Five cam­eras smarter than your phone

Five cam­eras that take bet­ter photos than your smart­phone

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Your phone is fine for In­sta­gram and pic­tures of your pets: the qual­ity of cam­eras in smart­phones has in­creased ex­po­nen­tially over the last few years (and some are now se­ri­ously good). But they still fall short of pro­fes­sional mod­els when it comes to func­tion­al­ity, power and the abil­ity to sep­a­rate you from the herd. Do your­self, and your photos, a favour this sum­mer and up­grade to a proper piece of kit, de­signed for adults. You won’t look back.

1. Olym­pus OM-D E M10 Mark III

Small, light and packed with pow­er­ful fea­tures, this is an ex­cel­lent choice for any­one who wants to make their first step to a “proper” in­ter­change­able lens cam­era. Fast aut­o­fo­cus and tilt­ing touch­screen to ac­com­mo­date users from fully au­to­matic to man­ual. £700; olym­

2. Le­ica CL 18mm F2.8

Le­ica can lay claim to hav­ing in­vented the 35mm com­pact cam­era a cen­tury ago. Its lat­est CL pairs new fea­tures like pro­gram­mable con­trols and an 18mm pan­cake lens with dis­creet, palm-of-your-hand crafts­man­ship to re­mind you why it’s still the street pho­tog­ra­pher’s favourite. £3,150; le­ica-cam­

3. Pana­sonic Lu­mix DC-G9

For a com­pact cam­era sys­tem, the body of the G9 is ac­tu­ally pretty hefty, though the lenses you at­tach to it are smaller than DSLR equiv­a­lents. The up­side is that this dust­proof, weath­er­proof and splash­proof model will take the knocks. £1,500; pana­

4. Fuji X-E3 18–55mm f2 8-4 OIS

The lat­est ad­di­tion to Fuji’s line in mid-range, rangefinder-style cam­eras now adds a touch­screen and Blue­tooth ca­pa­bil­ity. It has shrunk the size of the body slightly, too, with­out scrimp­ing on the clas­sic styling. £1,130; fu­ji­

5. Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The big plus here is the viewfinder that cov­ers 100 per cent of the frame, let­ting you see all the shoot­ing in­for­ma­tion with­out tak­ing your eye off the ac­tion. Great for por­traits and land­scapes, with ex­cel­lent depth and clar­ity to the lat­ter. £2,000;

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