Today I went to a very large electronics shop to try and buy a new camera for my birthday (my old camera is getting old and knackered from general wear and tear and being used a lot) but I spent quite a while and ended up not being able to decide what to buy. With further research on the internet, I still was not able to find anything that exactly matched what I wanted, so I was hoping someone on ZooChat might be able to help. My first issue is that I really want a camera that uses AA batteries, as my current camera does (currently I have a Fujifilm HS25 EXR) because I use NiMH ones so I get about 1000 pictures per charge, and I already have a few sets of them and I also really like the flexibility to just be able to get them anywhere when travelling, which I do a lot. I was only able to find one model in the shop, and only a handful online, and none of them meet all my other criteria. Also, I would like to upgrade the image quality as well as the zoom of my current camera because at the moment I have 16 megapixels and 30x optical zoom but I think 16Mp is a bit on the low end and I use zoom quite a bit when photographic wildlife. The main decision that I'm struggling with is how much of an inconvenience not having AA batteries would be, so I'm hoping that someone who has a camera that uses its own special battery will be able to give some advice. On some days when I visit a zoo I can take close to 2000 pictures and go through two or sometimes even three sets of batteries (this would of course be expensive, but I use rechargeable AAs) but I'm not sure how long one of those Li-ion batteries would last. Secondly, sometimes when travelling I don't have the opportunity to charge a camera for a few days and if I need to with my current camera I can just buy some AAs anywhere, but of course I couldn't do that if it is not a generic size battery. (note: if I was to get a camera with an Li-ion battery, I would get a spare or two, but I don't know if that would be enough even then.) There was one camera at the shop that used AAs, a Sony DSCH300B.CE3 and this had a better quality that I think was good at 20.1Mp, the zoom was less than all of the similar compact superzooms at only 35x optical zoom (27.2-954 mm) compared to all the others at 50x or more. Would I realistically be able to use 50x zoom without a tripod? I often use my current camera's 30x zoom at 720 mm when photographic wild birds, so I think more zoom may be more useful. Does anyone who knows more about cameras than me think this would be a good model? Also, if anyone knows of any other models of cameras that fit my requirements to be a good travel, zoo, and birding camera, please let me know. I would quite like an improvement on my current camera to allow me to improve my photography skills. TL;DR: how long does the battery last in a camera that does not use AAs? Would you recommend a Sony DSCH300B.CE3 camera? Are there any better cameras that use AAs? Thanks very much if anyone replies!