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I have found virtually no one used to FF cameras is complaining about the price, it's more aps-c DSLR users and p&s camera users.
Yes. As a result, these APS-C consumers have not shot with FF nor processed FF files to understand the quality difference. Nor do they understand the FF price segmentation of existing hardware.
To me, price complaints are not complaints at all, just whining. Any business person knows to sell more units, just lower the price. I would assume a sophisticated consumer marketing company like Sony runs discreet choice modeling with all their new product lines to determine price elasticity and optimal price points to generate the greatest return. Most people don't understand it is a function of margin AND units sold, and there is an actual price point where any lower, the company gives away margin, any higher, sales drop to a point that lowers total margin generated.
I suspect the RX1 was determined to be quite price inelastic, up to and down to a point. Higher than $2800 US, sales begin to plummet, anything down to >$2000 and sales would increase minimally vs. margin lost across all sales.
However, if no competitors join in, and the appreciation for this mini-marvel grows by consumers, either its price increases or the RX2 comes to market, with internal EVF, bounce flash, all the little niggles worked out, etc... At a $3900 price point.
Edited on Mar 12, 2013 at 02:43 AM · View previous versions