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5 Best iPhone Camera Accessories in 2017

Undoubtedly, the latest iPhone has two things going for it: an excellent camera and a gorgeous display. With clever iPhone camera accessories, the two can be used in a way that makes the iPhone a worthy alternative to expensive DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. Here are out top 5 favorite premium iPhone camera accessories in 2017 for serious mobile photographers.

Best iPhone Camera Accessories

DxO ONE

The iPhone is known for its excellent camera, and Apple has arguably sparked a mobile photography revolution that continues to this day, with professionals and amateurs taking breathtaking pictures using nothing but their smartphones. But as good as iPhone’s camera is, it’s still a few steps behind DSLRs. After all, the image sensor in the iPhone 7 is just 1/3 of an inch large, so there are obvious physical limitations that affect image quality.

The DxO ONE is a professional camera module with a 1-inch sensor that connects to the iPhone via the Lightning connector. It has 20.2 MP resolution, f/1.8 prime lens, and supports fast shutter speeds up to 1/20000 sec and long exposures to 30 seconds. The sensor can also record 1080p video footage at 30 frames per second or 720p footage at 120 frames per second.

The captured images and video files are stored on a MicroSD card, and the DxO ONE camera module is powered by an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Your iPhone then acts as a large viewfinder, helping you compose the perfect shot even under bright summer sunlight when many LCD viewfinders on digital cameras aren’t bright enough.

The patented connector swivels up to 60 degrees in either direction, allowing you to explore unique angles and experiment with different perspectives. The DxO ONE is small enough to fit inside any pocket, and the physical control buttons are much more precise than virtual buttons. If there’s something you may not like about the camera, it’s the steep price of almost $500. But that’s the price you have to pay for a DSLR-like image quality.

Insta360 Nano

Virtual reality is here, transporting us to the places we’ve visited as well as to the places we’ve never been to. If you would like to take a more active part in the VR revolution, you should take a closer look at the Insta360 Nano camera. Honored with CES 2017 Innovation Award, the Insta360 Nano is a 360-degree iPhone camera with dual f/2 fisheye lenses and the ability to record 3040 x 1520 video footage at 30 frames per second.

The Insta360 costs just $199 and works with the 6th and 7th iPhone series. The camera supports Twitter and Periscope Live, allowing audiences from around the world to watch immersive, 360-degree live streams of your adventures. It also supports instant sharing on all popular social media sites via the free iOS app.

The camera plugs into the iPhone via the Lightning connector, but it can also be used on its own. Because it weighs just 2.5 ounces, your iPhone will be just as comfortable to use with the camera as it is without it.

Miggo Pictar Plus

The virtual shutter button has its limitations. Namely, it doesn’t provide any feedback, and it’s a real pain to activate while wearing gloves or while being on the move. While the volume rocker can act as a physical shutter button, it’s only a minor improvement over the virtual shutter button. The one thing that can noticeably elevate how taking pictures with the iPhone feels is a proper shutter button—like the one you find on any DSLR camera.

The Miggo Pictar Plus not only features a large shutter button with a half-press mode but also dials for zoom and exposure control. Finally, you can zoom with only one hand, instead of using your other hand to perform the pinch-and-zoom gesture. The exposure dial can control the exposure in steps of 1/3 aperture. Another dial is located right next to the exposure dial, and it can be mapped to control anything from ISO to flash modes.

On the top side of the camera grip is a cold shoe mount of an external flash or LED light, and on the bottom side is a standard tripod mount. Given all these features and the premium build quality, we think that the price of around $100 is reasonable.

Steadicam Smoothee

Have you ever wondered how’s it possible for some YouTubers to always record perfectly steady footage even when doing all kinds of shenanigans while recording? That’s because they use camera stabilizers, which come in two basic forms: gyroscopic and gravitational. Gyroscopic stabilizers are also known as gimbals, and they can cost several thousands of dollars. Gravitational stabilizers may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but they’re actually low-tech and affordable. They work by lowering the center of mass of the camera or phone attached to them, making it less prone to shaking.

The Steadicam Smoothee is compatible with all major smartphone brands, supporting smartphones of up to 6.26 inches long and 3.27 inches wide, which includes the latest iPhone. Besides steadying your iPhone, the integrated hand-grip also provides a comfortable way how you can record long videos and take well-composed pictures. You can detach the part of the stabilizer that clamps onto your phone and attach it to any standard tripod.

Olloclip Core

There are several camera apps for the iPhone that simulate the fisheye effect. As fun as these apps may be, they provide little to no value to serious photographers wanting to experiment with different visual styles. The Olloclip Core is a set of three lenses that attach to the front and rear cameras. One lens increases the field-of-view to 180-degrees for a true fisheye effect, another transforms the iPhone’s camera into a microscope with 15-times magnification, and the third widens the field-of-view to 120-degrees for breathtaking landscape shots.

The set of lenses is compatible with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and supports screen protectors up to 0.5mm thick. It takes just a few seconds to attach the lenses to your phone, and they’re designed to automatically align without any adjustment.

Best iPhone Camera Accessories

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