If your digital camera is beyond repair, or too expensive to repair, consider calling the manufacturer to find out if they have an upgrade program.
Manufacturers that offer upgrade programs let you exchange your old camera for a factory refurbished model. Refurbished cameras are those returned to the store to the manufacture, which are inspected, fixed if necessary and then recertified. Some of these cameras are unused, or hardly used at all.
The cost of buying a refurbished digital camera is often less than the cost of repair. It is certainly less expensive than buying a new model.
Typically you must mail in your camera to the manufacturer for the exchange. Refurbished digital cameras sold under an upgrade program often come with a short but full warranty.
It may be worthwhile to call the manufacturer before buying their brand digital camera to ask if they offer such a program. Hopefully you’ll never need to use it, but it’s nice to know an upgrade programs is available if you do.
Some manufacturer’s also have upgrade programs for other electronic items such as printers, scanners and faxes.