How to check if your NEW Nikon DSLR is really BRAND NEW

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dpreviewprov Regular Member • Posts: 336
How to check if your NEW Nikon DSLR is really BRAND NEW

I post this info here because there is one guy in Nikon FX DSLR forum who just bought a "NEW" D600 on eBay that turns out to be "used" with hundreds of shutter clicks.

HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR Nikon Digital SLR is REALLY BRAND NEW

First of all, when you turn on the camera for the FIRST TIME, the camera will asked you to choose a language and then to set the date/time.

(Read the "BASIC SETUP" part in the instruction book of your Nikon DSLR):

"A language-selection dialog will be displayed the first time the camera is turned on.

Choose a language and set the time and date. Photographs can not be taken until

you have set the time and date".

Secondly,

The shutter actuations (shutter clicks) of your FIRST picture taken with the camera must be showing as "1".

To check your shutter count/clicks:

First of all, you must format the memory card INSIDE your camera (using the camera's format function).

Next, take a picture using the freshly-formatted memory card; then download the picture into your computer.

Then check the shutter count (use Opanda EXIF viewer or http://www.myshuttercount.com or http://www.shutteractuations.com/ ).

Opanda link: http://opanda.com/en/iexif/download.htm

Nikon D600
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Opfoto Regular Member • Posts: 178
Re: How to check if your NEW Nikon DSLR is really BRAND NEW

Thanks for the reminder/heads up.....

As always...its BUYER BEWARE!!!!

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vishal540 Junior Member • Posts: 34
Re: How to check if your NEW Nikon DSLR is really BRAND NEW

Also to check the sensor of your camera you can take few shots of sky at F22.. I don't know how it works but I have read it on this forum few months back.. Many were complaining about Nikon D600 (OIL PATCH)...

If any expert can clarify this it would be just great for me too coz I have never tried it myself...

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Deleted1929 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,050
Re: How to check if your NEW Nikon DSLR is really BRAND NEW

> The shutter actuations (shutter clicks) of your FIRST picture taken with the camera must be showing as "1".

Dubious statement.

Equipment is QA'd during construction.  There's no reason to assume cameras should have zero actuations, and I'd be a bit worried if this were the case as it would indicate that even the most basic tests are not being done.

> First of all, you must format the memory card INSIDE your camera (using the camera's format function).

The shutter actuation count is NOT affected by the card's data.  It is an internal count the camera maintains.  That's the whole idea.  The card is immaterial.

And as you mention formatting :

There's no reason to do this on a normal card.  The format is standard and unless you previously formatted the card on a computer ( which you should not do ) there's no sensible reason to format it in the camera.  Some people use this to clear the card after use, but I personally don't - it makes no real difference.

I regularly use the same cards in different cameras.  The makers expect that and it should work perfectly.

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