With smartphone cameras and software getting better and better every year, more and more users are passionate about photography. So when you're talking about a gift to get someone, if they have a smartphone, they're more likely to appreciate some tools and accessories to take better photos with their fellow friends – and we've got some gadget suggestions they & # 39; will love.
Camera cameras, Instagram and Snapchat, are just gateways to more professional mobile tools to compose and take even better pictures. So if a family member or friend or employee you are shopping for is a casual photographer, amateur shutterbug, mobile photojournalist, selfie paparazzo or professional photographer, one of these gift ideas will win them and take them to the next level. 1
Before we jump directly to accessories, if the person you are about (even if it's yourself) has an older smartphone, the best gift should be a better smartphone. This is, of course, the most expensive item on this list, but you can not beat these phones when it comes to photography right now. Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are good alternatives, but not available in the US right now.
All phones below have OLED monitors in addition to U12 + with its LCD screen. They are all IP68-rated, have wireless charging (except U12 +), rear flashes, include optical image stabilization, supports RAW photography, use a 1.4 μm pixel size at 12 MP for the primary lens, including book-friendly portrait modes as well as HDR modes, and have high DxOMark points. Everything except the Pixel 3 models have dual lens cameras with 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.
While the Pixel 3 models do not have two lenses, they have a fantastic Night Shift mode, striking socks of all competitors with well-lit and grain free night shots thanks to impressive software development. If your married is a night owl, it's a serious alternative.
For the front cameras they have all flash support, with Galaxy Note 9 with an LED flash while the others use the screen to flash. Everyone also has 8 MP shooters except the iPhone models that have 7 MP resolution. But only the U12 + and Pixel 3 models have two lenses, the latter focusing on group selfies.
A tripod helps prevent camera shake that happens when you hold a phone and make images as sharp and clear as possible. Plus, a tripod is also helpful for group photos and even selfies.
There are telescopic stands like Joby GripTight Pro TelePod, which draws fourfold tasks such as handles, extended handles for selfish and hard to reach shots, table rack and tripod. Its glass fiber body stretches from 13.5 to 31 inches and has adjustable legs. The bracket head has 180º tilt and can switch between portrait and landscape positions. It also includes a Bluetooth remote control.
Joby also makes a more portable tripod that is flexible for all situations. Called the Joby GripTight ONE GorillaPod Stand, it has rubber feet for stability, its jointed leg can bend around objects and it's lightweight but can hold 7x its weight.
For those who just need a fast and dirty tripod, the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Mini is a perfect solution and fits right in your pocket. Includes assembly as well.
3. Selfie Stick
If you do not get the all-in-one telephoto above but want to get a self-adhesive stick for someone, you'll have a few alternatives depending on what the user's outcome will be. Are they going to take solo and group selfies or take shots of wildlife, landscapes and other non-human scenes?
For crazy long drone style images from high up, you can not beat Mighty Selfie Stick, which stretches from 26 inches when it collapsed to a giant 10 meter long. The Bluetooth remote control can be connected to the pole handle or used aside from it. The body is made of steel, and it comes with fasteners.
A more portable monopod option that works well (with a budget as well) is Anker Selfie Stick, which is about 7 inches when it is retracted but almost 29 inches when expanded completely. It is made of a lightweight aluminum alloy and features an ergonomic handle for easy grip. The Bluetooth remote control is built into the handle, lasts about 20 hours per charge and is charged via the supplied USB cable.
If you are looking for something between these options in both price and extendable length, Digipower Quikpod Extreme is a profitable alternative. It ranges from 18 inches to 53 inches but does not include a Bluetooth remote control, so it would be a separate purchase.
4. Bluetooth Remote Control
Wireless Remote Controls are useful when taking a group photo, want a steady image outside your hands or become creative with selfies. There are a lot of options in the markets, and everyone works almost equal to a 30-meter radius, Bluetooth pairing, key ring, replaceable battery, compatibility with most built-in camera applications, and unofficial support for some third parties. Apps like Snapchat.
