I finally got it! What a wonderful camera this is! The only issue is that I need another lens, this 18-55mm is nice but as you can imagine has no zoom. Other than that I love it. I have been out once shooting with basic settings and need to get in and fiddle with it a bit. I know it can do a lot I just need to learn how to get the best from it.
The P500 is still broken and will be for at least a few more weeks. Once it is fixed it will become the primary shooter for my wife (greyeyez1980.deviantart.com/)
as well as my back up. Well off to shoot again! Hope everyone has a great day!