You’ve heard me rave about my little Nikon Coolpix 5600 camera – it goes everywhere with me in my cargo pants pocket, and because of that, I’ve been able to take some great pictures of gadgets (and other stuff) that I would have otherwise missed. It uses AA batteries, and lasts for weeks and weeks on a pair of 2200MAh rechargeable NiMHs. It takes standard SD cards.
But, alas, over the weekend, it seems to have died on me.
On Saturday, I took it out of my pocket at Subway to snap a photo of a funny license plate (can’t remember what it was, now). When I turned it on, the lens zoomed all the way out, all the way back in, and the display flashed “Lens Error”. It did this a couple of times.
When I got home and tried it again, it simply won’t power on. I’ve tried fresh batteries. I’ve tried removing the batteries and SD card, to “reset” it, but to no avail. It seems to be a brick.
Anyone know any magic tricks to revive a dead Nikon camera?
Of course, the prospect of a new digicam spurred me to do a little windows shopping this afternoon. The Kodak Easyshare One, with wireless, is tempting, but it’s too big, expensive, ugly, and uses proprietary batteries. The Nikon P1 is wireless, too, but only works with their proprietary software. The Nikon S4 with its 10x optical zoom is tempting, though it’s slightly larger than my 5600. The Sony DSC-T7 is tiny and cool, but I won’t buy a MemoryStick camera on principle.
All this led me to the Nikon Coolpix S3:
Awesome slim design, same basic guts and features as the 5600. Uses proprietary batteries, but it comes with a sync/charge dock, which isn’t so bad. 3x optical zoom, 6 megapixels, and voice recording straight to the SD card for as long as you have space (they quote 5 hours for a 256 MB card). J&R Music World (a pretty reputable seller) has it for $299.
Plus, the black goes perfectly with my black iPod. I really hope I can fix my old camera, so my gadget budget doesn’t have to take the hit of a new camera.