I think one of the first consumer digitals was the Apple Quicktake. This site is an interesting compilation of camera history, including digital cameras.http://digicamhistory.com/1994.html
I didn't get a digital camera until 2002, but after that there was no looking back. I hardly used my 35mm SLR after that.
108: Nothing really clear about the 4/3 future. First Olympus should keep their recipe for colour treatment. That's why I keep that E520 body with all its sluggish AF issues and general image softness : WB and colours I see no equivalent anywhere. E620 image treatment is not as good. Epl-2 is more "digital" like and no viewfinder except that horrid EVF you keep losing if you don't watch it. I checked the OM-D but I found it too small . Ergonomics are a major issue for me and this OM-D body is not comfortable at all, bad handling, sharp angles, a hard feeling. I don't like this all M4/3 line : too small and yet too big to offer the convenience of pocketable compacts like the ZX1 or Canon S95. I want something with the supposed quality of the OM-D in a body the size of a E510/520, and use my superb 4/3 Zuiko lenses , should have also an excellent optical viewfinder and good manual controls. Comfort, Mr Terada, comfort. If Pentax and Nikon can do it, why not Olympus ?
I got the JB Designs Grip Base and it made a big difference. I was getting cramped fingers without the grip.
But, if Olympus had made the grip part of the HLD-6 available separately, I might have bought it instead.