iPhone SE 2nd Generation is out now. While many of us are planning to buy it, there are also plenty who are holding to their older phones. One of the big disadvantages that these old phones have is a relatively poor-quality camera. However, if you add certain smartphone camera accessories to them, you can significantly enhance their quality.
Smartphone cams can get you some of the most stunning photos with a little additional help. Go down the following list to check out our list of the top 7 smartphone gadgets/accessories that will help you capture better photos almost anywhere and at any time:
The principal objective of Hitcase mountable case is to transform your smartphone into a sturdy and ever-ready call-to-action shooter. With its IP68 rating, it safeguards your device against dust and water. It even allows the device to be immersed up to 10 meters of water, and kept in it for a maximum of 30 minutes. Not only this, the smartphone accessory like cellphone strap and bands can tough out rough military conditions. The shockproof and waterproof Hitcase mountable case features a built-in custom 3-element glass lens with a wide 170-degree angle viewpoint.
2. Kula Bebe 3D Camera Lens
Ever wanted your smartphone to be capable of capturing photos in 3D? Kula Bebe 3D Camera Lens lets you capture images with essential stereoscopic aspects to display it in full 3D. In addition to allowing your smatphone cam to go 3D, Kula Bebe lens provides several options for 3D visualization. The camera lens lets you create 3D photos in separate formats ranging from the classical 3D-glasses required images to those that can be produced on SmartTVs.
3. Manfrotto Pixi
Manfrotto Pixi is a two-in-one gadget. The device can either be used as a tripod to add a sturdy support to your device, or you can use it as a selfie-stick to capture those crazy and mean moments. While operating in the tripod mode, the unit allows your smartphone camera to be rotated to full 360 degrees. Manfrotto Pixi can also hold down other snap-clicking devices like small DSLRs that weigh less than 1 kg.
4. Me-Shot Deluxe 2.0
The 3-part Me-Shot Deluxe 2.0 selfie stick lets you take create beautiful selfies. With its remote control, the smartphone accessory lets you click photos without the need ofany screen touch. The remote control easily pairs with your smartphone over the Bluetooth. While the holder of the selfie stick can be projected at varying angles and can be rotated anywhere upto 180 degrees, Me-Shot stick can be adjusted anywhere between 23cm to 93cm for taking the perfect selfie.
5. Pocket Spotlight by Photojojo
Great photos aren’t those that have plenty of light but some low-light photos might be just as exquisite. To capture such photos with the maximum ease, Photojojo brings the Pocket Spotlight. The nice little accessory attaches to the head of your smartphone and adds lighting to every click. The smartphone accessory features a total of 32 LEDs powered by a single USB-chargeable battery.
Shuttr is designed for those smartphone users that don’t bear the effort of using a selfie stick but still want that mean-looking selfies. Shuttr remote control is paired with your device over the Bluetooth and lets you take selfies with the single flick of a button. The device is small and lightweight that makes it easy to carry around. Unlike other remote control devices, you need not to download an app to use the gadget.
7. Sony DSC-QX100
Sony DSC-QX100 is a well-built secondary smartphone camera lens for both the amateurs as well as the professionals. The additional lens lets you zoom, focus and adjust other cam-based settings for capturing nothing less than premium photos. The camera lens features an Exmor R 1.0 sensor type couple with the premium Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar optics to ensure that the lens captures every detail.
Every smartphone accessory mentioned in the list has their own advantages and requirements/reliabilities. You can visit the official product sites to gain additional info on the accessories.
14 Classic camera phones you can still use to take pictures
1. Apple iPhone 4S
The Apple iPhone 4S has 8 megapixels camera with a high resolution feature, which allows seeing pictures in high definition. It provides a custom lens which help to shape incoming light to get sharp and clear pictures. It provides advanced hybrid filters to keep away harmful IR rays. This phone has camera, which is lightening fast and captures picture in no time. It also has face detection feature, which helps to focus on face in the frame. Photo-editing option is also available, so that users are able to crop the photo.
2. Samsung Galaxy S2
The Samsung Galaxy S2 has two cameras; one on the back and the other in front. Back camera has got 8 megapixel and front one has got 2 megapixel resolution; it’s very easy to switch between both these cameras. You can take a picture even in low light as it has built-in LED flash mode. It has got much improved user interface.
3. HTC EVO 3D
The HTC EVO 3D camera phone comes with attractive features like 2D and 3D camera modes. This camera phone has two cameras; one located in front and the other on back of the phone, allowing users to click photographs from any side. The camera on the back of the phone is a 5-megapixel camera that allows you to take pictures in both picture and video mode. This phone is equipped with a large camera key that makes it easier to take picture and is also equipped with a LED flash system, color balancing and face detection that help in getting a sharp picture.
4. Nokia N8
The Nokia N8 camera phone provides a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss auto focus lenses, mechanical shutter and xenon flash. It also comes with a superb feature of color balance and light meter that allows users to take amazing pictures that look real. The phone also features a technique by which you can adjust the photo from going out of focus by pressing the photo button lightly.
