I have a Minolta Dimage S414 digital camera with 4 megapixels and 4x optical zoom. It suddenly stopped working...no signs of life. Should I have it fixed, throw it in the garbage, or as my father says, "sell it - some people fix them"?
I also bought a camera from Home Shop Network, a Vivitar ViviCam S529 with 16.1 Megapixels and 5x optical zoom. It is very thin, which is nice, but it takes horrible pictures....I can't get it to focus no matter what setting I try. I don't know if it's the camera or me(I'm no expert with a camera, I can only point and shoot). I paid $99 for it, but want to throw it out the window. I was able to take great pix with the Minolta, and my relative's HP camera had a green light on the LCD screen that indicated you were in focus...again, my pix were great. I was even able to take great pix given my experience with my Dad's Pentax camera that uses film.
I have a warranty on the Vivitar - it was only $13, and am glad I did. Either something's wrong with the Vivitar or it's just a crappy camera.....hopefully they'll take it back for repair and replace it with something else, as HSN no longer sells it!
Your input on what I've said would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.