Best iPhone Camera Accessories
These are the iPhone camera accessories that I’m using to advance my smartphone photography here in 2021.
According to the saying: “the best camera is the one you have with you”, this will usually always be our trusty smartphone.
Thankfully, not only does the average iPhone have a great camera… it also allows you to enhance the photography experience with some amazing accessories.
Lightweight, strong and portable, the Mobile Tripod is part of an ecosystem of useful phone accessories.
Thanks to popular courses like the iPhone Photo Academy, more and more people are taking amazing snaps using just their phones.
While the smartphone camera is already amazing, there are a few ways you can make it even better.
Let’s have a closer look at the best iPhone accessories for photographers this year.
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16 Best iPhone Camera Accessories in 2021
1. Mobile Tripod by Peak Design
If you’re looking for a lightweight, strong and portable way to stabilise your phone this is definitely the accessory for you. Mobile by Peak Design is a range of mounts that allow you to secure your smartphone to cars, bikes, desks, walls… basically, whatever you can think of.
As part of the ecosystem, the Mobile Tripod clips on to the back of the phone via the innovative ‘SlimLink’ – a magnetic mount that attaches securely via a soft-locking mechanism.
Once attached, you can rotate your phone from landscape to portrait for multiple viewing angles, and even push the tripod legs together and use it as a comfortable grip for some filming or a selfie shot.
The Mobile Tripod is so thin that you may wish to keep it attached to the back of your phone permanently – then it’s just a matter of splaying the legs out and placing the tripod on a flat surface.
Compatible with all iPhones including iPhone 12 and its magsafe adapter, the Mobile Tripod requires a specific case – click the button above to see whether your device is supported.
If you’re serious about taking time-lapses with your mobile, or perhaps you just need a stand so you can watch your favourite movie while traveling, there really isn’t a better tripod on the market.
2. Moment Lenses
Looking to expand your phone’s lens capabilities? Moment offers a number of different lenses for smartphones, the most popular of which being their iPhone macro lens (10x), wide-angle (18mm), fish-eye, and telephoto (60mm) lens kit.
They’re definitely a wise investment and are without a doubt the best add-on iPhone camera lenses in 2021.
Quality-wise these feel and perform like real photography lenses. They’re made of metal and glass (not plastic), come with a front lens cap, and attach/detach solidly from the case. What’s more, they work fantastically.
Sure, they won’t exactly turn your smartphone into a DSLR, but they’ll get you a lot closer.
Moment lenses can open the door to far more high-quality photo possibilities than your iPhone lens could do on its own.
If you’re not ready to step up to the expensive multi-lens iPhones, these are a great option to go wide-angle or tele-photo… for a fraction of the price on an iPhone 11!
First, you’ll need to get a Moment case to use them (sold separately – see our #1 recommendation below). Once you get the case, whichever lens you choose will work on either of your phone’s dual rear lenses.
Also, while they work with the standard Apple camera app, it’s advisable to use them Moment’s own app, which is built from the ground up with photographers in mind.
Compatible phones include the iPhone 6/6 Plus and later, as well as the Google Pixel, Pixel 2/XL, Samsung Galaxy S8/+ and later, and Galaxy Note 8.
If you’re looking for some of the best iPhone camera accessories money can buy, these are the lenses to get. Fortunately, the compatible cases are excellent value for money and look great even when a lens isn’t attached.
3. Moment Pro Photo Battery Case
If you use Moment lenses, you’re going to need a case to go with it. Among the many to choose from, the Moment Pro Photo Battery case is one of the most popular out there. It’s packed full of features and will work for just about any iPhone photographer’s workflow, providing that much needed battery top up.
The Pro Photo case has a DSLR-like shutter button, doubles your battery life, and protects your phone, all in a thin, sleek package. The material feels good in the hand, and it’s super easy to get your phone in and out of it.
One thing that’s especially nice is the shutter button. It’s dual-stage just like an actual DSLR: a half-press locks in the autofocus, while a full-press takes the photo.
Since it’s designed to be used with Moment lenses, it’s no surprise that the interface is seamless with other Moment products.
The twist-lock lens mount has a satisfyingly solid feel to it when attaching or removing lenses. The bottom comes with attachment points for Moment’s fantastic neck and wrist straps (reviewed below).
