Most cameras in Japan are now much more expensive than comparable models in practically every other market across the world. True, some of this is due to currency exchange rates, but Japanese corporations go out of their way to keep low-cost cameras off the market.
The only real competition for the Nikon and Canon brands comes from South Korea's Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Both companies' cell phone divisions make cheap smartphones that have become popular with young people around the world. The quality of these phones is good enough for most people, and they don't cost all that much.
In fact, Samsung and Apple account for almost half of all smartphone sales in Japan. They're so popular that few people even know about other Japanese manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, and Nissan.
The reason for this is that both Nikon and Canon use parts made by Samsung and Apple for their own smartphones. These parts are cheaper than those used by Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, so it makes sense for the companies to spend their money instead on marketing and high-end models.
The end result is that cameras remain very expensive in Japan. A five-year-old camera that you can buy in the United States for under $500 usually costs over $1,000 here.
Canon products are most emphatically not less expensive in Japan. In particular, no camera equipment is less expensive in Japan. The opposite is true; all Canon cameras are more expensive in Japan. This is because Japanese consumers prefer quality over price and therefore don't buy cheap products.
However, if you purchase from an online retailer that ships to Japan, then you will find many brands of products for less money. Because the shipping cost can be high, people who shop online often choose cheaper alternatives to brands that they know well. For example, someone who purchases from Amazon.com every day might just as easily buy a generic brand product instead. Likewise, if you visit eBay.co.jp then you will find many products that are available elsewhere in the world at much lower prices. Generally speaking, if you look around enough then you will find good deals anywhere in the world.
The main exception to this rule is the Nikon brand. Cameras under this label are rarely found elsewhere in the world and are always more expensive in Japan. This is probably because the manufacturer only sells its own brand-name products in Japan and doesn't have to pay extra for distribution costs.
In conclusion, it is easy to find great deals on brands that people in Japan love too much.
Say it aloud: "Pause." There are several reasons why all of the main camera manufacturers are Japanese. Japan places a premium on precision, quality, and iterative design, all of which are critical for developing competitive lens technology. Competing in the lens sector is important to success in the camera industry.
There are two main factors that have helped make Japanese cameras so popular throughout the world: price and performance. A Japanese camera can be much less expensive than its American counterpart, while still offering very high quality images. This has been possible because most components used by Japanese manufacturers are manufactured in Japan. Also, Japanese companies take great pride in their products, so they often use only top-of-the-line materials.
Japanese manufacturers also use sophisticated technology when producing lenses. The need for large market shares forces them to continue to develop new products that compete with other manufacturer's lenses. This constant development has led to many breakthrough technologies that have been adopted by other manufacturers too. For example, three Japanese companies (Toyo, Schneider, and Olympus) developed the floating focus mechanism used in most compact cameras today. This mechanism allows the photographer to manually move the lens instead of using a motorized zoom lens or auto-focus system.
Another advantage of Japanese cameras is that they tend to come with lots of accessories. Most include a wide range of lenses, bags, mounts, etc.
Japan Nikon manufactures digital cameras and interchangeable lenses at plants all throughout the world, not just in Japan. The company's global headquarters is located in Tokyo, with offices in other countries including the United States, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Spain.
Nikon manufacturing facilities in Japan include: Gunma Prefecture's Hasselblad North Asia Headquarters; Saitama Prefecture's Science Park 6; and Yokohama's Q-Factory. In addition, there are three major subsidiaries in Japan that manufacture digital imaging equipment: IDC, JVC, and Olympus.
Hasselblad North America Headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida. This office was established in 2000 when Nikon USA decided to bring production of some digital cameras outside of Japan. The Hasselblad brand is used for high quality photography products that utilize Hasselblad cameras as well as other brands such as Pentax and Contax.
Science Park 6 is a private research and development center in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Established in 1986, it is home to over 1,000 employees who work on various projects for Nikon around the world.