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We are Nikon repair specialists with 20 years’ experience fixing Nikon film and digital cameras.


The 1st Air Repairs team can carry out the full range of Nikon repairs at our camera repair shop in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. These include the repair, refurbishment and servicing of portable instant cameras and compact cameras offering lightweight, fixed lens flexibility to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with state-of-the-art features.

Keeping your Nikon camera in tip top condition is key to ensuring you’ll get years of great service from it. At our Nikon repair centre, we utilise leading technology and over 30 years of specialist know-how, to ensure our customers receive a service that is second-to-none.

But we are not solely a Nikon digital camera repair specialist. We also repair other camera, lens and accessories from brands, including Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, etc. Furthermore, we repair camcorders and are one of the UK’s leading and approved JVC video camera service centres.


Nikon Camera Repair, Cleaning and Servicing


Common Nikon Camera Faults

Before we fix your Nikon camera, we first need to establish the exact fault. Common problems include the camera lens, LCD display, shutter, battery door error, sensor issue, software issues, water damage, SD card error or data recovery from the camera may be required.

As Nikon camera experts, we can mend all the following problems:


Camera Shutter Error: Sometimes the Nikon camera’s shutter might be stuck open leading to overexposed images or if stuck closed, black images.

Camera Lens Error: Lens errors are very common and mostly they’re found in Nikon cameras that have barrel style lenses. We can fix Nikon camera lenses or carry out Nikon lens replacement.

Camera Software Issues: Sometimes with Nikon digital cameras you might find the hardware working well but there’s a problem in the software.

Camera Battery Error: Nikon battery problems are another common occurrence.

Fixing a Wet Camera: If you’ve dropped your Nikon camera in water by accident, it will damage your camera. We can remove any corrosion. 

SD Card Error: Sometimes the problem can be in your SD card and not in the camera itself. If you see ‘write error’ then your photos will not get written to the card. First check your card is not locked and then try to take photos.


Nikon Camera Repair London & UK


We’re the UK’s Nikon camera repair experts

Our Nikon digital camera repair shop uses hi-tech equipment to fix Nikon cameras at a component level. This is where we differ from other camera repair shops. It is often possible for us to repair sockets and individual components, rather than having to go to the cost of replacing a whole module (e.g a complete circuit board). This makes it more cost-effective for our customers.

We can clean, service and fix your camera, as well as any damaged casings, motors, CCDs and CMOS sensors. 1st Aid Repairs fixes:

  • Nikon DSLR Digital Cameras
  • Nikon SLR 35mm Camera Repair
  • Nikon Focus Calibration
  • Nikon CCD and Mirrorbox
  • Nikon Medium Format Camera
  • Nikon Camera Lenses
  • Nikon Studio Flash Gun Repair
  • Nikon Camera Body Repairs
  • Nikon Flash and Studio Flashgun Repair
  • Nikon Hot Shoe Replacements
  • Nikon Flashtube Replacements
  • Nikon Flash Calibration
  • Nikon Light Metering Calibration

Our repairs include:

  • Circuit board repair and replacement
  • Memory card socket repair and replacement
  • Shutter assembly repair and replacement
  • Flash circuit repair and replacement
  • Focus mechanism repair and replacement
  • CCD cleaning and servicing
  • Cosmetic damage repairs (scratches or cracks due to being dropped)

We repair and service all the following Nikon camera models:

  • D4/S, D3/S/X, D850
  • D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D850
  • D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, D5000
  • D2/X/H, D70, D200, D3000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5400, D5500, D5600
  • D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400
  • D80, D90, D300/S, D500
  • D6
  • D780
  • D3500
  • D850
  • D7500
  • D5600
  • D5
  • D500
  • D750
  • D610
  • DF
  • Mirrorless
  • Z6
  • Z7
  • Z50

Nikon Camera Fault Repair


Common Nikon DSLR error codes

Nikon camera errors can occur in any Nikon camera model, from a mirrorless Z-series to a D600, the high-end D7000 or even the entry-level cameras.

