My experience is with the F-505 and F-707. I have a few pictures up here taken with the 707. (the rest are scans of 35mm) My advice is:
ALWAYS shoot at the highest possible resolution. That is the most important thing. Color balance, contrast, lots of things like that are going to need to be tweaked in Adobe Photoshop (my first choice) or similar program. All your pictures will need some post-processing. You have to get the most information into the image in the first place. Shoot at 2560x1920 and you have a file that you can get dozens of different pictures out of by post-processing. Buy more memory sticks if you really need to shoot that many. A fuzzy picture is a waste of a priceless opportunity.
Shooting through glass, use manual focus. I shoot through the windshield or cockpit side windows pretty often and the autofocus will lock onto the glass.
Think of the Telephoto control as the "Rejection" button. The longer you hold it, the more certain your picture will not be accepted. Really true if you leave the "digital" zoom on. Less true if you only use the optical zoom. I just cannot fathom why Sony thought the owner of such an expensive camera would not own a computer with some sort of imaging software. Sony! Get a clue! Digital zoom - huge mistake.
Forget twilight photos. It won't do them. If you have other experience, I'd love to hear about it, but all I get is dropouts.
8 and 1/125 is the right exposure for everything. Just kidding.
The ISO 100 and auto advice sounds pretty good to me.
IIHMLTLO (If I Had My Life To Live Over) I'd have used the nine hundred or so I paid for the F-707 to buy half a real
digital SLR like Canon or Nikon. I am generally disappointed with it. As a family camera it is great. As a tool it is just not professional grade.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.