Ever wondered if you should buy a dedicated camera for your next trip? Do you ever question whether your smartphone is enough? Before investing a ton of money into a new camera, watch this video! We review the pros and cons of using your smartphone versus a dedicated camera while traveling, and provide our recommendation and tips. You might be surprised to find that the perfect travel camera may already be in your pocket.

Since this is a longer video, here are some markers (in case you want to skip ahead):
1:00 – Pros of using your smartphone camera
2:22 – Cons of using your smartphone camera
4:45 – Our recommendation
5:09 – Tips for using your camera while traveling

– SERVICE: Google Photos
– ARTICLE: “How to master Google Photos” (The Verge)
– ARTICLE: “Google Photos is Google’s best service — here’s why you should be using it” (Business Insider)
– ARTICLE: “Why the iPhone 8 Plus is a better camera than a real camera” (Mashable)

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  • Google photos incompletely retain meta data information that I add with my computer. I compared it with One Drive and Dropbox for this feature, and found that only One Drive retains all of the metadata, and it has similar features to Google. I use Zapper to move my son’s photos from my inbox to a dedicated folder on OneDrive, this happens even when I’m not online! It could do the same for the other photo programs. I use my camera for landscape, low light, and 20x zoom, the rest of the time it’s my phone. Really like your videos, the links are a nice way to offer more detail. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks Deanna! I still carry my Canon G7X everywhere too, even though I know my iPhone is capable of great photos and videos. It might be a psychological thing, but I still feel like my camera can and should take better pictures than my phone (which does so many different things!). 🙂

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