You dont have to use the default camera application on your smartphone. Check the Google Play Store, App Store or Windows Phone Store on your respective device and look for a standout camera app. Look online to see what people are saying, because there are some gems out there that can add features and controls to the smartphone photography experience.
Camera Zoom FX, as silly as it may sound, is a really solid camera replacement for Android devices. If youre using a Windows Phone and its made by Nokia, make sure youre using Nokia Camera. As for iOS, Camera+ and ProCamera are some applications to consider.