Found that there is a better more complete instruction manual online. Live chat sent me the link as follows:http://docs.esupport.sony.com/dvimag/DS ... index.html
Otherwise, if you don't ask, the English online version is just 40 pages, which is grossly inadequate for this feature-loaded camera.
Checked with Costco to see if they would sell the RX10. Answer is a firm NO.
Apparently, SONY has fixed price policy, even to not allowing the retailer's opportunity to offer it as a bundle with other equipment, to enhance the value. Not sure that demanding retailers to sell at a fixed price is legal in the USA. Thought that got struck down many years ago in our courts.
Regardless, folks, looks like the RX10 will remain selling at MSRP price (at least until SONY Japan realizes that consumers in the USA don't like to pay retail.) However, the good news is that this does open up possibilities of gray market purchases to save money. Let's see how the price cutters get around this.
The RX 10 might not be the camera for many people, due to its construction. Personally, I live in Texas, so I probably cannot buy this camera. Plus, anybody in Southern states also should pay attention to the SONY cautions. People in the Midwest also will need to keep the RX10 out of their cars during summer months.
More on the climate conditions warnings from SONY for the RX10, quoted as follows from the SONY manual:
Do not use/store the product in the following places
· In an extremely hot, cold or humid place
In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed and this may cause a malfunction.
· Storing under direct sunlight or near a heater
The camera body may become discolored or deformed, and this may cause a malfunction.
· In a location subject to rocking vibration
· Near strong magnetic place
· In sandy or dusty places
Be careful not to let sand or dust get into the product. This may cause the product to malfunction, and in some cases this malfunction cannot be repaired.
On operating temperatures
Your product is designed for use under the temperatures between 0°C and 40 °C (32 °F and 104 °F). Shooting in extremely cold or hot places that exceed this range is not recommended.
On moisture condensation
· If the product is brought directly from a cold to a warm location, moisture may condense inside or outside the product. This moisture condensation may cause a malfunction of the product.
· If moisture condensation occurs, turn off the product and wait about an hour for the moisture to evaporate. Note that if you attempt to shoot with moisture remaining inside the lens, you will be unable to record clear images.