Thanks for the reply, I saw the P7700 announcement also. Did you see "bythom.com" comments on the new Coolpix line? Opinions abound.
That darn simple optical tunnel is something that I've always valued in a camera. I like the eye-level framing possibilities even though it might not be parallax corrected or show lots of data. I cut my "real photographer's" teeth on a beater Leica M3. It did have parallax correction but still quick to the eye approximate framing, get the picture and crop later. When my Canon S60 died for the third time, I tracked down a manufacturer discontinued IS700 because it was the last of the optical tunnel VF in that particular Canon line.
Our first digital camera was a Coolpix 900. Especially when traveling we used the swivel body for low-level framing and from a sitting position we would trap the camera between our knees, use BSS and got incredible low light photos at base ISO before ISO3200.
BTW: I'm adding "whipsawed by dueling technological improvements!" to my memorable quotes document. I love the choice of words. Thanks again for weighing in.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?