November 26, 2022

Now I’m no influencer (though I do churn out content as well), but I do know that their lives can be extremely chaotic and busy. Content creation, capturing engaging moments, creating proposals, attending meetings, and making themselves and their lives seem interesting and entertaining at all times seem like a handful. The pros have got these tasks underway, whereas the newbies are still stumbling through. But it doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the social media game for long or you’re a novice, everyone needs a couple of handy and trusty product designs to help them through their influencer life. So we’ve curated a collection of designs that influencers would swear by! From a collection of cameras that mimic each photography mode to DJI’S latest pocketable microphone system – these products will upgrade your content creation routine and even the quality of your content! Because when your process is smooth and hurdle-free, it reflects in your work.

1. Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Going beyond mere utility or ergonomics, many smartphones have started to boldly embrace aesthetics as an important part of their DNA. It’s still a work in progress, though, with very few notable brands and models making that courageous leap. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is the latest to join that growing roster, leading the way with an advanced flagship that looks exquisite as it is powerful, offering a content creation powerhouse that will match a designer’s aesthetic tastes.

Why is it noteworthy?

In stark contrast to the common trend of smartphones today, Huawei opted for a symmetrical design throughout the phone. In particular, the large camera array is placed in the middle, with four circles arranged in a uniform 2×2 grid. These cameras are enclosed in a Space Ring with an embossed Clous de Paris pattern, similar to what you’d find on luxury watches.

What we like

  • Comes in an orange vegan leather that adds a unique identity to the phone
  • A new Kunlun Glass material protects the phone’s screen from drops ten times better, according to the company

What we dislike

2. The DJI MIC

Taking a leaf out of Apple’s success handbook, the DJI Mic is looking to attract vlogging, podcasting, and content creation individuals. The Apple association comes to my mind from the wireless charging case the microphone system comes in, which is similar to the AirPods or other wireless earbuds on the market.

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Why is it noteworthy?

Connectivity to this useful gadget is going to be important, hence, it is compatible with USB-C, Lighting, or the trusted 3.5mm jack. Each one of the wireless mics weighing 30 grams has a battery life of 5.5 hours which can be further extended to a total of 25 hours which is quite impressive.

What we like

  • The red cherry on top is the 8GB of built-in storage in each of the clip-on mics, which equates to almost 14 hours of recording done at 24-bit/48 kHz quality
  • The microphones come with a range of 250 meters in direct line of sight

What we dislike

3. The Vlog 1

The Vlog 1 is a concept that combines a camera, a built-in gimbal for stability, a built-in microphone, and space for a bigger battery, and all in a portable and sturdy package. There are no attachments or things to plug in, so you can just go ahead and shoot and record whatever you want.

Why is it noteworthy?

If you’re used to using a traditional camera, the button controls here will seem very familiar. It uses an old-school knob to switch modes, so you won’t have to panic (or is that just me?) when you need to do something else while shooting. It has a built-in gimbal so you can shoot steadily, and the joystick lets you have control over the gyro movement when panning or tracking. And while you’re shooting your video, there’s a quick access button that will let you take pictures when needed.

What we like

  • The Vlog 1 has a built-in flashlight that gives a similar effect to what the ubiquitous ring lights bring
  • It also has a built-in mic that can shut out unwanted noise because of its padding

What we dislike

4. The Now Exposed Collection

The cameras featured in the Now Exposed collection each have a unique purpose. They use different lenses and exposure techniques to force the photographer to think differently about image composition. The series consists of three distinct cameras, each one mimicking a photography ‘mode’ – the Burst Camera, the Long Exposure Camera, and the Slitscan Camera.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Now Exposed Cameras, as a whole, manages to make film photography, an intimidating art medium, accessible to new users while presenting new creative challenges for experts. Each camera comes with instructions imprinted directly onto the device. These snippets explain how each camera operates and what film cartridges you need to buy. The Now Exposed set gives photographers the framework to create dynamic, abstract works of art.

What we like

  • The Now Exposed Cameras invite users to create innovative artwork through experimentation

What we dislike

5. SCIO

Taking inspiration from Sony’s QX10 and QX100 modular camera lenses, SCIO is a mirrorless lens that simply attaches to your iPhone via MagSafe. Snap it on, and your smartphone is now a professional shooter capable of much more realistic portrait shots and telephoto images.

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Why is it noteworthy?

With a much larger lens and sensor, SCIO’s imaging system is capable of capturing much more light than the iPhone 13’s multiple lenses. This allows for better photos, more detail, higher-resolution low-light shots, and much more accurate bokeh. SCIO’s camera lens uses your iPhone’s display as a viewfinder, and can potentially pull battery power from the iPhone via reverse charging, so you don’t need to separately charge the camera lens.

