I'm normally the sort of person who jumps in with two feet and then lives to regret it. So when my quest for a new camera started I did a bit of research. The whole point of getting a new camera was because mine was just too heavy and bulky to carry around with me. My Minolta was a fantastic camera otherwise, It took beautiful clear shots, had a macro mode, a continuous shooting mode and lots of other modes I never used, even manual but sometimes I left it at home because it was just too big.
I didn't want to compromise with the quality but had a limited budget, so after browsing the Argos special offer magazine, I really needed to see the cameras in the flesh and just find out a little more information about them.
So off I went to Currys this morning....couldn't find one camera that Argos had in their sale but they did have a lovely little red Samsung (have I told you red is one of my favourite colours) with all the modes and spec. I wanted. But hang on there....I wasn't going to get all impulsive this time, I wasn't going to get disappointed, I really should check out the range in Argos first.
Hubby and I looked (you can't touch in Argos), at the ones I was interested in.......we would go back to Currys and get the one I had just seen. When we got back another customer was looking at the same camera, so I quickly asked an assistant to check if they had stock of it. Ha! I would get the last one. No, the last one had just been sold....they had a black one though. But I didn't want boring black, this camera was going to be special to me, I would gaze at it and even stroke it occasionally....I wanted red! So back to Argos. I would get another Samsung, it was red, it was a higher spec, it was reduced! But did it have all the modes I wanted? It must have? It was a higher spec, surely it would? So we got it.
I got outside and opened the box.....it was....it was.....not quite what I expected. " It's pink and fat!", "It's cherry red" Nigel corrected, " And it's slimmer than your old camera". I still didn't know if it had a continuous shooting mode, the manual was just a quick start manual, it didn't say. "Well if you aren't happy with it, take it back" Nigel suggested. While I hummed and oohed Nigel checked the receipt " Oh you can't, it's exempt from the 30 day back guarantee" Well I could of cried...in fact a little tear did squeeze out in frustration. "But I want a thin, red one with the modes that I know I will use, not a fat pink thing, I can't afford to throw money away, why does it always happen to me?" I hadn't been rash this time, I had waited and checked and been sensible. Bah to sensible!
So all they way home, I convinced myself it would be all ok,........It is a cherry red, it's much smaller than my old camera and it must have a continuous shooting mode, I repeated over and over to an understanding Nigel, who very nicely agreed with me (for once).
And do you know, it is ok. It is a fantastic little camera, all the modes I could wish for, pretty and slim and almost red! (just like me in fact).