Nikon Europe discovers some D800E cameras are D800s in disguise

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM EDT


Nikon Europe has issued an official statement in regards to fraudulently modified D800 cameras. According to the notice, the Nikon camera company has come across a handful of cases in which D800E cameras sent in for repair were actually D800 cameras in disguise.

The statement further elaborates that these cameras were likely sold and purchased through online auction sites, such as eBay. Fraudulent models aren’t covered by Nikon’s warranty or repair services, so it’s best to keep an eye out for fakes.

Nikon says the best method to go about ensuring yours is a legitimate model is to check inside of the menu system of the device. If it states anything other than “NIKON D800E,” it’s likely a fraud.

Menu displaying proper "D800E" marking

Below is Nikon’s statement in its entirety:

Notice regarding fraudulent Nikon D800E digital SLR (fraudulently modified D800) cameras

We have confirmed that there are cases in which D800E digital SLR cameras were received for repair, only to find that the cameras were actually fraudulently modified D800 cameras whose covers had been replaced with D800E covers. It seems that these fraudulently modified products are in circulation via Internet auctions and the like. As the Nikon warranty does not apply to fraudulently modified 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 camera before purchasing one.

Identifying these fraudulently modified cameras

Display an image captured with your camera in the camera monitor. 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.  If “NIKON D800E” is displayed, your camera is an authentic D800E.  If any other name is displayed, your camera is a fraudulent D800E.

*See the D800/D800E User’s Manual for instructions on enabling overview display.

(via Nikon Europe via Nikon Rumors)