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The CoolPix Is Dead, Long Live the CoolPix

Pictured in this icon (though hard to see, eh?) is a Nikon CoolPix 4600 point and shoot digital camera. Recently, as in, say, Yesterday, the CoolPix 4600 is gone off the deep end, become non compos mentos, moved directly into the end stages of digital camera altzheimers (not to make light of that disease in humans, please), and just Isn't Working Any More. And I've got to say, I'm not actually that upset about this.

Why? Well, over there in Picture Files Land the highest number recorded for photos taken with that particular camera is 5,187 which is a lot of photographs. I've not back-tracked through history here, to see if we 'rolled over' the count (i.e. hit 9,999 and re-started). And it doesn't matter. I purchased this camera to replace a Nikon CoolPix 4300 which died a sudden and unpleasant death after a collision with a concrete floor, back in February of 2004. This makes the current CoolPix four years old plus or minus a few days. And five grand worth of photographs and video files is a lot of photos. All of those are made at the camera's highest resolution setting, as my theory about that is one can always throw image data away in post processing, but one needs it there to be able to throw it away.

Not knowing that the CoolPix had progressed quite as far into Digital Disorientation as it had (we'd had some problems, I cleaned it up and ran a reset on it), while on the Monthly Supply Run to a local Sam's Club I priced replacements. And came home with a Nikon L18, might also be in the CoolPix family or Nikon may have changed out their model names sufficiently that no longer applies. It's an 8 Mpixel camera (the old CoolPix was a 4 Mpixel), reflects the trend to do away with visual viewfinders in favour of larger LCD screens, takes our SD cards, cost less than $100 US, and it's Red.

Herself is Very Fond of the colour Red.

She also used the old CoolPix as much as I did, and specifically used it to keep a visual database of our goatherd as new kids came along, being able to capture those kids in photos with their nanny's for reference. So, it's a good thing I brought it home. And, she's happy with it. It's her camera.

I will get to use it now and then, but it is Herself's camera.
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