Smartphones have become an integral part of our life and we use them throughout the day, be it for entertainment, work, study or to click pictures.
And when we say to click pictures, we use them as our primary camera device because you don't tag along your DSLR or Point and Shoot camera with you all the time, even if you are a professional photographer.
A portable but powerful imaging device is much appreciated is are our first preference to capture images. While these days we have several capable camera smartphones, they still have their own set of limitations that can't be ignored.
So why not give them some superpowers. Yes, you can boost up your smartphone's camera capabilities with the help of third party accessories that will make them more functional in everyday usage. Here we have created a list of must have camera accessories that will help you make the most out of your smartphone camera.
Tripods and Stands
One of the most widely used camera accessory is Tripods and stands. Whether you create YouTube videos, make travel documentaries or just make videos for fun, you would need a good tripod to make good quality videos.
They come handy when you are shooting time-lapse videos or recording something interesting in slow motion.
Add-on lenses are getting popular among smartphone camera enthusiasts as they extend the imaging capability of your smartphone's camera. As smartphone lenses utilize fixed-focal length lens system, they are unable to optically zoom in on subjects without losing the image quality.
Besides zoom in and zoom out, third party camera accessories also allow you to take wider perspective of images you are shooting, especially while shooting landscape images or during street photography. There are fish eye lenses available online that make it possible to experiment with images you take.
You can buy a lens kit online, which will include a Zoom lens, Fish-eye lens, Macro lens and a Wide-angle lens. A decent lens kit will cost you Rs. 1,500. You can easily attach them on your smartphone as they come with a clip-on design.
Selfie sticks and Wireless Bluetooth remotes
How can we not include Selfie sticks in our list of smartphone camera accessories? A variety of selfie sticks are available online that come with Bluetooth functionality to help you take wide angle group shots for Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram or simply to record a selfie video.
Prices of selfie stick starts from as low as Rs. 120 on e-commerce platforms.
External flash lights
While most of the handsets have LED flash lights at rear panels, they are single bulb lights that are not very powerful and are only good to capture subjects positioned at a short distance in pitch dark conditions. And if you are using a budget smartphone, the flash lights mostly overexpose the subjects.
External flash lights are at rescue to make sure your smartphone captures the subject in low-light or even in no available light. These third-party add-on LED lights can be plugged into the 3.5mm headphone jack and of your smartphone and can be controlled manually.
One such third-party camera LED flashlight is Asus Lolliflash that is available at Rs. 799 and can be used with any smartphone carrying a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other decent option is Memore Portable Mini 16 LED Night.
Mobile triggers to control your Camera
Your smartphones can also help you control your heavy DSLRs remotely with mobile trigger kits. Triggertrap is one such kit that allows you to operate your advanced cameras and DSLR in 17 amazing ways.
The kit is compatible with iOS and Android phones with the app that allows you to trigger your Canon DSLR- TimeWarp Mode, Time Lapse Mode, Distance Lapse Mode, Star Trail Made Bulb, HDR Mode, Long Exposure, HDR Time Lapse Mode and more. It is available at Rs 3,500 on Amazon.in