The iPhone 4s’ camera, while still not a one for one replacement to a stand alone point and shoot, is most certainly on par and suffices to say the least.  After all, we are talking 8-megapixels of resolution and the ability to capture full HD video.  Not too shabby for a smartphone, but quickly becoming the standard.

Belkin wants to make it easier than ever to capture family portraits this holiday.  So they’ve introduced two new iPhone accessories and an accompanying app that work with the iPhone 4, 4s and iPod Touch.  The LiveAction Camera Grip attaches to the base of the iPhone and plugs into its 30-pin dock.  It sports a contoured, soft-touch design and a set of external buttons allowing you to capture both photos and videos using a set of dedicated shutter buttons for each respective capture mode.  There is also a tripod mount built into the stand for those with a less than steady hand.

Belkin has also introduced the LiveAction Camera Remote.  This handy device allows you to initiate the iPhone’s camera (both video and photos) from up to 30 meters away.  If that distance sounds familiar, that’s because it probably connects over Bluetooth.  And much like the above accessory you’ll need to be running Belkin’s accompanying app.  But that’s not all that it has to offer.  Hidden in the back of the remote is a detachable iPhone stand.

Now, keep in mind that both of these devices require you to install and run Belkin’s LiveAction App for them work.  Fortunately it’s free, and not only let’s you upload pics directly to Facebook and other photo sharing sites, but lets you record video and photos simultaneously.  It’s available right now from the app store, where as you’ll have to wait until mid-December for Belkin’s hardware, which both cost $50 a pop.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."