Regardless of the error code, 1st Aid Repairs can mend cameras displaying the following codes that can often appear in broken Nikon DSLR cameras:

  • ERR – Something is wrong
  • CHA – Card Socket Error
  • Lens Error
  • ERR - This memory card cannot be used


Insurance Quotes and Repairs for your Nikon Camera

We do offer estimates suitable for insurance purposes. We would require the Nikon camera for inspection and confirmation of the damage.

Inspection reports are chargeable, which would be deducted from the final repair cost should the repair be completed. The inspection fee must be paid before the inspection and covers the return carriage to you if the estimate is declined.

During the inspection, the technician will inspect the camera and report his findings. We will then email a PDF copy of the inspection report to you, which is suitable for insurance purposes. For further details, please review our Insurance Quotes information here.


Nikon Camera Servicing & Repair


How our Nikon Camera Repair Service Works  

  1. You contact one of our Nikon camera specialists and describe the fault.
  2. We diagnose the problem over the phone and provide a quote based on the information provided (parts and labour breakdown).
  3. If you’re happy with the quote, we will send you an address label.
  4. You send your camera in protective packaging by post to 1st Aid Repairs.
  5. On arrival, your Nikon camera gets booked onto our repair management system and you get sent a job reference number and approximate timescale for repair (we usually aim to carry out camera repairs or service within 7-14 days).
  6. If your Nikon needs extra work, parts or we are unable to mend it, we will contact you by phone and discuss the best way to proceed.
  7. We then return your pride-and-joy back to you in air-protected packaging to keep your camera safe and sound.


Please Note: We do apply inspection charges for water damage and major physical damage because a more detailed assessment is required where we need to take the whole camera apart to diagnose the damage. If your camera is beyond repair and you wish to dispose of it, we can pass them to our partner who is one of the UK’s leading camera parts recycling experts.  


Nikon Camera sensor cleaning (CCD) and Mirrorbox cleaning

Keeping your Nikon camera working at its best means keeping it clean and calibrated. Over time, dirt and metal shavings from lens changes get into the camera body and start to affect performance. Static electricity can also build up within the shutter mechanism which attracts more dust onto the CCD.

Using our modern cleanroom facility and ionising, anti-static air guns, we can ensure that the CCD and Mirrorbox are completely cleaned and static-free.

Our prices for cleaning and servicing start at £48. This cost includes any minor parts required and include VAT.


Contact our Nikon Camera Repair Specialists

Get in touch today to see how we can help – email or call 01892 525 327.


Nikon Camera Repair Specialists


Nikon Camera Repair FAQs


How much does it cost to fix my camera at your Nikon repair centre?

We give a free online estimate for all Nikon repair jobs. This is followed by a full quote after we have had a chance to fully assess your camera on its arrival. Please note that there is a £54 charge for water damage assessment because we need to take the whole camera apart.


  1. How long does it take to repair my Nikon Camera?

Whilst we aim to repair and return most Nikon cameras within 14 days, there are times where high demand may delay this to 28 days or more, especially if we need to order in parts. Rest assured, we always try to return your pride and joy back to you as quickly as possible, without compromising our high servicing and repair standards.

Impact repairs take longer, as does the process if we have to request replacement parts. In the majority of cases, because we are Nikon repair specialists, we have most Nikon spare parts in stock for all Nikon restorations.


  1. Is there a warranty on the repair of my Nikon camera?

We offer a six-month warranty for Nikon camera servicing and a three-month warranty for minimum work and replacement parts (e.g LCD screen). 


  1. What is included in a Nikon camera service?

Professional usage should have a service every year. Preventing a fault is always cheaper than waiting until it has gone wrong. With regular Nikon camera servicing we can ensure we diagnose potential problems before they arise.

A Nikon camera service with 1st Aid Repairs includes a full strip down of the camera, cleaning of sensors, gear blocks and lenses. Servicing of Nikon compact cameras involves stripping and cleaning the optics.  We then reassemble and recalibrate the camera.