It was interesting reading the various postings by readers. There seems to be a strong divide among photography enthusiasts over these two issues:
1) electronic viewfinder (I'll include any viewfinder) and
2) "AA" battery powered point and shoot cameras
Of course I have opinions on these matters and I'd like to share them. First, I will stipulate that serious, professional cameras are better served with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. However, when I carry a point and shoot with me as a back-up camera or as an extra "just for fun" camera, one of the most important features that I look for is "AA" battery power. Because I may not be using the camera as often or I may be somewhere without electrical outlets, I want to be able to know that I can carry extra "AA" batteries and never run out of power. I like to use Lithium "AA" batteries. They last a long time and are a good value. I know others have a different viewpoint, but for me, a point and shoot camera with built-in rechargeable battery makes no sense. I don't want to carry a recharger. Small and light are the requirements for me. I also like to find point and shoot cameras that have some kind of viewfinder. I don't mind electronic viewfinders. I want to be able to use the camera in every conceivable lighting situation. LCD screens work sometimes but can be very difficult to use in strong, direct sunlight. My favorite way to take a photograph is to put the camera up to my eye, where I feel I can hold it steady. Holding the camera out in space, viewing the scene on the LCD screen is not a comfortable position to take photographs. Often the cameras that I see, with no viewfinder, are very small. I know many people like the idea of being able to put the camera in a pocket or purse. I don't mind that myself. However, many of today's cameras are too small.