Tee1up: I agree with D.Spreen's comments. Any camera without a viewfinder of some kind is completely off my shopping list. I would have liked to have seen Nikon take the 7100 and dropped in an APS-C sensor. In spite of the specifications, most of these small sensor cameras become unusable (IMO) above ISO 800. As for the looks of the camera, I have no issues at all. Like the G12, I expect this would feel very good in the hands.
Me, I prefer having noise at higher ISOs lately, it adds some grit and character to the images, especially for B&W. My high ISO G12 RAWs pp'd in LR3 give some great grain and the prints come out very filmic on paper. If I want/need low noise at high ISO, I'll pull out my D3 then. I think people need to get over avoiding noise so much, personally.