I have a Galaxy S5 right now, but I was looking into buying a better camera that matched the features my camera does not have.

Primary 16 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/2.6" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary 2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm, 1080p@30fps, dual video call

Things I've Noticed:

  • Bad in lowlight
  • Some features can only have a couple values (Iso, video framerate,Exposure Value)

In addition to features / specs I should look for, any camera recomendations would be appreciated.

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    This is too broad for us to be able to give a useful answer - essentially any dedicated camera will be better than a smartphone camera.
    – Philip Kendall
    Jan 1 '16 at 18:58

There are many reasons why a dedicated camera can complement a standard smartphone camera of today. Some reasons include:

  • Optical zoom
  • Larger image sensor
  • Better high ISO / low light abilities
  • More powerful true flash units
  • Dedicated physical buttons
  • Different focal length lenses
  • Better autofocus speed and accuracy
  • Resolution/image quality/pixel pitch/etc.

Of course some smartphones have enhanced features that overlap what benefits would normally exist only for a dedicated camera, but the vast majority of smartphones today are lacking in these areas.

The reverse is also true, there are many reasons why smartphones excel vs a dedicated camera. A quick look at recent sales figures will make that obvious. I have another answer along those lines here: https://photo.stackexchange.com/a/16451/4892

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