A Good, Cheap Digital Camera

Nikon COOLPIX L32 Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle NIKKOR Zoom Lens

I consider myself an expert on this subject, because I have bought so many of them that were useless – I was beginning to wonder if these companies had lost their collective minds. Why would they sell something that did not work?

The answer seems to be – because they can! Defective products are easy to make, people will buy them – and the company will make money. This is not ethical, but it is profitable.

Nikon has put a lot of thought into the user interface for this camera. The user manual is huge – about 2 ft. by 3 ft. – and is complete. There are buttons on the back of it for everything, logically arranged.

To connect it to your laptop, you can use the SD card it uses to store your photos and videos on. Remove it from the camera, and plug it into the slot into your laptop. The ViewNX 2 software, which you must download from Nikon, will take over and upload your image files to your laptop. Or you can use a USB cable to do the same thing.

You can also make images with your smartphone – snap a photo, and upload it to your laptop. And this will satisfy most people.

But if you want to do more, you have to use a camera – having zoom, for example, is very handy.And making videos opens new horizons. Video files are huge, made of hundreds of photos. And to share them, you have to use YouTube.


Business Ethics

I am living in a time where the gap between what Americans¬†say they are, and what they actually are – is immense. And no one seems to find this surprising. “That’s just the way it is!” they will say. As if this justifies anything.

I have recently bought a couple of new digital cameras – and have been shocked by the problems I ran into trying to use them. Aren’t these companies trying to protect their brand names?

I brought down an older digital camera from the shelf where it had been gathering dust, took out the CDs for installing it, and went through the installation process. This was straightforward cookbook stuff – do this, do this, and you will get that. And sure enough, the camera worked fine, and I can save my stuff from my camera, to my computer!

I now hang it around my neck when I go on my bicycle rides – in case I see something I want to take a photo of, or a video, of.

If I see something interesting, I have to work fast – to make sure my camera sees it before it goes away!