A few years ago, for Christmas, I got my wife a new Canon digital camera. On New Years Eve, in Maine, we went for a snowshoe hike in the woods behind our house, she brought her new camera, I brought a Canonet QL 17 and we both shot some images in the woods. Before we got back, my wifes camera stopped working. We sent it in for repair, and were told that it was not reparable, that it had moisture in it, and the cold had damaged it, they further insisted that no camera could be expected to survive such harsh conditions. My Canonet still works fine, and I don't think twice about putting it in my pocket in any weather that I can deal with. The Canonet will provide better quality images than any new camera costing 10X the price, and will still be working long after the new camera has gone to heaven.