If there’s one thing that this last trip to St. Thomas has shown me it’s the need for a stand alone camera. Whether that be a point-and-shoot (which would be optimal for said trip) or a full blown DSLR. Ultimately it will no doubt end up as both. Though I have actually been impressed with the way phone cameras have evolved, my main complaint is the lack of optical zoom. Digital zoom is, for the most part, worthless.
Flower and I took a point and shoot with us to Greece and even though it wasn’t top of the line, the pictures it produced were significantly better than the ones we took on our phones. It also helped that it was waterproof so we could take it swimming in a cave.
Of course if/when I do got the DSLR route my biggest problem will be what to get.