By now you may have heard from Nikon Rumors that a law firm is collecting information for a possible class action lawsuit against Nikon over their D600. It sounds crazy, considering that all camera manufacturers have some pretty seriously defective cameras in their past, but it’s true. What makes this situation so different? For example, the Canon 5D (mk1 / “classic”) had a mirror that would literally fall out of the camera randomly! The D600 lawsuit, however, is different because (allegedly) Nikon attempted to deny or cover up the severity of the issue. This seems to be the focus of the lawsuit.
Click HERE to visit the law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and read more about their current “investigation”…
[Rewind: Third Time’s a charm?! After two recent lawsuits where photographers are on the losing side, could this one be a win?]
So How Defective Is The Nikon D600?
When the issue was first acknowledged by Nikon, I thought to myself: is the D600 really that defective? They sure made it sound like your dirty D600 would be perfectly fine after a few thousand clicks. As if the oil spatter would sort of run its course and then die down eventually, I guess?
Well, I went on thinking that for quite a while, in fact over the course of the past year or so I have largely advised photographers to just buy a D600 and learn to clean their sensors, and/or send the camera in for a free cleaning after they clicked 3-5 thousand images.
However, in the past few months, I began to notice a few things. A short while after the “new” Nikon D610 came out, there were reports that a few especially troublesome D600’s were being completely replaced with D610’s.
Then, a few weeks ago I got some icing on this whole cake, at least in my opinion. I was in Los Angeles at their official West-Coast service center to pick up some equipment, when another gentleman came in with a D600. He was definitely unhappy, because apparently he had been bringing in the D600 every few months for cleaning/service, yet the sensor dust seemed to persist. He confirmed that his camera had indeed clicked many thousands of photos already, and had been cleaned/serviced four or five times, but to no avail.
This definitely leads me to believe that, unfortunately, Nikon does indeed have a serious defect on their hands. Not only that, but it could be argued that they attempted to sweep the issue under the rug quietly.
Nikon Corporation VS D600 Owners
I don’t know much about legal battles against large corporations, but it seems to me that if a few D600 owners come forward and confirm that they did indeed quietly receive a D610 as replacement (appeasement?) for a D600 that seemed to be un-fixable, then this lawsuit really will have solid ground to stand on. I highly doubt that any monetary damages will be awarded, but Nikon might find themselves sending out a whole lot of D610’s in the near future!
What do you think? Based on my knowledge of the situation, like I said, it looks like they have a case and they might at least be able to scare Nikon into trading more D600’s for D610’s, but no more than that. However, I’d love to hear the opinion of anyone who has more experience in these situations, or anybody’s experiences as a D600 owner as well of course!
If you haven’t already, you can read our full review of the D600 here.
Take care and happy clicking,
As I was hoping, a Facebook user commented that their D600 did indeed seem to “clear up” and stop getting oily / dusty after about 8,000 clicks. So, maybe D600 owners should rattle off a few good long timelapses and then get their sensor cleaned and/or get their camera serviced? Actually you never know, I’m sure that some cameras are just more oily than others…