Mooni Selfie Remote Shutter is a circular disc with 1.5 inches in diameter and comes in different colors. Gadgin's version is oval-shaped 2 x 1 inch and comes with an armband and bracelet. The CamKix option is also oval, has a wrist strap, available in different colors and has two buttons to distinguish Android / IOS.
When it comes to photography, there are many different types of phone cases to consider. If you shoot a lot of pictures, a battery pack will hold you up. For more security and stability, a grip-friendly case helps keep it from slipping out of your hands. But for selfies, group photos and other still photography on the fly, a kickstands fall makes the trick.
There is pretty much at least one kickstand case for every smartphone out there, so I will not even try to list them all. You can search Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, or other store for the case that suits the recipient's phone. But there are kickstands you can add to the phone or phone case that works universally.
We recommend a PopSockets Grip. It is customizable, sticky on any flat surface, which can easily be placed on a phone or phone case, collapses so the phone can still fit in your pocket, can be used as a grip for better gliding while holding the phone and can be used as a kickstand in portrait or landscape orientation. It's quite versatile, and tops can be purchased separately for different designs.
6. Portable Power Bank
I always dissolve juices when the best image opportunities arise, and I'm sure it's not just happening to me. To ensure that the person you buy never loses battery on a shooting shot, a backup battery is a must. Phone bags with built-in batteries are best when taking pictures. Standalone is more universal, but the person needs time to put the phone down for a second because it's too clumsy to load and take photos at once.
When it comes to built-in batteries for charging the phone, it's too hard to recommend one because each phone needs a unique case. Try searching for Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart or another store for the one that fits the phone that your gift recipient has. Otherwise, a portable power bank is the second best.
Our top recommendation for a power bank is the Anker PowerCore 20100 which, according to the name, is a rechargeable 20,100 mAh battery with two USB ports of 2.4 amps. Most charging adapters equipped with phones are up to 1 amp, so 2.4 recharges a phone at a faster rate. The power bank is charged via a maximum input of 2 amps with the supplied Micro USB cable (wall adapter not included), so it takes about 10 hours to charge completely, but when done, 4-7 times a depleted phone battery can be used ( depending on model) before you need to load. Another advantage: Anker has excellent customer service.
7. Apps and Digital Books
Some of the best apps for photography cost money, and many smartphone owners just keep on free apps, so they lack a lot of camera and photo editing potential.
Halide Camera, one of the best photography apps, costs $ 5.99. Other paid photo edited apps worth receiving include Camera + 2, ProCamera, Obscura 2, ProCam 6 and Enlight. There are also some decent books that can help users improve their skills, whether they take pictures on a DSLR or their iPhone.
You can help them get some of the items above by presenting them to App Store & iTunes Gift Cards. If you do not trust the purchase of the apps or media you intend to install, you can also present individual items through the App Store. And these are just some of your options.
Buy App Store & iTunes Gift Card: Amazon | Apple | Best Buy | Walmart
Option 2: For Android Users
Unlike Apple App Store, the Google Play store is not as friendly with regard to presentation options for apps and other media. There are some solutions, but your best bet is to give them a Google Play gift card. Paid apps worth the installation include camera FV-5, HD Camera Pro, ProShot, Camera ZOOM FX Premium, Photo Studio PRO, PhotoPills and Snap Camera HDR.
Buy Play Store Gift Card: Amazon | Best Buy | Google | Walmart
8. Camera Lenses
While many new smartphones come with dual lens cameras, most of which use a 2x telephoto for the secondary lens, it will still not get you the same results a good wide angle, phone, fisheye, or macrolins. There are many mini-external lenses for smartphone cameras, but because phone OEM users place their cameras in different locations, you may be better off shopping based on the phone model. You can browse Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, or any other store to find the phone model lenses quite easily.
A lens tag we recommend is the moment. It has the best quality, multiple element lenses on the market and has for a while. There are angles, telephotos, fisheye and macro lens options, but one of Moment's cases is needed to attach one to a phone. Moments make cases for iPhones, Samsung Galaxy models and Google Pixels. For dual lenses, you can choose which lens you want to attach to the external lens, even if you need to use a third party camera app to take full advantage of this.
