When George Eastman made the first practical camera for everyday use in 1888, I wonder if he realised how it would evolve. While cameras used film, evolution was slow: black and white progressed into colour, there were better aperture settings and flashes were introduced, but once the first commercially available digital camera was announced in 1990, things progressed at an amazing pace. The number of pixels the camera takes has improved over the last 20 years. My first camera had 2mp when the best, at that time, had 3mp. Now a camera on a mobile phone has more!
We expect a reasonable size LED screen with high resolution so we can see clearly what we have just taken (and delete the rubbish ones!). Our cameras are used for a multitude of events therefore, we often need a continuous shooting rate to pick the best shot out of a series when the action is quick. Or video, in full HD of course! Look out for cameras with image stabilisation/shake reduction to avoid blurred photos.
When trying to capture that memorable moment, time is of the essence. That’s when autofocus and auto-exposure come into their element but there are times when it is necessary, or you just want to do your own thing, to have manual settings on your camera: you can get some brilliant effects that way.
Whatever camera you use will store the images on a memory card. My advice is to use the biggest memory card possible. Some cameras have slots for two memory cards – that’s great. You never want to run out; it would be, of course, just as you are about to take that perfect photo!
I wonder if George Eastman had any idea how the camera would look 125 years later. I think he would be pleased, and it’s not finished yet!