The past few years have seen massive improvements to micro-sized cameras used in smartphones and tablets, causing point-and-shoot cameras to begin going the way of the dodo bird. Not that that’s a bad thing: the latest crop of high end mobile cameras have proven to be more than adequate everyday shooters for millions of people. The fact that the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world is indication enough that smartphone photography has moved beyond a useful convenience to professional quality work good enough for commercial production. And the momentum of improvement does not appear to be slowing anytime soon.
With the advent of high quality cameras in more hands than ever, a cottage industry has arisen to help those who want to take their photography to the next level. DailyAppShow has gathered and reviewed the most effective and useful of those products. Read on for awesome smartphone accessories to bring you even closer to expert level photography.
The Qx30 is a completely unique device that essentially attaches a high-quality lens to the back of your smartphone, and connects via NFC, Bluetooth, or Wifi. Once connected, your smartphone acts as the camera controls. Using your smartphone as the viewfinder, you adjust focus, exposure, shutter speed, and composition using touchscreen controls. On top of a great quality Sony lens, you also get up to 30x optical zoom and a built-in tripod mount. Feel free to stick the QX30 on top of a tripod while holding the coupled smartphone or tablet to get the perfect shot. Combine the QX30 with one of the PlayMemories apps, and you can enable awesome camera modes like time lapse and stop-motion photography.
If you’re at all serious about photography, you’ll need a tripod. One of the most versatile tripods today is the Gorillapod, with gooseneck legs that let you mount this tripod virtually anywhere. The higher end version we have selected includes a video head, so that you get smooth panning for those perfect seamless shots.
Want to take your landscape photography to the next level? The Camalapse is a nifty little device that sits between your camera and either a tripod or flat surface and will progress 360 degrees over an hour. Use this to create beautiful time lapse photography or video.
There is no getting over it: the flash on your phone sucks. The light is harsh and too close to the camera to be effective. Luckily there is a solution, and it works great. The Nova Wireless flash connects to your smartphone via bluetooth and provides clean, diffused light for your photos. The flash has 40 LEDs that are color temperature adjustable, charged with a USB cable, and is small enough to easily fit in your pocket. The Nova flash is a must for any serious portrait photography or lowlight scenes.
Studio Neat’s biggest claim to fame is the Glif, a slick little tripod mount that was originally for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The Glif now works with any smartphone and provides even more functionality. You simply slide your phone into the Glif and screw it onto any 1/4″ screw attachment (the standard for most tripods). Combine with the above Gorillapod and you have a kit that will enable stable mobile photography from practically anywhere.