Originally Posted by roadfix
But you still cannot buy an EN-EL3e battery on a cruise ship or at a mini-mart 30-minutes away.
Agreed and I could blow through 500 pictures in one day so if they only get 700 or whatever GB gets (as I haven't see such ability out of the camera I dealt with) I'd still need something charged and ready or readily available.
At this point I think it's fair to say that those convinced that AA are best aren't going to be swayed and those who like proprietary batteries aren't either. This is one of those things where you'll like what you like and no amount of talk is going to convince you the other way.