A decent, slightly cheaper alternative to Moment is Sandmarc. All lenses are supplied with both a clamp guard (so you can use it with almost all phones) and a phone case with screw mount (for specific iPhone models). The glass is almost as good as Moments, but while Sandmarc is more versatile, the clip-on option does not allow the phone boxes to choose which lens you mount the external lens for dual rear cameras. You can shop for Sandmarc lenses on their website. Kits start at $ 69.99.
ninth Additional Storage
Many Android phones have the ability to add an SD card for additional storage, which is always a necessity for photographers. Photos take up a lot of space, and cloud storage is not always the best option. If you know the model phone, you can use our comparison tool to see if it accepts SD cards, most of them have microSD slots.
We recommend SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card based on the latest SDA 3.0 specification. These are not as fast as the Ultra Plus or Extreme models, but good enough at a more affordable point. The SanDisk Ultra SDXC card will be supported by almost all phones made after 2010. However, phones will support different storage capacity, so you must check that the card you are getting is working properly.
For Android models that do not & # 39; Do not have microSD slots, there are many options, but just make sure you find one that works with either a Micro USB port or USB Type C port, depending on the phone model. We recommend SanDisk again, this time either Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive or Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0.
For iPhone users, you must have an external option. One of our favorites is SanDisk's iXpand Flash Drive, which comes in capacity from 32GB to 256GB. These have flexible flash connectors, so they can work with most iPhone cases, as well as a USB 3.0 connection for transferring media to a computer.
10th Memory Card Reader
If the person you buy tends to shoot more with their DSLR, an excellent gift for them would be a memory card adapter that they can connect to their smartphone; This way they can upload photos to their phone for instant editing and sharing.
For iPhone users, there are several options. For people with miniSD or microSD cards, Apple's Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader works well. For all others, the flash is required for the USB camera adapter, enabling them to connect their DSLR directly to the adapter via a USB cable. Alternatively, there is a Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter, which allows you to charge your iPhone simultaneously.
As for Android users, there are also several options, but the most important thing is if the Android phone has a USB port with USB Type C port. This is the first to figure out. Next, what do they need? A memory card reader or a connection directly to its DSLR camera? Do not know Then the Vanja 2-in-1 card reader is the way to go.
The Vanja model works in almost all scenarios. At one end, there is a USB-C male connector for newer Android phones. On the other hand, there is a common USB Type A power jack for computers, but it can also be postponed to reveal the hidden Micro USB male connector. It can read several microSD and SD card formats.
When you are unsure if they have compatible memory cards, a USB on-the-go adapter is required. This makes it possible to connect a USB cable from the adapter to the DSLR camera for import. The smallest OTG adapters available are from REMAX and come with either Micro USB or USB-C connectors.
11. Light gauge
If the person you buy wants to be a professional photographer, they want to expose their images correctly, whether they use an advanced DSLR or just their smartphone. In some way Lumu Power Color and Light Meter is an excellent accessory to have.
With a Lumu light meter, color temperature, flash exposure, ambient exposure, chromaticity and brightness can be measured and it also works for spot measurement. Lumulabs, the manufacturer, also has three newer models with different features.
The only downside? It's only available for iPhones right now with Lightning ports. Lumulabs supported earlier Android models with a headphone jack, but has since shifted focus to iPhone-only support. Now that USB Type-C is more widely used on Android smartphones, Lumulabs is likely to work on a USB-C model, so stay tuned.
12. External Lamps
Newer phones have impressive lightning and low light, but sometimes an external light is needed for the perfect shot. If the person you are shopping for is more self-sufficient person, there are a black phone boxes that have lighting strips built directly into them. There is also the Ocathnon Ring Light that slides straight on the smartphone when needed.
Otherwise, the Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 LED Light is an excellent option for Android and iPhone users for all types of lighting needs. It's portable, has a four-dimensional dimmer, comes with a friction-based head that allows for mounting on a tripod, incorporates a snap-fit filter mount with three filters to change color temperature and diffuse light and is USB rechargeable.
