Farewell to my Ixus

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.
Ixus 50 RIP
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.


  1. marina

    Welcome back to Singapore, Vanessa ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been following your adventures on twitter and boy, am I so jealous to hear about your travels ๐Ÿ™‚
    Its a pity about your ixus though. Mayhaps you might want to send it for repairs?

  2. Yun

    Van!!! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I’m saddened by the demise of your Ixus, but had to laugh out loud at the “tombstone” you made!

  3. Kevin

    Nice tombstone! My very first digital camera, the Canon Digital Ixus 330, still works. Even though it’s 2megapixels, the photo quality it generates still rival some of the newer high res ones.

  4. vantan

    I’m not surprised. Even with my new Panasonic Lumix camera I’m starting to wonder if my old Ixus’s output was still better, despite being 2 years older in technology.
    The most ironic thing was that, after buying my Lumix at Changi Airport yesterday, I learnt that my dad won a new camera at a competition. Turns out he won the Ixus 860 which was another model I was considering at the shop.
    At that point I wanted to kick myself, but he wanted to keep the Ixus for his own use anyway, so it’s just as well I bought a new camera.

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