I'm saddened to report the death of my beloved Canon PowerShot A570IS. A little internet research revealed that a design flaw in the early PowerShots was never corrected. Canon was originally willing to fix cameras with this problem at no expense, but have quietly backed away from even acknowledging the design flaw some time ago. I still have my Canon EOS Rebel 50D, but I liked the flexibility of leaving the 300mm lens on that for distant shots, while keeping the PowerShot in my pocket for "normal" shooting. It was that configuration that allowed me to get such shots as that of my great white egret. Had I needed to change lenses when the opportunity presented itself, I would have missed it. Unfortunately, that's where I stand now.
The PowerShot was my first digital camera, a wedding present from a dear friend about a year & 10 months ago. Freed of the constraints of film & development, I immediately fell in love. In retrospect, the camera certainly wasn't perfect, but it did a good job during its run. Now there are better cameras available at half the price of an A570IS. Unfortunately my recent health concerns have completely depleted my bank account, so I won't be replacing the PowerShot any time soon. On the other hand, it's still too hot to go out yet, so perhaps the weather & my bank account will meet up at precisely the right moment. Meanwhile, I will tremble in the corner, like an addict desperately in need of a fix.
(BTW, this photo wasn't taken with either of my digitals but rather an 18 year old Asahi Pentax.)