Recently, my wife and I have been thinking about whether we should upgrade to a dedicated camera from just using our smartphones (iPhone SE and Galaxy). At a couple of my daughter's events, my wife's friends have sent us some very nice photos they took on their fancy looking cameras that look way better than what we took.
Anyway, we'd love to take those kinds of pics but we're both novice photographers so we're worried about whether we'd get value from a nice camera. I know that a dedicated camera has true optical zoom but I'm unsure about the other differences. We'd also like to take videos with it. We're wondering what would be a nice camera to get that would be an appreciable upgrade over our phones even though we're novices.