The FX700 does offer aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual shooting modes, though the touch-screen controls make them a little awkward to use. Apertures are f2.2-6.3 wide and 5.9-6.3 telephoto. Shutter speeds go from 8 seconds to 1/2,000 second. Both are controlled with onscreen sliders so it can be difficult to make quick changes, especially if you're going from one extreme to the other. Also, Manual puts both sliders on screen at once so if you have larger fingers you may inadvertently change aperture when you meant to adjust shutter speed or vice versa. However, if you're just looking for more control than afforded by a lower-end point-and-shoot, the FX700 certainly gives you that.