Sorry to break the news, but in ten years all of your smartphone photos are going to look horrible. That’s fine for those #webrunchhard Instagrams, not so much for your honeymoon in Corsica.
Smartphone-cam apologists love this aphorism: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Not true! That’s like saying the best deli meat is the month-old block of reconstituted ham at the corner deli. Convenient, yes; quality, no.
Face it: The best camera is a real camera. One that delivers posterity-worthy photos of big moments, no matter what. One that won’t tempt you with Candy Crush while your wife blows out her birthday cake candles.
Future-proof your memories—and take shots your iPhone can’t—with one of these three new cameras.
The Getaway Shooter
If you’ve taken a rugged camera on vacation, you came back with beautiful underwater photos—and bad ones on dry land. But the Olympus Tough TG-2 does a vacation right, shooting up to fifty feet deep, shaking off the finest black sand, and—unlike the rest of its ilk—taking genuinely good low-light snaps.
The Palm-Sized Professional
The Nikon Coolpix A is a hybrid, with a huge sensor crammed in a pocketable body. Sure, its non-zooming wide-angle lens means you have to think a little harder (and walk a little more) to nail the perfect shot. But you get larger-than-life, deeply detailed images that resemble stills from a Terrence Malick movie.
There’s lots to like about the Fujifilm X-M1, particularly its retro design and swappable lenses. (Trade the included one for a telephoto to take action shots of, say, your kid’s soccer game.) Why you’ll love the X-M1: It can wirelessly beam photos to a phone, so you still get your Instagram fix.