rallyfan: Excellent camera for 2010.
Like the proverbial MOD that insists on fighting the previous war and not this one, Nikon insisted on releasing this when the body is too large, the sensor too small, the price too high, the interest too low, and the circumstances entirely different.
From the test it seems to be a great camera. I have no idea why it would be chosen over a μ4/3 or other mirrorless at this stage though.
Francis, the camera was never sold as 'superzoom'. Obviously, different people have different needs for a camera. I was looking for a nice, fairly small camera for quick snapshots and have missed the ability to manually adjust settings on my previous compact. For dedicated photography, I have an SLR with a considerate amount of lenses, but I do not enjoy carrying them all the time. The P7100 always has room in my backpack and I pretty much carry it wherever I go. The controls are nothing short of amazing; all the functions I use most of the time are quickly accessible. The viewfinder is small; it serves as a backup for a worst case scenario and nothing more. As far as your comments about the design are concerned – all I can say that the camera and it's controls are perfectly arranged and easily accessible for maximum control. So please stop these derogatory comments regarding the design; they are not helpful here nor do they have any merit.