipped with high-end cameras capable of taking pretty decent pictures and video, which can look even better if you are using the right kind of smartphone camera accessory.
However, with the kind of variety available on the market, these days, you’re spoilt for choice and there’s a good chance that you might end up buying something that doesn’t, really, suit your requirement.
So, if this has got your curiosity going, let’s go ahead and get your attention, too.
Here’s our selection of seven great camera accessories for smartphone photography, be it stills or videos that should help you in making that important choice.
The Olloclip 4-in-1
There’s a strong likelihood that most of you have already seen these lenses – which clip on over the top of your iPhone or Android camera lens – without, actually, giving it a second thought.
As is evident from the name itself, the Olloclip 4-in-1, comes equipped with four different lenses, including a Fisheye Lens for ultra-wide vision; a wide-angle lens that nearly doubles your field of view; a Macro Lens for 10x close-ups; and a 15x Macro Lens for even more extreme close-up shots – all of this in one handy clip-on unit.
Olloclip 4-in-1 is perfectly compatible with all your favorite photo and video apps and you can switch between these lenses in a matter of seconds.
The add-on’s aircraft-grade anodized aluminum provides excellent protection for the lenses.
Bundled with the Olloclip 4-in-1 is a microfiber carrying case as well as lens caps.
Before you buy one, just make sure that it’s compatible with your smartphone.
The FLIR ONE
Now, this is one super-cool accessory that most photography aficionados would love to have.
The FLIR ONE is a thermal imaging camera accessory that snaps on to the bottom of your iPhone or Android device.
This convenient lightweight accessory transforms your smartphone camera into a powerful thermal imaging device that can read the heat signature of humans, animals and even inanimate objects.
It allows you to, actually, see the heat emanating out of these bodies by displaying their thermal infrared imagery, giving you a thermal perspective of the world around you, with the help of the FLIR ONE app.
FLIR ONE also tells you the temperature of the subject you’re aiming your camera at and has a scenic temperature range of -4°F to 248°F (-20° to 120°C) , with an operating temperature between 32°F and 95°F (0°C and 35°C).
Again, all you need to do before buying the FLIR ONE is check your smartphone’s compatibility with the device.
The GorillaPod from JOBY
The GorillaPod from Joby may be a tripod by description, but its versatility makes it much more than just that.
Its bendable legs comprising more than two dozen joints, built with sturdy injection-molded plastic, along with the rubberized ring and foot grips, allow you to secure your smartphone to, practically, any surface, including trees, rock, lamppost, fence, doorknob, and a myriad of other surfaces you can think of.
There are 10 different GorillaPod styles that you can choose from.
Selfie sticks are not a novelty and most people, if not all, know about it.
However, for the unlikely few, who may still not know much about the good old selfie stick, here’s a suggestion that can, somewhat, enhance your selfie experience.
Buy your selfie stick for a buck at your local dollar store and use it to take great photos of yourself.
Not only that, it can also help you elevate your scenic pics, as you can shoot from a couple of feet higher; and, it even steadies your shot, minimizing shakiness in your stills and videos.
Most, selfie sticks will typically collapse down to a size that can easily fit into your backpack.
If you want to avoid using the timer for your shots, you can go ahead and pick up a blue tooth shutter while you’re still at the dollar store.
The Lumee iPhone Case
While we are on the subject of selfies, you must know that lighting can be a cause for worry in dimly lit surroundings because the built-in flash on your smartphone serves only the back-facing camera and not the selfie lens.
Logic provides the ideal solution in the form of its Lumee iPhone Case, which has front-facing lighting to illuminate your face for that perfect selfie that we all crave so much.
This handy accessory – with its bright adjustable LED lights, powered by a rechargeable battery built into the case – enhances your video chatting experience, as well, be it Skype, Facebook time, or any other video chatting or video conferencing platform.
All you need to do is press the small button on the back and you’re good to go.
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
Somewhat larger than a standard USB stick, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a 32GB flash drive that emits direct Wi-Fi signal, allowing you to wirelessly access content such as movies, TV shows, photos, music and documents through it.
Using the SanDisk Connect, you can, actually, stream content to three different devices simultaneously.
If you are wondering why we are categorizing this as a smartphone camera accessory, well, it’s simply because you can use the SanDisk Connect as a storage device to wirelessly backup your photos and videos that you shoot on your smartphone.
It, basically, allows you to free valuable space on your smartphone by deleting those photos and videos after you have backed them up to the SanDisk Connect.
The Lightwish LED Smartphone Light
The Lightwish LED Smartphone Light comes with 12 bright LED lights built into the hand grip, which holds your phone in place above these lights.
This external lighting accessory gives you the extra light for your photos and videos when the situation demands it.
The powerful inbuilt battery provides the necessary juice for all the different light situations you are likely to encounter while shooting stills and footage, with 4 power modes to adjust the brightness to your liking.
And, it comes in a small enough package to carry it around anywhere you like.