Smartphones are Maturing

As smartphones come of age and consumers start to take the built in cameras more seriously, third party suppliers are catching on to the trends and are providing users with accessories that let photographers take their smartphones to the next level.

Two companies that have addressed new possibilities offer products (iPhone only) to professional and amateurs alike.


iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but the Phogo is different. Not only does this case protect your phone, it turns it into a powerhouse photographic device. The Phogo allows you to mount your iPhone to a tripod, monpod or bike mount, has custom opening for wide, macro and telephoto lenses, and has a sun hood accessory for better outdoor visibility and privacy. The case fits easily in a pocket or can clip to a lanyard to camera bag. Despite it’s functionality, it preserves the slim design of the phone.


Luxi is a small diffusion dome that fits securely over your iPhone’s front-facing camera. When attached and used with a light meter app, Luxi will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures. With Luxi, your iPhone becomes a convenient and easy to use incident light meter. Incident light meters, like Luxi, measure the amount of light falling on the subject you are photographing, not the light reflected by the subject. Incident light meter readings are independent of the subject’s reflectance and cannot be fooled by tricky lighting situations like back-lit subjects (e.g. sunset portraits).  The Luxi sells for $24.95 and is available online for the iPhone 4/4S and 5 at