Buying Your Smartphone for the Camera?

13 September 2019

Buying Your Smartphone for the Camera?


Today’s latest smartphones offer some pretty amazing camera tech and features that are now rivaling high-quality DSLR cameras. Settings like 5x optical zoom, night modes, slo-mo, and ultra-wide, can easily be found on all the newer models. The number of cameras has even increased. The newest Huawei offers four different cameras on the P20 pro– 40Mp, 20Mp wide, 8Mp 5-optical zoom, and a massive 32MP back camera to deliver sharp and detailed pictures, no matter the location or environment. But the most impressive additions to smartphone camera technology are AI image processing which has become one of the biggest-selling camera features of smartphones. The only downside to all this exciting new tech is that these phones are more expensive than they used to be. Of course, flagship heavy-featured phones from Apple, Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Google cost more than they did a few years ago, but you don’t have to break the bank buying the newest smartphone just for the camera. There are a number of excellent photo apps and add-ons that you can buy to take photos that rival those with the latest camera tech. Here are just a few you can find:

Add-on Lens Accessories

The image sensors and processors on the latest AI-powered phones produce some crazy great results but they still lack lens options and functionality. Fortunately, you can get professional standard snaps with accessories called add-on lenses. These clip-on lenses can add a whole new range of options to your smartphone, including greater magnification, wider angles, and cool effects. Additional lenses can take your pictures to the next level with features like 230-degree fisheye options, 15x macro, and 120-degree wide angles. Most of these lenses clip right onto your phone, while others require a case for your specific model. 


If you love filming videos with your camera but struggle with blurry or shaky shots, you need a stabilizer to get the best video footage. Just like gimbal stabilizers for DSLR cameras, there are options for your smartphones. They use brushless motors to keep your smartphone steady when filming to produce steady footage. Most gimbals also come with installed software, advanced apps, and adjustable settings so that you can get the most out of your camera. Just be careful that you find one that is compatible with your phone as many work only on specific phone models.

Photo Apps

Even the best built-in camera settings have limitations and often don’t have enough manual control. That’s where a photo app can greatly improve the quality of your photos even when you have a new flagship phone. But with so many photo apps on the market, it’s hard to choose the best one for the results you want. If you want a photo editing app with a massive range of tools and filters, Snapseed, VSCO, Afterlight 2, and Adobe Photoshop Express are some of the best out there for iOS and Android. Instagrammers who need the perfect shots should consider Visage which makes touching up photos a breeze, and Facetune to remove blemishes or whiten teeth to help you look your best. You can even adjust the perspective of photos when they’re slightly tilted or askew with SKRWT and remove unwanted objects with TouchRetouch.

You don’t have to go out and buy the best camera phone to get Insta-perfect pictures these days. You can save a lot of money by buying a certified pre-owned phone and adding some of the above apps and add-ons to create stunning images instead. Visit us at Mobile Klinik today to see our selection of lightly used or refurbished smartphones with exceptional camera performance and a range of smartphone accessories to improve the performance.

Return to All Blogs