"Great balance of power and size"4.0 starson by Paul Sperry
Pros: Great quality, vibration reduction, full manual control, look and feel
Cons: No manual focus; no ability to save custom scenes
Summary: After 3 SLR's and 10 digital camera's, this to me is the best combination yet of quality, features and full manual control in a relatively small body. After confirming excellent image quality, what drove me to select the P5000 was its active (not software) vibration reduction, finally acceptable images at high ISO, and a menu/function button layout that is easy to use. This is also the first point-and-shoot I've seen with a real hot shoe (for Nikon external flash units). This camera provides immediate access to +/- exposure compensation, one of its buttons can be programmed to your favorite control, and this unit still includes a viewfinder. Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 8 seconds and the VR works well enough to enable hand-helds at 1/4 second. The auto ISO range goes up to 800 with 3200 the upper manual limit. It also has more than 2 f-stops (10 choices from 2.7 to 7.6 in wide angle!). It also has a sound-only mode that I find handy for taking notes (or even lectures). I do miss a manual focus capability, but the auto focus works quite well, so it is a small compromise. Finally, this little gem with its rubberized front and rear grip provides a look and feel that are a joy to use.