U.S. vs Japanese model

KeemoKeemo Posts: 11Member
edited October 2013 in Nikon DSLR cameras
I have seen a camera listed for sale by a Japanese distributor. Is there a difference in the build quality between a camera sold in the U.S. by a U.S. distributor & one in Japan? Do you know if there would be any additional import duties & taxes?


  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    No and no.
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  • haroldpharoldp Posts: 984Member
    I do not recall if it was Nikon, but I have seen differences in firmware between US and non-US camera versions to were separate updates were released for each, and the update for non-US would not install on cameras for the US and would 'brick' the device if one tried.

    I am not certain that this is an issue for current models but always source my firmware updates from Nikon US.

    .... H
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  • psdragepsdrage Posts: 15Member
    I have seen differences in Recording Time for Video due to VAT / Import Tax reasons along with frame rates depending on whether they are targeting PAL (25 Frames) or NTSC (30 Frames) contries
  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,232Member
    The warranty may not transfer.
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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,452Moderator
    The warranty WILL not transfer.
    Always learning.
  • peter000peterpeter000peter Posts: 4Member
    Most of my gear has come from Japan because everything is seriously overpriced in Australia. I don't think there's any difference between the Australian and Japanese models. You can download English manuals. From memory, lenses have an international warranty and cameras come with the Japanese warranty. Ive sent cameras back to Japan for warranty repairs. Nikon Japan doesn't screw you around.
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