Flying Fox wrote:whether you can use AA batteries
I borrowed my girlfriend's old Canon PowerShot SX100IS for my three-week trip of Europe. It was a pretty damn good travel camera. 10X zoom, P/A/S/M/Full-Auto metering, and it runs on two AA batteries. I had four rechargeable AA dry cells and I just kept cycling and charging through them throughout the trip. I used it primarily in P and A mode, playing with the exposure metering.
It has a newer sibling, the SX130IS, with an even longer 12X zoom lens (although not as "fast" as the SX100IS due to slightly smaller maximum aperture). Both cameras are shaped roughly the same. They're both kind of thick and chubby, but lend themselves well to one-handed shooting. I guess that long zoom lens has to go somewhere.
Ad astra per aspera.