Benro ArcaSmart70 is quick release tripod plate for smartphones AND cameras

Benro ArcaSmart70
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The life of a photographer or videomaker nowadays often means switching from from one capture device to another – and often between your 'proper' camera and a smartphone (opens in new tab). But if you are taking your images or vlogs seriously, then you then need to switch to a different set of accessories too...

The Benro ArcaSmart70 is designed to help simplify this switching. It is an ingenious solution to a simple problem – it works as an Arca-Swiss compatible quick-release tripod plate that sits under your DSLR (opens in new tab) or mirrorless camera (opens in new tab). But when you need to use your smartphone, this 70mm plate unhinges to become a smartphone holder, which can then slot into your usual tripod.

(Image credit: Benro)
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An integrated spring-loaded clip extends from the adaptor with a single action, to quickly mount a mobile phone measuring between 2.1-3.3in wide (which covers most devices on the market ). Its anti-slip pad holds the phone firmly in place so users can shoot with confidence, whatever their chosen device. The ArcaSmart70 has a cold shoe mount for attaching other accessories such as microphones (opens in new tab) or LED light panels onto your phone.

Made from machined aluminum, with stainless steel rods, the ArcaSmart 70 weighs 80g and costs $59.95 / £40. 

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.