If you love to live dangerously and leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, then we have you covered. Or, if you want to hang out for boxing day to pick up some bargains, we have precisely what you need. Put your feet up, sit back and relax while we walk you through our top 10 photography and videography accessories for this silly season. What’s more, our list won’t break the bank as you can pick up these great gift ideas for under $100.
#1 Best Seller: Ilford Harman 35mm Reusable Film Camera With 2 Rolls of Kentmere Pan 400 Film
If you have a camera buff in your family, or you know someone that loves having fun with visual images, consider the Ilford Harman 35mm Reusable Camera. Not only are you giving someone the chance to experience film and print photography, but you are giving them everything they need to get started. The Ilford Harman comes bundled with two rolls of Kentmere Pan 400 B&W film allowing you to capture stunning monochrome shots. Use it, again and again, thanks to its latched door and built-in flash.
With a fixed wide-angle lens, you will be able to capture a broad range of images. The camera can capture street shots, family portraits and even holiday snaps. What’s more, the Ilford Harman 35mm Reusable Camera is a breeze to use thanks to its fixed shutter speed. Plus there’s a built-in viewfinder for framing your shots. Once you have completed a roll of film, rewind it and drop it off at Georges Cameras for speedy processing. We will even give you a free replacement roll of film for every dev and scan service.
#2: Rode VideoMic Me – Directional Microphone for Smart Phones
If someone in your circle of friends is a budding videography this is the product for them. The Rode VideoMic Me is directional microphone attaches directly to a smartphone. Not only is it super light at 34gm, but it is stylish and compact. Once you install this mic you will let others know you are serious about your videography. With such a compact and cost-effective video accessory, it is ideal for a range of creative outlets. These include general video use, vlogging or YouTube.
The Rode VideoMic Me is a directional microphone that is mounted directly to a smartphone. It attaches via a flexible mounting bracket and connected via a 3.5mm TRRS connector included in the box. Plus, the rear of the microphone features a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can achieve clear play-through of your audio. The microphone itself resembles a mini-shotgun mic with a frequency range of 100Hz – 20kHz and an equivalent noise level of 20dB-A. The VideoMic Me is, without a doubt, the ideal gift solution for any visual creative to have in their kit.
#3: RODE Lavalier GO Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for Wireless GO Systems
Rode is an Australian company that has been making high quality, professional-level audio gear for some time now. And for videographers that are looking to step up their content game, you cannot go past the Rode Wireless GO system. If you know someone that is currently using this system, make their day by boosting their kit and video production quality with a Rode Lavalier GO Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for Wireless GO Systems. This tiny device is perfect for the mobile journalist or videographer that desires broadcast-quality audio.
The Rode Lavalier GO is an omnidirectional lavalier microphone that connects to the GO system via a gold-plated 3.5mm TRS connector for optimal connection. Given the tiny size of the Lav, it is easy to hide the clip-on mic and its foam pop shield on or in clothing. If you don’t want to connect the Rode Lavalier to a GO system, you can acquire the Rode SC4 adapter to connect it seamlessly with a smartphone sporting the 3.5mm TRRS jack. Audio quality is finely tuned to capture a wide 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response.
#4: Joby Handypod Mobile Plus Mini Tripod Kit
If you love to be out and about with your camera, the best accessory to carry at all times is a portable tripod. While travel tripods are great, they are often bulky and not ideal for some projects. It is especially the case for someone who travels light and loves to vlog along the way. Thankfully, the Joby Handypod Mobile Plus Mini Tripod Kit fits the bill of being an ultra-lightweight yet highly durable mini tripod. The Handypod stands strong as a tripod with its legs splayed and is just as comfortable as a hand grip when you collapse the legs.
The best way to use the Handypod is with the included Joby GripTight ONE phone mount for mounting a smartphone in either landscape or portrait. But, as it can support up to 1kg of weight, it is also useful in mounting larger cameras and lights. The ball head of the kit allows for a panoramic rotation of 360 ° and a lateral tilting angle of -90° / +30°.
#5: NiSi Cleaning kit with Lenspen and Blower
One of the essential accessories that any visual creative must-have in their camera bag is a quality cleaning kit. Without fail, every time you head out for a casual or serious photoshoot, you are going to find dust and smudges on your gear. It is especially the case with the front glass element of a lens. Without clear glass, you cannot capture clear and detailed images. The best way to manage this at home or on the go is with a NiSi Cleaning Kit with Lenspen and Blower. This kit is neat and compact and is designed specifically for keeping camera lenses and other optical elements clean.
The NiSi kit includes a lens pen with a concave cleaning tip to ensure you can access the deepest corners of a lens or filter. The lens pen houses an environmentally friendly, non-liquid compound suited to removing even the oiliest of fingerprints. The included blower helps to remove larger particles and dust from surfaces gently. The best bit about a blower is that it does not come into contact with your surfaces and cause other smudges.
