The latest iPhones all have exceptional rear-facing cameras, and it's obvious that Apple - and its customers - take mobile photography very seriously indeed.
But whether or not you've got one of the new handsets, there's always room to improve your iPhone photography. (For a few examples, take a look at our iPhone photography tips.) In this article we explore the best tripods: great portable accessories that will improve the stability of your shots and help you to produce professional-looking images.
You may also like to consider a good-quality camera lens for your iPhone.
Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for Smartphones
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.
Kenu Stance Tripod for iPhone
The Kenu Stance is another tripod you should consider: it's affordable and compact enough to carry around with you. But what really sets it apart is the fact that it slots into the iPhone's Lightning port, 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 easy to throw in your pocket or bag. Nicholas Fearn
Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2-Section Mini Tripod
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's 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 need be.
The TwistGrip is to make up for the absence of a socket to screw the tripod into as found on most digital cameras.
DJI Osmo Mobile
Today's iPhones are capable of near-broadcast-quality video and this has inspired creative accessories like the DJI Osmo Mobile, a 3-axis gimbal designed to hold just about any mobile phone.
Simply clamp your device into the rubberised holder, turn on the unit, and the phone will be held either perfectly horizontally or vertically, depending on how you hold the grip (the Osmo autosenses and flips the phone orientation). Walking or even running with the Osmo while shooting with your phone makes for remarkably little jiggle or wobble in the footage.
The device can be used straight off by simply inserting a phone, switching to the phone's camera app, and turning on the Osmo Mobile, but it works best with DJI's free GO app. This connects via Bluetooth and lets you configure settings on the Osmo, as well as calibrate it. It also allows the Osmo's dedicated record button to start and stop recording on the phone, thus avoiding tapping the screen.
It's best to remove the case from any phone you use, to avoid weight imbalances, and it's often useful to give the Osmo Mobile a hand by manually moving the phone into the correct position. Once this was done the Mobile was usually able to hold it there, but occasionally it resolutely refused to work in our tests, causing us to turn it on and off repeatedly until it got the hint.
The Mobile is silent in use and lightweight enough to avoid any arm ache. The unit is powered by a powerful rechargeable battery, and a charger is supplied. A thumb-controlled joystick lets you pan up and down, plus left and right, while a finger trigger lets you lock the tilt axis. Essentially, this means that the phone will remain locked on the subject even if your arm tilts up and down, or left and right. This offers superb potential for creative filmmakers.
The Osmo Mobile really is a miracle of modern technology and its almost spooky ability to hold steady any phone you insert is a conversation starter if nothing else. For the likes of YouTube bloggers it's simply a must-have tool, albeit an expensive one. Keir Thomas
Zhiyun Smooth 3
We really like the Smooth 3 from Zhiyun, a stabilising gimbal for iPhone photographers and videographers. Its size, weight and design are all top drawer, and it's a joy to use; even the standardised batteries are an added convenience. Our test footage came out looking truly cinematic: nobody would know it wasn't filmed using a tripod.
The app needs a little work but we see that from the App Store listing that improvements are constantly being made. And even in its present form it has at least one amazing feature: Object Tracking. Tap a small icon at the bottom left of the iPhone screen, then drag a box around an object, and the Smooth 3 will move so the object in kept in shot at all times - regardless of the subject's movement, or your own. You can read our full review of the Zhiyun Smooth 3 for more details. Keir Thomas