I consider this like a 'referance' forum, stuff that has been posted on here will always be something of value to those that come in for a read, if you notice, maybe not so many active replies, but many look ins and taking note of what has been posted to date.
No topic is dead, it is always as lively as the person seeking information can be useful.
What I might put up as info about point and shoot cameras, mid price range, is that, once you have taken a lot of photos with it, somehow, it doesn't focus as well or as fast as it used to, I noticed this with one I bought a couple of years ago, so replaced it with a newer one, and it's working a treat.
With film cameras, I don't think there was ever that problem, of it 'wearing out' somehow.
Now, with the bigger DSLR's, apparently, there is a lifespan of so many hundred thousand shots it takes before it starts to wear thin or just d*e.
I had one camera, where the screen view at the back, just went all purple, and wouldn't do anything anymore, I went in to the camera store to ask what happened, and they said, the processor died. That's it, so it pays to ask, of a camera when you buy it, how many actuations it can handle before we realize it will let us down, that way we won't be disappointed if an important event is coming up, and you wonder what the heck is wrong with your camera and why all photos are fuzzing.
I am going to my old high school 50th anniversary, and will be taking 2 cameras, in my camera bag, not a handbag, but my camera bag