Today's cameras are so capable that there's precious little left for photographers to do. Not only can they automatically focus the lens, they can choose the focusing point for you.
If the subject is in motion, they can keep it in focus until you release the shutter.
If they detect that the camera is moving, they can trigger image stabilization in the body or lens to reduce or eliminate camera shake.
They can automatically set the ISO, exposure, white balance, aperture, and shutter speed.
They can automatically trigger an electronic flash if they think it's necessary and then, needless to say, control the flash exposure too.
Total all this up and it pretty much reduces the photographer's contribution to choosing a subject, framing (which may or may not include zooming), and releasing the shutter.
And that's exactly what most people who take pictures these days do.
No problem. I'm fine with that. There's no law that says you have to be knowledgeable and involved in photography to buy a camera and use it. If your camera does a better job of adjusting itself than you would, fine. "You get what you get and you don't get upset."
It's the guys who do get upset--and it's almost always guys--that I wonder about. They will buy a camera packed with automation, yet post comments on photo forums to complain that "my camera overexposes," "my camera mis-focuses," "my camera's white balance is too warm," and so on. In other words, it's the camera's fault that their photos turned out badly, not theirs. The possibility that they might be able to do something about it never seems to enter their minds.
I know there are times when a camera really is miscalibrated or defective in some way. I also know that, more often than not, a camera overexposes a shot because the user let it overexpose by not overriding the automation. The same applies to mis-focus or other common problems. As convenient as automation may be, it's no substitute for photographer involvement. It doesn't seem unreasonable to expect that if you profess to be a skilled photographer you would monitor the automation to make sure it's doing what you want and expect it to. If it isn't, you should be able to find out why and correct it. If you can't or don't, then I hope you're exceptionally good at choosing a subject, framing, and releasing the shutter--because that's pretty much all you'll be contributing.
If this assessment sounds too harsh then please enlighten me with (polite) counterarguments. I would truly like to know how much control you prefer to extert over your camera and why. Who knows? Maybe I'm too much of a control freak and I need to back off.