I would have settled with a camera that has auto focus, save about $619 900 and call it a day!! Oh what the hell... maybe a RX1R and save $617 000.
Amazing shot... Looking at your specs - did you use a flash for this?
rioachim: IQ is better than xz-1 or not? I'm not talking about pixel detail, but color representation/ low light capabilities/ depth of field effect/ speed
I recently bought a XZ-1 hoping XZ-2 will not show up anytime soon. And then the news of RX100 pops up :)
I think RX100's optics capabilities would be below XZ-1. XZ-1 maintains F1.8 - F2.5 throughout the zoom range where as RX100 goes from F1.8 - F4.9, a big difference. I think XZ-1 achieve this with slightly larger physical build in lens components structure hence, the larger overall physical size as well compared to RX100 or Canon S100. And I would say XZ-1 lens are hard to beat. However, RX100 capabilities are yet to be seen.
The sensor is a different story. I think RX100 sensor is much better than XZ-1 regardless of the pixel density and sensor size. XZ-1's main bottleneck is the slight old/nosier sensor at high ISO settings. Interesting to see how RX100 would perform under ISO 400 compared to XZ-1. However, It would have been nice if RX100 settled for lower pixel count, something like 16MP or less.
All and all RX100 is a welcome addition to large sensor compact camera list.