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Any advice what compact camera to buy in Japan for traveling pictures.

Old Mar 31, 18, 12:01 pm
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Any advice what compact camera to buy in Japan for traveling pictures.

I think Sony cameras are more cheaper, any advice?
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Old Apr 1, 18, 11:08 am
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Why would you buy it in Japan? You're likely much better off buying at home (assuming you're from the US).

Warranties don't always travel across borders.
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Is not Sony cheaper at Japan?
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Is not Sony cheaper at Japan?
Sony A6000 from BH: $598

Sony A6000 from Amazon.jp: 60k yen, or about $569

Hardly seems worth the trouble.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_digital.html

https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%82%BD%E...&keywords=sony
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Originally Posted by txflyer77 View Post
Why would you buy it in Japan? You're likely much better off buying at home (assuming you're from the US).

Warranties don't always travel across borders.
You will also get a Japanese version with Japanese packaging. How good is your Japanese?
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You will also get a Japanese version with Japanese packaging. How good is your Japanese?
I assumed (perhaps naively) that a Sony camera would come with a multilingual OS and manual, but that may be optimistic.

In any case, there's barely any cost savings to buying in Japan and plenty of downsides.

Also, learning a new camera while on vacation is generally a miserable experience.
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Originally Posted by txflyer77 View Post
I assumed (perhaps naively) that a Sony camera would come with a multilingual OS and manual, but that may be optimistic.

In any case, there's barely any cost savings to buying in Japan and plenty of downsides.

Also, learning a new camera while on vacation is generally a miserable experience.
The manual will be Japanese.

The OS is multilingual but try figuring out how to change it into another language.
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The manual will be Japanese.

The OS is multilingual but try figuring out how to change it into another language.
Ok you won.......I was checking in amazon and there are a couple of good deals!
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Originally Posted by txflyer77 View Post
Sony A6000 from BH: $598

Sony A6000 from Amazon.jp: 60k yen, or about $569

Hardly seems worth the trouble.
The Japanese Sony store sells the body for 59,880 JPY excluding taxes. Slap possible duties on top and potential restriction re: warranty and, it's easy to see that it's not going to be a bargain. Apple products are somewhat cheaper in Japan depending on where you're based from. Shaves about 100$ pre taxes/duties off the price, i.e. overall 120$ once you've properly declared it to UK customs. Buying it from a state with no sales tax pushes the savings to about 200$ (after paying 20% VAT to UK customs) compared to buying the small iPhone X in the UK.

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The manual will be Japanese.

The OS is multilingual but try figuring out how to change it into another language.
Manuals are available online. Moreover, assuming the OP buys it in a store in Japan to get the tax refund, he could probably ask someone in the store/the hotel to set the language to something the OP understands.
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