Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Digital Camera for $1
Old 07-22-2007, 05:03 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,194
Digital Camera for $1

I got a Kodak DC260 for $1 at a garage sale yesterday. There were no cables, no memory card, and no batteries, so I bargained down from $3 to $1.

It's a model that came out almost 10 years ago, but this one looks brand new. I had a compact flash card at home that fits it, and a card reader so I don't need cables. My NiMH AA batteries work fine, and I've taken about 100 shots without changing them.

The pictures are not as good as with the newest cameras, and it's only 1.5 megapixels, but it will work well for when DW and I both need cameras.

Here are some pictures I took on a walk today:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DogWithLifePreserver.jpg (103.3 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg kayak.jpg (51.6 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg LenaOnLog.jpg (79.4 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg LenaWalking.jpg (73.4 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg ManOnChair.jpg (104.1 KB, 2 views)
__________________

__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-22-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,194
-
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Pelicans.jpg (92.2 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg RowBoat.jpg (50.4 KB, 5 views)
__________________

__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2007, 05:11 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,322
Beautiful photos. California coast?
__________________
FinallyRetired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2007, 05:25 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
wabmester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 4,459
I have about a dozen old digicams. Tried to sell some of them at a garage sale for around $5/each. No sale! And they all included cables, cards, etc.

So, I tried to give one to my 4-year-old as a kidcam. "Where's the LCD? No thanks, Dad." "Uh, I don't like having to hold down the button for 2 seconds. No thanks, Dad."

Finally, she accepted one. It has a bunch of stuck pixels, but she likes the effect.

Newer digicams are soooo much better than those of just a few years ago. Not just the number of pixels, but the lens quality, image stabilizers, shot latency, etc.
__________________
wabmester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,194
You're right Wab, and I'm tempted to buy a much better camera.

But you can look at it like this:

When this camera came out, it was at the upper end of the point-and-shoot marketplace.

In a few years, the cameras of today will seem terrible in comparison to the cameras available at that future date.

So, all I have to do is accept the limitations of a technology that is a few years old, and I save perhaps $499. That's about 7 lobster dinners in a great restaurant, or about 1/6th of a trip to Hawaii. In a few years, I'll get one of today's cameras that's sooo much better at garage sale for $2.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2007, 07:18 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
twaddle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,378
[Dammit. Wab wasn't supposed to post anymore. I broke his post-count symmetry!]

I love the idea of salvaging old tech, and you're right about the short life cycle of new tech, but you don't have to spend $500 like you used to.

Canon A550 is pretty nice for $130. And I've been considering getting a wide-lens point-and-shoot like the Panasonic/Leica FX07 for about $200.

I figured the best way to salvage old tech was to give it to the kid, but even she can't go back after playing with Mom's newer Canon....

Another thought was to keep the old digicams in the glove boxes of our cars, but eventually the batteries die (or worse), so they may not be available when you need them.
__________________
twaddle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2007, 07:36 PM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
Culture's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 491
Quote:
Originally Posted by twaddle View Post
And I've been considering getting a wide-lens point-and-shoot like the Panasonic/Leica FX07 for about $200.
I have one. Best point and shoot on the market. Leica can make lenses!
__________________

__________________
Culture is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Digital Camera Suggestion frayne Other topics 21 07-28-2007 04:44 PM
Recommend Cheap Older Digital Camera TromboneAl Other topics 16 02-07-2007 10:30 PM
Digital Camera treypar Other topics 39 12-11-2006 04:06 PM
Unobtrusive cell phone, digital camera & other carrier? dex Other topics 15 03-27-2006 04:14 PM
Good digital camera? cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 32 07-06-2004 05:35 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:16 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.