Choose an action-friendly camera
When shopping for an action-savvy camera, keep your eye on two features in particular. First, make sure that the camera lets you set the shutter speed directly — this setting is usually called shutter priority mode. An alternative is an action or sports mode; these settings choose the highest available shutter speed for you automatically. It's also a good idea to look for a camera with a wide range of ISO settings, which will allow you to dial in faster shutter speeds even in low-light conditions.
Of course, a [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/123929/top_10_digital_slr_cameras.html|digital SLR|Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras]] is your best bet for such features, but many full-featured [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/123679/toprated_advanced_pointandshoots.html|point-and-shoot cameras|Top-Rated Advanced Point-and-Shoots]] work great for soccer games, pinewood derbies, and air shows as well. A camera like the [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/shopping/detail/prtprdid,715261744-sortby,retailer/pricing.html|Nikon Coolpix P90|Nikon Coolpix P90]] combines the best of both: It's an SLR-like point-and-shoot with full shutter control and other useful action features such as integrated [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/167126/using_image_stabilization_tech.html|optical image stabilization|Using Your Camera's Image Stabilization]].