While some might consider the proprietary rechargeable battery included with their digital point and shoot a must have, others simply can’t stand them. After all, they’re proprietary, which means you can’t run to a grocery store and grab a new one. Furthermore, they require a particular charger to charge them up. Nevertheless, camera companies continue to pump them out in droves since it adds to their bottom line. However, the exception seems to be Nikon’s newest, the L610.
This point shoot camera works with a pair of AA batteries. Yup, the same ones you’ll find any where in the world, at any grocery, and any pharmacy. And that isn’t to say rechargeables are out of the mix, as a variety of companies sell AA batteries that can be used again and again. Our favorite are Sanyo’s Eneloops. That said, the LP610′s specs are nothing short of exceptional, even though it may not contain a fancy battery. There is a 16 megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing full HD video, a 3-inch LCD, optical image stabilization, an HDMI port, a 14x optical wide angle zoom lens, pop up flash, and a weight that tips the scales at 8.5oz.
Price and release? $249 and sometime in September.