Sony RX100 Left on Top of Car Leads to Unintentional Teardown

Phil Wright got his hands on the Sony RX100 — the camera David Pogue was raving about — shortly after it was released back in June. It didn’t survive very long.

Earlier this month, Wright was rushing to work in the darkness of the early morning when he placed his coffee and his black camera bag on top of his car. When he arrived at work 22 miles and 25 minutes later with coffee in hand, he suddenly realized that his camera was nowhere to be found. After panicked call to his wife back home, she made the discovery: camera roadkill 300 yards from their house.

Wright had forgotten the camera on his car roof. The camera bag dropped onto a busy road nearby, where it was given a haphazard teardown by a constant stream of cars and trucks.

Reviewers around the Internet have long complained about the camera’s “flimsy weak” flash mechanism and battery door. Wright found it hilarious that these were literally the only two parts of the camera that survived unscathed.

Luckily for Wright, his insurance covered the cost of the deconstructed camera (minus $100), so he has the same camera in his hands again. You can bet he checks twice now before pulling out of his driveway!

Image credits: Photographs by Phil Wright and used with permission

  • Alexander Petricca

    The coffee….the precious coffee….

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Ooh, DigitalRev’d.

  • kdsjkdjsak

    so we all post our broken cameras here?
    i mean honest… what is this ? no other more interesting things to write about?
    this is social media sickness. all must be told to the world.. ..
    btw: i had a great sh*t this morning….

  • Mateus

    Thats why you’re supposed to drink the coffee before you start driving.

  • Phil Wright

    No kidding, when the coffee kicked in I was at my office, WTF is the camera, under the seats, on the floor, under the car.. nope. Now I now have a sensor light in the carport…thanks to China and LED battery operated devices. A hard lesson to learn…

  • Stoney Stone

    I can relate, sort of. Many years ago I was driving out of the North Rim of Grand Canyon Nat’l park in my Fiat 850 soft top convertible…a quite long dirt road at the time. When I got out to the gate the ranger stopped me and said “Do you know you have a Nikon on your roof?”. A lucky lesson learned.

  • Joker

    Send it in for warranty.

  • Lance Mitaro

    Don’t worry, that’ll buff out.