Olympus Gray Market Product Advisory

It has been recently reported that Olympus CAMEDIATM cameras originating from Outside the USA have been available from some Internet, Canadian, and U.S. Dealers. Olympus America Inc. feels it is important that we bring this issue to your attention since purchasing Gray Market (non-Olympus America specification) cameras in the U.S.A. will result in the following difficulties:

Olympus CAMEDIATM cameras originating from sources outside of Olympus America, Inc. are not warranted by Olympus America, Inc. and therefore would not be eligible for warranty service from Olympus America, Inc. The origin of these cameras can easily be traced via the serial numbers and the lack of FCC logo on the camera(s). Olympus offers only a Limited Warranty for the nation of distribution.

European specification cameras are set up for the PAL video standard and therefore are not compatible with the NTSC standard in the U.S.A., thereby disabling the important video preview feature. (This feature is not correctable)

Since the Olympus CAMEDIATM cameras are subject to Part 15 of FCC regulations, it is possible that gray market cameras may not meet FCC standards and therefore, sellers of these cameras may be subject to extensive fines.

See www.olympusamerica.com/innards/productadvisory.htm for details.

Don't be disappointed with an Olympus CAMEDIATM camera that will not perform up to our exacting standards. Be sure to purchase a CAMEDIATM camera from your authorized Olympus dealer. If you are not sure, check our Retail Finder for an authorized dealer in your area.

last updated 5 Jan 2003