Kudos to DPR for its reviews and wealth of information for amateurs like myself.
There is one issue that I believe should be discussed a lot more, and that is the "death" of the optical viewfinder. The manufacturers should seriously consider keeping viewfinders with all their cameras. The LCD's are a farce, way over rated.I purchased a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX9V a while back to go on a 3 week trip the next day. A great camera with one exception...NO VIEW FINDER. I was under the impression that the LCD was able to overcome bright light situations, but how wrong I was. I should have been smart enough to return the camera, but I didn't.
How do you overcome not being able to compose your picture and to see your subject clearly? When the sun is behind you it is impossible to know what you are shooting.
My advice to amateurs like myself who has used a viewfinder for years (I'm 73) is to not buy any camera without a viewfinder or else you will be very frustrated and disappointed .