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Attachable Camera Lens for Smartphones
Sony Cyber-shot QX10
The cameras on newer iPhone models and many Android smartphones have all but replaced the standard point-and-shoot camera, but in some spots they’re still lacking.
In case you want a boost without upgrading to a digital SLR or even an entry-level interchangeable lens camera, you may want to consider an attachable lens. Such an accessory can boost zoom levels by 10 times.
Sony offers two decent options in this category, including the lower-end QX10, which you can get for roughly $200 when on sale with some online vendors. (Looking for a good used or refurbished model on Amazon, NewEgg or Overstock is also a great way to save some cash and get nearly the same quality as a new model.)
One of the benefits of this space-saver route is the one-touch connection with your smartphone, where you can save hundreds upon hundreds of photos that can then be automatically geo-tagged (if you’re into that sort of thing) and synced with photo sharing and storage apps like Dropbox. (More on that later.)
Sony Cyber-shot QX10. Available in black and white. MSRP: $249.99.
Portable Power Bank
As a sign of the times, none of the gadgets featured thus far require archaic disposable batteries.
But they do all depend on an electric outlet now and then.
To reduce the number of outlets and cords required (not to mention how often you’ll need to pull over to recharge), a portable power bank could come in handy. You shouldn’t have to spend much on one of these, and most options aren’t much larger than a Swiss Army knife. Try to find one sporting a 3-in-1 adapter cable so that you can charge standard USB-equipped devices alongside old and new iOS products.
Plug and Play
When traveling far from home, there are a few techie odds and ends you should just always have stashed in your bag and ready to go so you don’t have to think twice about them later.
I’d start with a standard USB charger — if you didn’t consider the slide before this. (If you have a lot of gadgets, you’re bound to have an extra one of these floating around.)
Depending on how long of a trip you're about to embark on, a single universal plug adapter for international travel along with a two-prong headphone adapter are easy to toss in a bag and can be lifesavers later. Many airplanes are still outfitted with two-prong headphone jacks for some reason, and usually the only headphones that work with these are the ones the airlines will supply you with — sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. To take advantage of the higher quality headset you already packed, have this tiny plug in your bag just in case.