Buying Nikon D600 Camera from Thailand

New Nikon D600 body, a semi-professional camera.
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 Adorama.com 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.

Author: Vern

I’m an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here – feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page).

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6 thoughts on “Buying Nikon D600 Camera from Thailand”

  1. Thanks Buddy – Powerbuy hmm? How much was it there? I’ll see if they have an online site. I still haven’t bought anything yet. Been thinking and rethinking about which is best. Hell, I’ve thought so much about this next camera that I could write a book on the differences between the whole Nikon DSLR lineup.

    I’ll be making a decision by mid-December. Thanks for your comments – cheers man.

    1. I got mine for B73K, body only. With my CITIBANK visa card, I am given 10 equal, interest-free (7.3K/month) monthly deductions from my credit card bill? I’m expecting prices to come down in December, when Canon come out with their attempt of an equivalent (6D). But I have no regrets. Fantastic camera! Very high resolution, fantastic dynamic range and great at low light.

  2. Vern, did you get the D600 yet? I bought mine from PowerBuy in Central World about a week after it was announced. And I saw it in all the camera shops there. I’m sure you can buy it in the Power Buy outlet of any Central mall around Thailand.

  3. For residents of Thailand (whether citizens or not) it would be best to get the D600 in any of the authorized Nikon Thailand dealers (http://www.nikon.co.th/dealers.php). Foto File in MBK, IT Mall in Fortune Towers and any of the Central Power Buy stores are quite reliable dealers. Using a Central MasterCard allows payment to be spread over several months interest free. And the camera is sealed and the package contains all the warantees. This makes up for the THB 72K SRP (~USD2,300) for the body only and THB 90K (~USD 2,860) with the 24-85mm kit lens. In a news release last night, Nikon Thailand announced that the camera is supposed to be available in Thailand starting today, September 18.

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