Additionally, it also happens to be Apple-certified and uses a lightning connector to recharge and sync your data. There’s no need for extra cables.
The only downside is that the case is only available for iPhone 7 and 8 users – there are other non-battery cases available, but if you want the ability to extend your phone’s battery charge, this is a great option.
Paired with the Moment app, the Pro Photo case is really the closest thing you can get to a full-featured DSLR in a smartphone. Highly recommended.
4. Moment Neck Strap
It can be really handy to be able to have your hands free while not putting your phone away. That’s where having a high-quality neck strap comes in, and just like with the clip-on lenses and Pro Photo case, we think Moment nailed it on this one too.
Moment’s leather neck strap is super comfy, effortlessly stylish, and works with both your iPhone and standard cameras, and has a nifty quick release system. It also works seamlessly with the Pro Photo case.
The strap itself is made of top-quality US leather that feels really good in the hand. The specs say that every piece is hand-made and one-of-a-kind. It certainly feels that way.
In addition to leather, the part of the strap that touches your neck is lined with microfiber creating an extra layer of comfort – something that’s not normally found on leather camera straps.
Size-wise Moment’s leather neck strap is adjustable from 37 in. to 44 in., so it should fit everyone nicely.
Also, the attachment points feel really secure. You can gallivant all around town and not fear one bit that your phone will come loose – you can use a strap like this to steady your shot by bracing it against your neck – one of many handy iPhone photography tips!
Though Moment’s leather neck straps also work with standard cameras, it’s really a superior strap when used with smartphones, and pairs perfectly with any size smartphone here in September 2021.
5. Joby GorillaPod GripTight One
These days there are plenty of companies making iPhone tripods, but Joby’s GorillaPod GripTight One series is one of our favourites in 2021.
The original GorillaPods are famous for their extremely versatile, bendable legs that will let you attach to the most unlikely of surfaces. So it’s no surprise that the GripTight One tripods for smartphones do the same (with the exception of the Micro).
The GripTight system is based around the GripTight One Mount, an adapter that allows you to attach your smartphone to any tripod with a standard 1/4-inch screw.
You can buy just the mount and use your own tripod, or you can choose either the GripTight One Micro Stand (super small and portable), the GripTight GP Magnetic Impulse (feature-packed), or the GripTight One GP stand (a smartphone version of the original GorillaPod).
If you’re serious about getting great shots, the GripTight GP Magnetic Impulse is pricey but well worth it (around $60). Its magnetic feet allow it to attach both to itself as well as to any metallic surface.
At the same time, you also get all of the normal GorillaPod flexibility. It also comes with a Bluetooth remote shutter that works with most smartphones’ native camera apps.
The more affordable GripTight One GP (less than $30) is pretty much the same as the Impulse but doesn’t have the magnetic feet or the remote. Of course, the remote is handy – especially for long exposure shots and selfies – but if you’re on a budget, the GP is the way to go.
If you’re looking for a tiny stand that will fit even in the smallest of pockets, the GripTight One Micro will hold your phone steady on any flat surface.
It doesn’t have the bendable legs that GorillaPods are famous for, but the Micro can fit into just about anything your phone can fit into.
Whichever one you choose, a tripod will open the door to a whole other world of smartphone photography. It’s well worth the investment, and one of the most affordable products in our list of the best iPhone camera accessories.
6. Anker PowerCore 10000
Ever been out on the town, traveling, or getting some great nature shots… and have your phone die? Serious bummer! That’s where portable chargers can be game-changers.
The Anker PowerCore 10000 is one of the smallest and lightest 10000 mAh external batteries out there and costs less than $30!!
Smaller than the average wallet, the Anker PowerCore 10000 weighs less than the average smartphone + case. For all that, it packs a whopping 2-3 full charges for most iPhones.
If you use it to top off rather than giving your phone a full recharge, it can go for days (depending on your phone usage).
Have a tablet or other USB device? No problem. The Anker PowerCore 10000 powers them all. Use your lightning cable for your phone or the micro USB cord that comes with it.
While the less expensive model doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge, the Anker PowerCore 10000 still charges amazingly quickly.
