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The Best AA Battery-Powered Digital Cameras

Camera manufacturers think that they're doing consumers a favor by releasing, almost exclusively, digicams powered by proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Li-Ion batteries generally allow for more compact cameras, plus replacing AAs can get expensive. But despite dwindling numbers, AA-powered digital cameras remain very popular, especially among travelers or any avid photographer who might be miles away from an outlet for days at a time. Here are some of the best digital cameras that run on the swappable, buy-anywhere power provided by AA batteries.

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Pentax K-5 II

One of the shortcomings of the very good K-5, and indeed all of Pentax's DSLRs, is the adequate if not outstanding autofocus system. The K-5 II (as well as the new "s" version) just might offer a real remedy in the new SAFOX X autofo...

Grade: B+ Price: $900.00

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Pentax K-30

Pentax's latest crop-sensor camera seems more of a sidestep to the K-5 than an outright upgrade, but the significant price drop to $899 with the kit lens is a real steal. The camera body has undergone a serious redesign, with its stippled surface ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,044.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L830

The Nikon Coolpix L830 is an ergonomic, easy to use camera with a nice 34x optical zoom (68x dynamic zoom). It's one of few cameras that still use AA batteries, which makes it nice for traveling since the batteries are easy to swap out. Since ...

Grade: B Price: $320.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L620

Nikon's popular compact zoom line received a nice speed upgrade with the Coolpix L620. While the older L610 took burst shots at a sluggish 1.9 fps, the L620 takes up to six photos in a row at 10 fps. Nikon has also added their high speed setti...

Grade: A- Price: $476.00

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Nikon COOLPIX B500

The Nikon B500 is designed for simplicity. It joins the ranks of the decreasing number of cameras that use AA batteries. There aren't any manual modes, but a solid handful of automated scene modes. But, the simple camera features a 40x optical...

Grade: B- Price: $257.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

The super zoom category is booming—but should consumers really be spending $500-600 on a compact camera when an entry-level DSLR will cost you that much? The Fujifilm S9900 (and S9900W with wi-fi) enters the fray as an option that won't ...

Grade: B Price: $740.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9400W

The FinePix S9400W is one of a handful of long zoom options Fujifilm introduced at CES 2014, along with the Fujifilm S1. The S9400 actually has the same sensor as the S1, though takes AA batteries instead of a rechargeable lithium-ion, has a bit s...

Grade: B+ Price: $330.00

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon's highly successful SX150 IS gets a facelift with the SX160 IS, a model that keeps the AA batteries but upgrades just about everything else. The camera's zoom range has moved from 12x to 16x, the megapixel count from 14 to 16, and th...

Grade: B Price: $350.00