I have had the camera for several years.
I don't think the camera has been badly treated - no more than normal.
I did suspect that it is 'broken' or something is.
I was wondering if there was a way of testing it, or even repairing it.
It is a pity to throw away what was a good camera.
The replacement - a Sony Cyber-shot is not as good although you can stuff it in your pocket easier.