Thanks for your patience, having strictly kept everything on Auto for years I am having to build confidence as well as knowledge. That's good about the battery, I look forward to getting more out of it as it is broken in. Do you have any idea how long these batteries last, do you replace them every year, do they last for several years before needing replacement, etc?
The P mode, do you mean the normal picture mode? I'll try to take some outdoor portraits on that as you said without a scene mode but with forced flash on and see how they come out. It's cloudy and raining today, so no chance for testing that today though, may have to wait till the next sunny day.