^ I appreciate the info, but still, the proof in battery vs tech is what a more modern camera can achieve, even if not a current, high expense cam. Anything major brand, runs circles around any 2 x NiMH. This is just fact, dismiss or argue all you like but it is what it is. Only some crappy retro tech camera with excessive power consumption and poor desigh, runs off 2x AA cells. It was idiotic of any cam manufacturer to design for 2 x cells in the first place, even if alkaline or some other >1.2V/cell chemistry.
Do whatever you want, while I laugh at it all, achieving over 300 pics from my decade old camera, if I pull it out instead of using my phone.
#learning disability : this is not directed at anyone in particular, but this whole topic is madness
I'm not after maximum pics, shortest flash recharge time, etc. I'm after a usable number of pictures in a cheap camera intended for a 10 year old. I think your expectations are way higher than my own and that's okay.
In the end I used this dilemma as an excuse to purchase a SkyRC MC3000 charger that I've been wanting for a long time, which supports Ni-Zn batteries (and lets you customize charging profiles to literally no end). Bought a 4 pack of Ni-Zn and I'm going to see how it works out. If it's useless technology I'll be the first to admit I wasted $10. I've blown money on worse things.
I just installed a freshly charged set. I suspect it will work just fine, but I'm most curious about cell longevity / recharge cycles.