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Powershot A80 Japan vs. China Model
What are the immediate differences of the two cameras or none....our stores in Minnesota are only carrying the China version at this time and the price has dropped significantly!Thanks..

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I too am curious. After a week of agonizing over what camera to buy, I had finally decided on the A80 (I had my mind dead set) but now I'm not sure. All the reviews I've read were with the Japanese version. I wouldn't have known about it unless I read it here. This seems almost like a bait and switch thing going on. Any feedback on owners with the Chinese camera would be appreciated. Thanks...

Comment #1

I would assume that there would be no difference between the cameras. The final assembly would be done in China. Labels must indicate locations of final assembly. We can assume that the individual components of the camera (lens, ccd, motors, etc...) are all sourced from manufacturers all over the globe. Most likely the same sources that comprise the A75 assembled in Japan. Hopefully the quality control at Canon's the Chinese assembly plant is as thorough as the Japanese plant...

Comment #2

I had a few days the Japanese A80 version.

Unfortunately it had one dead pixel on the LCD and with low light the automatic white balance was a little too bluish purple. So I returned it.

Now I am the owner of a China version A80 and my impression is that, though photo's in general are excellent, the purple wringing problem is more serious than with the Japanese A80.

Of course this does not prove that Japanese A80's have better optics than Chinese ones...

Comment #3

I went ahead and bought the A80 made in China. The store where we were shopping had only China models available and the Canon Reps were there doing demonstrations...they were using a Japan model and would answer no questions regarding any differences.

They did say that the warranty covers the product no matter where the camera is made. We also have a 30 day trial period so we shall see!.

It goes without saying that the price is dropping significantly recently so that may be due to cheaper labor costs in China...

Comment #4

After a lot of reviews and searches, I narrowed down to the A80. A friend of mine purchased it in Apr '04 and highly recommended it. Of course his is Made in Japan. How much of a difference will be in the quality of pictures is the hardest part to find. For one reason, almost all the retailers both online and the stores have a 15% restocking fee. I mailed Amazon.com and they replied to me that the camera is "Made in USA".

Any thought shared would be appreciated...

Comment #5

I decided to buy it anyway, what Warren said made a lot of sense. It's been years since I bought a new camera the last one being the S300. I started looking at the bottom of a lot of high priced cameras and a lot of them were made in China, Malaysia, South Korea. So I figured that's probably the future anyhow...

Comment #6

FYI: Walmart.com says that they their A75 is "Made in USA" also. Most likely an error. Was in the store, and they had both A80's and A75's made in Japan. I can't justify the price tag of $249.95 (plus 8.1% tax), when buydig.com has it for $202 (no tax & free shipping) most likely made in China though. So, about a $75 difference. Think Japanese assembly quality is worth $75? My guess is no.

I don't mean to champion products made in China. I still look for and gladly pay a bit extra for certain things made in USA. (If the A75 was made in USA, I'd pay the $75 extra without flinching)..

Comment #7

I actually bought this camera from Best Buy for an in store only price of 247.95....that is a very good price for this camera locally(Minneapolis) and in hand purchase. It was a non-advertised price.

The thing in my estimation that will fail first on this camera is the flimsy battery case closure....very tricky and you must not press incorrectly or with too much pressure or it will surely fall off.

I am going to Alaska on the 22nd and hopefully the photos taken will be beautiful and I will come home with rave reviews. I am hedging my bets by taking the old 35mm camera as well...

Comment #8

Hi I live in South Africa , and I bought my A80 a month ago. The normal appliance stores here had only the China model , which I didn't want. After lots of hunting , I found a specialist photography store that had a Japan model and it was R200 ( about $35 ) cheaper ! I bought it instantly and while I could be wrong, I just feel that the Japan model is much more solidly built. I haven't compared photographs yet, just the quality of the camera, but I'd say if you can find one - get the Japan model...

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