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For photographers, having the latest iPhone and iPhone 12 accessories is more like having a great camera that also texts and makes phone calls. Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are among the best ultra compact cameras available.They are also fully capable smartphones with features that would shock a sci-fi writer from just a few decades ago.
The incredible iPhone family are truly mobile computer workstations, so saying they are cameras with phone features was tongue in cheek. There is more computer power in an iPhone 12 than was in the machines that landed men on the Moon (Earth's large, natural satellite) and brought them back safely.
iPhone 12 Photography Features
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But let’s make no mistake, it really is the camera part of these devices that makes them extremely desirable to photographers and videographers. Fast lenses, large sensors (for a smartphone), image stabilization, RAW files, and advanced video features had us drooling from the moment they were announced.
Just as with our other cameras, having the best iPhone 12 Pro Max accessories can help us accomplish certain processes or make some things better or easier to do. What iPhone 12 photography accessories will help you out? There are a lot of fine iPhone 12 photography accessories, we’re showing 5 for this list.
The Right Case
There are so many cases, it’s hard to choose just one best iPhone 12 case to recommend. For a couple of reasons, I like the Torras Shockproof Case. One reason is that it has an extra level of protection against drops and bumps. It has military grade drop protection, good for 2500+ drops from 6 feet or less.
The other reason is that this case has a low key appearance. There are a lot of people who enjoy having bright, shiny, or personalized smartphone cases, but as a photographer, I prefer an understated appearance when filming video or taking pictures.
A Useful Mount
OctoPad is one of the most useful iPhone 12 accessories for photography and videography. It is a semi rigid disk of material with a non-slip pad on the bottom and a ball head on top that can hold a camera or other accessory on virtually any surface even if angled by up to 45 degrees.
With the small size and low cost of the OctoPad, you can use 2 or 3 of them at once, especially useful for videos. In addition to holding the iPhone or other camera without clamps or suction, you can also place a small light or a microphone on it and place it where needed.
Hand holding a smartphone or camera while filming video is not the best solution for most videographers since the extra movement caused by our own inability to be rock solid still will show up in our video as a distracting level of unsteadiness. For any video longer than a few seconds, having some support is best.
Using an OctoPad with an iPhone 12 opens up another fun opportunity, long exposures. Since the iPhone 12 has the features, might as well find a way to use them with some low price iPhone 12 photography accessories.
Protective Lens Filter
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Max Pro have very high quality lenses. But, they are still a smartphone and prone to all the abuse we’re used to dishing out on a smartphone. We put them in a pocket, a purse, a car seat, or out on a table or desk. Keys, pens, coins, and forks can seriously mess up a lens front element, even when protectively coated as these iPhone lenses are.
One solution is to use a protective case or sleeve, another is a filter system like the UniqueMe Camera Lens Protector. These filters and others like them are optically neutral and can give active iPhone 12 photographers peace of mind by protecting the fine lenses on this smartphone.
Pixel G1s RGB LED Light produces bright, clean light and has variable power and variable color output for matching to existing ambient light levels and colors. It has a built-in rechargeable battery and is actually a little smaller and lighter than the iPhone 12 Pro.
Sometimes a scene, especially when filming video, simply needs a little bit more light in order to enable the highest quality recording. You can hold it in your hand since it runs cool, or mount it on the OctoPad listed above.
With all of the videography and photography you’re going to be doing with your new iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max, you will want to keep it charged up. Apple makes a charger which qualifies as one of the iPhone 12 Pro Max accessories, the Apple MagSafe Charger and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter.
You can use this charger anywhere that has wall power outlets to keep your iPhone and other Apple devices charged up. Unlike our other cameras, you can’t keep a spare battery in your pocket for most smartphones.
Well, that’s a good start for the best iPhone 12 accessories for photography. Go to our user forums and let us know what other items you found yourself that qualify for a longer list of best iPhone 12 Pro Max accessories.