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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

DPP Solutions: Bling Your Smartphone

Professional accessories for gaining extraordinary images and video from iPhones and iPads

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Smartphone and tablet manufacturers are heavily impacting the compact camera market for the simple reason that the more connected your camera is, the faster you can get content online. This goes a long way in an environment so heavily dependent on social media.

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With the very latest smartphone models like the Apple iPhone 4S/5, Samsung Galaxy S III/Note II or the 13.1-megapixel Sony Xperia Z, you also have image quality that exceeds the capabilities of compact cameras from only a few short years ago.

Much the same as a compact, this makes a smartphone even more useful as a powerful and extremely portable camera or camcorder solution, especially when coupled with the flood of available accessories and tools that can give your pocket cell phone professional capabilities and unusual effects.

Photojojo! iPhone SLR Mount
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The Photojojo! online storefront is an incredible resource for both Android and iPhone 4/4S/5 photographers, like the Phone Lens Series with fisheye, telephoto, wide-angle and macro lenses that will affix over the lens of any cell phone with a camera. The site offers a number of useful and very affordable items specifically for iPhones, including an iPhone Viewfinder, iPhone Cable Trigger (with film canister shutter release), iPhone Boom Mic, iPhone Shutter Remote and iPhone Shutter Grip, as well as several other lens systems. Perhaps most interesting is the iPhone SLR Mount (aka the Turtleback iPhone SLR Jacket), which will let you attach either Canon EOS EF-mount (not EF-S) or Nikon F-mount lenses to your iPhone 4/4S/5. List Price: $249 (iPhone SLR Mount).

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Offering a tiny three-lens device that fits into your pocket, the quick-connect Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens System for the iPhone 4/4S/5 clips simply enough right over the corner of the phone. The macro lens provides approximately 10x magnification with a minimum focusing distance of only 12-15mm while the fish-eye approximates a 180º view. There's also a wide-angle lens that exaggerates the view twofold. List Price: $69.

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The iPro Master Trio Kit from Schneider Optics comes with a Handle/Lens Case that houses three lenses: a 2X tele lens, a fisheye with 165º of view and a wide-angle lens that adds a 35% wider field of view. These mount to the included hard protective case, which has mounting points for the handle that turns the whole system into a basic handheld stabilizer for video. Each component is sold separately, too. The iPro Lens System is currently available for the iPhone 4/4S, and a model for the iPhone 5 is slated for release with brand-new lenses and compatibility with the older lenses alongside a new case design. List Price: $299 (iPro Master Trio Kit).


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