We hate to be a broken record here, but just like Grandma, we’re going to keep repeating ourselves—and you know what our favorite topic to wax on about is? How we’re all taking 99 percent of our photos on our smartphones. Yes, we all love the point-and-shoot cameras we dropped a boatload of cash on, but sadly, we tend to forget those clunkers in the cabinet they’re stored in and simply reach into our back pocket when a photo op arises. The downside to this new phenomenon is that our smartphones are limited in their photographic capabilities, mainly because they function first and foremost as phones.
Most of your photos are probably decent-to-great in terms of quality, but I’m sure you’ve also had to trash dozens of blurry shots, which stinks because you likely missed what could have been a memory worth capturing (or something totally stupid—we’re not judging). Blur typically occurs in low light-situations, like at night or indoors, when you’re shooting without a flash, AND with an unsteady hand. Tripods are a great fix, and we’ve rounded up five of the best iPhone-compatible options on the market to help you out with this annoying problem.
All under $50, these tiny tripods are critically-hailed and small enough to throw in your coat pocket. Plus, they make ideal stocking stuffers for the photo buffs in your life.
1. Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip Tripod Mount
Capable of holding the iPhone 5 through 7 Plus, this teensy weensy tripod can stand on its own in vertical or horizontal stance on flat surfaces—or can be mounted into a larger tripod.
2. Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand
The strongest and most flexible option in our roundup is awesome in that its bendable legs can wrap around everything from a tree branch to a wire fence or it can provide a stable tabletop mount. Two options are available, depending on the size of your smartphone.
3. Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod
A well-respected brand in the photography world, Manfrotto’s Pixi Smart is one of the few tripods that comes with a built-in universal clamp that fits all smartphones (and can detach and function as a standalone base).
4. Joby GripTight Mount
Similar to the Square Jellyfish, this Joby option can hold any size smartphone, is so small it can slip into your pocket and provides a sturdy base for that family selfie you need to take.
5. Kenu Stance
Smaller than a pack of gum, the Kenu plugs right into your smartphone’s lightning port and gripped feet make for a stable tripod base. The best part? A built in bottle opener.
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