I just bought an inexpensive digital camera, mostly to see if there's anything to this fad. I bought the Nikon Coolpix 100. Nikon just announced two new cameras, the Coolpix 600 and 900, which are much more expensive, and they dropped the price on this one. The quality isn't bad at all, especially for the price. The camera holds 21 "fine" quality pictures and 42 "normal" quality pictures. The resolution is the same in either case -- the fine ones simply are not compressed as much.
The camera is tiny and uses standard AA batteries, has a built-in flash, red-eye reduction, self-timer, and even a macro mode for close-ups. To transfer images to a computer, you need a computer equiped with PC Card slots. I use my trusty Apple Powerbook 190cs. The battery compartment comes off the camera, exposing the credit card-sized PC Card connector. I just plug that into my computer and instantly the camera shows up as a hard drive volume full of pictures. I just drag them to my laptop's hard drive, or to a floppy disk. Getting them transferred to my desktop Mac requires an extra transfer via floppy or Zip disk, but it's not difficult. What I like is that the pictures are standard JPEG images viewable on any computer, so there's no special software needed.
Here are some sample images.
This is a merry-go-round (okay, "carrousel") horse taken at the Fresno, California, Red Robin restaurant. (The chicken fajitas were messy and yummy. ;-)
Here's one of my Plymouth Neon taken on Sunday, March 22, 1998, just outside the Red Robin.
And we can't forget Mischief! Here he's gotten himself tangled up in the blinds again.