Back to the grind

Obviously we’re back from the weekend trip to Maine. It was fun. I took my Wii and my advisor and officemates tore it up with Wii Sports. We had some interesting conversations and we had lots of fun playing in the snow. I think I dug the longest tunnel in the snow in my life. I started it for Elizabeth’s amusement, but I continued digging even after she went for her afternoon nap. By the time I quit, my clothes were all sweaty and the tunnel was like 6 feet long. It was cool.

That stuff was fun, but we did have two bad things happen:
1) I lost the case for our digital camera.
2) Our digital camera stopped working.

The camera had been doing weird things in movie mode for the last couple of weeks. It looked like there was some kind of interference – weird horizontal lines, etc. During the weekend, I took a picture of Heather and Elizabeth outside and then switched to movie mode. At this point, everything went black. The screen still worked (I could view pictures I had taken previously), but when I had the camera in photo mode or movie mode, I got nothing.

On Monday, after we got back, I tried to use the camera again and it didn’t give me anything initially. I tried pointing it at something really bright, because sometimes that had produced really dark, intermittent, kind of smeared out images before. This time, I heard a click and then the proper image appeared. I was able to take pictures again normally. Even the movie mode worked. I had no idea what had happened, but it seemed like we were back in business.

Yesterday, the camera didn’t work again. I don’t know what the problem is. Does anyone have any idea what’s going on? Has anyone heard of this sort of thing happening before? Is it something that can be fixed? If we have to buy a new camera, I guess we’ll have to, but if we can fix the camera for under $100, I might want to go that route.

So, now, I’m kind of in the market for a new point and shoot camera. I’ve spent a decent amount of time looking at cameras on dpreview.com already. Does anyone have any recommendations for other sites that I should look at? If this camera were only for me, I would consider getting one of these super zoom (aka SLR-like) cameras, like the Canon S3 or something similar. However, I know Heather’s not going to want to carry something like that around, so we’re probably in the market for something like our last camera, which is a Canon SD100 (in the Elph line).

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