My much beloved Nikon CoolPix 950 is on its last legs. Recently, it developed the "red screen of death" - a "system error" message that appears on the LCD screen, while the camera groans, shudders, and attempts to focus. I've been to several Nikon support groups online, and there are many folks with the same problem. If you're lucky, you can reset the camera, but if you're not, it means sending the camera in to Nikon for repair. Everyone has the same story: $146.13 for the repair (not including shipping) to get your CoolPix back in working order.
But is it worth it? The camera has a big 2.1 megapixels and a 2x zoom. For not much more than the price of repair, I can have a new camera with a whole lot more going for it.
I did some research (and spoken to friends who love their digital cameras), and I decided to go with a new camera, the Canon A620. I'm not a good photographer, but I love taking pictures. It's weird to be without a consistently working camera. (If I'm lucky, I can get Old Paint to work for a few minutes here and there before it starts making horrific noises and freezes up.)
Money is very, very, very tight right now, so, loathe as I am to shop there, I opted to buy my camera at Best (evil) Buy. They're doing an 18-month interest-free deal this week for Best Buy card holders. I have a Best Buy card - I got it years and years ago, so I could buy my TV on the interest-free plan. I bought my Nikon there the same way. So, on Sunday, I go into Electronics Hell to make my purchase.
Apparently, Best Buy has decided that I don't use the card enough, and they closed my account. The smarmy clerk told me I should have been using it more often. If I wanted the deal, I would have to apply for a new credit card.
No way, Jose. Last thing this girl needs now is to open a new credit file. Ones that already exist? Fine. Whatever. But I'm not getting a new card.
So, no new camera for me. :-( I know, it's only 300 bucks, but, for non-profit girl, here, that's a whole lotta cash these days.
I will start squirrelling pennies away to buy my Canon. Just don't expect any new photos out here for a while.
Sign me bummed,