Francis Carver: Good news, folks. Some more 1/2.3-inch sensor garbage-cams in the throw-away category. Some of them can use the Sony Memory Sticks. Stick these you know where, Sony.
We already have what -- 999 current models of 1/2.3-inch sensor cameras that look the same and do the same. Why add these ones to that pile, Sony?
They are good cameras designed for million others who are less critical. Sony is one of the most innovative companies. Ever heard of the NEX and SLT cameras? And what do Nikon & Cannon offer? Actually, I am a fan of micro 4/3, CSC now. (I also have many other cameras like most of you here.)
Did a 2 week trip in southeast Asia using a Panasonic G3 and Sony HX5V. Didn't shoot RAW at all. Exposure, color, speed and focus were good. Strong supplementary features of the HX5V were: GPS, panorama, zoom range, low light perf and battery life. Both were excellent, reliable, light weight travel cameras. They met my (lowered) realistic expectation and purpose of posting them on SkyDrive. The photographer's skill will more than compensate for a little less capable camera or IQ.
Francis, for clarification, Sony lost billions of Yens, or millions of US $.