PermaLink The old Sony finally died05/04/2006 01:03 PM

For the last several years, I've had a little Sony digital camera which finally expired for no apparent reason.  Always carry a spare.
If I'm to gauge from the typical reaction at Lotusphere, most people never saw the Sony DSC-U30 before.  It usually got reactions of "wow, that's cute!"  Which it is, or was.  For some reason, my faithful U30 decided it doesn't want to look at the world any more.  I slid the lens cover open yesterday, and it showed nothing on the viewfinder, though the thing powers up perfectly well and displays existing pictures.

I think it just got tired.  I estimate that the thing has taken about 18,000 shots in the years it's been with me.  It's been dropped, closed in a car door, and all the labels have worn off, but still, it always worked... at least until yesterday.

I was prepared.

When I buy something, and really like it, I tend to buy two of them, on the assumption that (a) because I like it, the manufacturer will immediately discontinue it and (b) nothing else that replaces it will be nearly as good.  So, too, with the U30.  Barely a month after I bought it, Sony discontinued it and replaced it with one that was physically larger and more cumbersome and not nearly as cute.  So, I got on Buy.com and bought another one exactly like it, and without ever even opening the box, put it away for the day the first one broke.  Yesterday, I opened the box.  I had forgotten how smooth the lens cover was on my first one, since it had been so heavily used over the years that it was all crappy and crunchy when turned on.  I had forgotten what a clean lens looks like.  I pulled the Memory Stick and the NiMH batteries out of the old one and put them in the new one, and it has now assumed the throne and title of Go-To-Camera.

Among other things, this saves me from buying a new one, at least for a while.  See, lately, I am getting rather militantly annoyed at having to have yet another new, weird, incompatible power and data adapter for yet another digital thing.  I've been spoiled by the MDA, which does everything through a simple, standard USB mini cable.  All the new Sony digital cameras not only use strange, proprietary Sony batteries, but they can't even be bothered to charge the battery through the damn USB cable.   Even worse, not all Sonys use the same cables even among themselves!  Other makers are worse... Canon has a small one where the power and data go through to same cable, but instead of a regular old USB mini, they had to invent some weird-ass connector that I've never seen before.  Fuji has done that stuff for years.

Attention manufacturers of little electronic devices:  I will probably not be buying anything in the future that does not use standard AA or AAA batteries, and which uses something other than a standard USB cable for power and/or data!  

Get with it!
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