It really comes down to what quality of photos you want. If it doesn't matter much, then snap away with your iPhone or Android. If you want to step up in quality without using a GoPro, then there are a myriad of pocket cameras that take outstanding photos. I personally use a Panasonic Lumix that's a few years old. It has a great zoom, shoots good video, has an HDR mode for wonderful scenic photos, and is relatively small. I hike, ski, bike, etc with it all the time. The quality of the photos I've taken with it were good enough that I've had them published online and in a national magazine. Canon and Sony are two other brands I love, so do a little research, see what features you need, how much you want to spend, and enjoy taking great photos!
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