By Tom Samiljan
July 17, 2014
Danny Kim

With a couple of key accessories (shown here with the iPhone 5S), you can turn your camera into a bona fide powerhouse.

What it is A DSLR-quality Carl Zeiss lens that clips on to the body of your phone.

How it works Download the app, connect via Wi-Fi or NFC, and your phone’s screen becomes the viewfinder for this powerful camera.

Compatible with Android phones, iPhone. $450.

What it is Four lenses—a fish-eye, wide-angle, and two macro lenses—each as small as a nickel that twist on and off a tiny mount.

How it works Slide it onto your phone and you’re good to go.

Compatible with iPhone. $70.

What it is A rotating dock that lets you take panoramas, video, or time-lapse images.

How it works Connect with Bluetooth, mount your phone in various poses, and shoot through your favorite third-party photo app. Our favorites? Sphere, for capturing 360 degrees in a single frame, and TimeLapse, for long exposures.

Compatible with iPhone and iPad. $150.

What it is An adjustable tripod.

How it works Bend its twisty legs to attach your phone to tree branches or bike handlebars, or rest it on a flat surface.

Compatible with Android phones, iPhone, Windows phones. $30.

What it is This little orb acts as a remote shutter­—perfect for selfies.

How it works Just install the app (free for Android and iOS) and pair via Bluetooth.

Compatible with Android phones, iPhone. $25.

What it is Four superbright LED’s that help you shoot in low light and reduce red-eye in photos.

How it works Plug it in to your headphone jack and turn it on.

Compatible with Android phones, iPhone. $55.

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Three new editing apps we can’t stop using.

Waterlogue After you upload your mobile snaps, this app will turn them into painterly masterpieces. $2.99, iPhone.

Litely Select from nine subtle, cinema-inspired filters­, or buy a series of destination-themed add-ons. Our favorite: Venice, which casts a warm glow onto images. Free, iPhone.

Vhoto Get the best stills from your film clips—it’s great for capturing action shots or fast-moving kids. Free, iPhone.

Tom Samiljan is Travel + Leisure’s Tech Correspondent.

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