I have been reading the posts here and have not seen what I am looking for. I am going to Europe on a trip and I would like a decent camera that uses AA batteries and can take good shots at night as well. I guess I need at least 7 + on megapixels and a good optical zoom as I will probably frame my good shots? I don't know for sure if I really need the image stabilizer deal for sure as i am able to take a pretty good steady shot without tripod unless it is at night. It would be nice if I can manually operate the exposure and speed just to experiment. Let me know what you think might be some good choices please?