The frame lines do wash out towards the sun, but they are not accurate anyway at greater than closest focus, so just get used to it. The red LED exposure info is not presented in the viewfinder itself, but below it in the lower black margin of the window. In strong light, it may be reflected up into the viewfinder as a kind of inadvertent HUD. This may be what you are (not) seeing (clearly). Though good, I rarely use the on board metering, preferring the exposure accuracy of a separate spot meter.