Posted on July 27, 2008.

I tragically broke my Sony DSC-P200 camera just before May Week this year (meaning that I only have limited May Week photos - but they are great). Having suffered drops, hits, crushes and everything I'd been able to throw at it (or throw it at), it finally bit the bullet when it fell out of my pocket onto the ground.

And then fell over the landing onto the floor below.

I can't really begrudge it for calling it a day at that point, but it was so close to still working that it was a bit tragic. It still turned on, the lens still extends, but when you tried to take a photo, the LCD went black forever. Fortunately, I had accidental damage on my insurance, so I was able to get a nice new shiny camera.

I managed to talk the insurance company into giving me a better camera than they were going to (the old camera was insured for what we bought it at, and they were offering a camera that was barely half that. It didn't even have the (limited) manual exposure options that my old camera had), and Friday a shiny new DSC-W300 showed up. My main concern is that it has too many megapixels. I'm never going to use a 13.6 megapixel photo for anything; I thought that the 7.1 megapixels the P200 provided was too much when I first got it, and in the last three years it proved itself to be more than enough. With so many megapixels though, on a compact camera's sensor, I'm going to end up with more noise than before. I don't know whether reducing the resolution that I shoot at helps, but I guess I'll give it a try.

The second of the new pages is now up and running, which shows the Bruce Dickinson screenames that my friends and I have had over the last few years. There are a lot missing, and I'm going to be working on tracking down some of the missing ones, but I'm not holding my breath. All future ones should be captured, however, which is something at least.

I played badminton in the heat this afternoon, got incredibly sweaty, and just as we were walking back a massive thunderstorm started. It was immense fun.