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There are thousands of smartphone camera tools available on the market today, and most of them are...not good. Between hundreds of options for selfie sticks, LED lights and smartphone lenses, it can be difficult to choose the best smartphone camera accessories for you.
In order to build this list, we only chose the best smartphone camera accessories that are actually affordable (under $50) so you don’t have to break the bank to outfit your phone.
We also made sure that you could build an entire smartphone photography kit if you purchase everything on this list.
Let’s get to it!
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit
It was really important for all the members of our staff that all of our best smartphone camera accessories worked for a wide array of smartphones (we have Android users and iPhone users and are in a bitter battle over it). As such, The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit works for them all, whether your smartphone features a single or dual camera.
This smartphone photography kit comes with a wide-angle lens, which allows you to capture more of the scene, whether you’re photographing your incredible travels or simply want a great selfie.
It also comes with a macro lens and an LED light with three settings that you can charge while it's on your phone.
And, you’ll never want to purchase mobile photography equipment without a carrying case, which the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit also offers.
Overall, for under $50, you’ll never find a better smartphone photography kit (did we mention it comes with a lifetime guarantee?).
The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit is available for $40 on Amazon.
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DJI Osmo Pocket
Smartphones are great for on-the-go videography, but if you want to maximize the quality of the videos you shoot, you might think about a stabilized handheld camera. The DJI Osmo Pocket is an excellent option.
The Osmo Pocket, which is $346 on Amazon, offers three axes of stabilization so you can capture video with beautiful, smooth, cinematic action.
It has the capability of shooting 4K video at 60fps as well as 12-megapixel still images. There are multiple creative modes to help you make even more impressive videos, including Motionlapse, NightShot, Story Mode, and ActiveTrack.
Best of all, you can connect the DJI Osmo Pocket to your phone for easy viewing, sharing, and expanded creative options.
But carrying your Osmo Pocket and your phone at the same time can be a little cumbersome. That’s where the E-Image PH-04 comes into play…
As you can see above, this little device holds your DJI Osmo Pocket and your smartphone so you can use both devices with just one hand.
The Osmo simply slides into the cradle while the smartphone holder clamps down onto your phone for secure mounting.
The holder has a cold shoe mount and a ¼”-20 thread so you can add accessories like a microphone or a light. You can even mount the holder on a light stand or you can mount it to the mini tripod that comes with the holder.
The PH-04 mount is available from Ikan for $19.99.
Ubeesize Phone Tripod
Now that you have your smartphone photography kit, you still need a tripod to ensure all of your photos that aren’t selfies are just as incredible.
The Ubeesize Phone Tripod is the closest thing to a professional tripod as you can get. It can hold up to 2.2 lbs of mobile photography equipment, which is enough for even the largest of phones, and stands between 16” and 50”.
It’s incredibly lightweight at just over 1 lb, so you can bring it everywhere with you. It’s also one of our best smartphone camera accessories because it can extend to 3.94”, which means you won’t need to remove your phone’s case to use it.
The Ubeesize Phone Tripod is available for $30.
Ubeesize 10” LED Lighting Ring
Ubeesize is killing it in the best smartphone camera accessories department.
Their 10” LED Lighting Ring is one of the more expensive best smartphone camera accessories we picked out at $50, but it is worth every penny.
This LED lighting ring features white, natural, and warm lighting, so your selfies have the exact feel you want them to.
The light is also 100% dimmable and extends from 17.5” to 51”. You can also rotate this light 360 degrees.
And, as the rest of our best smartphone camera accessories, this LED light fits almost every smartphone on the market.
Lastly, it features a bluetooth remote so you can shoot hands-free.
Okay, the Tile isn’t necessarily an essential part of your mobile photography equipment kit, until you don’t have one.
The Tile Pro is a way for you to find your smartphone if you ever lose it, or if it ever gets stolen. It’s a small GPS tracker that you can stick onto the back of your phone case. The Tile comes with an app so you can locate your phone if you ever lose it.
But, importantly, each Tile works with the others. So if you have two Tiles, you can simply press the one you keep in your wallet and it will make your phone ring so you can find it in your car, house, or luggage.
For just $35, this is the cheapest way to keep your peace of mind about the most important piece of your smartphone photography kit… your smartphone.
Anker Car Charger
If you’ve ever purchased a cheap car charger, then you know how frustrating it is when your charger refuses to charge your phone anymore.
You can stop this problem with the Anker Car Charger. It’s one of our best smartphone camera accessories because it’s only $10, and yet it features 2 simultaneous charging outlets that output enough power to actually charge 2 phones at once.
It can even fully charge the latest iPhones in just 2 hours flat!
Bonus: LifePrint Portable Printer
Okay, this printer technically breaks our $50 budget, at $60. But, we allowed it because there is no better way to turn your smartphone into a classic Polaroid camera.
The LifePrint Portable Printer fits in your pocket and can print photos directly from your smartphone or from your social media accounts, so you can fill your room with fun memories.
All LifePrints also come with an app that allows you to directly print photos on your friends’ printers. It’s a great way to use your mobile photography equipment to keep in touch with friends from all over the world.
You can also purchase sticky paper for your LifePrint Portable Printer so you can print stickers.
You can purchase the LifePrint Portable Printer on Amazon for $60 new, or you can purchase a used version beginning at $35.