RIP, My 16.1 Mp Friend?
May 4, 2012 2:18 PM Subscribe
Drove a car over my brand new Nikon Coolpix S8200. Can I give it the Heimlich?
posted by youandiandaflame to technology (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, decided to get all super-parenty whilst field-tripping with my first grade son today and took the camera with us to the zoo. I loaded him up to come home with his pops and while doing so, set my bag outside my sister's car. This was an unknown to her...
And I'll be damned if she didn't pull out, right over the top of my bag. I had a BRAND NEW Nikon Coolpix S8200 in that bag. Granted, the camera was in a Lowepro case to protect it from falls and bumps but alas, apparently not from tires attached to motor vehicles. The camera is a goner. (Amazingly, my aviators and unprotected cheap cell phone survived.)
What's odd is that nothing seems fucked but the INTERNAL screen. The outer screen is still solid and has no cracks but when tilting the camera in the light, I can see cracks inside the screen. When just gandering at the camera, it looks as it should but no longer turns on and inside the screen, it looks almost as if ink has spilled in tiny puddles.
Came home, pulled photos of giraffes and hippos off the card easily enough but I can't seem to find any situation via Google similar to this. I know it's not covered by my warranty but I'm wondering, get the screen repaired if possible or just buy a new camera?
MeFites, do you know: Will it be so costly to repair that it's not worth it to mess with? Is a new camera a better idea in general? How long might a repair take? This surely isn't something I could repair myself, right? And is that smart considering I don't know if the lens or any other important internal organs are shot?
I'll be needing this camera in a very serious way come May 31 so I'm not too keen on sending it off but thought I might pick the hivemind before deciding the best course of action...