Smartphone cameras improve with every iteration, and now, you get faster shutter speeds, better aperture and autofocus, double-digit megapixels and 4K video, all standard (on the iPhone SE, Google Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5). That said, your phone still can’t replicate the imagery of a digital SLR — or even a good point-and-shoot camera. But, with the add-ons below, you can save a good deal of cash, while still closing the gap between your phone and that coveted pro-level camera.


Lensbaby LM-10
For mobile photographers looking for that sweet spot of focus, surrounded by blur. $60


Moment Lenses
Moment makes wide, tele and macro lenses, which come in iPhone-, Nexus 5- and Galaxy- compatible models. $100/ea


Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens
For iPhone 6/6s/Plus users, the olliclip has four lenses (fisheye, wide-angle and two macro, 10x and 15x) in one, less than an ounce device. $80


Sony QX1
This is Sony’s smartphone-compatible E-mount. Bizarre, yes. But if you already have an E-mount lens, this can turn your smartphone into a mirrorless camera. $398


This is a pro-grade camera with 32mm f/1.8 lens and a 20.2 MP sensor, so it’s great in low light. It works as either standalone handheld camera or can be connected to your smartphone. $445+
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