Nikon posted another recall announcement this week in Europe, so far it hasn’t affected Nikon’s stock value. The problem appears to only affect those D810 models in a specific serial number range, and is only obvious when the camera is used on an infrequent setting of long shutter speeds and 1.2x crop mode. This combination is apparently producing the occasional bright spot.
While obviously not as big a problem as the fiasco over the D600 it does seem to indicate a pattern emerging of products hitting the shop-floor carrying defects. Possibly pointing to a decline in quality control. Or, cameras are becoming too advanced for the testers to accurately test them before use. One forum poster on DP Review indicated that they were loosing faith in the quality of Nikon products:
Long time ago, it used to be that if you bought a nikon camera you were guaranteed quality product, no matter which camera you got. Now that Nikon is supporting consumer market low quality produces are encountered more and more often. D600 fiasco is a good example of a product gone bad, and it looks like nikon has learned their lesson. It’s good to see that the company is trying (hopefully) to steer back to “only top of the line products name rand guarantee”
If consumers loose faith in Nikon perhaps they will turn to smaller, more bespoke, brands who can provide a level of service that is impossible in an operation the scale of Nikon. Handling the situation better than they did with the value-stripping D600 problems, which knocked Nikon’s share price and potentially killed off any expansion in China’s insanely hot consumer-market for several years. Nikon have announced a free repair for those affected, check out the service advisory here.
Have you used the camera? Are you loosing faith in Nikon?