Fake and fraudulently modified Nikon DSLRs are surfacing at Nikon Europe service centres.

A genuine Nikon D800

Nikon has blamed ‘internet auctions and the like’ for the circulation of ‘fraudulently modified and imitation products’, which it has refused to inspect or repair.

Nikon also warns that its warranty does not apply to such products, for which Nikon accepts no responsibility.

The models affected are the D800, D7100 and D4.

The outer covers of D800 cameras have been fraudulently replaced with ones from the D800E.

The name plates of D7100 DSLRs have been swapped for ones from the D610.

And D4 models have been fraudulently modified to resemble D4S cameras, said Nikon in a statement.

Nikon UK has yet to respond to Amateur Photographer‘s request for comment.

Nikon Europe issued the following statement:

Notice regarding fraudulently modified and imitation Nikon products

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.

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

For more information regarding this matter, contact Nikon Customer Support or your nearest Nikon Service Centre.

  • entoman

    Come on, you can hardly blame Nikon, it isn’t their fault that people are selling fake equipment, and they have every right to refuse to repair it. It is certainly not a reason to avoid Nikon. I’m a dedicated Canon user, but it would be idiotic to deny that Nikon make superb cameras!

    Under British law it is the SELLER who is responsible if you are the victim of fraud, NOT the manufacturer.

    I buy grey imports regularly from ebay and so far I’ve been lucky. Most sellers on ebay are honest. However there are certainly some criminals selling fake gear on ebay and elsewhere, and you have my sympathy if you’ve been the victim of fraud.

    If you have been the victim of fraud, tell EBAY, because they have an excellent customer protection scheme and will make sure you get your money back. It may take a few weeks but you’ll definitely get your money refunded!

    Report the fraud to the police too. It’s highly unlikely that they will be able to stop the fraudster, but reporting the case to them will validate any claim you make with ebay or other sellers.

  • David Robinson

    All Nikon have done is told the fraudsters what need’s changing ie Firmware modding.

  • Seven_Spades

    Another reason not to buy Nikon. If I had been the victim of fraud the last thing I want is for Nikon to rub salt in it by refusing to repair the camera if it goes faulty. The least they can do is make a chargeable repair and replace the top cover to correct the camera. What are Nikon trying to say don’t every buy a camera on eBay? You do not get the chance to examine a product on eBay before purchase.