Best iPhone camera lenses | Best camera tripods for iPhone photography

The iPhone is already a great camera, but with a little help it can truly replace your digital camera as your main photo taker. Here we look at the best iPhone camera lenses, the best tripods for iPhone photography, and other handy accessories

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  • Camera accessories
  • CompactXR
  • Insta360 Nano
  • Olloclip
  • PNY 4-in-1
  • Sony ILCE-QX1
  • TECHO
  • YOPO
  • GorillaPod
  • Kenu Stance
  • Manfrotto
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Best iPhone camera lenses | Best camera tripods for iPhone photography

Now that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have launched, we have a better idea of Apple's plans for mobile photography - and it's probably safe to say that the company takes it very seriously indeed. Both devices have exceptional rear-facing cameras, and the Plus has a twin-lens model whose potential we are only beginning to explore.

But whether or not you've got one of the iPhone 7 handsets, there are always to improve your iPhone photography. In this article we explore the best photographic accessories available for the iPhone: brilliant lenses and tripods that take things to the next level.

The first 7 products in this roundup are iPhone camera lenses; then we list 4 iPhone camera tripods worth a look.

For non-product-based ways to take better photos with your smarthone, take a look at our iPhone photography tips.

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Now that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have launched, we have a better idea of Apple's plans for mobile photography - and it's probably safe to say that the company takes it very seriously indeed. Both devices have exceptional rear-facing cameras, and the Plus has a twin-lens model whose potential we are only beginning to explore.

But whether or not you've got one of the iPhone 7 handsets, there are always to improve your iPhone photography. In this article we explore the best photographic accessories available for the iPhone: brilliant lenses and tripods that take things to the next level.

The first 7 products in this roundup are iPhone camera lenses; then we list 4 iPhone camera tripods worth a look.

For non-product-based ways to take better photos with your smarthone, take a look at our iPhone photography tips.

 

Best iPhone camera lenses:

Seek Thermal Compact XR

  • RRP: £259 | $299

A professional thermal imaging camera can cost you anything from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand, and not everybody has that sort of dough. This sits at the affordable end of that range.

Built for outdoor use, the CompactXR will turn your iPhone into a fully functioning thermal imaging camera. It sports a 20-degree field of view and picks up heat from 1,800 feet away. As well as letting you take super cool images as though you were James Bond, you can also create a personal tool to seek out intruders and animals in suspicious scenarios. It plugs straight into the handset. Nicholas Fearn

 

Best iPhone camera lenses:

Insta360 Nano

  • RRP: £260 | $200

Virtual reality is taking over the world right now, although to make your own VR videos and stills, you'd normally need to get an expensive 360 camera. The Insta360 Nano lets you shoot and live-stream HD virtual and panoramic media straight from your iPhone. It clips on to an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s or 6s Plus. Additionally, it can be attached to a bike, helmet, drone or selfie stick.

Once you've created a film or image, you can convert the device into a VR viewer to experience your immersive masterpieces. Spec-wise, it sports two 210-degree fish-eye lenses, an 800mAh battery and a 64GB memory card slot. Nicholas Fearn

 

Best iPhone camera lenses:

Olloclip 4-in-1

  • RRP: £69 | $79

Olloclip makes a wide range of lenses for smartphones, but this 4-in-1 lens is one of its flagship products. It's portable and versatile, with fisheye, 10x Macro 15x Macro and wide-angle options, turning your iPhone into an infinitely more professional point-and-shoot.

The little lens is small enough to stick in your pocket but when attached to your iPhone open up the world in front of you to photograph. When out and bout it's great to take a few instinctive snaps - with the 4-in-1, those moments will turn out even more pro.

Get it from Olloclip for iPhone SE/5/5s
Get it from Olloclip for iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus

 

Best iPhone camera lenses: PNY 4-in-1 lens kit

PNY 4-in-1 Lens Kit

  • RRP: £36.69

If you're really into your photography, you'll understand there are lenses for different functions and purposes. Instead of going down the route of buying lenses separately, which can prove expensive and timely, you can get a 4-in-1 lens kit from PNY Technologies.

