I received a Nikon S630 for Christmas 2009. I didn't use the camera until February when I attended the wedding and realized all the pictures looked terrible. They were blurry and poor coloring. Where my parents bought the camera only allowed returns for 30 days after purchase so I missed my opportunity on that. The camera did have a warranty so I went to Nikon to explain my problem.
Nikon customer service reps are idiots. I submitted pictures to them for their review and they would say the problem was that my settings were on night portrait mode (it was nighttime and I was in a dark place) and for every picture, they had some excuse. To complicate matters, in order to submit pictures and communicate with them they have a complicated, non user friendly system where you must log in to a website to communicate and every few days your account is disabled and your password stops working, the forgot password link does not work and you have to call in to customer service to get set up again.
Long story short, they did not take responsibility for their faulty camera and have taken no ownership over the awful product they sold to me. I will never buy Nikon again and I can't recommend strongly enough that you don't buy a Nikon. I wish I'd read Nikon reviews before.... now that I'm looking I've not found ONE positive review, anywhere.
I bought a brand new Coolpix S6000 from Best Buy and about 25% of my pictures were blurry. Nikon 'reviewed' my photos via email and confirmed that there is something wrong with the new camera. They told me that they were not authorized to replace the camera because 'they are just the manufacturer' (How in the world does that make sense? They're just the people who make the cameras so they can't send me a new camera??)
The supervisor (yes, I asked to speak to a supervisor and it only took 2 requests and over 25 minutes to get one on the phone) said he recommend I take the camera back to Best Buy for an exchange. Well, this was the last of this model that Best Buy had (hmm... wonder why?!) and I said if I take it back that I will not exchange it for a Nikon and I will not buy Nikon products again because Nikon doesn't support their product. He said he's sorry I felt that way. Warning: DON'T buy Nikon. If anything goes wrong, customer services isn't the LEAST bit helpful.
1300 WALT WHITMAN ROAD MELVILLE, NY, FLORIDA -- Do not buy Nikon, worst customer service I've ever experienced. 5 weeks after buying my camera, lens error, send it back in its original box with everything brand new. First they sent a letter saying it was covered under warranty and then they sent another letter stating that the camera had been tampered with, screws missing/damaged and gave me an estimate that was almost the same cost of the camera.
This camera was in mint condition and they are stating otherwise, how are you supposed to argue with someone that is lying? When you ask to speak to someone else they have nobody and they send you updates via e-mail stating do-not reply, how are you supposed to communicate with someone that's not there?
DOUGLASTON, NEW YORK -- First used it on my birthday at the end of September, 2009, and less than one month later it was FINITO. Staples will not honor the extended warranty (of course). I did not drop it, nor did I press on the viewfinder. I have 20 years experience in photography (35mm) and this was a birthday present. In two days I am taking it to Nikon in Melville, LI, with a friend who also has a Nikon and we will see. How could Nikon be such junk? I need it for a newsletter.
Another friend was going to buy me a much more expensive Nikon, but I think I will opt for another brand!!! How can the quality of Nikon gone so far downhill? And what about Staples' warranty? I guess it is a way for them to make an extra buck. Never buy a camera from them.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- Be smart, buy a Canon because Nikon's service/repair does not service or repair. I bought a D60, after 45 days of use, it wouldn't take a picture. So it's been a month since they are waiting for a part. Their customer service is courteous but their promises of an ETA part email to me never materialized three times. Customer service dept's own emails are ignored by other departments. After a month, they can't find a part, does it exist? Are they making it? They only made a few? Don't waste your money on a company that does not have parts or does not have a functional customer service to repair dept. system.
EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA -- If they don't start taking care of customers better... In 2007 while on vacation in Hawaii the zoom lens stopped working. The long 800 645 6678 menu gave detailed instructions on returning the camera for repair. The instructions were followed and the camera was mailed to Nikon El Segundo, CA insured and return receipt requested. After an extremely long wait time, with no return receipt received, numerous follow-ups with Nikon El Segundo Service got no results. Nikon El Segundo finally said they had not received the camera, so contacted the Post Office to pay the insurance claim.
