I just bought a pocket camera to keep with me, since my DSLR with the fancy lens feels like a blunderbuss on my morning commute. I paid a bit more to buy a Lumix ZS50. It allows you to shoot in RAW, manually set the shutter and aperture, and has some fancy wi-fi features that only Edward Snowden fully uses. The RAW format is especially nice to rescue pictures that are under-exposed or otherwise require minor tweaks.
The really fun feature is the 30x optical zoom Leica lenses. True optical zoom is so much better than its digital alternatives. Below are three pictures of the University of Chicagoâ€™s Rockefeller Chapel. The first is pretty much what the human eye can see.
The second picture of a famous man is zoomed in almost fully on the pinnacle of the building.
And who knew there was a small peacock by the manâ€™s feet? The third picture is simply cropped from the one above.
Below these three, I include pictures from a recent Philadelphia trip that illustrate similar possibilities.
Good glass and genuine control over the photography are well worth the extra $100 I paid.