Nikon cameras, lenses, and accessoris are sold in the United States through authorized dealers selected by Nikon USA. Authorized Nikon Retailers receive training and product knowledge, and are chosen for their ability to represent the brand, and to service the products. Nikon provides a warranty on products sold only by authorized dealers.
If you purchase a Nikon product from an unauthorized dealer, you are not entitled to the Nikon warranty coverage or tech support, even if the seller claims that you are. The Nikon products sold by unauthorized dealers are purchased by the seller on the “grey” market, and are usually the import version of the product. These products may also include incorrect accessories like power cords, adapters, etc.
An import version basically means that the product was meant for sale in a different country. For example, a camera that was meant for the Asian market, being sold in the US. The import version is usually the same exact product, just without the warranty. As described in the Nikon warranty page, their warranties are region specific. In other words….that camera that was meant to be sold in Asia, will only be warrantied in Asia. Usually, these products will be labeled as either “import version” or “international version”. Sometimes, import version cameras are even loaded with pirated software, which may not (and probably won’t) function as well as the original Nikon software.
Purchasing from an authorized dealer guarantees that you not only receive the full Nikon warranty and tech support, but also that the product you are purchasing is authentic.
With that said, the following is a list of Nikon authorized dealers who sell on Amazon. Click on the logo to see more details about the store/seller.
Just keep in mind – If you don’t see a seller listed here, it doesn’t mean that they are selling fake, or non-authentic products. It just means that they are not authorized by Nikon to sell their products, and are not buying the merchandise from Nikon. In the majority of cases, the warranty will not be honored by Nikon. Look out for phrases like “Seller provided warranty”, or “Limited Warranty”, etc. These types of warranties will almost always be for less than 1 year. Often times, they are for just 30 or 90 days, and just protect you from DOA products. (Original Nikon warranties are provided below).
On the other hand, if you are looking at an Nikon camera, or camera lens in one of the stores above, and wondering if the item is fake – purchase with confidence! These stores have been verified with Nikon USA to be authorized dealers. You are receiving an authentic product, and are entitled to the full original manufacturer’s warranty.
For reference, these are the manufacturer warranty periods for Nikon products:
- Digital Cameras – 12 months from date of purchase
- Camera Lenses – 12 months from date of purchase
- Speedlights – 12 months from date of purchase
- Refurbished Products – 90 days from date of purchase
This list updated as of 8/24/2017