We just bought the ZS3 last night.
As always, our lives are too hectic, time is too short, so we went to one isolated camera store nearby, after dinner, before my daughter’s bedtime, with our car double-parked in front of the store, so we were in a hurry, needed to look, compare, decide and buy, as my daughter squirmed, my wife complained and nervously peered at the car every few seconds and urged me to “just make a decision.”
So I did. I bought it and we got ripped off. Shouldn’t have bought it in such a hurry (we’ve made lots of big purchases, including my laptop computer in exactly the same circumstances) and shouldn’t have bought it there, as I already learned the proprietor is a liar.
He had shown me another model in its box, which seemed remarkably cheap, so I played with that model until (a) he eventually revealed that someone had purchased that camera and had it for two weeks and (b) I discovered a speck on the screen. I told him there appeared to be dust on the lens, so he looked at it, blew on the lens, looked at the LCD panel, wiped it with a rag, then concluded there appeared to be a flaw in the LCD panel. FUCKING LIAR! He ACTED like he only discovered then the flaw, but of course he knew damned well it was defective. He was faking it.
We should’ve walked out right then, but our time is so precious I didn’t want to waste another evening leaving work early to cross town and go shopping. And my wife was telling me “make a decision.” So I did. I bought the ZS3.
It looks like a great camera and I’m sure I’ll be very happy with it. I’m pleased, too, that it has a 3 yr warranty, because I don’t trust the bastard who sold it to me. But we got ripped off. I tried to bargain him down, but he wouldn’t budge. He threw in a free 8 gb card and a nice carrying box and a mini-tripod, but we paid NT$14,900.
My wife checked the internet afterwards and bitched and moaned. I told her fine, let’s return it. She says too much hassle and he won’t take it back. I told her then if that’s our decision no more bitching and moaning about it. If we keep it, that’s our decision and let’s move forward. I think we will.
Too bad about the crappy store and the high price, because it appears to be a really nice camera and I think we’ll be happy about it. In truth, though, the model below it (8X zoom instead of 12X zoom) probably would’ve been just fine, and it is smaller and lighter.