07. 29. 2006
Tiniest flash & color filters for cell phone cameras
Of course you need accessories for your phone camera. If you're like me, you use that camera more than any other because you always have it with you, so you may as well give in and have fun with it, even if the picture quality is generally lousy. A few months ago, I wrote about the stick-on cell phone Phlash. Now there's an LED flash with color filters that you can carry on a keychain (stick it on your camera to use it, and then remove it when you're done), the Color Flash Cube from Greenbulb. Everything looks prettier through color filters, and this tiny flash is actually very bright. Made of plastic, it reminds me of those toys I used to get out of a vending machine, but it works, and at $12.99, it'll make a good stocking stuffer for next Christmas.
Greenbulb offers another tiny, cheap accessory, the SS Mirror (short for "Self Shot Mirror"). Have you ever tried to take a picture of yourself to find you've managed to take a picture of your left ear or your mother with an uncharming expression in the background? The SS Mirror is about the size of a thumbtack and you stick it next to the lens to properly frame your face for self-portraits. Of course, many camera phones now have this mirror built in, but if yours doesn't, you can get a package of three SS Mirrors for $3.45. The tiny mirrors are also good for checking your lipstick.