Best Smartphone Camera Accessories 2015

By Geoff Harris

Best Smartphone Camera Accessories 2015

5 Best Smartphone Camera Accessories

Even with the powerful features built into top of the range smartphone cameras such as the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, there are times you want more – more stability, more lens options, more video power. As well as lots of apps to extend your smartphone camera, there are also lots of accessories.

They are of varying degrees of usefulness, however, so here are some of my favourites for the iPhone. While some will work with other smartphones, always check compatibility with your make of phone before buying. All are available from Amazon or other specialist retailers.

Joby GripTight

joby grip tight

One of the biggest issues in photography is keeping the camera stable to ensure sharp shots, and the Joby GripTight is a great little tripod and mount for your smartphone.

The mount is able to hold smartphones between 2.1 and 2.8 inches and can be used on any standard tripod mount. It comes with a Micro Stand tripod which folds down to a very compact size, so you can carry it in your bag. While the GripTight is very handy for macro, close-up and product shots, you can also get the Gpod with bendy joints and magnetic feet for trickier jobs.

shoulderpod s1

shoulderpod s1

This is another good product for greater smartphone stability, featuring a clamp that can hold any phone from 48 to 93mm in width. Your phone is secured by rubber pads, and it works as a standalone device or you can fix it on a tripod.

If you want to shoot handheld, a nicely weighted extender screws into the tripod mount and there is also an ergonomically designed wrist strap.


trigger trap mobile

While not a smartphone camera accessory in a conventional sense, this is a handy dongle that enables you to use your smartphone as a remote shutter release.

It's not hard to understand the appeal; how many times have you been out with your camera and spotted a good location for long exposure effects, only to realise you have left your tripod and cable release at home? You can also set up the TriggerTrap for time lapse and HDR photography, and it can be triggered by sound.

Optrix Case


Another important accessory for a smartphone is a sturdy case with add-on lenses. The nature of smartphone camera design means that the lens type and focal length is restricted, though this is something that makers are reported to be working on.

Anyway, this polycarbonate unibody case can withstand drops from up to 30 feet, or underwater dives down to 33 feet. You get a choice of four glass lenses, fisheye, macro, 2x telephoto and flat, especially designed for underwater use. The lenses twist on, with replaceable gaskets keeping water and dust out.

Kogeto Dot

kogeto dot
Speaking of lenses, the Kogeto Dot is a snap-on lens that enables you to make 360-degree panoramic videos. You will also need to download an app, but then it's simply a case of pressing record. You can swipe left and right, which rotates the video around.

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) - the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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