I have three tools from which to take pictures. My main piece of equipment is a newly aquired Canon 6D. A tripod almost always accompanies the Canon. When I go out with the Canon/tripod combo, it's time for serious picture taking.
My second option is a Nikon Coolpix. It is a compact camera, featuring a 14x optical zoom, macro function and 21 megapixels. When I go out on walks or visit a museum, this is my camera of choice. It's easy to carry and takes great pics. This tiny leaf hopper was sitting on an exposed tree root. After almost accidentally stepping on it, I got a good photo of it with my Nikon.
I also have a Samsung Galaxy 3 with me at all times. It also takes nice pictures and has a macro setting that I have used many, many times.