My little Ixus 50 was purchased just over 2 years ago, as recorded on this blog. It served its purpose well. Its diminuitive size and fast startup time allowed it to take numerous candid shots that I would not have been able to capture with a conspicious, clunky SLR.
The little Ixus took thousands of photographs until it was haplessly drowned in a bowl of Chinese tea last Friday, in Tuscany.
It did not give up that easily. It rested in intensive care by the window sill for two days. I hoped that the water inside would dry up by then. After a few attempts to turn it on, the camera lens responded and the screen was lit, but the controls were stuck. I turned it off then tried to turn it back on to make the lens retract. It did not respond, even with a second battery inserted into it.
You can say it died with its eye wide open. The least I could do, after all the abuse I subjected it to for the past 2 years, such as shoving it into my pants pockets, was to give it a proper funeral.
Rest in peace, little fella.
Update: I bought his successor at Changi Airport. It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC FX-55. It feels different but it's pretty intelligent. Hope I'll love using it as much as my little Ixus.