Subject: Re: laptops and digital camaras
Dear Eric and Alan and fellow 'Ziners

Right on about the rechargeable batteries, but don't overlook the benefit of a camera that uses AA batteries. Rechargeable AA's are now pretty inexpensive (a charger and 4 batteries for less than $25 . . . check the web) and AA's are available anywhere as a backup (albeit a bit expensive at some tourist-y locations).

My Canon A60 (which I love, even with its minor faults) uses 4 AA's, and seems to be able to run for days on a recharge. My last camera required a brand specific battery, which was impossible to find on one of my trips, rendering the camera useless.

In my opinion, rechargeable AA's offer the best of both worlds.

Regards, Ferd in Seattle