Nikon asks retailers in China not to sell D600 camera

Kyodo News

Posted at Mar 17 2014 06:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2014 05:06 PM

TOKYO - Nikon Corp. on Monday asked retailers in China not to sell its D600 digital single-lens reflex camera after Shanghai authorities ordered a local Nikon unit Sunday to take the D600 off its shelves, industry sources said.

The Shanghai sales ban order followed a local television report that dust could penetrate into the camera to produce black spots in its photos.

Nikon has also offered to check D600 cameras, which are no longer in production but are still stocked, sold to customers in Japan and other countries and replace some components free of charge. But the company has admitted that it is difficult to completely eliminate the black spots.

The camera maker is concerned that if the D600 problem continues it could affect its business operations in the Chinese market, which accounted for 11.7 percent of the firm's consolidated sales in the year to March 2013.

As a result of the problem, Nikon shares closed Monday down 29 yen from last weekend at 1,730 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.