2013 Holiday Mobile Photography Gift Guide
The only thing cooler than making your photos look retro is making your smartphone look retro, too! Get iPhone-toting Leica lovers the Gizmon iCA5 case, which not only makes your iPhone 5 look more like a real camera but also offers some of the benefits of one.
The case features an optical viewfinder, physical shutter button, micro hot shoe, conversion lens mount, tripod socket and holes for attaching a strap. If you want to add a little flair to your hardware, an optional leather case and neck strap is sold separately to complete the look.
- optical viewfinder
- physical shutter button
- micro hot shoe
- conversion lens mount
- tripod attachment
- looks totally rad
What we like: This case not only look awesome, it has extra features as well. With an optical viewfinder and physical shutter button, you get the comfort of a traditional camera with the connectivity of an iPhone.
What we don't like: Yeah, you're going to look a little silly talking on this thing.
For a cheap and functional stocking stuffer, look no further than the Smartphone Spy Lens. This little device attaches to mobile phones via a circular magnet which you adhere around the camera lens. By using a magnet instead of a more rigid attachment method, users can turn the lens easily, gaining a different view with each twist. You can use it to periscope around corners, shoot better candids and get low compositions easier (or, you know, spy.)
- potential for interesting compositions
- takes photos with a 90-degree perspective shift
- works on almost any smartphone camera
- swivels 360° to take photos from any angle
What we like: A great little gift for any smartphone photographer. Can give your photos a unique perspective.
What we don't like: With great sneaky power, comes great responsibility. In the wrong hands, this tool can be used for evil.
For some people, Instagram is just another arm of social media and is a great outlet to share photos of lunch. For others, Instagram is a place to publish the most visually pleasing observations of their day, to curate their lives into a feed of stunning photos. No matter how your friends use Instagram, give them the chance to print out their memories with Printsagram.
A Prinstagram gift card lets your friends choose their favorite Instagram photos and print directly from their feeds. Gift amounts range from $20 to $100 and the credit never expires. They can print 48 "mini squares" of photos for $12, 36 4x4 greeting cards for $25, or even get a framed print for $60. Projects range from basic prints to calendars and Printsagram promises that the prints match "the quality and magic of the app itself." Depending on how you see Instagram, that can be either a very good or very bad thing. I used Printsagram to make my holiday cards this year and the quality of the prints far exceeded my expectations of my low-resolution Instagram photos.
- variety of printing options and products
- easy printing straight from your Instagram feed
- high quality prints
What we like: Easy to use and high quality results. The prints and products match the aesthetic and intention of Instagram as a photography tool.
What we don't like: Prinstagram is exclusively for Instagram users because it takes photos straight from the feed. There are plenty of other options for non-Instagrammer photo printing, too.
Smartphone photography is a power suck — especially when you are immediately uploading all of your photos to Instagram.
The ChargeCard is as thick as two credit cards and comes with either a micro USB port, 30-pin connector for older iPhones or lightning port for the iPhone 5 and later. The ChargeCard plugs into any USB power source, charging your phone without the tangled mess of a USB cord. If you worry that your recipient's wallet is already stuffed, check out the ChargeKey.
- Available for micro USB, 30-pin, or lightning connectors
- Tiny and portable
- 3.1 amp charging
- Works with tablets
What we like: Works with almost any smartphone and will fit in almost any wallet.
What we don't like: You still need a computer or USB-to-wall charger to give your phone juice.
photojojo.com; $15, $30-$40
If there is one thing that Instagram addicts love, it's selfies. Instead of staging an intervention to get your friends or family to stop selfies all together, teach them how to improve with help from pocket-sized lighting equipment.
The Pocket Reflector and Pocket Spotlight from Photojojo will improve portraits in any lighting situation. The Pocket Reflector uses natural light already in your scene and bounces it back into your subject's face. The result is a well-lit, organic-looking portrait. For dark portraits, look to the Pocket Spotlight to brighten up your night shot.
- bounce natural light with the Pocket Reflector
- Pocket Reflector folds down to 5-inch diameter
- Pocket Spotlight is USB-chargeable
- Pocket Spotlight lasts for up to one hour
What we like: The benefit of these accessories is portability. Both can be stashed quickly in a purse, bag, and — as their name suggests — a pocket. For their size, they perform pretty well and most importantly, they are an improvement over an LED smartphone flash.