Costing under £40, you get a complete set of accessories so you can turn your iPhone into a state-of-the-art camera. There are four different lenses in total: super wide angle, fisheye, wide angle and macro. The best thing here is that they're so easy to use, sporting magnetic clips that attach straight to the iPhone. Nicholas Fearn

 

Best iPhone camera lenses:

Sony ILCE-QX1

  • RRP: £250 | $525

A luxurious item with a price to match, this nevertheless ingenious camera by Sony marries smartphone technology with a versatile lens system.

You'll need NFC in your iPhone to pair with it, which is every iPhone from the iPhone 6, while Wi-Fi capabilities on the camera allow for sharing. You can clip your phone to the back of the lens and use the screen as a viewfinder, but it's not just a lens - this is a camera in its own right.

The wireless capabilities mean you can set up the camera on a tripod, for instance, and then use your iPhone as a remote shutter and viewfinder. It's a nifty, modern and portable way of approaching smartphone photography.                      

 

Best iPhone camera lenses:

TECHO Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit

  • RRP: £29 | $39

RRP £29.99
Get it from Amazon

This is a very simple, budget option if you're not quite sure you want to splash out on an iPhone camera lens. It's pretty versatile, and should work with all smartphones provided the camera is in a position you can easily clip the lens in front of.

It comes with two lenses, one is a 0.45x super wide-angle lens and the other is a 12.5 super Macro lens. Both give great, easy results and might just draw you into a world of photography on the move.

 

Best iPhone camera lenses | Best camera tripods for iPhone photography: YOPO for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

RRP £29.99
Get it from Amazon

This little kit from YOPO is excellent. It comes with a fair few accessories to get you snapping in no time - it's designed for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus only.

The snap-in cases paired with the lenses and tiny tripod allow you to set up a sturdy photography system, while the kit is versatile enough to go hands-free if you prefer.

 

Best camera tripods for iPhone photography: Joby GripTight GorillaPod stand

RRP £25
Get it from Amazon

Joby's well-respected camera tripod stand, the GorillaPod, has made its way to the smartphone market. The oft-copied but never bettered design uses lots of socket joints to allow the legs to stand like a regular tripod or twist into infinite different positions. Wrap, tuck, hang and shoot with ease.

 

Best camera tripods for iPhone photography: Kenu Stance

RRP £20

The Kenu Stance is another tripod you should consider, and like the Pocket Tripod, it's affordable and compact to carry around with you. What sets it apart is the fact it slots into the iPhone's Lightning port, again letting you avoid fiddly attachments.

The tripod has three legs and a ball joint, which can be adjusted for the perfect angle. It sports a premium zinc alloy construction and non-slip feet, so you don't have to worry about it falling off a surface. And weighing 34g, it's far from heavy and is easy to throw in your pocket or bag. You can buy it in either black or orange, depending if you want a bit of colour or not. Nicholas Fearn

 

Best camera tripods for iPhone photography: Manfrotto Pixi Evo & TwistGrip

RRP £44.95 & £39.95
Get the Pixi Evo from Amazon
Get the TwistGrip from Manfrotto

Manfrotto's reputation in the photography world certainly precedes it, and when it comes to smartphone camera accessories, these two don't disappoint - but you'll have to buy them separately. 

The Pixi Evo is a great portable tripod designed for DSLRs but can be used for smartphones. It is fairly basic, with two leg angles for ground level shooting and three legs that are adjustable for uneven ground. You'll also need the TwistGrip, which is a superbly made grip that allows you to attach a phone for shooting in landscape mode - but the Pixi, with its ball socket, lets you twist the phone to portrait if needs be.

The TwistGrip is to make up for the absence of a socket to screw the tripod into as found on most digital cameras.

 

Best camera tripods for iPhone photography: Pocket Tripod

RRP $18

There are loads of great tripods out there, although they can sometimes be expensive and bulky. Should you want something to take everywhere with you, then it's worth checking out the Pocket Tripod. It's the world’s first fully articulating tripod that can fit into wallets and purses. Made from strong, high-quality plastic, it’s robust and durable to last for years, and there are rotational sliders for you to adjust the angle. The iPhone itself sits within the swivel structure, meaning you don't have to attach an additional component to the handset. You can order the tripod on crowdfunding platform IndiegogoNicholas Fearn

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