You may remember, back in August, I blogged about my Samsung camera being broke.
Every picture had a purple line funky effect on it. Not good. I posted about it here and on Flickr. Chris searched on Fixya and came up with an answer. The image sensor was broken. Which sounded pretty accurate to me.
So, since August I've been using my iPhone as a camera. And you know what, it ain't bad. It ain't brilliant, but in the daylight it's fine. I've done a summer holiday, a kids birthday and a US trip armed with only an iPhone camera. And it's done the job just fine.
Meanwhile I called Samsung who said they would fix it for me, for free. Even though it was a month or two out of warranty. They posted me a neat little cardboard net which deftly folded into a secure box to send the camera back in. They even rang me to ask me why I hadn't posted the camera back yet. Now, interestingly, Samsung assign you a customer reference number which lasts your entire Samsung buying life. Apparently, every time you ring them, about any Samsung product, they'll call up all your details etc etc.
Now, there's a lot of this datastuffomatic around and most of it is rubbish but in my short experience (admittedly with only one product) it worked really efficiently. It's only a small thing but that's the kind of thing that would make me buy a Samsung TV over a Sony TV.
Anyway. It was January before I finally got round to sending the camera off. It was returned last week fixed. In fact, I think the picture quality may be better than before. Super job. I've missed that little fella.
Between August and January, I tried really hard not to buy a replacement camera, which would be the usual way of fixing something, obviously. And I did pretty well. For a bit. Until I spotted this beauty on Amazon with 50% off.
Yes. Half price. You gotta buy it if it's half price right? It's still available now for just over £200. It's a truly wonderful camera and that is a wonderful price. It's not a £5K MEGA SLR, but it's still great. You should buy one.
I've have loved using an SLR again. Looking through the viewfinder as opposed to an LCD screen.
Depth of field. Remember that? Wonderful.
So, to sum up. iPhone camera - not as bad as you lot say it is. Samsung - great customer service so far. Nikon D40 - fabulous camera at a fabulous price. More product reviews coming soon.