If you are of a certain age, perhaps you remember Joe Btfsplk, a comic strip character who came with a permanent black cloud over his head and brought bad luck wherever he wandered. I'm beginning to think that I got a free (unwanted) lifetime membership in the Joe Btfsplk assistance society when I bought my first digital camera. But fast forward to my fourth and current digital camera, which yet again paid a visit to the Nikon service center.
This camera is 14 months old and it's just back from its third trip this year to see the folks. Its problem this time was the same as the first time -- the little eyelids that retract to expose the lens suddenly refused to retract all the way. With the result that my photos looked like this:
What I do is carry it around in my pocket every day, and now I'm wondering whether the poor baby is so delicate that it needs better treatment than that. But heck, it's advertised as a "pocket camera" and you might think it could go in your pocket without being fatally injured.
By contrast, my previous camera, an Olympus, has a tiny eye, and it's recessed a bit.
What I adore about my little camera is its portability. I like having it in my pocket at all times because you never know when you'll run across something that cries out to be documented. Especially when you travel, you want the camera handy, so you don't have to fumble in your bag as you pause in the middle of a street, inviting pickpockets or vehicular homicide. And sometimes you don't want to have the camera visible unless you're actually taking a picture. If I have to give up that portability, I'm not sure I even want to play the game.
But now I'm spooked. Maybe I just have to find one dedicated pocket and put nothing in it but the camera. Or maybe when the two-year service warranty runs out, I need to buy another camera, chosen specifically to be bulletproof. If you have advice or suggestions, I'm open to ideas.