February 18th, 2013, 08:10 PM
Buyer's Remorse Already?
I took my wife to a local outlet mall this weekend, to take advantage of some President's Day clearances. She met with success and came away with a number of great deals on clothes she needed for work, etc..
As we were leaving, I dropped in on the Sony outlet sore. I was tempted to spring for a 50-inch 1080p HDTV (240 hz, Internet-able, Smart TV, etc) for $799. But the truth is, I have nowhere to put it and our very expesnive, solid-wood armoire will only take a 32-inch HDTV.
But on my way out of the store, I spotted the Sony RX100. They had brand-new examples at the MSRP of $649. But they also have a number of refurbished units for $529 and a full two-year warranty was only a few dollars more. You see my kit below. The only thing missing is a truly pocketable quality camera with a zoom lens. I've read all about the RX100 and so I went for it, along with an extra battery and a proper external Sony charger that plugs into a wall outlet.
But now, before I have even charged up the battery, I'm thinking perhaps I've made a mistake and really should wait for the X-20 and/or save for the X100s. I know - neither is as small as the RX100. I have 14 days to return the camera. But, right now, I'm thinking it might go back tomorrow. I think what's bothering me most is the price. Even with the refurb discount, I'm still paying over $600 with the external charger. I'm just not sure I see the value here.
Honest question: Am I missing something? Have other RX100 owners felt the same way at the start but were won over by the camera? Again, I've read the reviews and I don't normally experience buyer's remorse.
Panasonic G5 and GX1; Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, Lumix 45-150mm f/4-5.6, Lumix 100-300mm f/4-5.6, Lumix 14mm f/2.5, Lumix 20mm f/1.7
Olympus E-PM2; Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, Zuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6, Zuiko 40-150 f/4.0-5.6 R, Zuiko 15mm body-cap lens, Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Pentax Q; 01 prime, 02 and 06 zooms
February 18th, 2013, 08:21 PM
When I got it it was the most expensive camera I had ever bought, but I thought long and hard about it first. No buyer's remorse here - it does all I want of it and I'm no longer interested in smaller sensor compacts even if its a 'bigger' smaller sensor. X100 is a completely different type of camera so for me it would never be an alternative.
February 18th, 2013, 08:48 PM
You need to follow your gut. If you are not comfortable, then return it. The price in the future will only drop further. But I agree with Olli. I'm very aware of the price mentally, but the portability/performance ratio is outstanding.
Last edited by wt21; February 19th, 2013 at 06:47 AM.
February 18th, 2013, 09:22 PM
I had the opposite thing happen. I was wowed by its IQ and particularly it's low light capability (especially at the wide end) at first, which allowed me to overlook the things I didn't like about it. But over time, the lack of feel and tactile controls as well as a few capabilities it didn't have at all soured me on the camera and I got to the point I enjoyed it less and less each time I shot with it. Very capable but just no damn fun for me to shoot with.
So, no, no buyer's remorse initially, but a serious case of it over time. Maybe you'll have the opposite experience and grow to love it!
February 18th, 2013, 09:27 PM
Back when I was using only my Canon DSLRs I found that I did stop taking them places with me so a backup pocket-sized compact made sense even if I never liked the handling of something so small (nor the IQ at the time for that matter). These days I am yet to find any mirrorless or fixed-lens m4/3 to APS-C sensor camera too restrictive to carry, even if it does mean the camera comes along in a small bag rather than a pocket. If you're considering the RX100 in the same breath as the X20 and X100s, maybe the smallest size isn't your priority either?
So, even though I gather the output of the RX100 has come a long way compared to smaller sensor pocket cameras, it just doesn't make sense for me to own one because I wouldn't benefit from it's standout feature (size). The RX100 is a bit unique at the moment and if I wanted a pocket sized camera now it is the one that I would get. As regards to smaller fixed-lens cameras having that size of sensor, I do see the RX100 as (hopefully) the thin end of a wedge.
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February 18th, 2013, 09:27 PM
I'd give it a fair shake. Sometimes first reactions prove all wrong. I have no experience with the RX100, but I know I've felt NOT in love with a new camera and it ended up being amazing.
February 19th, 2013, 01:34 AM
It took me a bit of time to get used to the control layout, but after using it as the main camera on a 2 week trip I feel very much at home with it.
I also find the quality good enough that I wasn't missing the DSLR I left at home. My main worry is that my wife is going to steal it and then I'll have to agonize over buying another RX100 or getting something else
February 19th, 2013, 01:48 AM
You got 2 weeks, so I would use it for 3-4 days just to try it out.
OTOH I know when you get that feeling that its just not for you, and you just want to bundle it up and return it immediately. As others have said, based on your other stated options it sounds like minimum size is not a priority for you, which is the main advantage of the RX100 over the others.
February 19th, 2013, 03:37 AM
Everybody is different. I bond (or not) very quickly initially, it's a matter of hours. Sure, any camera take longer than that to get to know, but I always follow my gut reaction. As others noted, this is the digital world, prices will only go DOWN. If you have second thoughts, use it for a day and still in doubt tonight, just return it. The X20 should be fabulous, I know I recently bought the X10 and that as such is so good I'm NOT taking any other camera on trips from now on (even though I'm normally addicted to APS-C).
Originally Posted by madmaxmedia
February 19th, 2013, 03:41 AM
I like mine, I have no regrets in buying mine. I took it as my main camera to Krakow in December and it carried out its job admirably. I was very happy with the output and loved the convenience of the small size. The closest I have came to regretting a purchase is the G1X. I hate the way it feels in my hands but then I see the images it produces then I realise that the ugly duckling has the inner beauty of a swan. So I held on to it. All that said, it doesn't matter what other folk feel about the RX100. If you can't find anything to love about it, then it has no place in your bag. But do give it a chance.
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