My Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 digital camera caught a piece of dust inside the lens this summer, resulting in a black spot in the upper left corner everytime I took a photo. Call me picky, but this annoyed me relentlessly. As there was no way for me to open the lens, I came to the conclusion that I needed a new camera. I know it sounds stupid, but having a reliable camera is vital to the eager hobby photographer that I am. Especially now that I am moving to London and wish to photograph every unsuspecting Londoner I see. As my economy is limited, I was originally planning to buy a 1500 NOK Olympus camera with a limited number of functions. I am so glad my friend Kim stopped me. He works at the photo section at Elkjøp, and told me he could get me the best compact digital camera I could ever find for 2300 NOK. Nominated “Best Camera of the Year”, it is the Casio Exilim EX-Z650. Kim showed me some of the functions and image samples, and I was completely sold. What closed the deal for me was definitely the wide-angle lens, something that many compact digital cameras lack. I decided it was worth the extra money, because I have never to this date seen such sharp, vivid photos coming from a compact digital camera. After giving me a mind blowing friend discount, I had to jump up and hug Kim. Thank you, I am forever grateful for this beauty of a camera!