raywes: Nothing has come along in a while to compete with the Sony HX100v, but this changes everything. Along with the Panasonic FZ150, these two cameras will bed the new leaders I predict. And I thought I had my mind made up about purchasing the FZ150 already.
First of all, it does have a "hot shoe". I received my camera this past Saturday and I am very pleased with one exception. I am used to being able to follow my subject through the viewfinder as I am taking pictures but as soon as you press the button to take a picture, the viewfinder is useless as you attempt to track your subject because it displays the picture you just took. What gives with that? To me, that pretty much makes the ability to take rapid-fire pictures useless because you can't track your subject.