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8 Smartphone Accessories That Should Be On Your Christmas List

by Topher Kelly
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What would make for a better gift this holiday season than a smartphone camera accessory? Think about it – your friends and family spend more time with their phones than they do with you. This is your chance to make their favorite toys even better.

Smartphone camera accessories can can do just about anything including turning your lens into a macro or even converting your whole phone into a GoPro-cased camera. Check out our short list of this year’s best phone gifts.


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Olloclip 

Price: $70

This 3-in-one camera lens is perfect for anyone looking to get a fisheye, wide-angle and macro all in one package. The Olloclip snaps on to your phone easily and comes in 3 different colors.

Photo courtesy of DPReview

Photo courtesy of DPReview

 

Photojojo Lens Series

Price: $49

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Olloclip, check out Photojojo’s iPhone and Android lens series. In this package, you get a fisheye, telephoto, wide angle, and macro lens, each of which use a detachable magnetic ring to match up with your camera’s built-in lens. You can purchase the entire set for $49.

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Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand 

Price: $30

This is one of the most versatile smartphone “tripods” on the market allowing you to take photos from just about any angle. The flexible and wrappable legs allow you to secure your phone to any structure safely.

Trigger Trap

Price: $29.99

We all saw this one coming and couldn’t be more excited for its arrival. The Triggertrap turns your iPhone into a controller for any DSLR. Using a cord and an accompanying app, the Triggertrap can be a motion trigger, sound trigger, act as a face identifier or time-lapse tool. Find out more in the video below.

iScope Adapter

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Price: $129

Perfect for the outdoorsman, the iScope is a clip-on telescope that can be used on spotting scopes, scopes and crossbow scopes. You can video your hunt to show your friends…if you are into that.

 

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Optrix PhotoProX

Price: $149.95

We all know that getting the best shot sometimes means putting your camera in danger. The Optrix PhotoProX is the world’s first and only case to give you waterproof, rugged and interchangeable lenses all in one compact solution. This package comes with the following: iPhone 5/5S Housing, iPhone Sled, Macro Len, Telephoto Lens, FishEye Lens, Flat Lens, O-ring, Padded Lens Case, Leash, Lens Cloth

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iPhone Boom Mic

Price: $40

This small mic gives your iPhone videos and voice recording big, professional sound. It attaches easily through the headphone jack and can clip onto any case. It’s also quite durable and lightweight.

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Luxi Light Meter

Price: 34.95

Turn your iPhone into a light meter for your DSLR. The Pocket Light Meter and its app provide you with all the essential information including ISO, temperature and time. At $34.95, it’s a great stocking stuffer.

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Topher Kelly

Topher Kelly is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor at CreativeLive. Follow Topher on Twitter@Topher_LIVE.