It’s far faster than plugging into a wall socket and you can charge on the go. (For Qualcomm Quick Charge, you’ll need to bump up to the Anker PowerCore 10000 QC which is just a few dollars more.)
Both models come with surge/short circuit protection, a carry case, and an 18-month warranty.
So if you’re out and about and don’t want to worry about recharging your phone, throw one of these in your pack or purse and you’re good to go.
7. amFilm Glass
Selecting the right screen protector is just as important as getting the right case, especially if you’re prone to dropping your phone. Luckily there are plenty of great, inexpensive options out there. One of the best is the amFilm glass screen protector made by TechMatte.
It’s thin (0.3mm) so you can’t really tell it’s there, yet offers full protection against scratches, drops, and normal wear and tear.
The surface has a special oil-resistant coating that helps to reduce smears and fingerprints. Most importantly, you won’t notice much of a difference in your touchscreen’s sensitivity.
Compared with other screen protectors out there, Techmatte’s amFilm glass screen protector is pretty much the clearest and most resilient. At under $7 for two, it’s also one of the more inexpensive, and our pick as the best smartphone accessory under $10.
Having a glass screen protector won’t guarantee that your phone’s screen won’t break, but it can prevent scratches which can affect the screen’s structural integrity and make cracks more likely.
Even if you have a newer iPhone 11 with the strengthened glass, it’s advisable to still use a protector – just in case!
One thing to be aware of, though: the amFilm screen protector is made to be a little smaller than the actual screen. This is because of the iPhone’s curved edges. If it overlaid fully the screen protector might get air bubbles or even peel up.
Still, there’s no real difference in everyday functionality. It’s really a “must-buy”, especially for this price.
8. iPhone Photography Academy
The best smartphones in the world won’t automatically make your photos amazing. For that, you’ll need a bit of know-how – both on the principles of photography and how to get the most of your phone.
Out of all the courses out there (and there are plenty), the iPhone Photo Academy gives the most bang for the buck in 2021. It covers everything a beginner needs to know, while being chock full of tips for longstanding pros as well.
Perhaps the best thing about the online course is that it doesn’t just cover the best ways to shoot with an iPhone. It also shows you how to see the world through the eyes of an experienced photographer, which is one of the keys to getting amazing images.
Beyond the 10+ hours of high quality video tuition, the Photo Academy also comes with a very active Facebook community. The group has over 33,350 members and an average of 150 posts per day. It’s clear that there are many happy students.
The standard price is a bit steep, but you can usually find it at a steep 80% discount (see if it’s still available here) and at that price the course is a steal.
In my opinion, though, the price is worth it for the Facebook Community and support alone –it really is that good. It also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
If you’ve never taken a photography course before or are looking to get the most out your phone’s camera, the iPhone Photo Academy is definitely worth checking out. Even pros will learn a few things they didn’t know before, and if you need even more – check out iPhone Landscape Mastery, reviewed here.
9. Anker Premium Lightning Cable
Let’s face it, most of us put our lightning cables through a lot of abuse. They get yanked, twisted, kinked, stepped on – you name it. While no one cable can take everything we have to throw at it, the Anker PowerLine Lightning cable does a great job of it.
Anker PowerLine Lightning cables are far more durable than Apple’s standard OEM cable and cost a fraction of the price (just over $20 each). They come in both in 3- and 6-foot lengths and are pretty indestructible.
The exterior is tough braided nylon and reinforced with Kevlar. The interior was designed to not only meet all of Apple’s various charging needs but also to handle all sorts of bends and kinks.
Anker claims these cables can hold up to 175 pounds and can withstand over 12,000 bends. Wow! While I won’t be trying to hang from my lightning cable, it’s still comforting to know that getting it caught in something won’t destroy it.
As far as compatibility is concerned, Apple themselves have certified Anker PowerLine Lightning cables. That means you can flawlessly charge anything your original Apple lightning cable can charge.
Even if you’re really careful with your cables, it doesn’t hurt to have a few extras lying around. I’ve certainly forgotten mine once in a while and wished I kept an extra in my car or bag.
At this price point, Anker makes it accessible for anyone to stock up on an extra cable or two.
