Recently the zoom lever under the shutter release broke and no more stalling, so sent it in last Friday. Should be hearing from them by Wed. regarding repair choices. Repair on this one for my stated problem is a flat rated $150.95.....plus shipping. ($30)
What they've done the last 2 times is say something to the effect of: "parts aren't available to fix your camera, but we can offer you a refurb XXXX for ~$160.00 in exchange..
Last time, I sent in a tired P520 that I liked quite well (with some reservations) and they offered me a B700 in exchange. Specs looked similar enuf, so I agreed to it. The B700 did OK, but I never was really happy with it, tho' I did take over 10,000 pictures with it. You make do with what you've got, right ??
This time, I'm thinking to be a bit more choosy - if they make a similar offer - and researching what I'd buy if I didn't have something offered. It's not easy. I prefer Nikon so will stick with them.....but which one ??
Several years ago. I bought an A900 for a back-up pocket camera and that didn't work out well. In use, it was really too big for a pactical pocket camera and that long, skinny, multi-segment zoom locked up with dust within a year. No more of those for me. The smart phone works well enuf for that job, anyway.
The P520 is an 8 yr old design now, so would prefer something more up to date. Battery life in it was poor, but carried several spares so not a biggie. The super zooms leave me some cold - to my eye, anything over about 20X is a waste. (I know - don't use the upper range of zoom. I don't) Framing and focus get very iffy and I don't usually carry a tripod. I do want a fully articulated viewscreen. Prefer to stay in the $300 - $400 range. My now very old 8800 had a remote shutter release that I really liked.
Looks like the choice is fairly limited now. Any thoughts ??