I just splurged on a new camera. I bout a ? year old Nikon Coolpix 8mp camera for $25. That will replace the even older 3pm that I bought for $50 and is now getting a little wacky. I can't complain. It lasted for 4+ years. This one uses AA's, so it should last well on the shelf. And if it dies while camping or boating, so be it.