I shoot with several SLRs, both digital and film, A view camera, and a number of compact digitals. I bought the P7100 because I use my compacts a lot and wanted a compact with RAW capability. Any camera is a compromise in one area or another and the P7100 is no exception. That being said, I am very satisfied with the image quality and the controls. The camera feels substantial and the adjustments I use the most, ISO, quality, aperture, speed and exposure compensation are very easy and quick to change. I don't use scene modes often, so I'll let others comment about that that. The camera feels good in my hands and although it is a bit heavier than my other compacts, the overall heft and fit and finish says quality. The camera feels like an image making machine, not a toy. I find the screen menus to be logical and reasonably simple to use. The tilting screen is quite useful and the display quality is excellent. I use the hot shoe and a speedlight for flash situations with excellent results. I wished for more optical zoom when I chose the P7100, but have found the 7:1 to be adequate for most situations. The digital zoom is only available in JPEG quality and is acceptable. I had an earlier Cool Pix 4300 and found the start-up time to be objectionable. The P7100 start-up time is not an issue for me. Battery life has been excellent. If you just want a point and shoot, this is too much camera for you, but if you want a good all around carry camera with a lot of capability and RAW image flexibility, take a hard look at this camera.