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This year saw some big changes for the iPhone that were heavily focused on the camera department. The new series 12 models benefit from hardware and software upgrades that have the digital photographers in us excited.

 Hillary K. Grigonis put it best in her recent article for digital trends. The iPhone (for some of us at least) is a portable ‘camera that also makes phone calls’! 

If the emphasis in your life is on the selfies and landscapes you want to share from your mobile, then you might want to hear about some of the hottest accessories available to you. The right lens, light gimbals, or mic could make all the difference. Investing in a DSLR and all its accouterments. 

With the right tools, you can make the camera in your pocket excel. In this article, we’ll present you with the must-have accessories for your iPhone camera that will instantly take your mobile photography and videography to the next level.

Shoot Hands-free with the CamKix Camera Shutter Remote Control

CamKix Camera Shutter Remote Control
CamKix Camera Shutter Remote Control. Image credit: amazon.com

The CamKix Shutter remote control is a handy Bluetooth gadget that enables hands-free captures. This tool can be successfully used for taking selfies or group photos, capturing steady shots for Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. The remote is easy to carry around due to its small size and lightweight. Even better, once you pair it manually once it’ll automatically connect in the future. It works at a distance of up to 30 feet (10 meters) away connected to your phone or tablet. There is one button for Android and one for iOS. Moreover, the device is compatible with other devices including phones and tablets running Android 4.2.2 and later and Apple iOS 6.0 and later. You can also use a built-in app or Camera 360 app. The tool comes with an adjustable wrist strap.

$9 FROM AMAZON

Need a portable tripod? Try the Manfrotto Pixi Mini

Manfrotto Pixi Mini
Manfrotto Pixi Mini a portable tripod. Image credit: amazon.com

One easy way to get a stable shot is with a simple tabletop tripod. The Manfrotto Pixi Mini as its name suggests is a compact, lightweight tripod to take on your travels. It conveniently stores away without being cumbersome. Designed in Italy, the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod has been around for some time. Like its larger siblings, it offers the same type of build quality you can expect from full-size Manfrotto tripods. It comes with a dedicated smartphone mount that is compatible with all iPhone sizes and you can even use it as a close-up selfie stick of sorts, once the legs are collapsed.

$18 FROM AMAZON $21 FROM WALMART

Improve Audio Quality with a Rode VideoMic Me-L

Rode VideoMic Me-L
Rode VideoMic Me-L. Image credit: amazon.com

The iPhone has pretty good video capturing capabilities. With its bump up to 4K resolution and a gentle boost from advanced apps such as Filmic Pro. Still, for some, the audio quality doesn’t cut the mustard if you are filming in a loud environment or at the opposite end of the spectrum trying to capture quieter sounds at a distance. The only way around this is to buy yourself a decent compatible microphone. There are many on the market but the Rode VideoMic Me-L is one of the best at its price level. Being a directional microphone, it does a great job at shutting out off-axis sounds, improving your audio tenfold. It has a built-in Lightning connector to plug directly into your iPhone. If you’re a vlogger, you’d especially benefit from the device. It’s cutting down the background noise in public spaces making the sound of your recording clearer and smoother. Besides, the microphone charges from your phone so you don’t need an additional battery. Yet, if you use a case for your phone that covers the bottom you may experience some troubles with the connectivity of the device.

$79 FROM B&H PHOTO VIDEO

Moment Lens Starter Set

Moment Lens Starter Set
Moment Lens Starter Set. Image credit: shopmoment.com

Add-on-lens attachments are considered one of the best ways to improve your smartphone photography. All you have to do is mount them on top of your built-in-lens and alter the angle of view. Even though the lenses won’t technically improve image quality they can expand the types of photos you’ll be able to take with your iPhone. Due to its build quality, quick and secure mounting, and a wide variety of options available the Moment Lenses are our favorites even though they are on a bit pricier side. They allow you to get additional telephoto, wide-angle, and fisheye perspectives. They are built to last from high-quality glass and have a robust metal frame. The Starter Set is well worth checking out. If you are into Videography you might also be interested in the Moment Anamorphic lens priced at $95.

