Possible future advanced compact from Sony...
I know its a stretch to say the least right now, but I read the recent interview with Sony's Tôru Katsumoto who recognizes the need for Sony to produce an advanced compact.
Quote from the interview (note this was translated by google):
Digital Focus: There is one other mode, the compact expert. All great brands have one, big or small sensor (G12, LX5, EX1, P7000, X100 and now Fuji and Olympus model ...), except Sony. Is not that a gap in your range?
Tôru Katsumoto, laughing: YES! There are more and more demand for this type of equipment and we do not currently offer. Nothing is certain, but for my part I think we need a compact expert.
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Google translate of the original interview: