Is not the Optio by Pentax the biggest shaft ever put to a paddlers hide? I'm on my 3rd. The W60 is the first one that actually stayed working for more than one season. Working, just long enough for the lens to do it's impersonation of the record from Monty Python's Hungarian phrasebook sketch. "I will not by this camera, It is scratched." Of course it is. There's no freaking lens cap!
Occasionally there are features that come along that truly do change our lives or make things more convenient. Advances with Tow Systems, PFDs, & clothing come to mind. More often than not though, "hot new features" are really just glitter (not that I don't love glitter!!) that distract us from asking the simple questions like, "Does this thing actually work?".