Photography has become a part and parcel of everyday life. Instagram, Facebook, and other such apps and sites are filled with images that have been clicked by millions of people around the world. To keep up with the demands of customers, phone makers have started to pay serious attending to the cameras on their phones.
Apple’s iPhone has generated a lot of attention from accessories makers since iPhonegraphy has become a part of regular culture. Various lenses, cases, and mounts are available to convert the iPhone into an exciting and versatile camera.
Here is a look at the top five gadgets that you can use on your iPhone to maximize the camera experience to take unique and high-quality shots.
Olloclip is a three-in-one camera lens which is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. This all-in-one lens accessory features a wide-angle lens, a fish-eye lens, and a macro lens. The fisheye lens and the wide angle lens lie on either side of the device, and screwing the wide angle lens gives you access to the macro lens.
Olloclip lenses are made out of precision ground glass multi-element optics, and the barrels are made from aircraft grade aluminum. The clip-on portion of this gadget constitutes of a soft plastic material to ensure that it fits snugly onto the side of an iPhone. The gadget is about the size of a match box, and is available in white, black, and red. It costs about INR 4,700, and is compatible with most iPhone apps.
iPhone Rangefinder Case
The iPhone Rangefinder is looks exactly like a camera, and is available for the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. The two-piece polycarbonate case snaps together over the phone, and adds a real shutter button, straps, a viewfinder, a tripod screw, and a magnetic cold-shoe mount for accessory flashes. Moreover, the false lens in the centre of the Rangefinder is equipped with a mirror which allows you to take high-resolution self-portraits.
The full-featured Rangefinder comes in different colors, and is priced at INR 4,400.
This tool from Photojojo has three optical-quality coated glass lenses, namely a 0.7x wide angle, a 0.33x fisheye, and a 1.5x telephoto lens. These are set on a circular rotating aircraft-grade aluminum case. In order to switch lenses, all you have to do is rotate the disc. So you can now capture expansive landscapes, funny distorted images, or zoom into your subject with a simple movement of your fingers.
The Lens Dial is priced at INR 17,000.
GripTight GorillaPod Stand
Manufactured by Joby, the GripTight GorillaPod Stand has more than twenty-four leg joints, and is capable of expansion via its internal steel springs. The stand securely holds your phone in place between rubber pads. This tripod can be wrapped around branches, poles, chairs, and other structures, allowing you to click images from all possible angles. It also makes self-portrait photography less cumbersome.
riced at INR 2,000, the stand can also be used to watch videos on your Apple phone.
Designed by Cyanics, the iFlash makes sure that you don’t end up taking under-lit images on your iPhone. This powerful LED flashlight, which fits onto the bottom of your handset, is like an external camera flash. It can be turned on or off by pressing a small button. This tool can also be used as a torch. The iFlash is battery free, and draws power from the mother device.
The iFlash costs less than INR 900, and is available in black and white.
These five iPhone camera accessories are some of the best gear available in the market that improve the quality and resolution of images taken with your iPhone. If you want to ensure that your iPhone photography is a real pleasure, try out some of these useful gadgets. Still unsure if iPhone 5 is your next buy? Compare the iPhone 5 camera with Samsung Galaxy S4 camera here.