5. HTC Amaze 4G
The HTC Amaze 4G camera phone provides a number of ways to use the camera, like holding the press button for long time or just dragging the camera shortcut to the center ring. This phone has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and 2-megapixel camera on the front side of the phone and has a built-in LED flash as well. The users can click pictures in rapid succession, a feature that is very useful for capturing fast moving objects. This phone comes with a unique feature by which you can take five pictures continuously and then stitch them together giving users an altogether new experience.
6. T-Mobile My Touch 4G
The T-Mobile My Touch 4G phone also provides an 8-megapixel camera with in-built LED flash that allows to take high resolution pictures with ease. This phone has four control buttons for the camera that are given on the right side for video camera, flash photo gallery and color effects. It also controls the sharpness and brightness of the photo for clear picture clarity. It has an auto-focusing feature, which can be operated by just taping on it making it easy to use.
7. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc camera phone has an 8.1-megapixel camera with high definition that allows to take amazing high resolution pictures. This camera is equipped with features like auto focus, face detection and image stabilizer, which ensure that pictures taken on this phone are clear and look amazing. It also enables to take clear photos in low light. This device provides geo-tagging feature, which helps to identify the location, where the picture was taken.
8. HTC Droid Incredible
The HTC Droid Incredible camera phone has a unique feature of twin built-in LED flashes for incredibly clear pictures. Users can use this camera phone to click photos in just two seconds as it has an auto-focusing technique, which makes it very simple and easy to use. It also has manual feature to adjust the brightness and contrast to get different types of pictures. However, the only drawback of this camera phone is that it does not have a dedicated button for the camera.
9. Google Nexux S
The Google Nexux S camera phone has a 5-megapixel camera, with built-in flash that allows to take amazing pictures. It also has gyroscope which helps to take a smooth steady photo shoot free of blurring. It also has a light sensor, which allows you to take pictures even in low light. It has an image stabilization feature and has got 16 GB internal flash memory. It provides some other features like accelerometer and compass which helps you get a good picture.
10. Samsung Nexus S 4G
Samsung Nexus S 4G also known as Samsung SPH D20 was released in May 2011. It weighs approximately 131g.The height of the phone is 4.88 inches and width 2.48 inches. It is the first phone to use Android 2.3 “gingerbread “operating system. The Smartphone has 512 MB RAM and 16 GB memory. The phone does not have additional storage capacity. The nexus functions on 1GHZ ARM cortex A8 processor. It has a 5 mega pixel camera with options like autofocus and Geo tagging. It has other special features like Accelerometer, Call screening, Digital compass and Proximity Sensor. Samsung Nexus S 4G has battery which has a stand by time of 713 hours and talk time of 840 minutes. The 4 inch diagonal display screen is very attractive and big. The phone also does not have a HDMI port, which is a prerequisite to watch HD videos. The radiation level about this phone is also unknown.
11. The Motorola XPRT
Motorola XPRT was released in June 2011. It weighs approximately 145g.The height of the phone is 4.74 inches and width 2.4 inches. The phone uses Android OSv2.2 (Froyo). The Smartphone has 512 MB RAM and 2 GB internal memory. The phone does have an additional storage capacity; it has a memory expansion limit up to 32 GB. The Motorola XPRT functions on 1GHZ ARM cortex A8 processor. It has a 5 mega pixel camera with options like autofocus and Geo tagging. Motorola XPRT has battery which has a stand by time of 380 hours and talk time of 540 minutes. The phone is loaded with 3.1 inch touch screen display and Qwerty keyboard.
12. The Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung Epic 4G was released in September 2010. It weighs approximately 155g.The height of the phone is 4.18 inches and width 2.50 inches. It uses Android operating systems. The Smartphone has 512 MB RAM and a memory expansion limit up to 32 GB. The Samsung Epic functions on Humming bird cortex A8 processor, the speed of the processor is 1.2 GHZ. It has a 5 mega pixel camera with options like autofocus, Geo tagging and a smile detector. Samsung Epic 4G has battery which has talk time of 390 minutes. The 4 inch touch screen is very attractive and big. It has physical slide out Qwerty Keyboard, Card reader and Micro USB cable. It is one of the bulkiest phones.
13. The HTC EVO 4G
HTC EVO 4G was released in June 2010. It weighs approximately 170g.The height of the phone is 4.8 inches and width 2.6 inches. It uses Android 2.1 operating systems. The Smartphone has 512 MB RAM and a memory expansion limit up to 32 GB. The HTC EVO 4 G function on snapdragon processor, the speed of the processor is 1000 MHz. It has an 8 mega pixel camera with options like autofocus, Geo tagging, face detection, brightness and spot metering. The smart phone has battery which has talk time of 360 minutes. The phone has a TFT display as compared to the popular Super Amoled displays. It is one of the bulkiest phones with a 12.77 thickness.
14. The Motorola Photon 4G
Motorola Photon 4G was released in August 2011. It weighs approximately 158 g. The height of the phone is 5 inches and width 2.6 inches. The phone uses Android 2.3 OS. The Smartphone has 1GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. The phone has an additional storage capacity up to 32 GB. The Motorola Photon functions on 1GHZ NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It has an 8 mega pixel camera with options like auto-focus, Geo tagging, face detection, digital zoom and image stabilization. It has a 4.3 inch diagonal size display. It has HDMI port which is useful to watch HD videos. It is a very bulky phone, with no SAR rating.