10 Kickass Smartphone Camera Accessories for YouTube bloggers (Velfies)

This is the 3rd post in our Video making series for beginners.

With this series, my goal is to help you make better videos with your smartphone or camera.

Here are two earlier posts in this series:

In the recent past, nothing has come closer to disruption of an Industry like the smartphone has done with the camera and video recorder industry.

The camera that started out as an added mechanism in the smartphone has become a full-fledged device used by professionals all over the world to capture photos and to shoot videos.

Phones like iPhone Xs, Huawei P20 Pro are the gem in the camera phone industry.

Let’s take a look at an exhaustive list of smartphone gadgets that will help people take video selfies.

Best iPhone Camera accessories for vlogging:

Even though many of these accessories work perfectly fine with some of the popular Smartphone companies like iPhone, Huawei, Samsung, Google pixel, One plus to name a few.

But, I’m keeping this post more targeted towards iPhone users as I was making & researching about cool video accessories for my personal use. Also, if you are own a GoPro , you won’t be disappointed as many of the listed Camera accessories is compatible with GoPro too.

Today we look at cross-functional gadgets that help you take better videos in different scenarios. We cover a wide range of requirements and the gadget that can help you in that situation.

Joby Tripod Stand ( $39.95)

The tripod is a great device for filming steady shots and has been the corner stone of every videographer’s great camera skills. The tripod though has evolved and the tripods these days have to be cross-functional. A tripod just doing a tripod’s job is too conventional and can be bulky. The Joby Tripod stand is a perfect example of a multi-functional tripod stand that can be adjusted to suit multiple situations. The Griptight Gorillapod hybrid is one of the finest tripods we’ve seen. We’ll show you the power of this tripod through pictures.

In the first image, you can see a simple tripod stand

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And in the second image, you can see the tripod stand in a different shape to suit the environment!

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Joby On Amazon

Ollo Clip

The makes of the Ollo Clip are one of the leading lens manufacturers for the iPhone camera that gives you a DSLResque experience to your iPhone. The Ollo Clip is an attachable device which you can fix on top of your iPhone camera lens with the help of a special phone case. The Ollo Clip has multiple variants that help you with different options for videography. There are lenses which support wide angle shots, some which support macro zoom which goes all the way up to 21x. Depending on the nature of your videos you could choose the right kind of Ollo Clip. There is even a version for taking selfies or velfies which is pretty neat.

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To Summarize the Ollo Clip is one of the best smartphone gadgets out there for taking brilliant photos and videos which give a much better experience than the iPhone camera. This kind of a device is also great for portability because of it’s relatively small size and removable lens cap

Ollo Clip official Site || Ollo Clip on Amazon

Special Mention :

Moment Lens is another company which makes similar lenses for the iPhone.

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We move on to a professional equipment company called the iographer. The iographer is an iPhone and iPad filmmaking case. This is not a case for your phone for protecting it, but a case for filmmaking that you take out to shoots. The iOgrapher is a multi-compatible device with provisions for fixing a tripod, a lens and other equipment like lighting and sound. You can carry this one single case in and have all the options of filmmaking like light, sound, and stability in one place. It’s portable enough that you can carry it in your bag. There are iographer cases even for the iPad as well. This kind of a device is a great investment for a filmmaking student or a video blogger who needs a serious equipment for a professional setting. If you Consider the provisions for other devices that can be attached to the iographer, then it makes this a thorough and professional video creating device for the iPhone.

Official Site of iOgrapher || iOgrapher on Amazon

Mega Tiny – Anti-Gravity Phone Case

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If you are new to taking videos on your smartphone and want to start somewhere, the first thing that you will probably purchase is a tripod stand.

What if you could get something with similar functionality, that had other uses as well?

Meet Mega Tiny’s anti-gravity case.

This case is fit with nano-suction technology that you could stick it up against any surface and shoot your videos.

If you don’t have a tripod and you want to place a video of you walking and talking in front of the camera at a particular height, all you have to do is, stick it against the wall and you have your wall mounted camera ready.

Mega tiny Corp Official Site || Mega Tiny Corp on Amazon

Optrix Sports Case ($62.14)

Everybody has seen the Go Pro camera and it is a great device for outdoorsy folk who like some action. The problem with devices in this world are, there are too many devices. The use case for a Go pro is also limited. What would you do if you want to take videos in rugged environments that mimic a Go pro’s experience without having to buy one? The answer is the Optrix sports case. It’s a case created for the iPhone with an extra layer of protection for your phone and can be mounted on your helmet, exactly like a Go pro. This way your iPhone can become a video recorder in a rugged environment as well. Body Glove, the company behind Optrix have also created a water proof case for underwater shots. There is truly no limit to what you can shoot with your iPhone with gadgets like this.

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Here is a hands-on video of Optrix sports case:

Official Optrix site || Optrix store on Amazon

Manfrotto Pixi ($24.85)

This is another case of a multi-functional tripod stand. Manfrotto is a pretty popular company when it comes to tripods. The Pixi works as a Tripod stand mixed with a video grip for taking moving shots without a lot of shakiness. So the tip here is to get functional tripod stands based on your requirement because a lot of them are multi-functional. The Pixi also has a push button option to tilt the head of the tripod in any angle, this helps to camera shots in a particular angle without having to position yourself differently.

