I have had my Mk II for 6-7 months now. I am certain I am not getting what I could be getting from this camera. I tend to go for HDR too often, and even on Art Std it's oversaturated but many times looks not too bad on the big screen although sometimes too garish.
I am finding, so far, that using it without HDR is very dull - HDR is too much, non HDR too little - washed out. I use manual perhaps 25% of the time although for just walking around tend to use automatic when not using HDR - sometimes I do both HDR and auto of a similar scene to see which I like better.
What are your thoughts? What did you do to crack the code, so to speak? A friend just bought a new Nikon Coolpix as her small walking around camera (already has a nice dSLR by Nikon but like me wanted something smaller to wander with) and her photos from her small camera are just blowing mine away. The zoom is much better, she is getting much better Bokeh and DOF (even when I use manual), and in general her photos really do look like they could be from an SLR and mine frankly do not.
I will say I hate using the LCD as my viewfinder - just hate it - and probably should spring for a clip on viewfinder.
Thank you for any thoughts.