About a third of the way through our Xmas holiday, my digital camera gave up the ghost. It’s only about 18 months old. It still works in playback mode, and I can retrieve the pictures I took in the first few days (but they’re all of family, so I’m not posting any of them here except this one I rather like: it’s the hallway and sunroom at my parents’ place, plus my brother’s dog). But the switch on the back that toggles it to picture-taking mode is gone. A camera that won’t go into picture-taking mode isn’t much use.

Holiday snap

Now to see what options I have. I’ve got a feeling that the warranty was just a year. And although my home insurance covers contents taken away, there’s a £100 excess (deductible), so I’m not sure whether it’s really worth it. Something to worry about after our ski trip. Which you won’t be getting any pictures of, by the way.

EDIT: Luckily, it looks like there’s a 24-month warranty.