For purposes of cycling photos, I like a fairly small camera that has more zoom, pixels, and photo quality than I get with a cell phone camera. Up until a couple of years ago, I picked an Olympus VR-310. 14 megapixels and a 10X zoom worked well and the price was reasonable. Until it broke. To make a long story short, fixing digital cameras isn't in the cards unless one can do it oneself so I replaced it with a Nikon S80. The Nikon takes OK pictures as well, but it trades more reliable zooming for a 3X zoom limit.
Prices for these cameras drop quickly and it turned out I was able to replace the Olympus for not much more than shipping costs. All the extra goodies that came with the camera are great for the bare replacement camera. What I DIDN'T expect was that batteries aren't quite as manufacturer-specific as they'd have us believe. As it turns out, both cameras use the same battery and battery charger. Well, almost. The Nikon battery says "Nikon" on it and the Olympus battery says "Olympus." Same power rating.
This contrasts with Cateye bicycle headlights, some of which will not accept rechargeable AA batteries.
Fences from a bicycle tour - Picture from the archives of a bicycle tour to Lake Mineral Wells. Picture courtesy of my good buddy Pondero. Some fences ahead and such a good time. Though ...
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