Gentlemen & Ladies
I recently returned from an extended family trip to Hawaii. Took my Panasonic DMC-ZS8. Had it over a year. My daughter-in-law was packing a Sony RX100. We all took hundreds of photos in our own style and then exchaged memory chips. Her shots ( all natural lighting ) jumped off of the screen. Unbelievable skin tones and excellent natural colors. Mostly simple snap shots. My more artisitc approach resulted in very weak results. The unique lighting in Hawaii really challenged the ZS8. I had noticed some degradation of image quality on an earlier trip to Utah. Therefore, I had been looking to upgrade and was looking at the Sony before the trip. Now I am a new owner of one. Another poster mentioned the absolute value of excellent image quality. That had been my main search filter issue and this trip proved how critical that quality is. I know there is a substantial price point difference, but I would rather buy once than twice which is what I have done over the years.