10. Anker 5-Port Charger
If you’re like me, you’re probably charging plenty of devices over USB these days. Tablets, iPhones, Bluetooth speakers and headphones, portable power banks, and sometimes even my main mirrorless camera all regularly need their juice.
With all these devices, relying on wall chargers alone would be tortuous. Who wants to wait around as one device after the other charges? That’s where a 5-port charger comes in.
The Anker 5-Port charger turns a single outlet into five different USB ports. Small and compact, this little device has a 40W capacity (that’s 8 amps at 5 volts) and charges super fast.
The original version (around $23) charges up to 2.4 amps per port or 8 amps overall. This newer version (around $35) has Qualcomm Quick Charge on top of that – it’s well worth spending the extra few dollars on it, in my opinion.
While there are plenty of great chargers out there, I really like Anker products. When I had questions, they had excellent customer service and I’ve never had one their devices fail.
It also comes with an 18-month warranty. An excellent buy, and an essential for owners of multiple USB compatible devices.
11. Yoozon Selfie Stick
If you’re into taking selfies (honestly, who isn’t!) there will come a time when you need more space between you and your phone.
Maybe it’s to get a group shot, maybe it’s to capture more of the background, maybe you just hate seeing your arm in selfie shots. Whatever it is, a selfie stick can definitely come in handy, especially if you don’t want to carry around a DSLR tripod.
This is where the Yoozon Selfie Stick comes in. It’s got a great design, feels good in the hand, comes with a Bluetooth remote, and turns into a tripod. All with zero extra bulk. The tripod unfolds from the bottom of the stick in a single motion and folds back up just as nicely.
Spec-wise the Yoozon Selfie Stick weighs just 4 ounces and collapses down to 10 inches. On the upper side, the Yoozon Selfie Stick extends out to 28.7 inches.
It also has 360° of rotation, with both horizontal and vertical camera modes, allow you to capture all the angles you need.
As far as remotes are concerned, Yoozon’s remote works well with iPhones, charges in less than an hour, and maintains its charge for a day at a time. When you’re not using it, it actually tucks into the stick for an easy carry.
For under $22, a selfie stick with all of these features is a great buy!
12. Achiou Winter Knit
Winter can be a bit challenging for smartphone photographers. Numb fingers aren’t much fun, yet standard gloves don’t really work well with touchscreens. The solution? Achiou Winter Knit gloves.
Achiou Winter Knit gloves keep your hands warm while allowing you to operate your touchscreen with your thumb, index, and middle fingers. While thin and stretchy, they actually will keep most folks warm down to 20F.
The palm and fingers also have a no-slip design, with silicone triangles woven into the fabric. The material is also breathable, making it less likely that your hands will sweat. The outside is made from acrylic, while the inside has a soft, wool lining.
As far as fit is concerned, Achiou Winter Knit gloves are stretchy, not bulky. They fit snugly. In fact, the manufacturer says that if you’re in between sizes it’s advisable to order one size larger.
Style-wise I really like how these look and feel. They also come in a a number of colors (black, black & white, coffee, coffee & white, and rose red – see them all here).
Great for keeping your hands warm in casually cold weather (20-49*F). For under $11, the price just can’t be beat – it’s impressive how they can sell them so cheaply.
13. Auxiwa Clip On Light
We all know that photos are all about lighting. We also know that one thing that really limits our iPhone’s low-light photography abilities is sensor size. That’s where the portable, Auxiwa clip-on ring light can really make a difference – especially for selfies and portraits.
In the studio, ring lights yield soft illumination without harsh shadows and add a beautiful touch to portraits. Having one that simply clips onto an phone just shows how far along smartphone photography has come in the past few years.
With the Auxiwa ring light, simply clip on, choose one of three intensity settings, and shoot.
The Auxiwa clip-on ring light comes with a rechargeable battery and the 36 LED lights should last a long time. Use it to add a bit of soft, flattering portrait light in normal lighting or to get your selfies/portraits to come out clear in low-light. As a bonus, it works with both the front and rear cameras.
This particular light is designed for portraits and selfies, so while the Auxiwa clip-on ring light can double as a flashlight, don’t expect it to have a long throw. Its really just there to give a studio feel to your portraits.
The Auxiwa clip-on ring light retails for around $14 and comes with a money-back guarantee from Auxiwa.
