Having said that, let's dive right into an app for the first thing that will probably quit on you-your phone. I apologize to any Android users, but all of the apps I discuss will be for the iPhone or iPad. I'm sure there are comparable apps out there available through Google Play however. The reason I'm telling you about this first app now is due to the experience I had this weekend with a fellow MUFON member at our State Director's house. Due to the nature of this occurrence, my friend will remain anonymous.
So to get back to my original topic of cameras, I would like to briefly mention the GoPro camera, and Its many uses in the field. Besides coming with a rugged, waterproof case, there are many available attachments for the GoPro, so customizing its mounting is a snap. The resolution of photos taken with the GoPro are extremely good, and the underwater shots one can get with it can't be beat. It also has a "Time-lapse" setting, so one can easily mount it somewhere out in the field, and let it run for the entirety of its battery life (a little over four hours unless you add the optional battery pack), and have some fantastic time-lapse images. While the GoPro is very useful, and of course the images that I can get with my Nikon are very stunning, neither of them is worth a darn if you are in the presence of a field or craft that makes all your equipment die instantly. So what then? When battling hi-tech, maybe sometimes low-tech can do a better job.
While film cameras are considered by many to be "antiques", the older ones have one obvious advantage; they don't rely on an electric charge of any kind...they are purely mechanical! I'm not saying that a mechanical camera is foolproof...I've heard of photos that were taken using them that should have turned out, but were instead just a milky-white haze. But then I've also seen some really good ones taken on film, as in the case of my SLO UFO investigation, and Dr. Lynne Kitei's "Phoenix Lights" photographs. Great pictures, all taken with "film" type cameras. So something to keep in mind.
While the use of gadgets can be a great benefit in the field, relying on them can be disastrous. Always try to know how to do something the "old fashioned" way too. These ways survived the tests of time for a reason. Use them.