Additional lenses at an affordable price

The Olloclip essential lens
The Olloclip essential lens. Image credit: amazon.com

The Olloclip essential lens kit is another way to up your iPhone camera photography game. The additional lenses give you the same end-results as the Moment Lens starter set above but are a little cheaper giving you better value for money and ideal for those with a tighter budget. but tends to sit at a lower price. There is no need to buy a new case or mount because the Olloclip comes with an integrated universal clip, suitable for the majority of smartphones. The set consists of a dedicated lens mounting clip and three interchangeable lenses: Fisheye, super-wide angle, and macro. This is a perfect option for those looking to get new looks from their iPhone photography and not break the bank.

$100 FROM AMAZON $163 FROM NEWEGG BUSINESS

Better stabilization with the DJI Osmo Mobile 3

DJI Osmo Mobile 3
DJI Osmo Mobile 3. Image credit: vlog.tech

While newer iPhones offer both optical and digital image stabilization in video mode, If you are serious about videography then the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 might be right up your street. Newer iPhones have seen an update to their optical and digital stabilization but this bad boy gives you pro-level gimbal stabilization. The best thing is that is compact and lightweight enough not to make your phone too bulky either. Sporting a three-axis gimbal it allows you to capture the action in the center of your no matter how fast it is happening thanks to its subject tracking. Some of the other cool features are built-in modes for easier shooting, the ability to quickly switch between portrait and landscape orientation, and how it folds down to avoid taking up too much room in your bag. It utilizes a dedicated smartphone app that provides extra high-tech features to keep your video motion supremely smooth.

$97 FROM AMAZON $98 FROM WALMART

Improve low lighting conditions with the Lume Cube 2.0

Lume Cube 2.0
Lume Cube 2.0. Image credit: lumecube.com

Apple has made some big improvements to their low-lighting capabilities on their high-end models of the new series 12 iPhones. However,  if you want a scene lit then the integrated LED light provided doesn’t always cut it. The Lume Cube 2.0 is the second-gen answer to your problems. Both serious photographers and those, looking to improve their selfies of live streams quality will benefit from this lightning accessory. Because the light is Bluetooth connected it’ll sync to your smartphone as a flash or can be used as a continuous light source. The Lume Cube is also adjustable so you can get the right amount of light in the image and comes with gels to help get the color right, too. Moreover, the light is easy to carry on and is completely waterproof. It can be used with action cameras and it offers a better battery life and a low light mode over the original model.

$90 FROM B&H PHOTO VIDEO

Print directly from your phone with a Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3. Image credit: bestbuy.com

Even though we don’t print out our photos as much as we or our parents did before, sometimes it’s still nice to move your photos off the screen and into the physical world. Instant film photography has seen a huge resurgence in recent years, and the Instax Share SP-3 instant printer features the best tools for phone photography with instant film. The Fujifilm Instax Square film cartridges allow you to send photos wirelessly from your phone directly to the printer and then turn them into Polaroid-like prints to hand out to friends and family. What distinguishes the SP-3 from the other mobile photo printers out there is it’s larger print size that puts it on the top of the list.

$95 FROM AMAZON $100 FROM WALMART

Protect your iPhone in all-terrain with the Hitcase Pro

Hitcase Pro
Hitcase Pro. Image credit: hitcase.com

If you like to travel off of the beaten path to capture some of the beauty in the wild you are going to want to keep your thousand dollar phone safe. Built like a brick house, with water-resistant and shock absorbent properties the Hitcase Pro is a rugged mountable solution. It is well-designed and gives your iPhone GoPro-like protection so you can relax a little. Just as other action cams this one features the same mounting system as the GoPro, so you wouldn’t have hard times getting any necessary accessories and mounting plates for any imaginable situation. There are even add-on lenses to extend the imaging capabilities of your iPhone. Most of the iPhone models from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 11 Max are compatible with the Hitcase Pro.

$70 FROM HITCASE

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