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Does it matter if a DSLR camera was made in Thailand and not in Japan?

ric hunter , Oct 31, 2009; 12:20 p.m.

Hi there guys!

I went to chinatown singapore this afternoon as part of my canvassing stage in buying my ever first DSLR. honestly, i prefer the Nikon brand because I read a lot of good reviews on their cameras.
now when i went to this store, the man showed me what I was eying for, a Nikkon D3000 and or a Nikkon D5000. as the conversation went on, he then offered me an alternative to give a try of another brand which he says also for beginners or entry level DSLR, a Canon EOS 1000D.
now what striked me most of the bargain he made with is that he showed me the manufacturing country of the camera. the Canon EOS 1000D was made in Japan while both of the Nikon was made in Thailand.
all i ask from you now guys,
1) does it matter if the canon was made in Japan while Nikon was made in Thailand in terms of the reliability of the camera?
2) which do you think then would i choose? should i go with Canon 1000D (coz i really feel awry about canon and its lenses compared to the VR lenses of Nikon) or should i still go with Nikon?

thanks guys! i really hope you could help me with these....

Ric Hunter


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Charles Becker , Oct 31, 2009; 12:34 p.m.

Ric: (1) no-not at all (2) this may be the most asked question on this site; it is up to you to decide and only you-they are both excellent brands. Which feels more comfortable in your hands? Does one have a feature that you value highly that the others don't have? One isn't 'better' than the other but one may suit your needs more completely than the other-it is a personal choice.
P.S. I am a long time Nikon shooter-first film and now digital-and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either brand to anyone.
Happy shooting! cb :-)

Andy L , Oct 31, 2009; 12:38 p.m.

I wouldn't sweat the country of origin here. Nikon's been manufacturing in Thailand for years and their cameras are sill excellent. If you really prefer the Nikon to the Canon, get the Nikon - in terms of technical capabilities there isn't that much difference between the brands, so personal preference for the feel and interface of one or the other is the most important factor.

David Bookbinder , Oct 31, 2009; 12:42 p.m.

I haven't noticed any difference in quality between lenses or cameras manufactured in Japan, Thailand, or China (of the same brand and price range). The main difference is inferior quality control compared to electronic and optical equipment manufactured in past decades, but there's nothing to be done about that.
As for whether to use Nikon or Canon, I do notice that Canon seems to have the edge in terms of introducing new features sooner than Nikon. Perhaps they can afford to, since they also manufacture and sell so many other products. Other than that, it seems to be a matter of personal preference.
Were I to do the whole thing over again, I likely would have gone with Olympus, as they seem to be ahead, in terms of innovation, of both Canon and Nikon, at least at the prosumer or advanced amateur level. I'm still impressed that virtually all Olympus cameras (and, now, Panasonic) sold in the past few years have a way of the user mapping out the inevitable hot pixels, for instance. And they seem to be squeezing out of their smaller sensor and lighter cameras almost the same image quality as their larger competitors.

Ramon V (California) , Oct 31, 2009; 01:05 p.m.

as if we have a choice :-)

manufacturers in china and thailand still run under the strict quality standards of their japanese mother companies and workers are under the watchful eyes and supervision of japanese senior technicians. pro lenses are still made in japan.

i have always shot with nikon system since my film days many moons ago so you know what my answer will be on the choice between nikon and canon...............but i'd pick a canon point-and-shoot anytime over nikon's. my third camera on a critical assignment is an old olympus C-5060 :-)

Kelly Flanigan , Oct 31, 2009; 01:08 p.m.

Cameras made in Thailand are hotter and more spicey than ones made in Japan.

Alec Myers , Oct 31, 2009; 01:12 p.m.

You really ought to get the Japanese one - the Thai-manufactured ones have about 20% of the second-hand value. Check on ebay.

Andy L , Oct 31, 2009; 01:20 p.m.

You really ought to get the Japanese one - the Thai-manufactured ones have about 20% of the second-hand value. Check on ebay.

That doesn't make any sense, unless you're talking about collectability of older models. The newer Nikons are all made in Thailand and don't hold their resale value any worse than made in Japan Canons.

Really, it doesn't matter.

Lil Judd , Oct 31, 2009; 01:23 p.m.

Personally I'd tell you to forget where the camera is made in this case. The only thing that matters is if the menus & feel of the camera in your hands . The camera that feels right for you.
Resale value is really not an issue on one of these cameras. From what I hear Nikon refuse to even have Americans translate our manuals - they're translated by Japanese who speak English from what I hear. They refuse to give up any of their control, so since I now have had three Thailand built Nikons I'm sure I can say - I have no issue with that. They're well built.
In regards to Canon - all I can say is that from what I hear from my Canon shooting friends - I have not ever heard of worse support & service than that of Canon. It is a disgrace that they think it's OK to treat even people paying $ 5000 for a camera body the way they do. I have to admit not ever hearing such horror stories from Nikon nor do I hear a constant sending in camera bodies & lenses for calibration. After what I've heard - there's no way I'd ever pay for a Canon camera.
Buy the camera that feels good in your hands. Logical menus & the features you want. Forget land of origin in this case.

Alec Myers , Oct 31, 2009; 02:18 p.m.

The newer Nikons are all made in Thailand and don't hold their resale value any worse than made in Japan Canons.

Lots of reputable Brooklyn-based retailers will explain that it's worth paying extra for your camera to have been made in Japan.

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