Not flawless but very, very good.
Image quality, ease of shooting, and collection of features should please most owners. The viewfinder is good with or without glasses (even for myself at -4.0 diopter). It's linear, plenty large, and sharp enough for careful manual focusing and routine use. Some fault the viewfinder's weak colors, but a viewfinder is for composing, not viewing. The lens and image quality according to reviews are mainly why I selected this model. They both exceed my expectations. The only flaw is the image gets shifted while zooming out, but this should only matter if you plan to shoot videos on a tripod, probably not noticeable when hand held. The dedicated quick +/- exposure wheel is great for challenging lighting, such as people on a stage dark backgrounds. The camera Is excellent for technical, such as tight-fitting macro work or copying on a stand, thanks to its lens distortion correction and articulated screen. Construction seems very solid. There are better cameras for sports, but for controlled stills and general snapshots, it does everything I need. I would give 4 stars based on the zoom problem, but that would be a bit misleading for a minor problem given how well it performs overall.
April 26, 2014
My secret to great images!
This is my secret weapon when Im traveling and can't carry a DSLR. Its great when I am doing any kind of sports like skiing or horseback riding and perfect for vacations. The quality and ease of use is amazing. Whether you are telling a story about your family, a vacation you took, or its about an important event, a wedding or you are a professional photographer like me its all about story telling. GREAT technology does not get in the way of storytelling. thats what nikon does. I highly recommend this camera.
February 25, 2014
Great camera when you don't want to carry kit
Agree with pretty much everything said here already. Exceptional images from small sensor. Must have EVF would not own a camera without a viewfinder. Solid build, fits hand well. Fast lens with good range and image stabilization. Plenty of controls allow you to easily control all aspects of the process, or simply go program and let the camera do all the work for you. Rotating screen makes it easy to get low and high angles. Great all round camera that has become my carry around choice.
January 15, 2014
Love the camera! It meets all my needs and then some! Great image quality.
I want to echo the sentiments of the folks already who have indicated that the camera is a gem. The macro image quality is great. It even has bokeh in such a tiny image format, so portraits and such are nice. Will eventually add a small flash to augment the one on the camera.
December 13, 2013
Love this lil gem
Perfect camera when you don't want to carry around heavy professional gear!
Great for portraits- Love the zoom (equivalent to that of 28-200 mm lens in 35mm  format at 2.0 aperture) so basically you get the effect of a larger dslr when you zoom in and shoot headshots- the background blurs beautifully
Image Quality- The color, sharpness, and vibrance is spot on and you can shoot both RAW and JPEG
Full HD 1080p Video- awesome
Variety of Effects/Settings- Its easy to make great pictures using the auto modes such as backlight, closeup, panoramic, night landscape, sports, portrait and many more. And for photographers like me, it also has completely manual settings
A Viewfinder AND a Screen- I love that is has both an electronic viewfinder for bright sunlight situations as well as a flip screen for those of you used to using iPhones. But trust me, the quality that comes out of this thing is 1000 times better than the iPhone
Built in Flash- Great party camera to grab those snapshots at events
The Monochromatic black and white- for when you want to get artsy, love this auto black and white setting
December 6, 2013