If you are trying to take photos and videos that will create lasting memories, you can't just rely on luck and the right Instagram filters — you need the right tools. If you fancy yourself more than a casual photographer, consider one (or all!) of these seven smart, portable, and lightweight gadgets to help you shoot better pictures next time you travel to a place you never want to forget.
1. WD's My Passport Ultra
According to a consumer insight study by WD, 10 percent of consumers delete digital memories on their devices to make room for new ones — and 63 percent later regret doing it! When you're out gallivanting on a bucket-list adventure, getting the dreaded “storage full” or “cannot take photo” message on your smartphone is a nightmare waiting to happen. WD's My Passport Ultra (prices starts at $99, promo price on the WD store starts at $59.99, based on various capacities). is a portable, external hard drive featuring high-capacity storage for hi-res photos, a small, easy-to-pack size, and simple cloud backup to go.
2. Pelican Marine Case
Headed on a tropical beach vacation or somewhere where you know your phone is going to be exposed to water? The lightweight, slim Pelican Marine ($80) is a completely waterproof iPhone case that can be submerged at a depth of two meters for up to 30 minutes, allowing you to take gorgeous underwater photos without fearing for your phone's life.
3. Epson PictureMate PM-400
Epson PictureMate PM-400 ($250) is a compact and portable option for on-demand photo printing. This is a wireless printer tailored to print photos fast, making it a great portable printer for someone who is constantly on the go. It can also seamlessly print from an iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone, so you can get your photos in an instant — perfect for favors at a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelorette party, or the like. Speaking of lightweight, it can easily fit in a suitcase or carry-on.
4. Co.ALITION Backpacks
CO.ALITION backpacks (starting at $150) are streamlined and clean designs are good for those on the go to carry and access their gear. They are also are a perfect pairing for tech as they have an integrated smart power supply built into the pack. The power tech is meant to be out of sight and out of mind when you’re not using it, but easily and quickly accessible when you need it.
5. Sioeye Iris4G 4K Action Camera
Sioeye Iris4G 4K action camera is the first on the market that’s an all-in-one live-streaming experience so that you can document all of your traveling adventures with one small gadget. The camera provides high-definition video recording, as well as super-slow-motion capabilities and 80p live broadcast with optional simultaneous 1080p HD recording. All this only weighs three and a half ounces including battery and measures two and a half inches wide. With the mobile app for iOS and Android followers, watch your travel adventures in real time by live-streaming directly to Youtube Live as well as the Sioeye Live platform on iOS, Android, and the web.
6. Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens
Transform your phone into a pro-level cam with four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x, and 15x) that clip right to your uniVERSE case, using the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens.
7. Pulse Remote
Pulse is the world’s most powerful wireless camera remote. About the size of a credit card, Pulse sits in the hotshoe mount of your DSLR, connects to your camera via micro USB, and is controlled wirelessly via an intuitive app for iOS and Android devices. Now would be a good time to start dreaming of the epic timelapse you'll capture on your next trip to paradise!
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