Top 3 Photography Appcessories
We live in a an age of portable technology and the iPhone and Smartphone have quickly become one of the most popular ways to take and share photos, whilst it was recently announced that Instagram is now fastest growing social network. Innovative manufacturers in the field of appcessories have been building on this success and there have been some exciting new products. Here we take a look at the top 3:
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Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens
A quick-connect lens upgrade for the iPhone that allows you to get even more creative with better optics. The smart, pocket-friendly Olloclip simply slides over the iPhones camera and offers fisheye, wide-angle and 10x and 15x macro lenses ton play around with. The reasons we like the Olloclip are that the intuitive design make it extremely easy to use, and it works in conjunction with any app that uses the high-quality camera on your iPhone.
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ioShutter (available for Nikon or Canon DSLR)
The ioShutter from Enlight Photo is a DSLR appcessory that allows you to trigger your DSLR remotely from your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad using an app downloaded from iTunes and the camera’s remote trigger port. In addition to single or continuous shooting modes, ioShutter can perform long exposures and time-lapse sequences, triggering the shutter upon a shake of your iPhone or a clap of your hands. Ideal for any kind of tripod mounted fine detail or long exposure work, and nearly half the price of the comparable Canon release. The ioShutter is really easy to setup and use and is an excellent idea to utilise the partnership between your camera and iOS device. What’s annoying is that after paying for your ioShutter cable, you have to spend more money to get the Pro app, as the free version is very basic and doesn’t allow you to get the most from the cable. You are even asked to register to open up some of the features.
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Sony QX10 and QX100
The rise of the Smartphone as our main choice for taking photos has unsurprisingly seen a steady decline in the market for compact cameras. And whilst many manufacturers have been trying to fight back against this, Sony has opted to produce something different with two sophisticated lenses that work with your Smartphone rather than trying to compete against it. The QX100 is the premium model, boasting the same sensor that’s found in Sony’s RX100 II, whilst the less expensive QX10 still manages to impress with an 18MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. For those serious about Smartphone photography the QX range are essentially fully formed cameras packed into a lens that can be paired with your smartphone, allowing you to capture images in greater detail.