14. Moment Leather Wrist Strap
Using a wrist strap is one of the recommended ways to protect your phone from dropping or being snatched while taking photos. There are plenty of cheap ones out there, but if you’re looking for quality, the Moment Wrist Strap is one of the finest.
It’s made from high-end American Horween leather, is strong and durable, and looks great. It even smells like great leatherl. This kind of leather ages well, softening over time and developing character. (Cheaper leathers tend to dry out and get brittle.)
The loop on the Moment Wrist Strap is braided and quite a bit thicker than many regular wrist straps. I think that makes it feel better on the wrist. It’s certainly quite secure.
As you can imagine, the Leather Wrist Strap works especially well with all other Moment products and pairs really well with the Moment Pro Photo case.
At just under $30 it’s a bit pricey, but you’re paying for fine workmanship and quality that will last.
15. Moment Shoulderpod S2 Handle Grip
If you take a lot of videos with your smartphone or your fingers often get in the way of the lens, you might want to consider the Moment Shoulderpod Handle Grip S2.
The Handle Grip S2 provides a solid, highly functional hand-grip that allows you to film with ease. It securely holds any size smartphone + case. In fact, it’s so secure you can wave it enthusiastically around in the air and your phone won’t slip.
Another cool thing about the Handle Grip S2 is that it’s totally modular. Don’t like the strap? No problem – take it off. Don’t need the handle. Same.
It’s also designed to attach to a tripod or monopod with or without the wooden handle. There are also plenty of accessories available, like a microphone holder, light holder, traveller stand (i.e. tripod), etc.
Like most of Moment’s products, the Shoulderpod Handle Grip S2 is designed for the professional, but affordable and simple enough to use for any other level of aspiring photographer. It’s built with high quality materials and designed beautifully, and is well worth the money.
The only problem is, once you get used to using it to shoot photos and video on your phone, you’ll never want to go back to regular hand-holding it!
16. Lightroom CC
If you want to transform your images from ordinary to extraordinary, you’re going to need a photo editor. While there are many to choose from, Adobe Lightroom CC is one of the best mobile apps for editing out there.
The free version has most of what any photographer needs: exposure, white balance, etc. The subscription version offers evens more – check out the Lightroom CC Mobile guide. If you already have an Adobe subscription, Lightroom CC is already included – if not, get one here.
With the subscription version you get cloud syncing across devices, Raw support, batch editing, web sharing, automatic backups, and manual mode via the Lightroom camera app.
The UI is totally mobile-friendly, works smoothly even on older iPhones, and is easy to learn. Everything’s stored in the cloud and that makes your images accessible from any device.
At this point, Lightroom CC is nearly as powerful as Lightroom Classic, which is really saying something. It even has advanced features like perspective control, AI keywording, automatic tagging, face recognition, selective adjustments, healing brushes, and gradients.
All in all, it’s well worth a look for newbies and a must for serious smartphone-photographers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best iPhone for photography?
We think the 11 Pro is the best option for photography right now. Its triple-lens includes a regular/wide field of view, a telephoto zoom, and an ultra-wide-angle lens.
Is the iPhone camera better than DSLR?
The cameras in most smartphones aren’t as good as DSLRs, mostly because of sensor size. In good lighting, however, they perform almost as well.
Are iPhone cameras better than Samsung?
It all depends on what you’re looking for. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has better lens features while the iPhone 11 Pro has more intuitive manual controls, syncs better with other Apple products, and has more weather-proofing. On specs alone, though, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the clear winner.
While sales of DSLR cameras in 2021 are dwindling, it’s perhaps no surprise that the majority of photos shot around the world are taken with the iPhone.
With each new release, the camera seems to be the one area that Apple engineers concentrate on improving – more megapixels, better low light performance, different focal lengths – the latest models even offer features that the most expensive professional cameras do not.
Whether you own the latest smartphone model or a previous generation, choosing the right accessories for your smartphone is paramount to getting the best quality images out of it.
I hope this guide helped! Leave your comments below with any gadgets you think we’ve missed.
Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.
Usnea Lebendig is a travel and landscape photographer who loves trekking in the wilderness, exploring other cultures, and using photography for social activism.