I’m on my third Sony Cybershot lasting going onto two or three years now. My problems were user abuse. With this one, I got a neck strap and it doesn’t come out of the case without the neck strap in place. (well, 99% of the time).
Each of the first two lasted through six drops (about a year and a half each) before they went a little wacky though both still work. Just not conveniently, broken battery cover on the sixth drop.
Finally went to the neck strap and haven’t had any problems.
That little orange autofocus beam is hard to do without in attics and crawl spaces. Just point the beam and shoot, almost like using a flashlight to take pictures.
Stick with the Sony Cybershot but, get a neckstrap.