Pretty nifty little machine, especially at low ISO. Looks like it has a really nice lens, too.
Softness? Come on now. Just how deeply do you want to see into his pores? Viewing a 21MP image at full resolution is like looking at a wall-size print from a few inches away. If you need more detail than this camera is producing, don't plan on using a compact.
I'm a Canon/Olympus shooter but this Sony looks to be the compact/fixed focus camera to beat at the moment.
I don't often peer intently at a giant man's head but today I made an exception. It actually looks a bit soft - the image quality, not the man's head - but in a kind of unprocessed digital SLR way. It doesn't have the awful smeary noise reduction in the SX260 shots (for example) from a couple of days ago.
Great sharpness and detail and subject isolation about like m4/3. Looks like a nice little camera.