Most photographers who use DSLR cameras have an entire bag full of nifty gadgets for their cameras. These accessories allow them to make the most out of their camera in order to produce the best photos possible.
As a smartphone photographer, shouldn’t you do the same? Smartphone technology gets better and better with every generation, so with a few new gadgets, you’ll be able to take high-quality images no matter what type of phone you have.
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2020s Top Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets
So, you’re looking to either start your smartphone photography gear collection or add to it. Regardless of which is you, we’ve got something on this list that’ll pique your interest. For the beginners, we have lenses and lens filters to take you from basic phone photography to professional photography with a smartphone.
For those of us that are already getting pro-grade content, we have some additions that’ll take your work to the next level. Check out the best battery packs so that you never have a low-battery issue on a shoot. Or, invest in a printer so that you can print client’s photos yourself! You’ll experience more control and you may just find a little extra profit too.
Beginner Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets – Lenses and Filters
One of the first gadgets you should consider adding to your gear bag is a new lens. Sure, the lenses that come on your phone are pretty great already, but you can really take your photography up a notch with a few additional options.
Depending on the type of smartphone you have, you may have quite a few choices. Typically, you’ll be able to find macro, telephoto, fisheye, and wide-angle lenses for your mobile phone. Some simply clip on to your phone over the existing lenses, while others may require you to purchase a special case.
Moment produces some of the best lenses in the industry. You do need to purchase a Moment phone case in order to attach the lens, but once you do, you will be able to use any of their lenses. If you’d like to know more about Moment lenses, we’ve reviewed them here. If you want to see how Moment stacks up against the competition, then check out our complete review of the best smartphone camera lenses here.
While you’re shopping for new lenses, you might also want to consider picking up a few camera lens filters. They’re inexpensive and easy to use, but they can make a big difference in your photography. If you need a little guidance, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite filters and how to use them here.
Beginner Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets – Gimbal
Shooting great videos with your phone isn’t easy when you have to rely on your own hands to keep the camera from shaking. Even the steadiest handed photographer could use a little help with stabilization! So, if you’re looking for a new gadget for your video production kit, consider investing in a gimbal.
The pocket-sized DJI Osmo Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal is definitely an investment, but if you want professional quality videos, it’s worth the money. It works with both iPhones and Androids and features an updated algorithm that produces a control accuracy of ±0.005°.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Hohem 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer is another great option. It features face and object tracking technology to help you create the smoothest video possible. It’s compatible with most smartphones and includes an adjustable phone holder clip. It works as a handheld device or with the included tripod attachment.
|Product||DJI Osmo Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal||Hohem 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer|
Intermediate Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets – Portable Battery Pack
One of the worst things that can happen to any smartphone photographer is having your phone battery die in the middle of a photoshoot. It’s not only inconvenient but unprofessional to have to pause the shoot just to charge your phone. There’s already the stigma – do everything you can to eradicate it! Keeping a portable battery pack in your bag will ensure that you never have to deal with this type of situation again.
If you’re looking for a high capacity, quality battery pack, look no further than this High-Capacity Rechargeable External Battery Pack. This little charger packs a lot of punch and can charge most phones at least four times before running out of juice. There are also two USB ports, so you can even charge two phones simultaneously.
If you’re looking for something with a little less power, consider this Rechargeable External Battery Pack. It’s a little more budget-friendly and still has enough power to keep your phone from running out of power. Both also have a 45-day money-back guarantee and 6 months of free product replacement so you can trust that you’re buying a quality product.
|Product||20000mAh High-Capacity Rechargeable External Battery Pack||12000mAh High-Capacity Rechargeable External Battery Pack|
Intermediate Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets – External Flash/Lighting
Relying on your smartphone’s flash for good lighting may leave you disappointed and frustrated. Rather than settling for subpar lighting, why not try an external light source? They’re perfect for mobile phone product photography and portraiture!
Lumecube is the standard for adding fill light without having to haul around a heavy light source. They’re also designed to withstand pretty much anything. Lumecube’s newest offering – the Lumecube Light 2.0 – is compatible with smartphones, traditional cameras, and drones, so you take great photos with the perfect lighting no matter how you decide to do it. While we could go into the specifics of the light quality, the short of it is, the Lumecube Light 2.0 produces seriously awesome light. Did you know it’s also waterproof up to 30 feet?
If you’re looking to knock out two birds with one stone, then consider this 2-in-1 Solar Powered Mobile Power Bank + LED Light. You’ll get a portable battery pack and a lighting source all in one pretty decent product! While the LED light you get here won’t be as good as the Lumecube Light 2.0 (USB charged), it will be powered by the sun which means no purchasing batteries or using up laptop power. This trade-off could be ideal for those content creators who like to remain off the grid for longer stretches of time.
|Product||Lumecube Light 2.0||2-in-1 Solar Powered Mobile Power Bank + LED Light|
Advanced Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets – Photo Printer
It’s always rewarding to share your incredible photos on social media, but do you ever miss the days of actual photographs? With a portable photo printer, you can once again share physical photos with the people you love.
The Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Photo Printer is perfect for producing 4×6 prints of your favorite images. It comes with everything you need to print photos directly from your phone with the help of the Canon Print app. With an optional battery pack, you can print photos from wherever you happen to be shooting.
The HP Officejet 200 Inkjet Portable Printer is an even better option for printing photos on the go. HP Eprint is super easy to use and produces high-quality photos as well as other documents. It connects to your device via wifi or Bluetooth, so you don’t have to wait until you get home to print your favorite photos. The HP Officejet 200 Inkjet Portable Printer is great for a content creator on the go who wants to market themselves with prints wherever they are.
Imagine, being able to have your photos on display via laptop or tablet for customers to see and then being able to print the prints on demand. That’s a much easier sell than having to send off to a print shop for the prints and then facilitating the delivery. Not only are you stressing over the print quality and delivery, but you’re also losing out on profit!
|Product||Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Photo Printer||HP Officejet 200 Inkjet Portable Printer|
Advanced Mobile Phone Photography Gadgets – Smartphone Microphone
If you’ve ever tried vlogging with your mobile phone, you may have noticed that the sound isn’t as great as it could be. As you may know from watching other people’s videos, sound quality can make or break a great video. Take your videos to the next level with an external microphone.
The Deity V-Mic D3 works with both iPhones and Android devices as well as traditional cameras and more so you’ll be able to produce high-quality videos no matter what type of device you have. This reasonably sized microphone will improve your sound quality drastically at a modest price. The microphone is super easy to use out of the box too – just plug it in and record. The Deity V-Mic D3 does require AAA batteries to run whereas other smartphone microphones are chargeable.
If you’d prefer a smartphone microphone ideal for vlogging, then try the RØDE VideoMic NTG. It’s universally compatible so you’ll be able to use it with any type of mobile phone or traditional camera. This mobile phone microphone is professional-quality at an amateur price point and with a novice learning curve. While the RØDE VideoMic NTG is ideal for vlogging, it can pretty much do it all.
You’ll be able to monitor your audio while shooting via the headphone jack. Some smartphone microphones require the headphone jack for connection, so the ability to access it while recording is a serious plus. The RØDE VideoMic NTG is also super lightweight and easy to add to your smartphone videography rig. Unlike the Deity V-Mic D3, this smartphone microphone features rechargeable 30+ hour lithium batteries.
|Product||Deity V-Mic D3||RØDE VideoMic NTG|