I post here frequently but don't start many threads. 6 months ago I started one on the Sony RX100. It faded pretty quickly, but you can read it here: Sony DSC-RX100: New and maybe interesting reading
Around that time, David Pogue at the New York Times called it "the best pocket camera ever made."
This week Time Magazine put it on their list of the 50 best inventions in 2012. See: Time Magazine RX100
In between, I bought one and have been learning to use it taking both photos and videos.
My recent camera purchases have been a Panasonic SDT750 (similar to the TM900) and a Sony HX9V because it was regarded as highly capable for HD video. Using them as my first ever video cameras, I tended to use the Sony more than the Panasonic because it was easier to have with me, it did not intimidate the target and video quality seemed indistinguishable from the bigger camera.
I was considering a Sony GW77 because of size, ruggedness and rain worthiness. (I continue to follow that thread closely.)
Instead I took a tangent. Between a friend with a Nikon and two granddaughters,I renewed an old interest in photography. The current necessary concept in photography is a format called RAW. It is kind of like shooting video in 1080p, or better. The camera captures all the detail possible under the laws of physics and files are big. And, like video, the RAW job is not complete without editing.
I did not want a big DSLR just to learn about RAW.
I realized I wanted a camera small enough to fit a pocket, capable of good 1080p video and the ability to also do very high quality photos, including the RAW format. Until Sony made this camera, nothing else qualified.
This camera is not for everybody. It is Sony's attempt to put everything video and photo in one small package, so compromises are included. Overall, Sony seems to be successful.
It is a fascinating piece of equipment. It has a large 1" sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. It has more features and tools per cubic centimeter than anything else available. It is complicated and the menus are long. Two authors have written books of a few hundred pages each to help explain what it does.
I took the camera on a three week trip out of the country and have not yet edited much. I'm far from being a skilled videographer, but have plenty of footage to share.
In short, many have reviewed this camera as creating an new market category that might be called "tiny hybrid". And, for now, may be the only camera in that catagory.
If there is any interest at all in a non-traditional camera/camcorder that tries to puts it all in one package, I'll post some examples over the next days and weeks of what I could get it to do. (If there is no interest, this thread will die like my last one!)