With the sun to your back, framing a shot with your iPhone can be downright infuriating since the light reflects off the screen and makes it hardly viewable.  Cupping your hands around the screen is just an accident waiting to happen, and attempting to use your head’s shadow isn’t exactly productive. The answer?  The iPhone Viewfinder.

Using a tiny “screw-on” suction cup pad, it mounts a viewfinder to your iPhone’s screen.  Yes, your iPhone’s screen.  Combined with the accompanying app, Daylight Viewfinder, it presents the same image you’d otherwise be attempting to view in direct sunlight.  You see, the app reduces the camera’s live view image to an area within the iPhone Viewfinder which is housed inside of a white circle, which also serves as a template for attaching it.  So when you’re ready to snap a pic, you just extend the device’s eye piece to make room for your schnoz, press your eye up to it, and presto, you can perfectly line up your subjects or objects no matter how much light is at your rear.  And since you’re still using your iPhone’s back camera, as in the 8-megapixel one, you’re not compromising on quality in any way.

The app, Daylight Viewfinder, is completely free.  The iPhone Viewfinder, however, is $30 at Photojojo.

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."