Monday, October 4, 2010
My camera is broken.
I blame the cute chipmunk eating white berries in a sun-drenched field Saturday in Yellowstone Park. If it weren't for her, I would've never attempted to take a picture. The wrist strap would've never stuck on the velcro of the camera case, pulling it from my grasp. And my beloved Nikon Coolpix S10 wouldn't have plummeted onto a rocky trail in the Rocky Mountains.
I sent it off for repair today.
But I have a dilemma.
It is three years old, but its used value is $330. Still worth repairing, I think. The guy at the electronics store thinks the repair will be around $100. At first he suggested I look at replacing, not repairing, until he realized it has a 10x optical zoom. That's not something $100 replaces. I will get an estimate for the repair in about 10 days. If I choose to have it fixed, my camera will return to me in about six weeks.
In the next six weeks, we are having family come for my nephew's third birthay. I will celebrate my 29th birthday. Halloween will happen. My first 5k race. And maybe Thanksgiving will even fall into that time frame. I really don't want to be without a camera.
What do I do?
Today at work, I tallied all my unused gift certificates (we get these occassionally for doing a noteworthy job. I usually save mine all year and cash them in for Christmas shopping). I could cash in $80 to Target or Fred Meyer and put that toward a camera. I could get a super-compact affordable camera that I could carry in my purse. And when my S10 is fixed, that could be my "nice" camera and I'd just have an on-the-go camera. Or we could just not even attempt to have the S10 fixed and just buy something to replace it. But I love it. We could use our film camera for the next six weeks (which returns about 50% of photos blurry. And blogging would suck).
What would you do? Any other ideas I haven't considered?