Nikon Coolpix L18

Nixon's budget-priced point and shoot camera runs on AAs

The 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix L18 costs less than half of some competitors, but you still get a full complement of automatic settings and scene modes, as well as anti-shake technology, red-eye elimination, and a best-of-class 3-inch LCD screen.

Bonus: It runs on trail-friendly AAs.

Bummer: The battery-sucking LCD can't be turned off. $140; 4.4 oz.; nikonusa.com. Reader service #108