An additional universal smartphone clamp can be purchased to mount the light directly on the phone, which can also be mounted on a tripod at the same time or a handle system for more control while traveling.
If the person you shop for depends on Snapchat, a pair of Spectacles is the perfect gift that they do not need, but really want to . They are waterproof, take HD photos, and sync media directly to the Snapchat app when the phone is nearby. While these are made by Snap Inc., the images can be exported to another platform, shared by text or saved in the phone's built-in storage. The images themselves are in circular HD format but can be exported as square or widescreen.
14. 360 degree camera
Photographers who want to take 360 degree pictures and share them on Facebook, Google or another platform that's friendly with VR headsets, a 360 degree camera is a must. Our recommendation here is Insta360 One, which has 6-axis stabilization, shoots 24 MP images, has a ƒ / 2.2 mixer, exports in either INSP, JPEG or RAW format, shots standard or timed 360 degree images, and has plenty of manual controls. It can be controlled via the Android or iOS app, and it can also be mounted directly on your smartphone. It is intended for iPhones with a flash port, but an adapter (USB Type-C or Micro-USB) can be purchased for Android phones.
15. Thermal Imager
When a photographer wants to be experimental, a thermal camera is a great way to have fun. Typically, it is used for things such as "inspecting electrical panels, finding source of HVAC errors, or detecting hidden water damage" according to FLIR, but it may be used for other reasons.
Fortunately, FLIR Systems manufactures personal heat images for Androids and iPhones. While the company has three older models, the new FLIR One Pro models can not be beat. FLIR One Pro is our recommendation because it has a resolution of 19,000 pixels with much sharper images, but it's also the most expensive one. The One Pro LT model, as well as the One Gen 3 model, is only 4 800 pixels.
For those who want better head than a 10-foot selfie stick, the drones can be the next step up. Droner will not use the phone's camera but instead have cameras built into the flyer. The phone is used to control the queue and take the pictures. Drones are quite expensive when it comes to quality images, but there are few options we recommend.
First on the cheaper side, DJI Spark Drone Fly More Combo can shoot 12 MP images and works with both Android and iPhones. The camera is a ƒ / 2.6 wide-angle lens with a 25mm focal length and a 1 / 2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and the drill can reach up to 1.2 miles away without obstacles. While it works quite well on iOS, Android users have reported many issues, so it's worth watching them if your gift recipient is an Android user.
Secondly, there is the more expensive DJI Mavic Air Drone that shot 12 MP images. The Gimbal (!) Camera is a ƒ / 2.8 wide-angle lens with a 24 mm equivalent focal length and a 1 / 2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and the drill can reach up to 2.4 miles away without obstacles. It can also shoot and sew 25 images of eight seconds for crystal clear 32 MP Sphere panoramas and supports HDR images.
17. Wireless Photo Printer
For friends and family who like to print photos, a portable photo printer is a great gift idea. Lifeprint makes some great Bluetooth, rechargeable models that work perfectly with any smartphone. There is a direct printing camera that turns an iPhone into a kind of Polaroid camera. There are also common models for any smartphone that prints in either 2 x 3 inches or 3 with 4.5 inches. The pictures printed are also AR friendly.
18. Smart Monitors and Frames
The majority of smartphones take photos in a 4: 3 aspect ratio as default, but many digital photo frames in the market have 16: 9 aspect ratios, which means the images are cropped or have black bars. However, the Nixplay photo frame is equipped with a 4: 3 screen. It's 15 inches with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, has Wi-Fi support and can be mounted on the wall.
You can mail or add photos via Nixplays apps for Android and iOS, as well as create and control image playlists. There is also support for SD cards and USB flash drives, as well as a free 10GB cloud device for storing photos. You can also link your Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox or Flickr account. Plus, you can connect and use it with Amazon Alexa.
In addition to this, it's worth mentioning that Google's Home Hub, Amazon Echo Show and Facebook Portal Smart Home Assistants all have a digital image frame mode. Google sync with Google Photos online, Amazon's first photos and Facebook to your Facebook photos.