This is what my GRDII looked like at about 5pm yesterday. After 604 shots in the previous six hours, and some 40,000 more since purchasing it 2010 it finally gave up and said goodnight. It’s likely the motor that controlled the lens extension either froze up or burned out. My iPhone stepped in to make these images.
The camera above was my second GRDII (the first lasted from 2007-2009). I like the GRD series- they’re easy to use, pocketable, and reasonably tough enough. Needing a new digital camera for this blog I headed over to Map Camera today and picked up a clean GRDIII for about $175 USD. That’s far cheaper than it would have cost to get my broken compact point and shoot fixed- and also why I wouldn’t buy a new version 4 because in the end I’ll probably only get two years out of this Ricoh as well. That’s fine with me. Digitals are essentially disposable cameras.
Digitals are essentially disposable cameras.