Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!

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by Anura Guruge


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Push comes to shove, the Sony RX10 II
is NOT cost justifiable.

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Click to access the very useful ‘snapsort.com’ comparison of the Sony DSC-RX10 II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.


In the end I did NOT need the above head-to-head comparison by ‘snapsort.com‘ to tell me that the RX1o II was NOT worth the money — BUT it was the final straw.

When the Sony RX10 II was announced in June 2015 I drooled over it for three months. I genuinely thought, till well into August, that the RX10 II would be my next camera — when I treated myself to a new camera in September, for my birthday, as I have been doing yearly of late. I researched the RX10 II for months. I really wanted to convince myself that this was THE right camera for me. Then right at the last minute I decided that I did not want to go down from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor. That is when I went with the Sony a77 mk II. I loved the Sony a77 mk II — once I got used to it. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the NH Highland Games, in Loon, it was taking some awesome pictures. I could see that just on the LCD display. It was all that I wanted from a camera. I felt vindicated. I had made the right choice. It just happened that it was THE 989 images that I took that day at Loon that I lost — off the card. But, fortunately I had downloaded the images before they went ‘poof’.

I could NOT live with the a77 mk II after that ‘lost image‘ episode. So I returned the entire kit and started again looking at cameras.

Given the TON of research I had done over the Summer it made sense to go back to what had been my short-list cameras — bar the Pentax K-3. The Pentax no longer had any appeal. I want to be mirrorless — or at least get away from a MOVING mirror. So I want back to the Samsung NX1 and Sony RX10 II. Samsung NX1, on second look, proved not to have the right glass at the right price. Plus there are still questions about its AF even with the firmware at 1.4.

I then went back to the RX10 II willing to compromise down to a 1″. But then I realized that IF you discount 4K video — and video in general only has tertiary appeal to me — then the RX10 II is WAY overpriced given that its optical zoom only goes up to 200mm. Yes, it is fixed aperture, at f2.8, across all its range but a camera with 200mm range should not cost $1,200+. In the end, weighing the ‘competition’, I came to the conclusion that the RX10 II should be in the low $900 range. So, I am NOT going to get a Sony RX10 II — and remember that I BOUGHT SNE shares because I was so enamored by the RX10 II. That is how the cookie sometimes crumbles. So here we have the paradox of a Sony shareholder eschewing a flagship Sony product because it is too expensive! 


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2 responses to “Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!”

  1. Dragan Bajcetic says :

    Well, IF you discount 4K as you say, you are right. But how can you discount the main video feature from a video camera? I think the only mistake you, and many others make, is to look at this camera as a stills camera that can shoot video, while it is a video camera that can shoot great stills. Once you step into the video world, the camera becomes very competitive. And I am not talking about family videos here, I am talking about story tellers and small productions. It can do most of what cameras like GH4 can do but much cheaper due to the integrated lens, and much simpler as well due to the range of the lens and constant aperture. There’s no video camera like it. What you are trying to do is shoehorn Rx10 into what Sony rx100 IV and Lumix LX-100 are, it is not meant to be that.

    • aguruge says :

      And what I want is a STILLS camera. I really would like a 1″+ sensor, 20MP camera that did NOT do video, did not have Wi-Fi, did not have GPS. Just want to shoot good stills. Is that unreasonable? Different folks, different choices.

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