In the mid 1990s, my techie brother introduced me to the magic of digital photography. His ultra cool Casio camera allowed photos to be copied and instantly shared. It was amazing. When Samantha graduated from high school in 1999, we bought her an $800 digital camera to take to college. It was the extra fancy Olympus 1.3 mega pixel Camedia camera with a 3x zoom ... considered to be the best available at the time.
Technology has advanced exponentially since then and digital photography continues to amaze me. My most recent digital camera is magical. It has a 20.4 megapixel sensor, steady shot image stabilization, super smooth HD video, smile and blink technology, sweep panorama, an astonishing low light sensor, gobs of different picture effect options, wi-fi and tons of other features that I haven't figured out yet. However, the most amazing thing is its zoom lens.
Yesterday morning I stood on our side porch and took a photo of the houses across the street.
I then zoomed the camera and snapped the next shot focusing on the flag hanging from the house on the left
and snapped another focusing on the car sitting in the shaded driveway of the house on the right.
You might conclude that I must have a super expensive camera and used a massive stabilizing tripod. Wrong. These hand-held photos were taken with a $219 Sony WX350 camera that is smaller than a deck of cards.