What we like

  • The lens even has a tripod mount, bringing traditional and computational camera experiences even closer

What we dislike

6. MagStick

Meet MagStick – a selfie stick that also doubles as a tripod with a feature that sets it apart from the rest. With a MagSafe mount, MagStick allows you to instantly snap your iPhone in place and get shooting.

Why is it noteworthy?

When used as a selfie stick, the MagStick extends a whopping 63.5 inches, and in its tripod mode, MagStick allows you to use your iPhone like you would a professional camera. All it takes is two snaps – firstly for the iPhone to snap into place, and secondly for you to snap the shutter button!

What we like

  • The telescopic tripod/selfies-stick stretches well over 5 feet in length
  • The MagStick’s 3-axis adjustment system lets you rotate, tilt, and swivel your phone to orient it at just the right angle

What we dislike

7. The Razer Stream Controller

Razer worked in tandem with Loupedeck (who have their own streaming deck – Loupedeck Live) to create a new product for the booming market. This a clear sign they want to have a big bite of the pie. The Razer Stream Controller with more knobs and buttons for expanded possibilities of use seems like a good prospect. The San Diego-based company has been slowly inching toward the streaming end of the market with previous releases, and now this accessory further expands the horizon.

Why is it noteworthy?

Managing game streaming or live TV broadcast solo isn’t easy – this is where such streaming accessories come in handy. They simplify the task for the streamer, sitting in front of the PC while engrossed in in-game action or broadcasting live. The multi-button device not only comes in handy for game streaming content creation but also for editing videos or playing music. The Razer Stream Controller comes with 12 haptic switchable LCD touchscreen keys, eight physical buttons, and six analog dials – three on each side.

What we like

  • Everything right from adjusting the lighting, adjusting the volumes, or audio mixing can be fully customized with the compatible Loupedeck software for Windows and macOS platforms

What we dislike

8. The Fjorden

YouTuber Marques Brownlee, who shoots all his videos in 8K on ridiculously expensive RED cameras, alludes to the fact that “the best camera is the one you have on you,” and that’s almost always your smartphone camera. Your smartphone camera’s image processing engine is arguably powerful enough to click photos as well as a DSLR, and the only thing really missing is precision and that hands-on experience… that’s where the Fjorden comes in.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Fjorden turns your iPhone into a hybrid DSLR. It physically snaps onto the back of your iPhone, giving you analog camera controls including a two-stage shutter button, a jog dial, a zoom slider, and even an extra multi-function button you can use to do stuff like trigger the flash. The overall form is comfortably tactile and grippy (and comes with the same texture found on cameras) and orients the buttons in a way that’s intuitive and easy to use (so you don’t have to sprain your thumb to reach the shutter button while holding your phone with the same hand). Moreover, the actual physical buttons allow you to use the camera with gloves on, an understated-yet-impressive upgrade to the iPhone camera experience).

What we like

  • Portable and sleek
  • Has its own camera app

What we dislike

9. The Elgato Key Light Air professional camera light

The Elgato Key Light Air professional camera light helps you achieve the perfect lighting for live streaming and photoshoots!

Why is it noteworthy?

Equipped with LEDs, the gadget utilizes multilayer diffusion technology to create a lighting effect that is both soft and indirect. It’s all the illumination you require for your at-home professional shoots while also ensuring that you stay cool throughout the entire process.

What we like

  • It is also quite gentle on your eyes
  • An ultra-reflective aluminum film scatters light outwards, while a translucent grid panel breaks the light into millions of different beams

What we dislike

10. The Chargepuck

The Chargepuck is what you get when you mash the words MagSafe, AirPower, and PopSocket together. About the shape and size of a hockey puck, this little number snaps onto the back of your iPhone, offering the powers of a wireless charger with a pop-out ring that doubles as a holder/stand for your phone. If somehow that wasn’t enough, while one surface of the Chargepuck remains magnetically adhered to the back of your iPhone, the other side lets you attach an Apple Watch, while two tiny holes along the rim let you dock your AirPods earpieces, and the Chargepuck effectively charges all three devices simultaneously… something the AirPower mat could never do.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Chargepuck acts as a replacement for the wireless charging dock or mat you’ve probably got lying on your desk or somewhere at your bedside. Instead of being a static device that sits plugged into an outlet forever, the little puck sits attached to your iPhone and comes with its own retractable cable that lets you plug it in anywhere. The Chargepuck isn’t a battery pack (it doesn’t have its own battery inside it), but rather, it’s a charging apparatus that sits attached to your phone and lets you charge three devices at the same time.

What we like

  • Portable design
  • Full functional 360-degree ring

What we dislike

  • It may not appeal to everyone