Having done freelance photography during the film era, and not having shot a picture for many years, I eased back into the discipline with a Panasonic point-and-shoot, and was both pleased and plagued. Eventually, I wanted more control over picture elements, but didn't want to spend four figures on a quality digital single lens reflex (dslr). Nikon's "bridge cameras" (somewhere between these two levels of complexity) had traditionally been inferior to Canon's, among others, and I wanted to be able to use some of my Nikon gear that wasn't obsolete. The Coolpix P7100 was the first Nikon bridge camera that earned critical raves, and, after much research, I bought one from Amazon.
This, parenthetically, was a great move, because the lowest online price was offered by an outfit I discovered, at the last minute, was bogus. To top it all, Amazon gave a generous rebate when I showed that the camera I received had images already on the memory card (clearly a return).
The online manual was extremely frustrating, and I began using, and immensely enjoying the camera, based on my prior experience, and a few paragraphs from the manual.
As soon as this book became available, I got a copy, and it quickly improved my shooting experiences. Not only is it illustrated with color shots, the author includes many tips, and reasons for them, at appropriate points in the text. His sections on flash helped me navigate the camera's myriad options.
I would suggest using the book in conjunction with online photography forums. In one, for example, I got ideas about how to marry my ancient flashguns to the P7100's protocols.
Not a page-turner, this is a fine reference which quickly gives you a great deal of information about the many topics covered. Just as I customized the (indispensable) wrist strap, by designing a "string tie" of armature wire, to cinch up the strap, I would highly recommend that this book be incorporated into your information resources, but that you roam far afield to find stuff that may be specific to your situation.