mpgxsvcd: Basically Panasonic is the first manufacturer to figure it out. Even with the much larger sensor of the DSC-RX100 the shallowest 35mm equivalent aperture is F4.9.
None of these cameras will produce a shallow depth of field shot. So why not just make the sensor a little smaller and the the F number a lot better.
They finally got it right. Shallow depth of field is not important for these cameras. Low light performance is. They have a winner on their hands in that respect.
If only we could convince the novice user of this fact since they will need to be the ones buying this camera for it to be a success.
> None of these cameras will produce a shallow depth of field shot.
Well, that's not true. All of them will. Don't forget that focus *distance* is also important. If you can get close to your subject, with the widest aperture (even at the widest focal length) you'll get the background blurred. There are plenty of examples on the web for the RX100 that show that.