The Post Office gave detailed proof of delivery, which was provided to Nikon. Then they asked for the serial number on a camera which was a gift and who signed the unreturned return receipt. It was like starting all over each time they were contacted by email and telephone.
It is now 2009. Almost two years later they finally "found" the camera claiming there were no instructions, name or address. They lied to cover their mistake. They did not even identify themselves on email. I repeatedly asked for a supervisor and got put on hold indefinitely by people who could barely speak English. You would think Nikon wants to provide some goodwill for their reputation and future business by confessing their mistakes and repairing the camera under warranty. So far, it looks like this will have to go to court where Nikon may lie again. Nikon Karma: http://support.nikontech.com
Shortly after obtaining a Nikon Coolpix 4500 camera (approximately $700.00) I found that the model was discontinued and replaced by a more advanced camera... leaving me with a worthless product. How in the world do you expect me to have faith in the purchase of a newer camera? Do you not feel that you have some obligation to protect the consumer from this kind of action?
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO -- I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix S1 camera... After using it for only a couple of weeks, the camera had become useless. I had let it sit for a couple of days in the charger base. The next time I went to use the camera, there was liquid leaking from inside the camera. I am assuming that this liquid was coming from the liquid crystal display. The camera and charger base was sitting where it was impossible for the camera to be exposed to external liquids, or even humidity and condensation. Also, the liquid was coming from inside the camera, there was no moisture on the outside.
However, after sending the camera to Nikon for service, they, of course, denied the warranty due to "water damage". Never mind the fact that the liquid was coming from INSIDE the camera itself! Anybody who reads this I would caution you to be aware that Nikon's warranty concerning "water damage" obviously includes leaking liquid from the camera itself!
So, I then received a bill for repair of the camera which was over 2/3 of the overall price I had paid for the camera. After several irate calls to Nikon's service department, in which I explained over and over to no avail, that the camera was never exposed to external liquids, that the liquid was coming from inside the camera!!!! Not only would they not warranty my camera, they insisted on calling me a liar by asserting that the camera had been exposed to an external source of moisture... as I KNOW FOR A FACT IT NEVER WAS!!! They eventually decided that the camera couldn't even be repaired at all and sent it back to me AS IS.
I WILL NEVER EVER OWN ANOTHER NIKON PRODUCT EVER AGAIN... As I do not appreciate being screwed out of $300 and being called a liar! I would stress to everybody not to deal with this company, as their service warranty and repair is, quite frankly, rude, intolerable and has quite questionable ethics.
I never thought I would want to vent like this, but I also never thought I would have a problem like this, either!! In January of 2003, I bought a Nikon Coolpix 2500 Digital Camera. I used it approximately 2 times a month until close to the end of April, when it wouldn't work any longer. I took it back to the store, where it was sent in for repairs, which took approximately 5 weeks.
So now it's the end of May, and my camera is back with me. I didn't need to use it until a couple days ago. And when I went to use it, as soon as I turn it on, the display freezes. I can't pull up a menu, I can't do anything. If I go into the picture mode, to take pictures, the dang thing freezes on start up on the Coolpix logo. If I go into review mode, I see the last picture I took, and that's it. I can't review any pictures. So I try to shut it off. And guess what?? It won't shut off, either!! The only way to get the camera to shut off is to take the battery out of the camera.
I contacted Nikon Customer service who sent me an email stating: "I apologize for your inconvenience. Did you send your camera to Nikon for repair? If not here is our service information... " Now how useless is that?? I stated in my original letter the same thing as I typed up at the top. That I had sent it in for repair and they had my camera for 5 weeks and I had just got it back!! How clueless are these people?? I actually asked what their return policies were for a LEMON... And he completely IGNORED my question on that, too!! I have resent my original email and the CSR's comment back to Nikon for clarification... I just want a camera that works. Why is that SO difficult???
I bought a Nikon COOLPIX S800 for a $1000. The Camera in the last 20 months been repaired four times - problems with Flash not working, Display not working, and several streaks on the acquired pictures. Once the Camera was sent to Japan for repairs and it took 2.5 months to come back. Till Date I have spent $400 on repairs alone. And to top it all - what was touted as a great camera at time of sale is now not even being manufactured. Too much of heartbreak with NIKON. I would rather stick to SONY or CANON the next time around.