Firstly – Do you need a stand-alone camera?
For most of us, all we require is in a smartphone. Selfies, snapshots, etc., don’t require high resolution, or need to be strikingly clear. Adequate will do – in those situations. However, if you want more than just a snapshot, and like pictures that are clear, composed well, and give you control over the final product, than it may be time for you to consider getting a camera to add to your capabilities. Let’s consider some options:
Smartphone lens kits
These kits turn your Apple or Android phone into a multi-lens digital camera! You can get tripods, zoom lenses, macro, close up, and special effects lense that just clip on to the phone. No fancy technical twist on gimmicks, just a way to use your phone’s camera like an expensive DSLR. Usually in the $15 to $75 price range, these adapters can up your game if you are traveling or want more from your phone’s camera, without the added bulk of a big camera.
These small cameras usually come loaded with features (Zoom, Close up, wide angle, Macro, etc.) and fit in purse or pocket, even with a small carry bag. Three of my favorites are above. Personally, I carry a Canon SX 600 as my pocket shooter. The good part is it’s not always out, like when you are swimming at the beach, so it can be tucked away for when photo opps appear! (If you are at the beach, consider waterproof cameras, like these from EBay. Don’t forget a floating strap). My daughter still has the waterproof Nikon I bought her 4 years ago. with the big yellow floating strap, it’s hard to misplace, and easy to find -especially when snorkelling!
Now you have some options for upping your photo game. You don’t have to carry all the fancy photo equipment like I have, but you can take shots that will look like they were taken on an expensive camera! Make sure your lenses are clean (especially on the smartphone – they have small lenses), and take multiple shots – extra never hurts!
Have fun and take pictures!