I've had several Nikon SLR's, and one digital camera (Fuji). After a great deal of thinking, I got rid of the Fuji, it annoyingly enhanced almost every shot, making it impossible to capture the mood of the scene. I thought about a DLR - I've used them professionally, but what I really wanted was a good quality pocket camera. The P5100 is it! Feels great, magnesium metal case, rubber grips in the right places, but more importantly, it has a Program,Shutter priority,Aperture priority and Manual dial, exactly the same format as my SLR, I can replicate anything that I can do with my F80. I can capture any mood or lighting situation. The ability to custom set white-balance is also very useful. With 12.5 mpixels, and with an Epsom R800 printer I can make astonishing prints. If, like me, you dithererd over whether to go for a good, small, strong, reliable pocket camera, buy this one.