Tech in the Hub: Bromfield Camera

January 29, 2011

The Hub was dismayed when yet another family camera bit the dust.  The Nikon Coolpix L19′s battery cover would not close any longer.  This time it wasn’t abuse that caused the camera’s demise, just poor engineering.  After my own jury-rigged solution failed, I thought to stop by Bromfield Camera near Downtown Crossing in Boston to see if they could do anything.

Upon entering the store, I met Russ, Bromfield’s friendly and knowledgeable person behind the counter.  He looked at the camera and said it was repairable but, given the cost, I was better off buying a new camera.  Then he looked at it again and said he had an idea.  He took out a roll of duct tape and engineered a criss-crossing solution to keep the cover closed.  I’m back in business!

One thing I was impressed with was that Russ listened to what I had to say.  I stated how we go through digital cameras pretty quickly given an active lifestyle.  Russ suggested that I look at the Olympus Tough line of cameras.  For about $200, they have a 14 megapixels, HD movie capability and a rugged metal body that is designed to take a licking. 

The lesson here is to remember to frequent your local retailers who provide great service and listen to you.  This is especially true in the world of electronics!  Bromfield is one of those retailers.  Yes, there’s always a few bucks to save from buying from Amazon or Newegg (mind you on the couple of items I looked at, they seemed to be competitive).  It’s having stores like Bromfield Camera that let us have vibrant communities.  I know that I am going to buy my next camera from Russ on Bromfield Street.

Tags: Boston, cameras, local

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