Take Your Smartphone Camera to the Next Level

Published On July 30, 2014 | Mobile

Mobile phone cameras have improved a great amount during the past decade, so much so, that the majority of people don’t feel the need to purchase an actual camera anymore. But if you’re one that prefers higher quality pictures usually only a real camera can produce, try out the following smartphone camera add-ons to enhance your photos, taking you to the next level of photography.

Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Lens Attachments

The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 lens attachments provide true photographers and smartphone users the best of both worlds – superior photos and valuable accessibility. These two lens parts easily connect to your smartphones’ Wi-Fi in order to operate through photo and video hardware. Controls to release shutter, start/stop movie recordings and setting options such as shooting mode, zoom and auto focus are all incorporated.

Even more, because the attachments work just as well unattached, users gain greater freedom to shoot from extreme camera angles. The QX100 featuring a premium one-inch, 20.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, goes for $500, and the QX10 with an 18.2 megapixel ExmorR CMOS sensor is valued at $250.

Dream Scope

The Dream Scope 37mm pro glass gradient filters fulfill any outstanding wishes a hipster could have. But why not just edit the photo post-production? Instagram filters may be convenient like a pre-made cake mix, but the cake made from scratch always tastes better.

Three filters are included in the kit – one red, one blue and one yellow with options to layer for artistic mood and taste. You’re just $30 away from making social media followers around the globe jealous and in wonderment of how you got that shot to look so good.

The Lens Dial

Capture the world the way you want to see it with the iPhone Lens Dial. The optometrist-like disk is perfect for photographers who need their lens options all in one, always ready for whatever sort of photo-op presents itself. Complete with four different optical-quality coated glass lenses – wide angle, fisheye, telephoto and macro, wrap the slim aircraft-grade aluminum jacket right around your phone, rotating to your liking and purpose per shot. Only $179, the Lens Dial is cheaper than a trip to the eye doctor and gives you the chance to show your ideal vision of the world.


An ultra-cool, camera phone addition budding filmmakers and nature photographers should gravitate towards is the Camalapse. Placing your phone on this spinning platform allows for a smooth panning affect to take place, producing time-lapse videos or steady panoramic images. It’s a Lazy Susan turntable for smartphone sans “Lazy” more like “steady-handed” – taking 360 degrees of picture or video per 60 minutes or less. This $40 trinket is well worth the priceless precious moments captured every minute along the way.

Watershot Smart Phone Housing

If you were born to shred the gnarly waves of the Pacific Ocean, or are a habitual vacationer who scuba dives, Watershot Smart Phone Housing is a smart investment. The Watershot casing provides maximum protection using a full suspension system that “floats” your phone inside the housing, withstanding rocks, sand and extreme pressure so you can take photographs of adrenaline-pumping movements in the water.

Pricing ranges from $100 – $200, a totally justified cost considering that’s equivalent to six disposable underwater cameras that probably don’t even have zooming capabilities to snap pictures of the bottom-feeders in the sea.

Don’t sacrifice quality resolution for convenience when you transition from camera to smartphone camera. These smartphone accessories can turn your phone into a camera any professional photographer would have no objections utilizing.

– By Jessica Oaks



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