Excellent review. If your into sports photography, this might be a nice camera to have alongside your Alpha. For instance, in football (soccer for yankees) you can get some impressive shots with high fps and high zoom, if you can read the flow of the game (which is not hard if you watch a lot of football and if the other team sucks to no end
) and could also make sure you catch the perfect shot at pivotal moments (free kicks, penalties, etc.).
Shame about the RAW though. Maybe Sony felt they had to hold back on the RAW since it might start competing with its DSLR range. It would be silly if they actually thought that, but marketing people are a strange set that sometimes only see in black or white. Might be a technical restriction as well, since only few pro dslrs can even shoot past 6 fps using RAW, I doubt this camera would have the memory to buffer 10x9mb images.