As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. And usually, for most people, that’s their iPhone. The iPhone is officially the world’s most popular camera, and it’s not hard to see why. With each successive generation, Apple has improved both the camera itself and the software tools for users to capture that perfect photo or video.
And while the iPhone is a perfect way to capture pretty much any memory, some users are looking to add an extra layer of polish to their images or videos. And so we’re highlighting our Top 10 camera accessories that can help turn your iPhone 6 into a professional quality rig.
If you’re looking for only one way to improve your iPhone photography, an add-on lens system is definitely the way to go. And one of the pioneers in the field is Olloclip. The company took root on Kickstarter in 2011 and has blossomed since its first solution for the iPhone 4.
While the company has a huge number of specialty options for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, I can highly recommend the well-known 4-in-1 Lens system. Users will receive four different lens options – a fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro, and 15x macro. All four lenses work with any camera or video app, and they can even be attached to the front or back camera. The built-in wearable pendant helps keep the lenses easily accessible.
Available in a number of different fashionable color options, the lens system can be ordered now for $79.99. One downside of the Olloclip is that it’s made to use with a caseless iPhone. But for $99.99, you can snag a package with both the Olloclip and a new Ollocase from the company.
A flexible tripod
While you probably don’t want or need a huge professional-grade tripod taking up room in your closet, Joby’s GripTight Mount and Gorillapod stand literally offer a more flexible solution. The bendy legs of the tripod can be bent into pretty much any position imaginable and can also provide enough stability for larger accessories like microphones. The mount itself can hold iPhone models even as big as the iPhone 6 Plus with a case. The rubber foot grips also stabilize your iPhone while capturing images or videos.
Focus on the flash
While the iPhone’s flash has definitely improved with each generation, it’s far from ideal in a number of situations. The Smartphone Ring of Light is designed to offer bright and even lighting to your smartphone images. It’s powered by three AAA batteries so it won’t drain your iPhone’s battery.
Push the button
Able to fit on a keychain, Harpurs Remote Control Camera Shutter easily connects to an iPhone via Bluetooth. And when you’re ready to take that shot, just hit the small button on the remote. It can be used up to 36 feet away from your iPhone, and it’s powered by a replaceable coin cell battery that can easily be swapped out when needed.
The remote is available in a number of different colors, including black, blue, green, red, white, and yellow, for $6.99.
Photos in a flash
Surprisingly enough, camera pioneer Polaroid is still alive and kicking. But instead of producing cameras, the company has recently introduced an interesting photo printer.
The Zip is different than other photo printers you’re used to. Your iOS device can directly connect the the printer via Bluetooth technology. Its built-in battery can go for up to 25 prints before needing to be recharged. The special 2-inch by 3-inch full color prints are created without any ink and sport a sticky back so they can be placed anywhere.
With the companion iOS app, which is free to download, you can edit your photos, create fun collages, and more.
The printer itself is available in four different colors – black, white, blue and red. It costs $129.99. The paper is unfortunately extra and will set you back $24.99 for a 50-sheet pack. Even though that sounds somewhat expensive, not having to purchase ink does make it an interesting choice if you need actual photos quickly and easily.
With a simple waterproof case, you can easily turn your iPhone into a perfect underwater camera that can capture your kids playing in the pool, an interesting dive in the ocean, and much more. One of the best is Catalyst’s option. It will protect your iPhone in up to 16.4 feel of water and also fend off drops from up to 6.6 feet. The soft-touch rubber bumper makes it easier to hold you handset.
The case is available in a number of color combinations and can be purchased now. The iPhone 6 versions is $69.99 while the iPhone 6 Plus case is $5 more. An interesting accessory, sold separately for $19.99, is a floating lanyard. It slips over your wrist and helps keep your handset from sinking to the bottom of the lake or ocean.
Better than peanut butter
A more playful take on the add-on lens for your handset, each Jelly Camera Phone Filter sticks to an iPhone with a gummy ring. The three different filters – kaleidoscope, wide angle, and starburst – should definitely be able to spice up those boring photos shoots. Each of the lenses come with a keychain loop so you won’t lose it.
The three-pack of filters can be purchased for $15.
If you really have to take that selfie
Yes, it’s hard to believe, but the selfie phenomenon continues to grow. And if you just really must use one of the often-derided selfie sticks to take that perfect group photo, Looq’s DG seems to be a nice option. It can extend from 8.2 to 41.7 inches long and is compatible with both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Along with being able to fully adjust the length of the stick, the angle is also adjustable. And as a nice touch, the stick doesn’t need to connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and sap precious battery power. When you’ve got that perfect selfie all lined up, just press the photo button on the stick.
The stick can be purchased now for $19.99. Buyers can select from a blue, green, or pink version.
This massive backup battery can recharge an iPhone 6 up to five times. With two USB ports, you’ll be able to charge two different devices simultaneously. It even sports a built-in LED flashlight.
Taking your iPhone storage further
There is hope if you’re struggling with storing photos or videos on your 16GB iPhone. Instead of having to pony up to purchase a handset with more storage, Leef’s iBridge provides an interesting solution. Plugging directly into your phone’s Lightning port, it allows users to capture photos directly to the device when needed. You can also back up your Camera Roll and move images off of your iPhone. The other end of the stick plugs into a normal USB port so you can copy photos and videos to your Mac or PC. It also allows you to share photos and videos between other iOS devices.
The best bang for your buck looks to be the 32GB version of the iBridge, which is available for $79.99. A 16, 64, and 128GB version are also available.
No matter what accessories you choose to improve your photography prowess, keep shooting images and video that matter to you. In this case, practice really does make perfect.