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Here is a pretty cool review by Paul that might make you grab this little beast right away:

Manfrotto on Amazon

X shot Sport pole Selfie Stick

A collection of iPhone video gadgets is not complete without the selfie stick. The Selfie stick that we cover today is the Xshot Sports Pole selfie stick. The Xshot sport is a waterproof and an extremely sturdy selfie stick.

If you are getting a selfie stick, it might as well be on that can last you for long and in different conditions. It’s very long compared to many of it’s competitors and does its job well. For the GoPro users, it also supports GoPro.

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Xshot official site || xShot on Amazon

Klyp+

As promised, we finish with Manfrotto’s Klyp+. The Klyp is another case based iPhone video and photo gadget. This gadget is so small and has provisions for all kinds of features that require a special mention.

The Klyp is not as big as the iOgrapher and is easily portable and it works with the Pixi tripod seamlessly because they are made from the same company.

The Klyp also has a provision for light to throw on objects which create an ultimate shooting scenario for the videographer. It also has a lens that can be attached to the iPhone’s default lens.

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KlyP+ official site || Klyp App+ on Apple store

These accessories have been an eye-opener for me in terms of products and the way technology is shaping.

With devices such as the iPhone which has strong fundamentals mean one thing, they are good enough to replace independent devices such as cameras albeit in the start of a videographer’s career.

Instead of having multiple devices like a Go Pro and a video camera, all a person needs is multiple cases that they can get at 1/3rd the cost. This way they do not have electronic items lying around in the house that are not being used. I hope this post has given you the idea of the gadgets that can be used for making videos with the iPhone!

Now got shoot!  ?

Here are few hand-picked posts for video bloggers:

Have I missed something? What other gadgets do you use specifically that helps you with your shooting?

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

16 thoughts on “10 Kickass Smartphone Camera Accessories for YouTube bloggers (Velfies)”

  1. Hello Harsh,
    You have started a very interesting series of video marketing, in today’s article I loved the Joby Tripod Stand because of the design is so good. The Manfrotto Pixi is also looking good and the price is also not that much.

    Thank You for sharing such amazing accessories list.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Thank you Keya,

      The Joby Tripod Stand is really good at what it does and I’m happy to hear that you like it.

      Thanks for taken your time to leave me a comment.

  2. writerbuddha

    Hi Harsh,
    Your article is good, your products are good.
    But a problem is Ollo clip is fit only limited few high price’s smart phones (few iPhones & Samsung s4/s5) only.
    In the market available has all mobile supported lens. For example, a product is DyMate 8 X Universal Mobile Zoom Lense With Tripod. Apart from that product also available has various range of lens products on the market.

  3. Rocking Aryan

    Hello sir,
    You have complied a Great list of accessories for new Video bloggers. Going to Buy that works great at cheap price. 🙂

    Thanks

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      You welcome Rocking,

      Just pick one of them and see what you can do with it. Remember to share your experience with me later if you eventually buy any.

      Thanks for this wonderful comment

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Thank you Amit,

      I’m glad you like the post and sure, more related posts will be coming often 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Dr. Farhat Sultana

    Hi
    It was great compilation can you please compile for Samsung smart phones even. I am using Samsung Galaxy S5. I want to know about good accessories and apps too for vlogging please.
    Thanks.

  5. Megha Saundaryasansar

    Hi Harsh,
    I am a blogger in india and have been using OPPO but looking for a better cameraphone for my blog with good RAM as well. Something which can capture images well, autofocus and good resolution with details capturing and giving a better output. Oppo had good camera with pic quality and brightnes etc and output but very low storage.
    Pls suggest soon.

    1. Ashwin Suryawanshi

      Galaxy S7/S7 Edge stands out for 3 resons:
      1) Dual-Pixel auto-focus on S7/S7Edge is by far the best.
      2) 3.5mm jack on the opposite side of the camera to plug-in a portable mic like Rode VideoMic Me or Shure.
      3) Full fledged manual mode for both stills & video.

  6. Hrishita Sahay

    When ever you BUY new mobiles, what you all checked? What else you are finding with your mobiles like, Headphones or earphones, mobile charger or anything extra you are finding in your mobile accessories..mostly we find only these accessories , but now a days some mobiles firms are not providing the ear phones with mobiles.

    So you feel sad,because you were getting the branded ear phones now instead of this you are getting discount on your mobiles.

  7. Hi HARSH!!
    I make videos some what cinematic, where we use some what costly equipment. After your article I changed my mind, you have given a complete information to volg with a minimum resources. I say it’s a very good information to the people who is passoionate about Videos.

    Thank You!! Keep Posting!! & Keep Supporting Your Followers!!

    – VJ Murali

  8. Sourav Pathak

    I think ollo Clio is best suitable for mid and beginner level..I am personally using this..Thanks for great list harsh bro..

  9. Amazing Technologies! I am thinking to buy MCAM tech – the facilities are so qualitative. I have iphone 7 plus, is it work with it? Thanks introduce us with these wonderful tools. Bookmarked!! Top Tips!! Looking Forwar for more posts. 🙂

  10. It’s great to see iPhones being used to create vidoes; while YouTube started with lower quality footage, the DSLR revolution has ruled the past few years of the streaming website. However, with the quality of phone cameras improving, the types of videos captured are changing. It’s no longer necessary to spend a lot of money on an impressive camera when you have one in your pocket. These accessories show a real surge in companies looking to capitalise upon modern video and its trends: a huge market.

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