I'm still using an old DSC-P72 I picked up 5+ years ago for about $110, and aside from the low ISO, I've found its image quality a lot better than any of the low-end cameras I've seen and tried in retail chains these days in the $90-160 price range. Everything inexpensive now seems to have really bad CCDs, bad optics, bad firmware, etc. with inflated megapixel claims to make them look attractive. I also do a good bit of photography in places where electricity to charge proprietary-form-factor batteries is not readily available, but I can carry a lot of rechargeable AA's or pick up throw-away AA's locally in a pinch, so I'm especially looking for cameras with AA batteries.
Is there any hope of finding a mode modern camera of similar or better quality to what I have now, or is the market just full of junk these days unless you move to a higher price range?