Well, here’s one more vote for the AA batteries. I use a combination of disposables and rechargables depending on a given situation.
They work great in my Canon PS S1 IS and in my ancient Kodak.
The Sony sounds like a winner, but just to offer up more options.
I just picked up 2 Olympus F 310 cameras for the kids (22 and 20 yrs old).
They’re light, easy and take great pics. (Got 'em on sale direct through a company promo that’s gone now…but still pretty reasonably priced at Amazon, Newegg, etc.
Only takes 2 AA batteries and per user reviews, the battery life is the only complaint. Frankly, not a big deal with any of these cameras…keep a few pairs, disposable or rechargable on hand.
One more FYI, all memory cards are not created equal…
I bought two of the 2 GB xd cards…the M type
These are 1.5 times faster than the plain xD cards and cost me about $20 each ($ 1.25 more each)…a no brainer.