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 digital SLR
is your best bet for such features, but many full-featured point-and-shoot cameras
work great for soccer games, pinewood derbies, and air shows as well. A camera like the 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 optical image stabilization