#4. "RE: Birthday present, P7000 opinions needed " In response to In response to 0 Sat 30-Apr-11 08:04 PM by Kit Sims Taylor
It has three user banks, selectable by an actual dial on top of the camera, so you can set one for P&S, auto everything, JPEG; another for aperture priority RAW, etc.
The optical viewfinder is rudimentary but workable -- shows about 80% of the framing, but with no shooting data overlayed on it.
Image quality? Shooting RAW at ISO 400 or lower I can get an 11x14 gallery quality print -- good enough to print on Exhibition Fiber. I have this candid hanging in a local gallery now -- couldn't have shot it unnoticed with my D300 -- you can set up the P7000 to be silent: http://www.arovingvision.com/Street/content/DSCN1016_large.html
But at any larger print and/or higher ISO you would be aware you didn't take the photo with your DSLR. In short, a very good jacket-pocketable camera as long as you respect its limitations.
There is no provision for fitting a polarizer or a sun shade, and at the wider focal lengths it could certainly use a sun shade.
My wife absolutely loves it -- she even learned how to use exposure compensation to keep her dark shots as dark as she wanted them.
And that is certainly a great price.
Get at least one extra battery -- you do not get much of an early warning when the battery gets low.