If you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, you’re probably looking for some accessories to enhance your experience. Today, I’ll be counting down the top 5 camera tech (accessories) under $100.

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I discovered this mic through a friend, and at first, I was skeptical. I have a budget shotgun mic, the VidPro XM-55, and I’m not impressed with the quality at all. This mic is only around $20 more, so I was wondering how it was gonna be any good. To my surprise, he showed me some test footage, and for less than $100, this is a nice mic for vlogging and basic videos. It won’t offer top notch audio, but it’s the best you can get for the price range.

4. ND Filter

This one’s a must for all you outdoor shooters. From shooting b-roll, to vlogs, to anything else, the great outdoors can make for some interesting videos! There’s one problem with shooting outdoors: the beating sun. That’s where an ND filter comes in. An ND filter is like sunglasses for your camera. By reducing the amount of light that can enter your lens, it allows you to shoot at a higher aperture than you would normally be able to shoot at. It’s essential for high aperture shots when outside. There are many different sizes and types of ND filters, but I would recommend a 0.6 or 0.9 ND filter. Just make sure it fits your lens! There are many available, some of which can cost over $100, but a basic o
ne will run way under $100.

3. Magnus VT-350 Video Tripod41HFjR2GsDL

When shooting video (or even taking photography for that matter), a tripod can make a huge difference in your quality. This tripod, which under $100 at the time of writing this article, offers solid legs, and a fluid head – perfect for a beginner videographer.

2. A Nice Strap (The Peak Design Slide Strap)

if you’re shooting video or photos for extended amounts of time, the included camera strap just won’t cut it. It becomes taxing on the neck and body, and there is a much better solution. The Peak Design Slide Strap is expensive, but it’s darn good. It offers a much more ergonomic and comfortable solution for photographers (or hand held videographers). If you shoot lots of events, I would definitely recommend this strap.

6178ZDd2hXL._SL1300_1. Extra Batteries

I can’t stress this enough – having extra camera batteries is essential! They’re very affordable – under $25 in my case – and they are a life saver. I’ve had my extra batteries bail me out on multiple occasions. For my camera, the Canon T5i, I got 2 batteries and a charger for $20.99.

What are your favorite camera accessories? Be sure to drop a comment below!

Kevin Nether