By Carissa Bluestone
If you’ve started to view your iPhone as an SLR that also texts, you probably have a half-dozen apps that work around the phone’s limitations to mimic a real camera’s capabilities. But to turn your iPhone into a “real camera” you need hardware, too. We would love to see the Leica i9 concept, which encases an iPhone in a Leica camera body for the best of both worlds, become a reality. But until that happens, you can rig a better camera with the help of a few basic accessories:
- A real lens. For the practical and budget-minded, there’s the Olloclip 3-in-1 lens, a demure clip-and-flip system of fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses. For the shutterbugs with deep pockets and a sense of humor, there’s the Photojojo SLR Mount, a combo adapter that allows you attach your giant Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your tiny phone.
- A rugged case. If you’re going to hang a real lens off your phone you should probably ditch the cutesy Paul Frank case. The current favorite among gear geeks is a 6-oz. titanium case from Snow Peak. Photojojo — which is basically a one-stop shopping for cool iPhone accessories — makes a walnut case with felt padding engraved with an old-timey camera image.
- A tripod. Breathe normally and your iPhone photos will look like they were taken from inside a speeding car. The smartphone tripod market is already pretty saturated, but in terms of portability and flexibility, Joby’s Gorilla line, with it’s spiderlike ability to cling to uneven surfaces, rules. The Glif tripod mount has received every superlative in the tech-nerd book, as it allows you to use any tripod you have on hand, and can be used on its own to make your phone hands-free.