It took only a couple of months for the GRD I ordered from Japan to break. Everyone I know that has ordered one from there has had them break with in 12 weeks. The price has been climbing on these little cameras from 2005 and price gouging is the worst I've seen for this camera with people using its cult status as a reason. I've never had one break to the point it became unusable. With none available in the U.S. right now I doubt I'll every buy one again but I'll search for an alternative.