Cheap digital cameras are better than expected May 19, 2007Posted by Matsu in Family, Information Technology, Photography, Technology.
This week my daughter left for a trip to Honduras. The night before her 5:00am flight, she informed me that her 2-year-old Canon digital camera wasn’t working. She asked me to fix it. After taking it apart I found the problem, but it required a replacement part to repair it, which I didn’t have. Not wanting to let her go to Honduras without a camera, I made a late night run to Wal-Mart. Where else can you find electronics at 10:00pm?
I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on some low quality camera. When I began to look over the selection of digital point-and-shoot cameras I was pleasantly surprised. I actually had several digital cameras to choose from — all under $100. They were all 5 mega pixels or higher and advertised between .01 and .001 delay between when the button is pushed and the photo is taken. That is a lot better than the previous generations of digital cameras.
Eventually, I choose a 6 megapixel Samsung camera that was on sale for $79 (US). Next, I went hunting for extra memory, a camera case, and some batteries. All were found nearby. The memory was another surprise. Not only was I able to find a whole display of memory cards, but they were really reasonably priced. I was able to get a 1Gb SD memory card for only $19 (US). Now, that is a lot cheaper than I expected.
I don’t know how the manufacturers make any money when they sell the technology so low, but I’m not complaining. For both the camera and the 1Gb memory card I paid less than $100 (before sales tax). In my opinion, I got a great deal. I was happy and when I got home, my daughter was happy. In fact, she sent me e-mail a couple of days later telling me how much she liked the camera. Now, I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures. She returns in two weeks.