Looking forward to what "old school" kites you'll be bringing to KP.
It looks as if you read more than I usually do.
Normally, I just read the pros/cons and conclusion of a review.
If a purchase is really close, then I'll read most of the overview.
The Sony uses the same sensor as the Nikon N1 series.
I really dislike the N1 series, but love the sensor.
With pocket cameras, I try to get the largest sensor our budget will allow.
Everything else (large glass, image stabilization, etc) will be appropriate.
The Sxxx series use to be considered large sensor for a pocket camera.
But Sony has really raised the bar according to the reviews.
You can give it a look at KP.
Found a video review here:http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/07/26/the-sony-rx100-digital-camera-review/