So it turns out that my little point-and-shoot camera can be repaired but it will cost more than $250 to do so. I've decided that this is probably too much to pay for a camera that's over two years old and has already seen a great deal of use. I'm lucky to have another camera that I can use for blogging. It's lens is not as sharp but it does ok so I'll just keep on. I'm thinking to perhaps buy a used point-and-shoot camera for our trip to Italy in June as I'll want something that I won't be concerned about losing. (More about the Italy plans later.)
I just so hate this throwaway culture. Here's a camera with incredible capabilities that cost me $400 and I'm choosing to throw it away because of one malfunctioning part. I can get an equivalent used one for less than $100 so why would I pay $250 plus to repair it. But still--the waste of resources really disturbs me.