wyoming: maybe it's the best superzoom camera on the market (exept for the price), but in my opinion on this kind of camera it's mandatory to use AA batteries.i'd never considered to buy a superzoom, i have never needed a 24X lens on a camera wich is bigger than a mirrorless but has a compact sensor.but if i try to see the piont to buy a superzoom i imagine someone that goes in a remote place and must stay as light as possible (or he could bring a panasonic gh+ a tele lens).in this situation it's ridiculous to force to have a spare battery in the pocket.
Until I got a Canon DSLR I'd chosen all my cameras so I could use AA batteries. But now I'm weaned off my AAdiction. Lithium cells are incredibly impressive, and I buy cheap backup batteries... mainly because they hardly ever get used! :-)