Decent size screen, good at low light for shooting bands in clubs, as well as outdoor shots. Durability over "slim and sleek", but preferably not too heavy. Something that I can put rechargeable AA batteries in instead of disposable Lithium batteries. I don't care about any editing in camera features, but want something with image stabilization.
I've scoured CNet reviews and dpreview.com, but want your opinions. Preferably something I can pick up at Circuit City/Fry's/Precision for around $300, since it's a belated bday present from my dad.