Day 143

My big camera has, I think, reached the end of the road. The battery compartment will no longer close and has spilt my batteries several times today. It’s not an insurmountable problem, but as I need to remove the card several times a day the use of sticky tape (my low tech solution to the problem) is going to be inconvenient. Actually, I just had an idea – rubber bands. That might do it.

As a back up, I have my small camera. While I was taking the photos something didn’t seem quite right (it seemed to be taking time to process the photos, like it does when applying special effects). When i tried to download the photos, they wouldn’t show, and the icons that replaced them refused to download to eBay. That was twenty minutes I will never get back. I’m hoping it is a fault with the card rather than the camera.

Of course, you can’t get a decent cheap camera now. They have all been replaced by phones, or by cameras with unrecognisable brand names and poor reviews. I will see if I can solve the problem on the computer tonight, if not, it looks like we will be having a conversation about spending money when I go to work tomorrow.

I’ve just been trying to sort out the problem with the small camera. So far I have failed to find out why it isn’t working properly. Half of me thinks that it is something I have done to the settings and the other half thinks it is old and has finally broken. That’s three things recently – camera (or two cameras, possibly), the microwave and the strimmer. What more is in store?



21 thoughts on “Day 143

  1. tootlepedal

    There is a huge market in good second hand cameras as camera buffs are a bit like golfers and must have the latest equipment and camera sellers will often offer them trade ins. Phone cameras are excellent these days but not much good for taking birds on distant rocks in my experience.

  2. LA

    My daughter got a new phone (she actually “needed” it…the old phone wasn’t working properly) I asked what the difference was between old and new…turns out the main difference was the camera…

      1. LA

        She also uses her watch to open the door to her dorm building and her individual room…

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        This is real,science fiction stuff. I’m still amazed I’m able to correspond with someone in the USA without having to use stamps. 🙂

      3. quercuscommunity Post author

        “Keys, wallet and watch” became” keys, wallet, watch and phone” and is now shrinking to “phone”. Plus “charger” . . .

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      My latest solution – a good thick elastic band – is working so far. I have the card out regularly during the day when working on ebay so this allows me easy access. Insulation tape, in general, is a good general purpose fix and I would use it on the other one if ever needed to fix the door, as that one can be charged and downloaded via the USB cable (the USB socket on the larger camera no longer works). Make do and mend . . .

  3. paolsoren

    My go to camera for the last eight years is a Nikon Coolpix B700. They don’t make it anymore. It has great macro ability and a huge tele ability. If you can find a good secondhand one it is worth investigation.

  4. Lavinia Ross

    Technology is wonderful when it works. It does seem it is harder to get good price for value on electronics now, though cell phone cameras have become better and better. Our own digital camera is close to 19 years old now, and the image quality is surpassed by most modern cell phone cameras.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’ve carried my cameras round a lot and take them to work every day. I’m not sure this helps them. I still have one good camera but am loath to wear it out using it for work.


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