Um, this camera is incredible. I rarely touch point & shoot cameras. I especially stay away if they take a memory card rather than a roll of 35mm film. The Sony RX100 changed many of my stupid hipster and snobby opinions of what a good point & shoot can be. It's a grand camera.
The camera looks pretty run-of-the-mill consumer camera at first glance. It's not until you see it has a fucking Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that you go "Oh damn, this little shit means business!" Once you're lusted over the blue square goodness, you can start to appreciate this camera's elegant way of balancing immense technology and real-world usefulness.
One area this camera excels in is manual control, but I don't care. I don't want to change the ISO on a point & shoot. I have a "real" camera for that. I know, that sounds bigoted and annoying, but it's true. I shot the RX100 in the Superior Auto mode 95% of the time I had it. It just works. I couldn't ask for more. In Superior Auto, the camera gave me crisp, clear, perfectly exposed, RAW files. Miracles do happen, I've now learned.
Overall, I love this camera. It has very few drawbacks. I wish I could attach a viewfinder to the top. I wish the lens was brighter at tele-photo. I wish it wasn't $649.99 USD. But honestly, It's a quality piece. A perfect companion for a busy photographer. The high quality camera my 50 year old Mother can use, no problem. A digital camera made for real people, real shooting, and made real simple.
If you live in the Twin Cities, stop into a National Camera Exchange and play with an RX100. You won't regret it. Or you will. The choice is yours.
P.S: Below is a gallery of samples. I shot these in RAW on the RX100, then converted them straight to JPEGs for the web using Aperture. Enjoy.