This isn’t the first time Canon has done this, but once again they’re sending out a PSA in regards to counterfeit gear, most often purchased online. This time, the PSA is in regards to batteries and the above video walks through the real versus the fake by taking a look at the outside, as well as popping it open and taking a look inside.
Canon’s statement on the matter can be read in the video description over on YouTube, where they state:
Canon is continuing to make efforts to help protect our customers from potentially dangerous counterfeits. How can you tell if your Canon battery is genuine? Select Canon products communicate with their battery to identify if the battery is genuine Canon
You’ll note in the above statement from Canon that they aren’t against you using 3rd party batteries; they’re simply concerned that you’re not getting your hands on one that isn’t properly produced to the correct specifications. So, whether you’re using a genuine Canon battery or a third-party option from Amazon or B&H, be sure to give it a look-over after watching the above video.
It’s only two-and-a-half minutes long, so be sure to give it a watch. it could save you some major heartbreak down the road, if it ever so happens that your counterfeit equipment ruins your more expensive gear.
(via Canon Watch)