I agree on the batteries. My poor, dead camera
used 4 AA batteries, which sounds convenient because they are readily available. You go through them pretty fast, though, and they add a lot of weight to the camera.
I've been reading a lot of camera reviews tonight, which is making it harder rather than easier to choose. Is it really necessary to have 1000's of different cameras on the market? Tomorrow I'm going to Best Buy to actually get my hands on some cameras. I don't want to buy anything sight unseen, and the way it feels is important.
I'm kind of lusting after the Sony DSC-TX5, which is going to be released next month. My wallet says no, but my eyes say yes. What I like about it is it has a really nice panarama feature and it's built to take abuse - shock, extreme temps, moisture, etc. Not that I'm going to be trekking in the wilderness, but I suspect my current camera succumbed to abuse from the short people inhabiting the house. I'd like to improve my odds of long-term camera survival.