The Canon PowerShot SD780 I picked up two years ago suffered death by drowning last Friday. Jennifer took it with her to a school canoe competition in Low, Quebec; it was raining, and the camera got soaked, and that was that. I wasn’t as annoyed as I could have been: in two years I got an awful lot of use out of it (which is interesting when you consider that I primarily shoot with a digital SLR) and it was getting awfully beat up. It was a reasonably good run for a piece of consumer tech.
The silver lining to busted gear is that you get to go shopping for its replacement. Yesterday, Jennifer bought the camera she should have had with her on Friday: a waterproof, shockproof and generally Jen-proof compact camera. She decided on the Nikon Coolpix AW100, which Henry’s had just got in stock; the runner-up was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. The cameras are very similar in specs and cost the same; in the end she preferred the user interface on the Nikon. I’ve been hinting that she ought to get a ruggedized waterproof camera for some time; that sort of camera fits in with her sort of thing. And she won’t be afraid to use it — as she’s been when, for example, I’ve handed her my old digital SLR.
I’m interested in seeing how the AW100 turns out; it’s so new it hasn’t really been reviewed yet. And yes, it has GPS: this represents the eighth GPS receiver in our household.
Previously: The Coolpix AW100 and the Competition.