Some cameras suffer from design flaws (like black lines on the LCD screen of the Canon A70), while others fall victim to the kind of mechanical breakdowns that effect every kind of electronic gear.
So, does mean you should avoid buying a digital camera altogether? Most certainly not, because it's an undeniable fact that a digital camera will forever change the way in which you think about photography. In fact, once you purchased your first one, you'll wonder why you left it so long, but you always need to remember that your new digital camera is not going to last forever.
For some, this knowledge may keep them from spending top dollar on a fancy camera; others simply accept it as the sole downside of working with digital. The most important thing is to do your homework before you buy-any fundamental design flaws will be quickly apparent in user reviews.
Don't put all your pictures on one card. After returning from a trip to Asia, I eagerly inserted one of my memory cards into a card reader to download my new pictures. For still unexplained reasons (likely a static electricity discharge), a card that should have held over 200 pictures was suddenly rendered blank. Two weeks and $250 later, I had recovered about 90% of my pictures, but the rest were lost permanently.
The point of the story is that flash memory is just like any other type of technology, in that it's not flawless. Sure, loosing images is not exactly a common occurrence, but it does still happen. If I had to choose between a single 1GB card and four or five 256MB cards, I would always go for the multiple card option.
Print and display your pictures. Far too many people take great digital images, only to have them languish in obscurity on their hard drive, never to be enjoyed by others. Don't let this happen to you.
There are nowadays a number of online image hosting and printing companies such as Kodak Gallery and Snapfish for example. These companies can convert your digital pictures into top quality prints of any size. All you need to do is upload your pictures to their websites, and then you can go ahead and order your prints. You can also have them printed onto things like calendars, t-shirts, and mouse pads.
A great way to see your pictures regularly is by using them as a screen saver on your computer. You can simply right-click on your desktop, then click Properties/Screen Saver/Settings. You will then be able to choose to all the photos you want included in the screen saver, and you'll be able to set the program in a number of ways so that the images only appear for as long as you want them to, and you can even have them appear as a slide show with a range of different effects.