Buying Nikon D600 Camera from Thailand

New Nikon D600 body, a semi-professional camera.
The new D600 camera from Nikon is real…

About a year ago I bought the Nikon D5100 as a temporary camera, until I decided which professional (semi) camera I really wanted. I was torn not only between Nikon models, but even the Canon 5D mark II and now III were getting in the way. I almost bought the Nikon D7000 numerous times. Since it was such a minor incremental increase in camera – I have waited, and waited.

What I REALLY wanted was the Nikon D600, but it was just a figment of everyone’s imagination until just this week when Nikon announced it. It will be available at Amazon on Sept 18 – but you can pre-order here:

Click image to have a look at the new D600 features and pre-order if you want it…

Nikon D600 body.

For the last month or so, I’ve been trying to talk myself into the D800. It is starting at $3,000 USD, which is a bunch of cash, but I could almost justify it. In fact, I STILL think about it, but I think the extra grand is probably better left in the bank account. The differences between the D600 and D800 are fairly minor – in relation to what I’d be using it for, so the extra 30,000 THB probably means more than those differences.

The new Nikon D600 body is retailing at Amazon for $2,199. The price is supposed to drop within a couple of months, probably to $1,999.

Where to buy this camera in Thailand?

That’s always the problem for me when buying cameras or other high-dollar items. I am not close to Bangkok, but really, Bangkok is the place in Thailand to buy your Nikon cameras. MBK has been my mall of choice for electronics in Thailand, when I cannot find it elsewhere.

When you order from Amazon, keep in mind a couple of things.

1. You’re not getting grey-market Nikons, you’re getting the authorized – approved Nikons with the full USA warranty. This means you can easily get the firmware upgrades when you register your camera at NIKON online, and you won’t have any trouble getting it serviced.

2. They add the import taxes, and the shipping is not cheap. Amazon cannot possibly ship for free to you in Thailand, your shipping cost will be about $100, possibly more for this camera body. Thailand charges import fees – and those, on a $2,000 camera will be somewhere around $200 USD (I’m guessing). They’ll be substantial, anyway.

Where else in Asia might you go to buy the new Nikon D600?

Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, will all have them – not sure they’ll all have them by September 18, 2012 – but, they’ll have them either before or shortly after. Grey market stuff comes on the market quite fast. All these places sell grey-market Nikon stuff – which, among many things, means that you can only get them serviced within the country your purchased them at. Keep that in mind if you’re buying in one country and then going off to live in another. You’ll be shipping your $2K camera through the mail to have it serviced.

Australia is another alternative you might use. I’m sure they have good warranties, but the prices are in line with that – high.

You could order from in the USA. They will have the $2,199 price and full USA warranty. They’ll also, like Amazon, charge you for the shipping, and you’ll get hit with the import tax.

The best way to buy this camera in Thailand?

Buy it through Amazon, have it shipped free to your family or very trustworthy friend in the USA that is coming to visit you in Thailand sometime soon.

You’ll get the good Nikon warranty, the good hardware, avoid the giant import tax, and be as happy as a pig in mud. Assuming your friend brings you the camera.

I am fairly set on buying the Nikon D600, I just need to figure out which is the best way to do it. Gotta start asking friends if they know anybody coming over on vacation anytime soon.

Price Updates:  Nikon revised prices recently – and currently they are at:

USA $2,099. Ireland, 2,385 Euros. Europe, 2,150 Euros. UK price is £1,956.