Anywhere you go this summer — the beach, the park, an amusement park, an airplane, the mall – you’ll see people taking photos or videos with their smartphones. (They’ll probably be posting them to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or sharing them via a text message or an email.) Mobile photography is everywhere, powered by both Wi-Fi and mobile data, and for good reason. Even photographers who do use a dedicated camera can find themselves without it when they encounter a moment or an image they’d like to capture.
Even though there are many times that you’ll need something more mobile than your DSLR, you don’t have to settle for the same smartphone photos that everyone else is taking. While we aren’t going to tell you which smartphone will take the best photos, we can show you some devices and accessories that will supplement your smartphone’s camera and up your mobile photography game. Some of these are portable cameras that can capture something completely different than what you’re used to photographing with your phone, while others are smart add-ons that are perfect if you want to stick with the camera you already have in your pocket, built into your smartphone. Check out the list below and try something new with the photos you’ll take on the go this summer.
The Autographer, which claims to be the world’s first wearable camera, is a 5MP camera that automatically takes photos throughout the day without the owner telling it to. It’s an interesting tool for mobile photographers, who can capture one set of photos (as they normally would) with their smartphone, and then let the Autographer capture a different set throughout the day. The camera ships with a clip and a lanyard to make wearing it easy. It uses five sensors — an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a temperature sensor, a color sensor, a PIR motion detector, and a GPS locator — to figure out when it should capture a photo through its 136-degree wide angle lens. Users can connect the camera to either a smartphone app or desktop software, and download images to create galleries, stop-motion videos, and time-lapse sequences.
It features Bluetooth connectivity and 8GB of memory and retails at $399.