When the sun is shining directly at the screen it's a little dim, but discernible. Otherwise, I have no complaints. The image is clear. I'm very pleased with this camera. Bought it for a trip to Italy and I'm looking forward to using it extensively to bore neighbors and friends with thousands of stills.
Yes. I can see the screen clear. Just took it to the beach recently. I really like this camera. I just wanted something easy to use that zoomed far and took good pictures. I have had to learn some things with it and learn which settings work best with certain lighting. It takes really clear pretty pictures. It's a good point and shoot camera for me.
The screen visibility in sunlight is better than previous screens I have had, but still isn't ideal. What I miss is the optical viewfinder, which has been apparently eliminated with all compact cameras. My larger Fuji 30X xoom has the optical and it really helps at times. To sum it up, this one is probably a bit better than "average" but not all that great.