Consumer Reports: Do you need more than just a camera phone?

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Selfies, food pics, pet pics. We use the cameras in our phones all the time, but they do have their limitations. (WLS)

Selfies, food pics, pet pics. We use the cameras in our phones all the time, but they do have their limitations.

If you're looking to up your picture-taking game, Consumer Reports' expert testing of advanced point-and-shoot cameras can help.

For many of us, our go-to camera is right in our pocket or bag: our smartphone.

As good as the camera technology has become in our phones, Consumer Reports said there are still some things a good advanced point-and-shoot camera can do better.

"While smartphone cameras, they produce nice looking photos on your phone. If you ever want to print them out or crop or edit, that's when you start seeing their quality kind of degrade. So advanced point-and-shoots and DSLRs, these kinds of cameras can create images that, well, you can have for a long time, and you know they'll stand the test of time in terms of quality," said Tercius Bufete, Consumer Reports Tech Editor.

Advanced point-and-shoots also perform better in low light and zooming.

What if you're looking for something that will capture those great photos of your vacation or your kid's first plunge into the pool?

"Make it a point to go to a store, take it in your hands, take a couple of shots and kind of play with the settings. Because that's when you know if something is truly right for you," Bufete said.

If sharing pics on social media is what you're looking for, many cameras can now easily connect wirelessly to your phone, so you can transfer your photos for sharing.

Buying a good advanced point-and-shoot should be seen as an investment. Consumer Reports' top-rated point-and-shoots range from $645 to $1,200. A Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 costs $645 and a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II costs $1,200.

While the top rated advanced point-and-shoots are great for zooming and low light photography, a lot of smartphones out there still take great pictures, and you can't beat the portability. Consumer Reports rates the Apple iPhone X as the best smartphone camera.

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