Sadly, my Sony Cybershot DSC-P41 was damaged today. It was a good camera and lived a very strong 4-5 years (can't remember exactly).
Here's just a few things that the P41 has seen in its years:
-Being strapped to an R/C airplane to take aerial video
-Being strapped to the top of an R/C car that crashed at 20MPH and barrel rolled about 6 times before sliding to a halt
-Run over by a car (twice)
-Filmed in mud, pouring rain, blowing sand, and extreme heat
-Been tossed around (with no case) in my sister's purse and scratched up by her car keys.
-Dropped onto the ground about 1,000 times
After all that, it finally got damaged when I dropped it while getting out of the car today. I guess I dropped it just right that the latches on the battery door broke off and the batteries shot out of the camera, so now it won't work unless I hold the door shut.
Since the camera has seen so much, I couldn't just let it die by dropping it one more time (it has to die more honorably than that), so I used a band-aid to hold the battery door shut (thought it was quite fitting
) and it still works fine.
All that durability only cost $140 because my sister (who originally bought the camera) got it on clearance sale. She replaced it with a Cybershot DSC-W50 even though the P41 worked just fine.
I have a Cybershot DSC-H2 (advanced full-body P&S) that I use for staged pictures, but I kept the P41 in the glove box to use on a whim. I've been looking at the new bottom-of-the-line Cybershots (namely the DSC-W120 and W150), but they all seem so delicate compared to the P41.
Oh well, still on the hunt for a replacement for my P41.
Here's some quick pics of it (ironic, I know):
Good as new! :P