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In burst mode, the P100 takes up to nine maximum-quality shots at 1.6 fps.
The camera was impressive in our PC Labs tests: Its 1,250 lines of resolution were acceptable but not exceptional for a 5MP camera, but its very good pixel transition score of 1.7 percent undoubtedly contributed to the crispness of our still-life test shots.
The P100 is a worthy challenger to our top-rated Kodak LS743, but the Kodak is somewhat simpler to use and, though only four megapixels, is similar in resolution.
The P100 offers spot and multipattern metering, six scene modes, manual, aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes, and exposure value (EV) compensation in 1/3 EV steps in a range of +/-2 EV.
The P100 also has a real-time semitransparent histogram that cleverly overlays a small portion of the LCD without obscuring it.
The menus are quickly scannable, but their organization and structure can be a bit confusing.
You can shoot JPEGs at five resolution settings, ranging from 640-by-480 to 2,592-by-1,944.
It's got a bright, 1.8-inch LCD (in addition to its optical viewfinder) that performs well in direct sunlight.
The controls are nicely positioned for one-handed shooting, but because the P100's lens is positioned on the opposite side from the shutter button, the camera is better balanced for shooting two-handed.