What we don't like: If you're looking for professional-grade lighting equipment, this ain't it. But you can't fit studio lighting in your pocket, so it's a decent trade.
In the final part of our beginners' guide to camera fundamentals, we look at the trade-offs you contend with when you choose a sensor size. We hope it helps you find the balance that works best for you.
The roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral were destroyed in a devastating fire this past Monday. Drone footage shows the extent of the damage done to the historic Parisian landmark.
Fujifilm's latest firmware update for its X-T3 camera includes an improved AF algorithm for enhanced face detection, better subject tracking and more.
Zhong Yi Optics has released its new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens for Sony FE, Canon RF, and Nikon Z mount camera systems.
You can now see the artwork on your wall without the need to order it first.
Nikon's Z6 offers 24MP full-frame image quality in a tough and lightweight body. Photographer Diego Rizzo took a Z6 to Guatemala recently to shoot the Fuego volcano - watch our video to see how he got on.
The Fujifilm X-T30 is a $900 camera that's an incredibly capable stills/video hybrid. Image and 4K video quality are top-notch and, aside from some ergonomic and autofocus stumbles, the X-T30 does just about everything right. Learn more in our in-depth review.
In part two of our beginners' guides to the fundamentals of cameras, we're going to look at the benefits that a larger sensor can bring. Part three will look at the trade-offs that this brings.
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize photography award winners have been announced in the Breaking News and Feature Photography categories.
French analysts System Plus Consulting have torn down the Huawei P30 Pro and made some interesting findings.
The PhotoCross 15 is the third and largest backpack in ThinkTank's MindShift PhotoCross lineup, rounding out the PhotoCross 10 and 13 variations.
A Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise funds for the production of an external smartphone flash.
This one-off paper camera makes for great photos, but won't be making any great photos.
In the first of a three-part beginners' guide, we're going to look at whether you need to worry about pixel size when choosing a camera. Parts two and three will look at the benefits of a larger sensor size, and the trade-offs you make.
Nikon's new Z 24-70mm F2.8 S promises a substantial size and weight reduction compared to its F-mount predecessor and a boost in optical quality. See how it performs in our sample gallery.
Self-taught programmer Martin Fitzpatrick has created a Raspberry Pi Zero-powered camera that uses a Pocket Etch-A-Sketch to 'print' the 240x144 pixel image.
Parrot has released an enterprise version of its Anafi drone that features an integrated FLIR thermal camera.
A recent patent application from Canon suggests future pop-up flashes on Canon cameras could have continuous lighting thanks to LEDs.
The Loupedeck+ customizable editing controller now supports Adobe's flagship audio editing program and Apple's professional video editing program.
We spoke to Shigemi Sugimoto, the head of Olympus's imaging division at the CP+ show in Yokohama. He talked to us about the appeal of Micro Four Thirds and gave some hints about the types of technology the company is looking at.
Samyang has announced a new trio of lenses that include an 85mm F1.4 lens for Nikon F-mount systems in addition to a 14mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 manual focus lenses for Nikon Z-mount camera systems.
Now that we've finished our full review of Canon's latest affordable full-framer, we've taken a look at how well (or not) it works for some common use-cases.
Andrew Saladino of 'The Royal Ocean Film Society' has shared a humorous, albeit completely fictional look at the history of the camera.
The Ricoh GR series is a perennial staff favorite, and in this week's episode, Chris takes the new GR III to an industrial area, does some street photography in the sunny city, and drinks a tasty beer at a new brewery.
We've been eager to test the Ricoh GR III since it arrived, so in addition to a sample gallery and a thorough DPReview TV analysis, it's also been added to our studio test scene comparison tool. Take a look at how it compares to its peers.
World Press Photo has named John Moore's 'Crying Girl on the Border' the 2019 Photo of the Year and revealed the winners in its other categories. We've rounded up the top singles from each.
Blackmagic has announced a console-inspired keyboard specifically for use alongside its video editing program DaVinci Resolve.
Who said Super 8 cameras were the only cameras that should have multiple lenses you can swap between on the fly?
Samsung has revealed the A80, a triple-camera smartphone with a unique rotating camera mechanism.
Ricoh's long-awaited GR III is finally shipping, and we've been shooting with a production sample for a few days to see how it performs. Take a closer look.