#6: Joby Gorillapod 3K Kit
Joby is a popular and reliable brand for consumer-friendly and portable tripods. In fact, the Joby Gorillapod 3K is one of the most versatile portable tripods that every visual creative should have in their kit – especially if they are out and about a lot. The Gorillapod 3K is a kit that features flexible legs so you can stand the tripod up as you would expect. But, you can also wrap the legs around objects such as tree limbs or fence posts. This way, you can achieve exciting shooting angles and know your gear is safe. Finally, you can pull the lightweight yet strong legs together and use the Gorillapod as a handgrip for video and vlogging.
Included in the kit is a ball head with an integrated spirit level to achieve correctly orientated images. The ball head of the 3K Kit allows for super smooth 360° panning for fluid video capture. Plus, with your kit connected via the quick release plate, you can safely tilt your camera 90°. Speaking of kits, the Joby Gorillapod 3K can support a maximum payload of up to 3kg, meaning a typical mirrorless camera or DSLR with a lens is perfectly supported.
#7: Rode SC7 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Patch Cable
It is incredible to think that such a small product could be so popular and equally as useful in a videographers kit. But the Rode SC7 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Patch Cable is an essential accessory this holiday season for the vlogger in your life. This coiled cable includes a 3.5mm Male TRS to 3.5mm Male TRRS set of connections. These are ideally suited to connect other Rode products such as the VideoMic GO and the Wireless GO to TRRS devices. This way, you can connect microphones with pro-grade audio quality to a device such as a smartphone or a tablet.
With the Rode Patch Cable, you instantly turn your mobile device into a professional video rig with the ability to record high spec audio. Plus, by using onboard apps, you can immediately edit and share your creations. What’s more, the cable ends are colour coded to make connecting your devices quick and simple.
#8: Sirui TSH-01K Mobile Phone Clamp
There is a very good reason why compact and portable accessories have featured heavily in this guide. The mobile photography and videography markets are booming with everyone able to capture stunning visuals right out of their pocket. With the race to deliver big-camera quality in a pocket device, the quality of smartphones cameras will only continue to grow. If you want to jump on this trend and use your phone over your bigger mirrorless camera, you’ll need a Sirui Mobile Phone Clip.
The simple yet effective device allows you to securely attach most smartphones to a standard tripod. It will accommodate standard and larger sized handsets in either portrait or landscape orientation. It is easily attached to a typical tripod thanks to ¼” screw mount. Plus, it also includes an Arca plate dove-tail for quick connection to your existing Arca compatible clamps. While the Sirui Sirui Mobile Phone Clip is tiny and only weighs 40gm, it can support a max payload of 300gm. Having this handy clip tucked discreetly into your kit takes away the hassle of how to mount your smartphone.
#9: Peak Design Slide Camera Strap
Without a doubt, one of the best investments you can make when purchasing your new camera is a quality camera strap. A camera strap, such as the Peak Design Slide, is a stylish addition that serves many purposes. For one, the strap is made from high quality and durable materials that will last a lifetime of use even with bigger DSLR bodies attached. This slimline strap is capable of holding up to 90Kg of camera gear attached via the famous Peak Design anchor and mounting plate system. As a result, you can quickly connect and remove your camera from your strap.
The Peak Design Slide Camera Strap comes in a black padded nylon-webbing material that is 4.5cm wide and adjusts from 99cm up to 145cm. You can wear the strap either as a sling, over your shoulder or around your neck. Plus, the strap is reversible with a smooth side and a non-slip side depending on how you want to adjust your carrying style. A good quality camera strap is more than just an attractive add-on. It is there to keep your gear close, safe and ready to use at all times.
#10: Sirui 3T-35K Table Top Tripod
Sirui is a name synonymous with high quality and professional camera accessories including lenses and tripods. It is also worth noting that Sirui products are made from the highest quality material. The Sirui 3T-35K Table Top Tripod is no exception and provides photographers and videographers with a genuinely stable platform for their work. The Sirui Table Top Tripod is remarkably compact with a folded length of only 24cm and a maximum height of 34cm. While it only weighs around 400gm, it can hold a full camera and lens kit up to 4kg.
The Sirui Table Top Tripod is adjustable and features a removable centre column and folding legs. When the legs collapse, the tripod makes for a stable handheld grip ideal for video work. The attached ball head is Arca-type compatible and able to flip 90° from landscape to portrait mode. With the ability to adjust and lock position and orientation, this tripod is the perfect addition to any accessory kit.
The beauty of our list of top 10 accessories for under $100 is their compatibility with one another. If you are looking for the ideal mobile videography kit you are in luck. combine any number of these products to build a high-quality rig. Or, select a single product to inspire someone’s creative output. if you are looking to splash a little cash, check out our Best XMAS Presents For The Photographer Who Has It All article.