I am looking for a digital camera for my mom who is not so good with devices.
Using AA/AAA batteries is an absolute requirement, but the camera shouldn't be too bulky or heavy. The reason for this is only a fact that she wants to have a supply of extra batteries for longer trips far from civilization and any power sockets where you could recharge. In the city she would use rechargeable AA/AAAs.
She finds Canon's interface intuitive. We had a Canon PowerShot before, I think it was A610, and I find the settings "Sunny/Cloudy/Halogen/etc" and "Portrait/Nature/Sport" enough for producing good results and you also have space for experimenting. Automatic mode should also produce decent results.
Canon PowerShot sx160 is a good option, but it is very hard to find, did they stop producing it? I don't feel comfortable getting it because I feel like there might be some newer model and I'm missing out.
EDIT: SX170 was a typo, I meant SX160. The most important part of the question is, is there anything with user interface similar to Canon's which does not require much skill with settings?