Oh neato. I can get the easy convenience of a point-and-shoot with the privacy-intrusion of having Android on it! Double bonus!
Ben O Connor: No underwater mode(s) , no original underwater housing !!!
WHY SONY WHY !
Because it's not a waterproof camera? Very few cameras actually are as there is not a huge demand for them.
benalys: Nokia’s N8 and PureView 808 also use Carl Zeiss lenses. Comparing with Sony’s Zeiss lenses cameras, Nokia seems has more elegant color interpretation and better dynamic range. It looks like Nokia has done more careful post processing than Sony does.
See this PureView sample,http://www.flickr.com/photos/54786564@N04/7118154023/
From this image sample, I am impressed that at the relative dark area of the photo, the color still looks right and comfortable. This can not be found on the Sony camera images.
Now since Sony has the welcomed hardware improvement, it is the time to improve its post-processing algorithm to match the Nokia’s image quality.
Lack of high-quality glass for one.
First mistake you're making is comparing a cellphone to a high-end point-and-shoot. Due to lack of hardware, cellphone cameras are almost always extremely software driven to make up for hardware flaws and inabilities.
Second mistake you are making is assuming that the camera should post-process for you. There are more photo editing programs and post-processors than I could possibly even count. There is a reason why they exist - they are more powerful and flexible than what any camera could possibly offer. So how about Sony offers you good image quality and good hardware rather than try and put in half-arsed post-processing effects?( Something you can just do at your much more powerful home computer)?
happypoppeye: Is it me (and my computer at work) ...or do all these photos look extremely "flat"
Welcome to dealing with unedited photos. You should not expect post-processing quality pictures to come right out of the camera itself, especially not a camera such as this.
jon404: Just downloaded an Aftershot trial. Looks like a good program, runs OK on my little Acer netbook.
Maybe it's just me, but I'm off Adobe bloatware.
I've been using Aftershot for some time now, and I must say it's a huge improvement over lightroom. It's cleaner, faster, more stable, has all the same features (and more), and has integrated plugin support. And of course - is a fraction of the price.