buying a camera in Cambodia?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 7:58 PM Last Post By: klibernus
Mar 20, 2008 5:54 AM
buying a camera in Cambodia?Hello again,
Our camera was stolen on another trip recently and we haven't replaced it. So we have our old rather dodgy camera with us.
Just read in LP that Cambodia is an ok place to buy cameras because there is no tax.
Anyone have experience purchasing a camera in Phnom Penh? Any specific shops that can be recommended? Otherwise we'll just buy one in duty free before we leave Australia on our way to Cambodia.
thanks in advance for any answers
Mar 20, 2008 7:46 AM
1I bought a new digital camewra at Sorya market (big mall next to Central market) a couple years back when mine conked out in Siem Reap. Good selection, decent prices.
Mar 20, 2008 5:55 PM
2There is a big Nikon store in Phnom Penh on the major north-south blvd(can't remember the name of it). I almost bought a Nikkor zoom lens there, the price was very good. Cheaper than Amazon and my fav camera store in PDX. There is also a similiar Canon shop on the same street. If you need to buy a camera in Cambodia, I suggest one of these shops.
Mar 20, 2008 6:19 PM
Mar 20, 2008 8:56 PM
4there are also a bunch of camera shops across the street from the central market. i bought a memory card there.
be aware of warranty issues... a camera purchased in cambodia might not be under a warranty that will work in australia. i guess it depends how expensive the camera is...
Mar 20, 2008 11:53 PM
5The "Nikon store" that scorpio mentions is in fact a proper, authorized Nikon Center at #208 Monivong Blvd, about 10 meters south of the intersection with Charles De Gaulle Blvd near Phsar Thmei. The name is the 'Nikon Center.' The "Canon shop" he mentions is 'City Color Photo' at #123 Monivong about 150 meters north of the Nikon shop. They have a variety of cameras for sale - Canon, Nikon and others - a greater selection than the Nikon Center, but they are not an authorized Canon dealership and I have found them to be somewhat less trustworthy than the Nikon Center. The widest selection of cameras in Phnom Penh is, as Coco mentioned, at the Sorya Market. At Sorya they give an automatic 5%+ discount on the listed price if you pay in cash rather than credit card.
Mar 21, 2008 12:01 AM
Mar 21, 2008 7:06 AM
7Brilliant info guys! Thanks so much.
We'll wait to buy a camera in Cambodia rather than here in duty free.
Mar 21, 2008 5:09 PM
Mar 21, 2008 8:06 PM
Mar 22, 2008 11:34 PM
10Our (un)trusty Nikon SLR digital camera died just before we arrived in Angkor Wat.
We ended up buying a Canon digital point & shoot in Siem Reap. It was the latest model and appears to be legit. Working great still.
1. Do price research online before you shop. Know what you want and how much is a reasonable price before you show up in the stores.
2. Most stores will allow some haggling. Do so if the price does not seem right. But dont' be a nasty tourist about it -- that extra $1, $5, $20 isn't worth insulting the locals.
3. Check to make sure you know the models of your camera. Many manufacturers have different model numbers for the same camera - depending on where in the world you buy it! Canon, for example -- uses the same numbers, but they refer to completely different models. An 870 in Asia is an 860 in the US (example)
My favorite camera research websites are DP Review and Digital Camera Resource (google for websites)
Mar 23, 2008 12:03 AM
Most stores will allow some haggling. Do so if the price does not seem right. But dont' be a nasty tourist about it -- that extra $1, $5, $20 isn't worth insulting the locals.
Phnom Penh could possibly be one of the best places to buy cameras for cheap. Hit your first shop and give them a low ball offer. Bargain like crazy until you hit your "walk away price". Then actually turn your back and walk away. If they don't call you back. You know that the price that they quoted is their "cartel" price. Go to the second shop and find the same camera and tell them that the other shop already offered you $xxx price for that camera. Tell em' to knock off another 10% off of that and you'll be happy to buy right there and then and begin to take some cash out of your pocket. If they don't bite, put your cash back in your pocket and walk away to another shop. One of those shops will bite and will tell you to keep the purchase price quiet...Get all the dated warranty info stamped...
Mar 23, 2008 12:57 AM
Dec 23, 2010 11:19 PM
I've found this thread via Google - I'm in Phnom Penh right now and was interested in buying new lenses so your replies were very helpful.
I've spent some time visiting all shops you listed and decided to share my experiences with you:)
I'm completly sure that at this moment there's no sense going elsewhere then LOT Cameras & Equipment, named here as Nikon Center. The adress as you told is #208 Monivong Blvdnear - few meters from the intersection with Charles De Gaulle Blvd. It's open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
They have wide range of lenses and cameras and decent prices. At the moment I'd tell it's about 5-10% percent cheaper then Internet shops worldwide.
The five photography shops around Soraya Market (inside there's just one electronic shop with only few compact cameras) have a poor range of compact cameras and only in few there were any SLR's, none of them has lenses on stock - they check the avalibility at wholesale and could order one for you, but it would take some time.
City Color Shop is complete waste of time - few cameras (compact/slr's) and really few basic lenses there.
I'd recommend you going to LOT if you need a camera or lenses and need to buy it in Phnom Penh.
Once again - thanks for posting helpful informations here:))))
Aug 31, 2012 12:18 AM
14I recently went to LOT on Monivong Bld 206-208 Eo as I was looking for a new body camera.
I wanted to buy either the latest Canon 1Dx or the 5D Mark III one.
In addition to that I wanted the seller to buy my Canon 1Ds Mark III and sell it as a second hand, as it was in perfect condition.
I have to say that I went to many other shops before, without receiving that much interest, 1Dx "we need to order", "your 1Ds is too old" and so on...
When I entered in LOT shop (Air cond is a must !) I understood quickly that it would be different. The 1st seller I met was not able to make the decision regarding taking back the 1Ds but she inspected the material, took my name card and gave me a fair price for the bodies I was looking for.
Then, 2 days later the owner of the shop gave me a call and asked me to come back with the body, and all accessories including box.
The minute I met him I understood that we were about to find a good deal, I mean a win-win situation although I did not know which one at that time.
After discussing (the owner speaks fluent English) about various options I made up my mind.
A reasonable offer for my 1Ds, a good price for my 5D MkIII. I decided to add some more battery, ultra speed CF etc...
This is the way Mr Siny Sok handle his business, with high profesionalism, in other words, what every customer is expecting everywhere.
I have to admit that this is not so common in Cambodia but he really appears to be on a higher level compared to other shop.
Besides that, a lot of choice Canon, Nikon, etc. and a large variety of lenses, from standard to professional ones.
Definitely THE shop to recommend in Phnom Pen !
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