Back in 2014, Nikon sent out an advisory about fake D800E cameras that were actually just modified D800 bodies and today, they sent out some new notices.
Apparently, camera counterfeiters have moved on from D800 bodies and are now modifying D7100 and D4 bodies to be updated versions like the D610 and D4s. Nikon found out about these fakes by getting many of them at their service center. So it is more important than ever to be diligent about whom and where you buy from, or you may end up with a fake Nikon in your possession.
The reason this is important to note is because, to my understanding, Nikon will refuse to fix any issues with these fake cameras as well. So not only will you find out your camera is bogus, but you will be stuck with a brick should anything go wrong with it.
You can read Nikon’s full statement below:
Nikon has confirmed that fraudulently modified and imitation products have been received by Nikon Service Centres for repair.
It seems that these fraudulently modified and imitation products are in circulation via Internet auctions and the like. As the Nikon warranty does not apply to fraudulently modified or imitation products, Nikon will not inspect or repair such products. In addition, Nikon cannot be held responsible in any way regarding the use of fraudulently modified products. Please take all necessary precautions to ensure the authenticity of a product before purchasing it.
Examples of the fraudulently modified products that have been brought to Nikon Service Centres:
a) D800 cameras fraudulently modified to make them look like D800E cameras
These are D800 cameras with which the outer cover has been fraudulently replaced with a D800E cover. When the “overview” display option is enabled in full-frame playback mode, the name of the camera used to capture the image is displayed in the top right corner of the monitor, allowing users to confirm the true name of their camera. If “Nikon D800E” is displayed, your camera is an authentic D800E. If any other name is displayed, your camera is a fraudulent D800E.
b) D7100 cameras fraudulently modified to make them look like D610 cameras
These are D7100 cameras with which the name plate, and/or other identifying feature, has been fraudulently replaced with that of a D610. This can be checked using the same “overview” display option as described above. If “Nikon D610” is displayed, your camera is an authentic D610. If any other name is displayed, your camera is a fraudulent D610.
c) D4 cameras fraudulently modified to make them look like D4s cameras
We recommend only buying your gear from reputable Nikon Retailers such as B&H, Amazon or other big chain stores. You can find Nikon’s latest listings and deals over on B&H here.
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