“Yes, honey, I will just take a picture of you at this stunning landscape…oh crap.”
So that was yesterday morning in the idyllic jewel of North America, Prince Edward Island, as my Canon digital camera gave up on the first picture of the weekend. My multiple mistakes for not carefully packing for the weekend, not checking I had the charger, and not checking that the camera was charged.
Next mistake was that of ignorance about my devices. I long bought cameras and MP3 players that can use regular disposable batteries for which I used generic rechargeable batteries, but those have been harder and harder to find in suitable models.
Now everything I have is with proprietary rechargeable batteries, plug into computer or wall and charge up. I never bothered to test my camera until it was too late.
So yesterday I plugged my camera into my computer but USB…and nothing. Turned on the camera and the last drop of juice was gone.
Did a bit of research and that short answer is:
- Few cameras have the built-in ability to charge via USB.
- There are ways to remedy this by spending cash and/or procedures that involve soldering.
Conclusion: I am stuck using the decent, but limited camera on my phone this weekend. Wife not happy. Mother-in-law really not happy.