Random Thoughts

The missing digital camera

Written by Gail Bjork

Why we should always check the camera box before walking out of a store.

The camera is missingI read a post in a photography forum that down-right surprised me. The incident is something I never would have thought about on my own.

Nothing in the box

The forum participant shared that he bought a digital camera three weeks before Christmas as a present for his wife. Without looking inside, he wrapped the box. When his wife opened it Christmas morning, the camera was missing. The starter memory card, cables, battery, charger, manuals, CD and other goodies were there. But not the camera.

What an unexpected, unwelcome and disappointing surprise! Most likely the box was for a camera on display at the store. Some digital cameras are so tiny and lightweight, you’d never know whether or not one was in the box unless you checked.

I didn’t follow the forum thread long enough to know how it all turned out. I certainly hope the store gave the fellow a digital camera.

The likelihood of this happening is rare. But to ensure that it doesn’t always check a box before leaving the store to see if anything that should be in it is missing.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

1 Comment

  • I went to an Oasis concert at Heaton Park on the 7th June 2009, and around the time Oasis came onstage, I realized I had lost my camera. It is a silver Kodak Easyshare, possibly the c330 model but I’m not entirely sure, and it was about 4 megapixels. It has many pictures on it from the day. It would be extremely appreciated if someone finds and returns even the memory card with the pictures on it, a decent reward is being offered!