Digital Camera

A digital camera can be a useful tool for a software development team. They only cost a few hundred bucks, and can be used for the following: Of course, many of these activities can also be performed by a film camera, but digital cameras have the advantages of Many cameras today also have the capability to record short movies (including audio) in AVI or Quicktime format.
The ability to quickly capture the contents of whiteboards after a meeting, without having to write SAVE ME on them and hope you can get back to them before they're wiped, is a Very Good Thing. One note: A 1 megapixel camera isn't sufficient for getting good whiteboard pix. 2Mp works much better. --DaveSmith

See CleaningUpWhiteboardPictures
I found the digicam great for taking pictures of connectors and cables that I did not know the name of and showing the printout to the person in the electronics store.
(Additional comments welcome, but please let's not start any arguments over brands and models of cameras.)

Right. Hey, I don't think we've put enough emphasis on post processing of the digital images. There are so many inexpensive software packages out there for doing things to your images after they leave the camera that the mind boggles. This is useful for all kinds of documentation -- informational web sites, sales and marketing literature, Wiki discussion support, user manuals, etc. The uses are limitless. Therefore, spend some more moolah on the camera. Get something with 4Mp or maybe even more so that you can have decent pictures to start with. Canon and Nikon, to name just two, have digital cameras that use the same lenses as their 35mm film cameras and can produce almost film quality results. Of course, you really do pay for that level of performance, so your team may want to start out with the $400 Target store special before making the jump to the $3000 Nikon w/lenses.
I received a 3.2 megapixel camera for a present. It's very nice. Having used gelatin based film for many many years, it's nice to be able to critique and purge bad shots while in camera. Thankfully the camera has a full manual mode, though it is tough to remember the white balance. Manual focus is a pain on an LCD though. Real boon is the post camera editing. I am playing around with compositing shots. Something very labourious with gelatin film is just minutes in the computer. It's actually my second digital. I had another about some 13 years ago which used tiny floppy disks. It did not have a digital output though, only had an RCA jack (sigh). I really enjoy DigitalPhotography. It's a fun GeekyThing.

It was a GeekyThing in 1998, but now it's a mass market thing.

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